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Navigation Information

Relevant Charts AUS181, AUS182, Admiralty Sailing Directions Australian Pilot Vol. ll Nautical Publication 14

Vessel operators are advised to carry a copy of the tide tables when operating in these waterways and to seek local knowledge if unsure of the tidal flow. Operators should also be aware of strong currents at the entrances and that severe sea conditions exist on the shallow bar outside the entrances. The area is subject to strong westerly, southerly and easterly winds.

Navigational aids within the Gippsland Regional Ports conform to the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Buoyage System "A". Starboard-hand (or right side) marks are green, whilst port-hand (or left side) marks are red. Cardinal marks are yellow and black; Special marks are yellow and isolated danger marks black and red. Safe Water Marks are red and white. In using the system it is essential to remember that the direction of buoyage is taken from the seaward entrance of these ports. When returning towards the entrance the situation would be reversed.

CAUTIONS

At Port Albert, crossing the bar should not be attempted without seeking local knowledge and then the greatest care should be exercised. The entrance channel and bar are liable to change in position and depth due to the variations in shoaling patterns. Maximum draught with favourable tidal conditions is 3 metres.

TIDES

The water level and tidal stream is much affected by the direction and duration of the winds. Corner Inlet and Port Albert are in an area of high wind energy and significant water level and tidal stream variations occur. It would be advisable to plan your trip in conjunction with the tide tables. (Ref: Victorian Tide tables)

CHANNELS IN THE PORT OF CORNER INLET AND PORT ALBERT

Corner Inlet Entrance Channel
Accessible to all vessels with a draught up to 6 metres at low water. Subject to strong cross-tidal streams and heavy swells.

Lewis Channel
At low tide, vessels with a maximum draught of 5 metres are able to proceed to the Shipping Pier (closed). Only vessels with a maximum draught of 3 metres should proceed any further to Port Welshpool Harbour.

Toora Channel to No 10 Mark
Vessels with a maximum draught consistent with the available water at the Corner Inlet Entrance can negotiate this channel.

Toora Channel No 11 Inwards
This area is for recreational craft only. To the east in the vicinity of beacons 21 and 22 there is a stone ballast dump that vessel operators should take care when moving around in this area.

Toora Boat Ramp Channel
Access is restricted by tide

Barry Beach Channel
Vessels with a maximum draught of 5.2 metres can negotiate this channel on a low tide. Notice to Mariners No. 88 of 2012 applies to this channel.

Franklin Channel
Recommended as a safe anchorage. (Ref: Admiralty Sailing Directions Australian Pilot Vol. ll Nautical Publication 14)

Franklin River Channel
Access to Port Franklin is restricted by tide.

Stockyard Channel
Limited navigation marks exist between the end of Franklin Channel and the start of Bennison Creek Channel. Access is restricted by tide inwards from No.3 beacon in Stockyard Channel to the upper reaches, (including Foster Landing), however channel is well marked.

Bennison Creek Channel
Provides access to Foster Beach, however, entry into this area is restricted by tidal conditions.

Doughboy Channel
There are no navigation marks. Access is restricted beyond Doughboy Island by tidal conditions.

Duck Point Island
There are no navigation marks. Access is restricted beyond Duck Point by tidal conditions.

Middle Channel
Limited navigation marks exist. Access is restricted from No1. buoy to the Yanakie boat ramp by tidal conditions.

Bennison Channel
There are no navigation marks. Navigation of the channel beyond Bennison Island requires good local knowledge.

Chinamans Gutter
No navigation marks exist. Access is restricted to Chinamans Long Beach by tidal conditions.

Port Albert Channel
Vessels with a maximum draught of 3 metres can negotiate this channel in favourable tidal conditions. Shoaling occurs in the vicinity of beacon No 9 and 11.

Midge Channel
Limited navigation marks. This channel is accessible for recreational craft in all tidal conditions.

South (or Snake) Channel
No navigational marks. This channel is accessible for recreational craft in all tidal conditions.

Port Albert Old Port and Albert River Channel
Marked by buoys. Access is restricted by tidal conditions.

Kate Kearney Entrance
No navigation marks. Very dangerous entrance, cautions concerning the Entrance should be observed. Due to the dynamic nature of the Entrance the channels leading off are subject to change both in depth and course. (Ref: Admiralty Sailing Directions Australian Pilot Vol. ll Nautical Publication 14 p.160)

Kate Kearney Channel
Navigation marks exist however access is restricted by tidal conditions.

Middle Ground Channel
Navigation marks exist however access is restricted by tidal conditions. Channel links Port Albert and Port Welshpool. Note: The direction of buoyage is from Corner Inlet.

Tarra Channel
Navigation marks exist, however access is restricted by tidal conditions. Cautions for the Kate Kearney Entrance must be observed.

Farmers Channel
Navigation marks exist, however access is restricted by tidal conditions.

Boat Harbour Channel
Navigation marks exist, however access is restricted by tidal conditions.

Shoal Inlet Entrance Channel
No navigation marks, with limited water depth over the bar. The same cautions as apply to the Port Albert Entrance are applicable.

Manns Channel
Limited navigation marks exist, however access is restricted by tidal conditions. There is a coastal navigation light to the east of Shoal Inlet Entrance.

Pelican Channel
Provides entry to Manns Beach township. Navigation marks exist however access is restricted by tidal conditions. A jetty and a boat ramp are located at the township. Manns and Oyster Bed Channels link into this channel.

Oyster Bed Channel
Navigation marks exist, however access is restricted by tidal conditions.

McLoughlins Entrance
No navigation marks, with limited water depth over the bar. The same cautions as apply to the Port Albert Entrance are applicable.

McLoughlins Channel
Navigation marks exist, however access is restricted by tidal conditions. Channel provides access to McLoughlins Beach township, facilities include a main jetty, bridge to the 90 Mile beach and a boat ramp and landing jetty.

Bentley Harbour
No navigation marks. Caution - this area should only be transited by operators of vessels with a good local knowledge.