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  Notice 2019-103: Thevenard Island offshore ROV survey – ‘Enrybo Kae’

Mariners are advised that vessel operations for ROV surveying in the vicinity of Thevenard Island and Direction Island is scheduled to take place between 2 September 2019 and 7 September 2019 at the following locations:

Name Latitude Longitude Jurisdiction
Australind 1 Well-Head 21° 24.823’ S 115° 02.379’ E Port of Onslow
North of Direction Island 21° 30.250’ S 115° 07.747’ E Port of Onslow
  • Chart reference: AUS Chart 64 – Approaches to Onslow

The ROV activities will take place from the vessel “Enrybo Kae” (LOA: 21 metres, call sign VNW 6016). Operators will monitor Marine VHF channels 14 and 16 during operating hours.

“Enrybo Kae” will transit to and from Beadon Creek.

The vessel taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

All operations will be performed during daylight hours only.

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

  • Start date: 02/09/2019.
  • End date: 07/09/2019.
  • Issued: 29/08/2019.

  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 2019-97: Cape Lambert Port Walcott dredging works - Juan Sebastion De Elcano

Cape Lambert, Port Walcott

Mariners are advised dredging operations are scheduled to take place at Cape Lambert, in the main channel, approach channels, berth pockets, east and west turning basins of Port Walcott. The works are scheduled to commence on Wednesday 28 August and be completed by Monday 30 September 2019.

  • Chart reference: AUS Chart 55 – Approaches to Port Walcott

Operations will be conducted 24/7 from the dredge vessel ‘Juan Sebastian de Elcano’ (157.5 m x 27.8 m) and support vessels Bhagwan Renegade(sweep), and Pure Adrenalin(survey).

Juan Sebastian de Elcano will transit between the dredge area and Spoil Grounds DSDG1 as part of these operations.

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. Operators will monitor VHF Channels 14 and 16 during these operations.

All mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

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

Mark Briant, Manager, Navigational Safety and Moorings, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 28/08/2019
  • End date: 30/09/2019
  • Issued: 26/08/2019

  Notice 2019-86: Three water quality loggers - Cape Lambert, Port Walcott

Cape Lambert, Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that three (3) water quality loggers will be deployed around 25 July 2019 at Cape Lambert, in Port Walcott at the following design coordinates:

Site Latitude Longitude
BEL 20° 35.050'S 117° 08.454'E
CLW 20° 35.815'S 117° 11.863'E
MID 20° 36.090'S 117° 09.752'E

Chart reference: Chart Aus55 – Approaches to Port Walcott

Each of the above loggers will be deployed in a seabed instrument frame protruding approximately 1 m above the seabed and marked by an unlit yellow buoy, approximately 30 cm in diameter.

Recovery date: 10 October 2019

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above loggers.

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

  • Start date: 25/07/2019
  • End date: 10/10/2019
  • Issued: 23/07/2019

  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 2019-21: Onslow rear lead decommissioned

Notice 2019-21: Onslow rear lead decommissioned

Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that the Light and Tower known as the 'Beadon Point Rear Lead', located on land adjacent to Onslow Hospital Road, 'Onslow' will be decommissioned and the light permanently switched off.

The tower structure however will remain intact until further notice. The light will be switched off prior to the 31st of January 2019.

  • Location: 21° 38.644'S, 115° 07.040'E.
  • Chart reference: AUS 64 - Approaches to Port of Ashburton and Onslow.

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

Captain Steven Wenban, Harbor Master, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 31/01/2019
  • End date:
  • Issued: 23/01/2019.

  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 2018-123: 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 by 31 October 2019. Various navigational aids in the Beadon Creek channel will be temporarily removed during the works and may be relocated in alternate positions post dredge.

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: 31/10/2019.
  • Issued: 12/09/2018.

  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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