Notice to Mariners

Port of Gippsland Lakes

Location: Lakes Entrance – Western Training Wall

DATE:  28 July 2022

DETAILS:  Mariners are advised that Gippsland Ports Contractors will be commencing the Western Entrance training wall rock repair and renourishment project commencing today 28th July 2022. The project is estimated to take approximately 3 months to complete.

During the project Paul Volk Contracting Pty. Ltd. shall be carrying out rock repairs and renourishment to the Western Training Wall. Throughout the project rock and machinery will be transported via barge from Bullock Island to a foreshore location approximately 100m east of the Barrier Landing Jetty. Materials will be further transported from this location to the Gippsland Lakes Ocean Entrance using land-based construction equipment. This route will utilize an existing vehicle access track over the sand dune to the 90 Mile Beach. This access track will be closed for the duration of construction activities.

The vessels involved in the project are the “Constructor 3” self-propelled barge and “Paul Volk Tug and Rock Barge”. Barge operations will be carried out during daylight hours only. Two other work boats will assist barge operations.

The voyage from Bullock Island to Barrier Landing will be via the Hopetoun Channel during favorable tides and weather conditions. “Constructor 3” will maintain a listening watch and can be contacted on VHF Ch.16 at all times during barge operations between Bullock Island and Barrier Landing.

Vessels will display the necessary lights and shapes as prescribed in the Prevention of Collision at Sea Regulations (Marine Order Part 30).

Mariners are advised that the “Constructor 3” and “Paul Volk Tug and Rock Barge” will be restricted in their ability to maneuver and are requested to take extra precaution when transiting the area of the Entrance Channel and Hopetoun Channel and to pass the tug and barge operations at a safe distance and observe 5 knot speed restriction zones to minimise wash.

The beaching of recreational vessels near the construction site beach is not permitted while the tug and barge operations are occurring. Land side pedestrian traffic will be restricted and controlled by Paul Volk Contracting.

For further information please contact Damian Crozier, Gippsland Ports Design & Projects Engineer, on 03 5150 0500, or visit the Gippsland Ports website.

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