Notice To Mariners
Port of Anderson Inlet
Location: Anderson Inlet Entrance Channel
DATE: 12 December 2018
DETAILS: Recent bathymetric survey results continue to indicate that depths remain shallow and there is no defined channel between the outer reaches of the Anderson Inlet Bar and the Inverloch Boat Ramp.
Shoals with least depth of approximately 0.7m at Lowest Astronomical Tide also exist between the red port hand lateral mark buoys No 4 and No 6 upstream from the Inverloch Boat Ramp.
Mariners are reminded that the ocean entrance to Anderson Inlet is dynamic and continuously changes in position and depth and can do so over a very short period.
Bar Crossings are regarded as extremely dangerous and can cause serious personal injury or death when unfavourable environment and safety conditions exist,
Passage through the entrance and bar should only be attempted by experienced persons with sound local knowledge and only at times of fair weather, smooth sea conditions at higher water with no influence from the ebb tide.
Bar crossing advice and safety equipment requirements can be found in the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook. Vessel operators should take extra care during vessel equipment checks and conduct a safety briefing to passengers prior to departure.
There are no aids to navigation to guide vessel operators through the Anderson Inlet entrance or across the bar and the best available water may be different from one day to the next.
Vessel operators are advised to take extra precaution before and during any decision to attempt a bar crossing considering the advice previously described.
“If in doubt – don’t go out!”