Local Navigation Warning

Port Name Here

Location: all ocean access sites

DATE:  9 March 2021

DETAILS:  A recent Marine Incident has occurred at McLoughlins Beach ocean access entrance highlighting the risks involved for vessel operators attempting to make passage through and across ocean entrance sand bars.

Gippsland Ports is the Local Port Manager for 5 Local Ports; Each of the following ports is a recognised Bar Port.

  • Port of Corner Inlet and Port Albert
  • Port of Gippsland Lakes
  • Port of Anderson Inlet
  • Port of Snowy River (Marlo)
  • Port of Mallacoota Inlet.

Only the Ports of Corner Inlet, Port Albert and the Gippsland Lakes (Lakes Entrance Bar) have recognised aids to navigation to guide the Mariner through and across their respective ocean entrance sand bars. The entrances to these ports remain open at all times, however sound local knowledge and favorable environmental conditions are required to make a safe passage.

The Port of Snowy River (Marlo), Port of Mallacoota Inlet and Port of Anderson Inlet are dynamic in nature with ever changing channel configuration and depths. Ocean access can be closed off at Marlo and Mallacoota during times of drought. There are no aids to navigation to guide the mariner through and across their respective ocean entrance sand bars.

Lake Tyers – Sydenham Inlet and Tamboon Inlet, all remain closed until sufficient back up of water creates an ocean access entrance.

Other ocean access entrances are encompassed within the Waterways managed by Gippsland Ports; They include;

  • Shallow Inlet – Waratah Bay entrance continuously remains open.
  • Shoal Inlet (Mann’s Beach) – entrance continuously remains open.
  • Mcloughlin’s and Kate Kearny entrances (near Port Albert) entrance continuously remain open.

There are no aids to navigation to guide the mariner through and across their respective ocean entrance sand bars. At all times the ocean access at these entrances remains dynamic in nature with ever changing channel configuration strong tidal flows and shallow depths.

The navigability of these entrances is unreliable and considered extremely dangerous.

Bar navigation in general

Mariners are reminded that bar crossings are regarded as extremely dangerous and can cause serious personal injury or death when unfavorable environmental conditions exist, including;

  • Poor weather conditions with strong winds making the bar entrance hard to distinguish
  • Large swells created by recent weather events that close off the bar entrance with breaking surf.
  • The run of the ebb tide which lifts and shortens sea conditions on the bar increasing risk of swamping or capsize.
  • Poor visibility, which may include the position of the sun relative to the vessels position when attempting to cross the bar
  • Changes in sea and swell conditions from the time of departure to the time of arrival and on a day to day basis. Sea conditions can change from long distance weather events centered in the Tasman Sea or Bass Strait.

Other contributing factors that heighten bar crossing risks include;

  • Inexperienced vessel operators
  • Experienced persons operating an unfamiliar vessel
  • Under prepared vessels and voyage planning.

Passage through an entrance and sand bar should only be attempted by experienced persons with sound local knowledge at times of fair weather, smooth sea conditions at higher water with no influence from the ebb tide. Operating vessels through an entrance and sand bar at times of heightened risk should be avoided.

Vessel operators should take extra care during vessel equipment checks and conduct a safety briefing to passengers prior to departure or arrival.

Wear a Life Jacket

 Information regarding Bar crossing advice, safety equipment requirements, vessel preparation checks and voyage preparation checks can be found in the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook available online at;

https://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/29540/Handbook-2020.pdf

Mariners transiting along the Gippsland Coast are advised to consult the most recent and corrected Navigation Charts, Publications and Notices, which form the basis of sound passage planning and voyage preparation.

Vessel operators are advised to take extra precaution before and during any decision to attempt a bar crossing taking into account the advice previously described.

 “IF IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT”

 Mariners are invited to contact the Harbour Master on 0427 610 025 should they wish to discuss port entry for any Ports under the Management of Gippsland Ports. (see website for details);

www.gippslandports.vic.gov.au

Download File: Download
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Subscribe

Subscribe to receive regular email updates

Name:

Email:

Select Port:

Select Posts:
 Post
 Page
 Attachment
 Wccpf
 Wccaf
 Wcccf
 Acf-field-group
 Acf-field
 Product
 Product Variation
 Shop Order
 Shop Order Refund
 Wpcf7 Contact Form
 Mariners Notice
 Tenders
 Boating Guides
 Jobs
 Reports
 Plans
 Bathymetric Surveys
 Current And Planned
 News
 Dlm Download
 Dlm Download Version
 Mkhb Header
 Mkhb Revision