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  Notice 2019-133: Removal of Beadon Point Rear Lead – Port of Onslow

Port of Onslow

Mariners are hereby advised that following the switching off of the Beadon Point rear lead navigational light in Onslow in January 2019, the tower structure has now been permanently removed.

Location: 21° 38.644'S, 115° 07.040'E
Chart Reference: AUS 64 – Approaches to Port of Ashburton & Onslow
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Maritime, Department of Transport

  • Start date: 11/11/2019.
  • End date: Permanent
  • Issued: 11/11/2019.

  Notice 2019-132: Subsea Loggers - Port of Varanus Island, Port of Onslow and vicinity

Port of Varanus Island, Port of Onslow and vicinity

Mariners are advised that nine (9) subsea logger stations will be deployed on the seabed at various locations commencing late November 2019.

Port of Varanus Island:
C23 Lat: 20° 39.858'S, Long: 115° 35.128'E
C33 Lat: 20° 39.128'S, Long: 115° 35.491'E

Port of Onslow:
C26 Lat: 21° 15.753'S, Long: 115° 01.575'E
C27 Lat: 21° 18.974'S, Long: 115° 10.341'E

Western Australian State Coastal Waters:
C15 Lat: 20° 30.171'S, Long: 115° 28.256'E
C18 Lat: 20° 25.211'S, Long: 115° 30.655'E
C20 Lat: 20° 35.928'S, Long: 115° 32.332'E
C35 Lat: 20° 57.505'S, Long: 115° 28.247'E
C38 Lat: 21°  7.106'S, Long: 115° 31.460'E

Chart references: AUS Chart 742 – Rosemary Island to Barrow Island and AUS Chart 743 – Barrow Island to Onslow.
Recovery date: November 2024
The loggers will be mounted on posts on the seabed and will be approx. 55cm in height. No physical surface site markers will be deployed.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow and Port of Varanus Island, Maritime, Department of Transport; Mark Briant, Manager, Navigational Safety and Moorings, Maritime, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: Late November 2019.
  • End date: 30/11/2024.
  • Issued: 11/11/2019.

  Notice 2019 -119: Aids to Navigations (AtoN) Installation - Beadon Creek Port of Onslow

Beadon Creek Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that eleven (11) Aids to Navigations (AtoN) will be installed within Beadon Creek area and the new Harbour Approach Channel as part of delivery of the new channel.

The AtoN installation will require the installation of 11 driven piles using a jack-up construction barge, a support barge and a support vessel. The AtoN’s will be installed between 08 October 2019 and 16 November 2019 at the following locations (Reference MGA 94 Zone 50):

Navigation aid ID Type Easting Northing Latitude Longitude
FL01 Front Lead 306911.7062 7606013.1172 21 ° 38 ' 19.00635 '' 115 ° 8 ' 3.47862 ''
P02 Port Nav Aid 305958.2421 7608460.1990 21 ° 36 ' 59.08237 '' 115 ° 7 ' 31.35254 ''
P04 Port Nav Aid 306406.4324 7607347.0389 21 ° 37 ' 35.44503 '' 115 ° 7 ' 46.46832 ''
P06 Port Nav Aid 306870.5183 7606238.7300 21 ° 38 ' 11.65592 '' 115 ° 8 ' 2.14073 ''
P10 Port Nav Aid 306869.8854 7605996.2789 21 ° 38 ' 19.53740 '' 115 ° 8 ' 2.01745 ''
P12 Port Nav Aid 306670.9744 7605532.4052 21 ° 38 ' 34.53951 '' 115 ° 7 ' 54.90717 ''
S01 Starboard Nav Aid 305903.5118 7608438.1630 21 ° 36 ' 59.77727 '' 115 ° 7 ' 29.44060 ''
S03 Starboard Nav Aid 306351.7020 7607325.0028 21 ° 37 ' 36.13997 '' 115 ° 7 ' 44.55624 ''
S05 Starboard Nav Aid 306792.4499 7606207.2974 21 ° 38 ' 12.64725 '' 115 ° 7 ' 59.41314 ''
S09 Starboard Nav Aid 306792.4410 7606027.7226 21 ° 38 ' 18.48496 '' 115 ° 7 ' 59.33779 ''
S11 Starboard Nav Aid 306611.8222 7605556.2284 21 ° 38 ' 33.74191 '' 115 ° 7 ' 52.86031 ''
  • There will be increased construction vessel activity in Beadon Creek to/from the AtoN pile locations
  • There is a 100m radius caution zone around the AtoN while the construction barge is performing the AtoN installation
  • Temporary marking buoy will be installed at each location
  • Stay away from the construction spread at all time owing to anchor lines being present around the construction barge
  • Pass at 4 knots or less when approaching the construction spread
  • A corridor will be available along the installation spread to allow traffic in the creek at all time
  • Contact the AtoN construction barge master on the VHF Ch. 69 if unsure what to do

All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area, and mariners and vessels should keep clear of the above locations at all times.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Maritime Division Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/10/2019
  • End date: 16/11/2019.
  • Issued: 10/10/2019.

  Notice 2019-102: Offshore well plugging operations - Jack Up Rig 'ENSCO 107', Thevenard Island Port of Onslow

Port of Onslow, Port of Ashburton, Western Australian, state coastal waters

Mariners are advised that jack-up rig and vessel operations to perform permanent well-plugging activities in the vicinity of the offshore platforms and locations in the vicinity of Thevenard Island are scheduled to take place from 20 September 2019 to 30 April 2020 at the following locations:

Name Latitude (GDA94) Longitude (GDA94) Jurisdiction
Roller A Monopod 21º 38.476’ S 114º 54.415’ E State waters
Roller B monopod 21º 38.173’ S 114º 55.430’ E State waters
Roller C monopod 21º 36.939’ S 114º 56.552’ E State waters
Skate monopod 21º 35.820’ S 114º 58.809’ E Port of Ashburton
Yammaderry Monopod 21° 29.368’ S 114° 59.413’ E Port of Ashburton
Cowle monopod 21° 31.333’ S 114° 58.179’ E Port of Ashburton
Saladin A Tripod 21° 26.415’ S 115° 03.244’ E Port of Onslow
Saladin B Tripod 21° 26.740’ S 115° 02.442’ E Port of Onslow
Saladin C Tripod 21° 28.766’ S 115° 00.495’ E Port of Onslow
Australind-1 Subsea Well Head 21° 24.823’ S 115° 02.379’ E Port of Onslow
  • Chart reference: AUS Chart 64 – Approaches to Onslow

During these operations the jack-up rig “ENSCO 107” and up to three support vessels will be in the area. “Pacific Vixen” and “Pacific Vigour” will be the two permanent support vessels with a third support vessel to assist when the “ENSCO 107” is being towed between locations. Operators will monitor Marine VHF channels 14 and 16 during operating hours.

“ENSCO 107” is planned to jack-up, in a stationary position, adjacent to each of the Thevenard offshore locations listed in the table above to undertake well operations. When being towed between the locations manoeuvring will also be restricted.

“ENSCO 107” and the support vessels will remain in the field overnight. All vessels taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Operations at the platforms will be performed 24 hours a day for the duration of the work.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep clear of the above operations at all times.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Marine Safety, Department of Transport; Mike Minogue, Harbour Master (Regional Ports), Pilbara Ports Authority; Mark Briant, Manager, Navigational Safety and Moorings, Marine Safety, Department of Transport

  • Start date: 20/09/2019.
  • End date: 30/04/2020.
  • Issued: 29/08/2019.

  Notice 2019-58: Temporary marker, Bambra Pole - Offshore Barrow Island Vicinity

A temporary marker buoy has been installed within approximately 20 m of the Bambra Pole, offshore vicinity of Barrow Island. 

  • Location: 20º32.831’ S – 115º36.285’ E
  • Light: Mo(U) Y. 15s
  • Chart reference: Chart AUS 742 – Rosemary Island to Barrow Island

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area.

Mark Beal, Navigational Aids Coordinator, Marine Safety, Department of Transport

  • Start date: 17/04/2019
  • End date: until further notice
  • Issued: 17/04/2019

  Notice 2018-166: Six (6) monitoring stations, entrance to Beadon Creek

Entrance to Beadon Creek, Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that six (6) water quality monitoring stations will be deployed around 29 November 2018 at the entrance to Beadon Creek, Port of Onslow at the following locations:

Site name Latitude Longitude
ZoMI - East 21° 37.874'S 115° 8.634'E
ZoMI - West 21° 37.598'S 115° 7.298'E
ZoMI/ZoI - East 21° 37.657'S 115° 8.939'E
ZoMI/ZoI - West 21° 37.515'S 115° 6.691'E
Ref - East 21° 33.891'S 115° 13.656'E
Ref - West 21° 40.571'S 115° 2.615'E
  • Chart reference: Chart Aus64 - Approaches to Port of Ashburton and Onslow.

The above monitoring stations are equipped with special marks, approximately 0.8 metres in height, with flashing yellow lights.

  • Flash rate: Fl Y 3s
  • Recovery date: 31 October 2019

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above monitoring stations at all times.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 29/11/2018.
  • End date: 31/10/2019
  • Issued: 22/11/2018.

  Notice 2018-66: Pilbara coastal waters monitoring station

Pilbara coastal waters, Solitary Island vicinity

Mariners are advised that a water quality monitoring station has been deployed around 18 March 2018 in Pilbara coastal waters, vicinity of Solitary Island at the following location:

  • Location: 21° 02.233'S, 115° 55.517'E.
  • (approximately 4.3 km from the shore).

The above monitoring station is yellow in colour, approximately 0.8 metres in height, and equipped with a flashing yellow light.

  • Flash rate: Fl Y 3s.
  • Recovery date: end of October 2019.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above monitoring station at all times.

Authorised by: Mark Briant Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 18/03/2018.
  • End date: end of October 2019.
  • Issued: 20/04/2018.

  Notice 2018-22: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Varanus Island

Port of Varanus Island

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

  1. Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  2. Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Varanus Island Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Varanus Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018

  Notice 2018-21: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

  1. Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  2. Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port Walcott Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.

  Notice 2018-19: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Onslow

Port of Onslow

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

  1. Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  2. Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Onslow Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.

  Notice 2018-18: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

  • Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  • Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Cape Preston Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.

  Notice 2018-17: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Barrow Island

Port of Barrow Island

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

  1. Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  2. Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Barrow Island Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Barrow Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.

  Notice 2017-94 Declared depths, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

Mariners and port users are advised that recent survey data for the Port Walcott, Cape Lambert facility, berth pockets and approaches has resulted in the following depths being declared.

  • Chart references: AUS Charts 55, 56, and 740.
Facility Declared depth at Chart Datum of Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)
Navigation channel -15.60 metres
Swing basin -10.00 metres
CLA -15.40 metres
CLB -15.30 metres

All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area, and mariners and vessels not specifically contracted to perform marine operations for this work scope should keep well clear of these facilities and associated marine operations and should exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of these operations within Port Walcott.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 28/08/2017.

  NotIce 2016-90: Cape Preston DWR

Installation of DWR

Port of Cape Preston

A lit DWR (Directional Wave Rider buoy) and it’s associated mooring has been installed at the following locations in the Port of Cape Preston:

  • DWR: 20° 45.340’S, 116° 10.121’E (orange buoy)
  • Flash rate: Q (5) Y 20s.
  • Mooring (clump):  20° 45.371’S, 116° 10.161’E (yellow buoy + poly floats)
  • Flash rate: Q (5) Y 20s.
  • Chart Reference: Chart AUS 742 - Rosemary Island to Barrow Island

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area. Christopher R Mather, A/Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 15/07/2016
  • End date: until further notice.
  • Issued: 15/07/2016.

  Notice 2016-65: Port of Cape Preston, Transport Security Information

Port of Cape Preston

Mariners are advised that the Port of Cape Preston is a security regulated Port under Australian Commonwealth Legislation.

All mariners are advised that pursuant with the approved security arrangements of the port it is an offence to approach within 50 metres of the breakwater or any port infrastructure. Also, it is an offence to approach a ship at anchor within the port of Cape Preston.

Mariners are advised that pursuant to the Direction given by the Harbour Master, commercial vessel(s) of any size that are not contracted to perform marine operations in the port should not transit through the port.

Recreational vessels should exercise extreme caution when in the area, and keep well clear of the port facilities and associated marine operations.

Chart Reference: AUS Chart 68 - Approaches to Cape Preston

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 21/06/2016.

  Notice 2015-141: Declared depths, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that the Cape Lambert Alpha and Bravo facilities at Port Walcott have recently undergone a hydrographic survey of the seabed in the vicinity of the berth approaches, swing basin and south western end of the shipping channel. This survey has indicated some isolated areas that may be slightly shallower than the declared depth of 15.6 metres.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when manoeuvring loaded vessels in this vicinity and should seek the advice from the Port Operator and Marine Pilots on duty with regards to appropriate passage planning and pilotage requirements to ensure adequate under keel clearances.

  • Charts Affected: AUS Charts 55, 56, 740 and 741

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Issued: 05/10/2015.

  Notice 2014-125: Desalination plant intake pipe, Beadon Creek, Port of Onslow

Beadon Creek, Onslow

Mariners are advised that a desalination intake pipe will be installed in Beadon Creek on 31 July 2014. The intake pipe will be approx. 15 metres from the shoreline at the Northern end of Beadon Creek and will be attached to clump weights on the creek bed.

The end of the pipe will be encased in a metal cage and marked with a floating buoy with light characteristics Flash rate: Fl 3s 2M. At LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) the intake pipe and cage will be exposed and at HAT (Highest Astronomical tide) clearance of the pipe is expected to be approx. 2.86 metres.

As plotted on AUS Chart 64, Datum WGS 84. Latitude: 21° 38.572' S Longitude: 115° 7.862' E.

The above mentioned object will remain in place until further notice. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and remain well clear of the above location at all times.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow.

  • Start date: 31/07/2014.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 16/07/2014.

  Notice 2013-101: Hazardous moorings, Flying Foam Passage, Dampier vicinity

Flying Foam Passage, Dampier vicinity

Mariners are advised that apparatus consistent with commercial moorings located within Flying Foam passage have been reported to be unlit and may not be clearly visible to vessel traffic in the area. Chart Reference AUS Chart 57.

Mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution when transiting Flying Foam Passage at all times.

Authorised by: Mark Briant, Acting Marine Safety Operations Director, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Issued: July 2013.

  Notice 2013-82: Monitoring stations, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

This notice replaces Notice 2011-154 published in the Pilbara News 25.01.2011. Mariners are advised that four (4) Water Quality Loggers have been deployed at the following locations and will remain until further notice.

Each of the above loggers consist of a package of seabed instruments with a lit yellow surface telemetry buoy approximately 1.3 metres in height. These will be deployed in the below positions; As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS 1984, printed 10/11/2008.

  • Please refer to the table below.

Flash Rate: Fl Y 5s 2M.

No vessel is to moor to or interfere with the above loggers at any time. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting in the area and keep well clear of the above monitoring buoys at all times.

Authorised by: Captain Mark Gooderham, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston.

  • Start date: 14/06/2013.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: June 2013.
Reference Latitude Longitude
1 20° 49.226' S 116° 11.375' E
2 20° 49.203' S 116° 11.420' E
3 20° 49.213' S 116° 11.271' E
4 20° 49.215' S 116° 12.168' E

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