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  Notice 2018-123: Beadon Creek, dredging works

Beadon Creek, Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that dredging works at Beadon Creek are scheduled to commence on 17 September 2018 and are expected to be completed within approximately 8-10 months.

Dredging will occur 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.

The works will be carried out by the dredge 'Pilbara Sawfish', multicat 'Beadon Creek', a floating dumb barge (16 metres x 11 metres) and a hydrographic survey vessel.

The dredge, 'Pilbara Sawfish' is equipped with a floating pipeline up to 300 metres in length with orange markings and flashing lights.

The dredge and barge have no self-propulsion and use anchors and spuds to move. The dredge, barge, and connected pipeline will remain in the area of operation for the duration of the works.

All vessels taking part in these works will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

Before navigating past the dredge, mariners are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring Marine VHF Channel 16.

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

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

  • Start date: 17/09/2018.
  • End date: 17/05/2019.
  • Issued: 12/09/2018.

  Notice 2018-115: 2- Bambra 5H plug and abandonment drilling operations, Ensco 107

Bambra-5H well, Port of Varanus Island vicinity

Mariners are advised that drilling works are scheduled to take place at the Bambra-5H well, north east of the Port of Varanus Island.

These works will take place from the 20 August 2018 for approximately 30 days. Works will be conducted 24 hours a day from the Ensco-107 jack up drilling rig, and support vessels 'Siem Topaz', 'Siem Aquamarine' and the 'Maersk Mariner'.

  • Location: Well Bambra-5H 20° 33.967' S 115° 37.370' E.
  • Chart reference: AUS Chart 742 - Rosemary Island to Barrow Island.

Exclusion zone: A 500 metre petroleum exclusion zone and 2.5 nm cautionary zone will be in place around the Ensco 107 until plug and abandonment operation are complete.

All vessels will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16, display lights and shapes in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

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

Christopher R Mather, A/Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 20/08/2018.
  • End date: 20/09/2018.
  • Issued: 20/08/2018.

  Notice 2018-111: Closure of anchorage A, Port of Onslow, dredging operations

Anchorage A, Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that dredging operations will be taking place in the Port of Ashburton commencing on 11 August 2018 for a period of about three weeks.

The works will be conducted by the following vessels:

  • 'Juan Sebastián de Elcano'.
  • 'Pure Adrenalin'.
  • 'Puriya'.
  • 'Renegade'.

Vessels associated with the dredging operations will regularly be transiting between the Port of Ashburton and the Port of Onslow, site C.

In the interest of marine safety, the Port of Onslow anchorage A will be closed from midnight 11 August 2018 until further notice.

The dredge will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

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

  • Start date: 11/08/2018.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 09/08/2018.

  Notice 2018-110: Johns Creek Boat Harbor, maintenance dredging works

Johns Creek Boat Harbour, Point Samson, Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works at the boat harbour and entrance channel to the Johns Creek Boat Harbour will commence in late August 2018 and will proceed until approximately 1 December 2018.

Dredging will mainly occur Monday to Friday between the hours of 0600 and 1800 hours as well as Saturday between the hours of 0800 and 1600 hours, with provision to take place during hours of darkness if required.

The works are being carried out by the 22 metre cutter suction dredge 'Cooper II', equipped with a 60 metre floating pipeline marked with orange buoys which will display rhythmic flashing lights. The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses anchors and spuds to move. An amphibious excavator will also be used at the disposal site approximately 800 metres south west of the boat harbour in the intertidal zone. The dredge, excavator and connected pipeline will remain in the area of operation after normal operating hours for the duration of the works.

The dredge will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

Before navigating past the dredge, mariners are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring the following radio frequencies:

  • VHF Channel 81.
  • Marine 27 MHz Channel 90.

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

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

  • Start date: Late August 2018
  • End date: 01/12/2018.
  • Issued: 10/08/2018.

  Notice 2018-78: Point Samson, star pickets, Port Walcott

Intertidal Zone, Point Samson, Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that environmental monitoring equipment will be temporarily deployed around 31 May 2018 in the intertidal zone in the Point Samson vicinity at the following eight (8) sites:

Notice 2018 -78

Site E N Lat_DMS Lon_DMS
Impact 1 519343.371 7717403.323 20° 38' 33.09" S 117° 11' 8.46" E
Impact 2 519443.6567 7717391.245 20° 38' 33.48" S 117° 11' 11.92" E
Impact 3 519188.8992 7717346.859 20° 38' 34.93" S 117° 11' 3.12" E
Impact 4 519063.0041 7717503.929 20° 38' 29.82" S 117° 10' 58.76" E
Impact 5 519750.5035 7717016.343 20° 38' 45.66" S 117° 11' 22.54" E
Reference 1 518939.0297 7715711.566 20° 39' 28.13" S 117° 10' 54.55" E
Reference 2 518862.4414 7717172.856 20° 38' 40.60" S 117° 10' 51.85" E
Reference 3 519332.4646 7715999.469 20° 39' 18.75" S 117° 11' 8.14" E

Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart AUS 56 - Port Walcott

Three (3) star pickets (positioned approximately ten metres from each other) will be installed at each of the above sites. The star pickets are unlit, black in colour, equipped with reflector tape, and will protrude approximately one (1) metre from the seabed.

Some of the star pickets in the above sites will be fully or partially submerged and will be marked with yellow surface buoys, approximately thirty (30) cm in diameter, equipped with flashing yellow lights.

Recovery date: 31 December 2018

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above star pickets.

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

  • Start date: 31/05/2018.
  • End date: 31/12/2018.
  • Issued: 4/05/2018.
  • Amended: 16/05/2018

  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: 6 April 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: 06/04/2019.
  • 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 2016-65: 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 2015-15: Subsea coral monitoring equipment, West Pilbara

West Pilbara

Mariners are advised that coral monitoring equipment has been deployed on the seabed at thirteen (13) sites as indicated below: As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS1984, Edition 3 24/08/2012 and AUS Chart 743, Datum WGS1984, Printed 22/10/1993.

  • Please refer to the table below.

The above mentioned objects are expected to be in place until end of 2024. Four (4) 50 metre transects have been marked out with star pickets at each site. Each transect is marked with 6 star pickets - a total of 24 at each site. The star pickets will be up to 1 metre above sea bed surface. No physical surface site markers will be deployed.

Authorised by: Christopher Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management, Marine Safety, Department of Transport, Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow and Captain Myron Fernades, Harbour Master, Port of Ashburton.

  • End date: 31/12/2024.
  • Issued: 09/01/2015.
Location Reference Latitude Longitude
Port of Varanus Island C11 20° 38.130' S 115° 34.250' E
Port of Varanus Island C23 20° 39.864' S 115° 35.131' E
Port of Onslow C25 21° 19.572' S 115° 10.099' E
Port of Onslow C26 21° 15.766' S 115° 01.581' E
Port of Onslow C27 21° 18.984' S 115° 10.332' E
Port of Barrow Island C30 20° 47.059' S 115° 30.032' E
Port of Barrow Island C31 20° 42.657' S 115° 28.926' E
State coastal waters C15 20° 30.194' S 115° 28.251' E
State coastal waters C18 20° 25.289' S 115° 30.550' E
State coastal waters C21 20° 30.028' S 115° 27.322' E
State coastal waters C20 20° 35.908' S 115° 32.310' E
State coastal waters C22 20° 30.635' S 115° 33.403' E
State coastal waters C24 21° 18.603' S 115° 13.351' E

  Notice 2014-201: Subsea water quality monitoring equipment, Ports of Varanus, Onslow and State coastal waters

Ports of Varanus, Onslow and State coastal waters

Mariners are advised that nine (9) Subsea logger stations are to be deployed on the seabed at various locations commencing late November 2014. As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS1984, Edition 3 24/08/2012 and AUS Chart 743, Datum WGS1984, Printed 22/10/1993.

  • Please refer to the table below.

The above mentioned objects will be in place until November 2019.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.

Authorised by: Christopher Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management, Marine Safety, Department of Transport; Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow.

  • Start date: 20/11/2014.
  • End date: 30/11/2019.
  • Issued: 29/10/2014.
Location Reference Latitude Longitude
Port of Varanus Island C23 20° 39.865' S 115° 35.126' E
Port of Varanus Island C33A 20° 36.545' S 115° 33.566' E
Port of Onslow C26 21° 15.715' S 115° 01.567' E
Port of Onslow C27 21° 18.962' S 115° 10.347' E
State coastal waters C15 20° 30.128' S 115° 28.602' E
State coastal waters C18 20° 25.244' S 115° 30.633' E
State coastal waters C20 20° 35.969' S 115° 32.348' E
State coastal waters C37 21° 5.925' S 115° 30.924 E

  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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