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  Warning: Vessel adrift offshore Cape Naturaliste / Geographe Bay

Description: A 5.4m yacht “Scamper” (registration number: AE239; yellow hull, white top, mast is up and boom has a blue cover) has been reported to be adrift offshore from Cape Naturaliste around 6pm on 12/10/2020

Location:  Offshore Cape Naturaliste / Geographe Bay

Mariners are requested to contact the Water Police on (08) 9442 8600 if the vessel is sighted.

Issued: 14/10/2020

  Warning: Port marker no. 1 damaged, Molloy Island

Description: The Molloy Island port marker No. 1 is reported to be on a lean
Location: 34° 16.307'S, 115° 12.050'E
Chart Reference: DoT Chart DMH698 – Hardy Inlet
Issued:  23/09/2020

  Advice: Installation of Shark Monitoring Buoys, Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay

Mariners are advised of two (2) shark monitoring buoys being installed within the Bunker Bay area from 01 October 2020 until further notice.

The shark monitoring buoys are yellow in colour, approximately 2 metres in height and equipped with a flashing yellow light.

Flash rate: FI Y 4s

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

Location 1: 33° 32.374 ’S, 115° 02.260 ’E

Location 2: 33° 32.521 ’S, 115° 02.734 ’E

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 966 – Cape Naturaliste

  • Start date: 01 October 2020
  • End date: Until further notice
  • Issued: 09/09/2020
  • Number: Not2020 - 85

  Warning: Maintenance Dredging Works - Port Geographe Marina

Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works at the entrance to the Port Geographe Marina will commence late September 2020 and will proceed until approximately early April 2021.

Dredging will mainly occur Monday to Friday between the hours of 0700 and 1800hrs, with provision to take place during hours of darkness if required.  

The works are being carried out by the 18m cutter suction dredge “Mudlark I”, equipped with floating pipelines & submerged pipelines to a length of 1.2km marked with orange buoys which will display rhythmic flashing lights. The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses anchors and spuds to move. 

The dredge 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.

If mariners are unsure of where to safely pass the dredge vessel, they are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring the following radio frequencies: 

  • VHF Channel 16 
  • Marine 27 MHz Channel 90

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

  • Location: 33°37.74S 115°23.37E
  • Chart reference: WA 859
  • Start Date: 14 Sep 2020 
  • End Date: Mid April 2020
  • Issued 14/9/2020

  Warning: Rough sea state, The Cut - Leschenault Inlet, Bunbury

Description: Mariners are advised that due to winter conditions, large seas and increased rainfall, sand bars at the entrance to Leschenault Inlet may create dangerous conditions. Mariners are reminded to check weather conditions, tide and wave heights prior to transiting sand bars. 

 
Location: 33°18’14”S, 115°40’15”E

  • Chart reference: 776
  • 21/08/2020 - ongoing
  • Notice 2020 - 216

  Advice: Port Geographe monitoring equipment

Mariners are advised that environmental monitoring equipment will be temporarily deployed from early August 2020 in the Port Geographe vicinity at the following six sites:

Latitude Longitude
33° 37.338' S 115° 23.840' E
33° 37.338' S 115° 23.749' E
33° 38.083' S 115° 22.269' E
33° 38.074' S 115° 22.399' E
33° 37.498' S 115° 22.277' E
33° 37.496' S 115° 22.341' E

Each site will be marked with a yellow surface buoy, approximately thirty (30 cm) in diameter, equipped with flashing yellow lights.

Recovery date: April 2021

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

Location: 33° 37.338' S, 115° 23.840' E

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 966 – Port Geographe Marina

  • Start date: Early August 2020.
  • End date: April 2021.
  • Issued: 16/07/2020.
  • Number: 2020-69.

  Advice: Gracetown shark monitoring buoys

Cowaramup Bay vicinity

Mariners are advised that three (3) shark monitoring buoys have been installed at the following locations in the Cowaramup Bay vicinity until further notice:

  • Location 1: 33° 51.384'S, 114° 58.772'E (North Point).
  • Location 2: 33° 51.577'S, 114° 58.568'E (Cowaramup Point).
  • Location 3: 33° 53.232'S, 114° 58.790'E (Lefthanders).
  • Chart reference: Chart AUS756 - Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.

The above shark monitoring buoys are yellow in colour, approximately 2 metres in height and equipped with a flashing yellow light.

  • Flash rate: Fl Y 4s.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above shark monitoring buoys

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

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 18/01/2019.
  • Number: 2019-20.

  Advice: Shallowing, entrance to Collie River, Pelican Point vicinity

Leschenault Inlet

Mariners are advised that a build-up of sand has developed at the entrance to the Collie River, vicinity of Pelican Point and Bar Island, reducing depths and the width of the navigational channel.

  • Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart WA776 - Preston to Bunbury.

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

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

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 21/08/2018.
  • Number: 2018-163.

  Advice: Closure of Marlston Waterfront Jetty (Dome Cafe), Koombana Bay Bunbury

Marlston Waterfront Jetty (Dome Café, Koombana Bay Bunbury)

Mariners are advised that the Marlston Waterfront Jetty (adjacent to the Dome Café, Bonnefoi Boulevard Bunbury) has been closed until further notice due to storm damage.

A boom and yellow marker buoys have been deployed around the jetty.

Mariners are advised to remain east of the yellow marker buoys and exercise caution when towing skiers in the adjacent Koombana Bay water ski area.

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

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 20/09/2018.
  • Number: 2018-128.

  Advice: Mobile seagrass wrack, Port Geographe Harbour entrance channel

Port Geographe harbour entrance channel

Mariners are advised that mobile seagrass wrack may be present in the vicinity of the Port Geographe Harbour entrance channel.

This material can vary significantly in thickness and position over short time frames, reducing depths and restricting navigation in the channel.

The affected area includes the full extent of the entrance channel, with the worst affected area being in the entrance channel directly adjacent to the lagoon rock-wall.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the entrance channel, allowing for changing conditions when traversing the area.

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

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 25/07/2018.
  • Number: 2018-106.

  Advice: Lake Stockton Boat Ramp closed

Lake Stockton / Stockton Open Cut, Shire of Collie

Mariners are advised that, due to a bank collapse adjacent to the boat ramp, the Lake Stockton boat ramp is closed until further notice.

Mariners launching trailered vessels are advised to exercise caution when launching into Lake Stockton due to steep drop off surrounding the lakes edge.

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

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 31/05/2018.
  • Number: 2018-91.

  Advice: Sandbars Dolphin Road Boat Ramp, Broadwater Busselton

Vicinity of Dolphin Road Boat Ramp, Broadwater Busselton

Mariners are advised that due to migrating sand bars, shallow depths have been reported at around 60 metres from shore to the approaches of the Dolphin Road Boat Ramp.

  • Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA966 - Cape Naturaliste.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when navigating in the vicinity of the Dolphin Road Boat Ramp.

Authorised by: Mark Beal Navigational Aids Coordinator, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 14/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-27.

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