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  Advice: Kalbarri Dredging Works

Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works at the entrance to the Murchison River will commence mid-September 2021 and will proceed until mid-December 2021. 

Dredging will occur Monday to Saturday during daylight hours, with provision to undertake operations during hours of darkness if required.

The works will be carried out by a cutter suction dredge ‘Mudlark I’ (18m x 5m) equipped with a 40-metre floating pipeline marked by orange buoys and flashing orange lights. The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses spuds and anchors to move. The dredge and connected pipeline will remain in the area of operation after normal operating hours for the duration of the works.

The dredge will exhibit shapes and signs in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

Before navigating past the dredge, mariners are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring the following radio frequencies:

  • VHF Channel 16
  • 27Mhz Channel 90

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and to remain well clear of the above operations.

  • Start date: 21/09/2021
  • End Date: 15/12/2021
  • Issued: 22/09/2021
  • Number: 2021-132

  Event: Closure of Waters to Boating and Swimming, Pyrotechnics Display, Champion Bay, Geraldton Port

Acting pursuant to Section 66 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1982, I Christopher J Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management and delegate of the Chief Executive Officer hereby close the following area of water to all vessels between 7:00 PM and 8:45 PM on Monday 27th September 2021.

Geraldton Port

Area of Closure:

All of the waters within Champion Bay bounded by a line commencing at the south western corner of the Batavia Coast Marina main breakwater at approximately 28°46.135'S, 114°36.534'E, thence south west to a point at approximately 28°46.281'S, 114°36.200'E, thence south west to a point at approximately 28°46.320'S, 114°36.164'E (at the end of the Geraldton Port eastern breakwater), thence south along the eastern edge of the Geraldton Port eastern breakwater to a  point at approximately 28°46.474'S, 114°36.188'E, thence east along the foreshore to a point at approximately 28°46.183'S, 114°36.577'E, thence northwest to the point of commencement at approximately 28°46.135'S, 114°36.534'E. Including all the waters within a 150 metre radius of the firing point located  on Geraldton Port eastern breakwater at approximately 28°46.419'S, 114°36.169'E.

Conditions of closure;

No vessel shall transit through, anchor or moor within the closed waters area;

Bonafide vessels associated with the fireworks display are exempt from the closure;

Swimming is also not permitted in the above area of closure.

This area is set aside for safety measures during the set up and display of pyrotechnics.

 Chart Reference: Department of Transport chart 939 – Geraldton

  • Start date: 27/09/2021.
  • End date: 27/09/2021.
  • Issued: 10/09/2021
  • Number: Not2021 - 122

  Warning: Siltation at Murchison River

Due to recent weather events, siltation has occurred in the mouth of the Murchison River. The navigational channel towards the river entrance has been significantly reduced in water depth and width. 

Mariners are requested to reconsider the necessity to go boating and advised to exercise caution taking note of tide and wave conditions.  

Location: 27° 42.50624' S 114° 9.56610' E

  • Issued: 03/08/2021
  • Amended: 13/08/2021

Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA 976 – Kalbarri

  Warning: Unlit yacht turning buoy markers - Champion Bay, Geraldton

Ten yacht turning buoys have been deployed at Champion Bay, Geraldton at the following reported locations:

  1. 28° 44.830'S, 114° 36.484'E
  2. 28° 45.101'S, 114° 36.329'E
  3. 28° 45.018'S, 114° 36.583'E
  4. 28° 45.078'S, 114° 36.619'E
  5. 28° 45.389'S, 114° 36.400'E
  6. 28° 45.568'S, 114° 36.632'E
  7. 28° 45.700'S, 114° 36.264'E
  8. 28° 46.147'S, 114° 36.242'E
  9. 28° 46.154'S, 114° 36.319'E
  10. 28° 46.340'S, 114° 36.248'E

Mariners are advised to use caution within the vicinity of these markers and that they are unlit at night.

  • Location: Champion Bay, Geraldton
  • Chart: Department of Transport Chart WA939 – Geraldton Harbour

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