Gascoyne notices

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Event: Carnarvon Windfest

Mariners are hereby advised that between the hours of 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Friday 21 January 2022, Saturday 22 January 2022 and Sunday 23 January 2022, approximately 100 wind and kite surfers will be competing in the approved 2022 Carnarvon Windfest event taking place in the following area:

Pelican Point
Northwest side of the fascine, adjacent to the town of Carnarvon.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting in the area whilst this event is taking place.

Location: 24° 53.892’S, 113° 38.200’E
Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 982 – Carnarvon

  • Start date: 21/01/2022
  • End date: 23/01/2022
  • Issued: 06/01/2022
  • Number: Not2022 - 01

Advice: Installation new floating boat pens - Carnarvon Boat Harbour

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Mariners are advised that works to construct the new floating boat pens in the Carnarvon Harbour are scheduled to take place from Monday 3 January 2022 to Saturday 30 April 2022. The works will include demolishing of existing boat pens, construction of a berth floating marina jetty system.

These works will impact vessel traffic entering and transiting within the boat harbour, However, fairways and access to all existing jetties and the existing pens within the harbour will be maintained with minimum disruptions.

The works, including piling operations, will be conducted Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) during daylight hours using piling jack up barge ‘TMC1’ (12m x 7m), a pipe handling barge (12m x 2.4m), workboats and land based equipment as required.

The works area will be delineated by yellow buoys, approximately one metre in height and equipped with flashing yellow lights. Unlit piles will be located within the confines of the works area. Please refer below to a diagram of the works area.

All vessels taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times. Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel16 during operating hours.

For further information regarding these works please contact SMC Supervisor Jeff Offer on 0423 117 023.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting inside the Carnarvon Boat Harbour during the above operations.

Location: 24° 53.8’S, 113° 39.1’E

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 982 Carnarvon

  • Start date: 03/01/2022
  • End date: 30/05/2022
  • Issued: 21/08/2021
  • Number: 2021-171

  Advice: Deployment of six subsurface acoustic receivers – Exmouth Gulf

Mariners are advised that six sub surface acoustic receivers will be deployed late September 2021 at Exmouth Gulf at the following locations:

22.316°S    114.119°E    Bay of Rest (inner)
-22.316°S    114.130°E    Bay of Rest (inner)
-22.262°S    114.139°E    Heron Point

Each of the above receivers is attached to an anchored structure protruding approximately 0.70 metres from the seabed. 

-22.291°S    114.132°E    Bay of Rest (outer)
-22.282°S    114.128°E    Bay of Rest (outer)
-22.294°S    114.157°E    Bay of Rest (outer)

Each of the above receivers is attached to a subsurface rope and equipped with a yellow surface float. 

Recovery date: October 2022

Chart reference: Aus 744– Exmouth Gulf and Approaches

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area

  • Start date: Late September 2021
  • End date: October 2022
  • Issued: 24/09/2021
  • Amended: 08/10/2021
  • Number: 2021-135

  Advice: Water Quality monitoring instruments installed – Exmouth

Mariners are advised of the installation of two (2) Water Quality (WQ) sub surface monitoring instruments are being deployed off Exmouth on 28 August 2021 until 30 March 2022.

The instruments are secured to the seabed and protruding approximately 1m from the seabed. 

WQ1 Instrument location: 22° 1.30967’, 114° 7.31117’ will be indicated on the surface with a lit yellow spar buoy. The depth is approximately 3.5m LAT.

All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the WQ instruments.


  • WQ Site 1: 22° 1.30967’, 114° 7.31117’ (consolidated sandy bottom) ~3.5m LAT
  • WQ Site 2: 22° 1.77117’, 114° 7.80883’ (consolidated sandy bottom) ~9m LAT

Recovery date: 30 March 2022.

Chart reference: DoT Chart Aus745 – Exmouth and AUS Chart 328 – Montebello Islands to North West Cape.

  • Start date: 28/08/2021
  • End date: 30/03/2022
  • Issued: 11/08/2021
  • 2021 – 106

  Advice: Acoustic Wave and Current instrument – Carnarvon

Mariners are advised of the installation of an Acoustic Wave and Current (AWAC) instrument that has been deployed off Carnarvon on 8 September 2020 with a provisional recovery date of mid to late 2022. 

The AWAC protrudes approx. 0.5m from the seabed (water depth is approximately 4 metres).

All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. 

  • Location: 24° 54.55 ’S, 113° 37.50 ’E.
  • Chart reference: DoT Chart WA982 - Carnarvon.
  • Start date: 08 September 2020.
  • End date: 30/06/2022.
  • Issued: 10/09/2020.

  Warning: Navigate with caution; Shallow water and shifting sand bars - Carnarvon Facsine

Mariners are advised that a large shifting sandbar has encroached upon the Fascine waterway, south of the boat ramp channel.

Shallow waters and shifting sand bars are reducing depths and severely restricting navigation throughout the fascine.  Navigational aids should be used with caution as shifting sands may reduce navigable waters throughout.   

Mariners are advised that ocean access may not be possible if launching from the Fascine boat ramp at low tides.  The Carnarvon Boat Harbour boat ramp is open to provide an alternative option for launching vessels via Teggs Channel.

Chart Reference: DoT chart WA 982

  • Start date: 16/11/2021.
  • End date: UFN.
  • Issued: 16/11/2021

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Carnarvon

Port of Carnarvon

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

  1. Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  2. Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Carnarvon Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Carnarvon, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-23.

  Advice: Drifting jetty timbers, Norwest Whaling Jetty, Carnarvon

Drifting jetty timbers

Mariners are advised that jetty debris from the Carnarvon Norwest Whaling Jetty (including large timber pylons) may be adrift within the vicinity. The jetty is located adjacent to Binning Road at the following coordinates (approx. 1 km south of the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty).

  • Latitude: 24° 52.983's, Longitude: 113° 37.867'e.
  • Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA982 - Carnarvon.

Mariners are to navigate with caution when transiting the area.

Authorised by: Mark Briant Manager, Navigational Safety Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Issued: 11/02/2015.
  • Number: 2015-37.

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