Notice to Mariners
Port of Mallacoota
Location: Bastion Point Boat Ramp
DATE: 22 June2022
DETAILS: The recent severe weather event causing strong South Westerly wind conditions with damaging seas and swells have dislodged 3 large rocks from the structure of the Bastion Point Breakwater wall at the entrance to the Ocean Access Boat Ramp.
East Gippsland Shire has reported that the rocks are located near the Breakwater wall midway between the Boat Ramp Port Hand Lateral Beacons #2 & #4. The approximate position of the rocks is;
Lat. 37° 34.250’ S
Lon. 149° 45.896’ E Datum WGS84
The rocks are compromising the available depth and restricting the approach in that position. The rocks are located in a surf zone and are unable to be marked. East Gippsland Shire will remove the rocks as soon as is practically possible.
Mariners are advised to take extra precaution and avoid entering or departing the boat ramp approach entrance close to the Breakwater wall.
A photograph and map indicating the position of the rocks is attached to this Notice
Mariners are advised that transits of the approach channel and entrance should only be carried out during fine weather conditions and if there is sufficient height of tide taking into consideration the vessels draft, the existing sea state, predicted weather conditions for the duration of the voyage and the expected conditions and tide height for the time of return.
Passage through the approach channel should only be attempted by experienced vessel operators who possess sound knowledge of the conditions to be expected during the transit of the channel taking into consideration the position of the dislodged rocks and the prevailing weather and sea state at the time.
Passengers and crew should be briefed so they are aware of the heightened risk that may prevail at the time of departure or arrival
WEAR A LIFE JACKET
Vessel Operators are reminded that this is an Ocean Access Boat Ramp and large swells may occur, even at times when the conditions are assessed as being good.
Night navigation is considered extremely dangerous and should not be attempted.
IF IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT
Further details can be obtained from Gippsland Ports Harbour Master on 0427 610 025.