Swan and Canning Rivers notices

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Advice: Diving works – Barrack Street Jetty 4

Mariners are advised that dive works at Barrack Street Jetty 4 are scheduled to commence on Monday 17 January 2022 and are expected to be completed by Tuesday 15 March 2022.

The works will take place Monday to Friday during daylight hours (0630am – 5pm) and Saturdays (0630am – 1200pm) and will be conducted from a works boat.

The works will be conducted in a staged approach. Vessel traffic access to Jetty 4 will be maintained at all times, however, there will be a partial obstruction during the works. The works area will be delineated with yellow buoys, approximately 600 mm in height and equipped with yellow flashing lights.

Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16 during operating hours. 

The international code flag ‘A’ will be displayed whilst diving operations are underway.

All vessel taking part in these works will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution, to reduce wash and keep well clear of the above operations when transiting the area.

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers

  • Start date: 17/01/2022
  • End date: 15/03/2022
  • Issued: 14/01/2022
  • Number: 2022-08

Event: Aquatic Event Notification, Swim Thru Perth 2022, Swan River

Mariners are hereby advised that between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Sunday 23rd January 2022, approximately 300 swimmers will be participating in the approved 2022 “Swim Thru Perth 2022” event commencing from the beach area east of the Narrows Bridge (adjacent to East Scenic Lake) travelling downstream and finishing at Matilda Bay. 

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and keep wash and speed to a minimum when transiting in these areas while the event is taking place.

Location: 31° 57.620’S, 115° 51.031’E

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers    

  • Start date: 23/01/2022.
  • End date: 23/01/2022.
  • Issued: 11/01/2022
  • Number: Not2022 - 05

Event: Australia Day 2022 Skyworks closure of waters to boating - Swan River

Acting pursuant to Section 66 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1982, I Peter Beattie, Acting Director Waterways Safety Management and delegate of the Chief Executive Officer hereby close the following area of water to all vessels excluding bona fide vessels associated with the Perth Skyworks 2022 and vessels approved by Department of Transport, Maritime, for the below times and dates:

Perth Waters, Swan River

Between the hours of:

3:00 pm to 9:45 pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022

all the waters bounded in the west by a line from 31° 58.270'S, 115° 51.205'E (on the South Perth Foreshore approximately 20 metres west of Mends Street Jetty) through the Lit Starboard Beacon at 31° 57.770'S, 115° 51.386'E to the end of the westernmost jetty at Barrack Square and bounded in the east from 31° 57.896'S, 115° 52.603'E (western side of Point Fraser) through the Lit Starboard Beacon to a point on Heirisson Island at approximately 31° 58.008'S, 115° 52.609'E), thence along the western side of Heirisson Island to approximately 31° 58.045' S, 115° 52.543'E, thence northwest to 31° 57.998'S, 115° 52.353'E (approximately 125 metres southwest of the Lit Starboard Beacon at 31° 57.933'S, 115° 52.384'E) thence southwest in line with the western boundary of the spectator vessel area adjacent to Heirisson Island to south Perth foreshore at approximately 31° 58.349'S, 115° 52.182'E. All coordinates based on GDA 94.

Download the map below to view restrictions and closure areas.

Following the fireworks display, an announcement will be broadcast on marine band radios 27Mhz channel 88 and VHF channels 9 and 16 to reopen Perth Water.

Anchoring is only permitted in the designated spectator vessel areas, as depicted in the map below.

Burswood, Swan River

Between the hours of:

6:00 am on Thursday 13 January 2022 until 6:00 pm on Monday 31 January 2022

all the waters out from the eastern end of Sir James Mitchell Park adjacent to Ellam Street commencing from a point at approximately 31°58.258'S, 115°52.751'E. Thence, continuing in a northerly direction 100 metres towards Heirisson Island at approximately 31°58.204'S, 115°52.738'E, thence 240 metres west at approximately 31°58.221'S, 115°52.576'E, thence 100 metres south to the foreshore at approximately 31°58.276'S, 115°52.586'E, thence in an easterly direction along the foreshore to the point of commencement.

The exclusion zone is to facilitate the safe loading and unloading of event pyrotechnics.

Perth Waters, Pyrotechnics Pontoons

Between the hours of:

6:00 am on Tuesday 25 January 2022 until 8:00 am on Thursday 27 January 2022

all the waters bounded by a line commencing from approximately 31° 58.349'S,  115° 52.182'E positioned on south Perth foreshore (southwestern corner of the spectator vessel area adjacent to Heirisson Island), thence west, northwest to Lit Port Beacon at 31° 58.071'S, 115° 51.310'E (approximately 340 metres northeast of Mends Street Jetty), thence in a North- Northeastern direction to Lit Port Beacon at 31° 57.719'S, 115° 51.435'E (approximately 207 metres southwest of Barrack Street Jetty), thence northeast to Lit Starboard Beacon at 31° 57.659'S, 115° 51.557'E (approximately 84 metres southeast of Barrack Street Jetty), thence in a line adjacent to Riverside Drive to Lit Starboard Beacon at 31° 57.933'S, 115° 52.384'E (approximately 197 metres south of Plain Street), thence South-southwest along the boundary of the spectator vessel area adjacent to Heirisson Island to the point of commencement at approximately 31° 58.349'S, 115° 52.182'E.

All vessels are to keep clear of, give way to and not impede any barge/pontoon or bona fide vessel involved in the event and to navigate with caution when transiting the area.

In addition the following on water restrictions apply:

  • An 8 Knot speed limit applies to all waters between the Narrows Bridge and the Causeway Bridges including all of Perth Water from 3:00 pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022 until sunrise on Thursday 27 January 2022 excluding gazetted 5 knot speed restricted areas.
  • Swimming shall be prohibited between the Narrows Bridge and Causeway Bridges, including all of Perth Water, from 3:00 pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022 until sunrise Thursday 27 January 2022.
  • The Belmont Water Ski Area will be closed to Water Skiing from 3:00 pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022 until 8:00 am on Thursday 27 January 2022.
  • Mariners are advised that unlit marker flags to designate the spectator vessel areas will be deployed within Perth Waters from Tuesday 25 January 2022 until Thursday 27 January 2022.

Visit the fireworks display page for further information of on Australia Day closures and restrictions.

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers

  • Start date: 13/01/2022
  • End date: 31/01/2022
  • Issued: 10/01/2022
  • Number: Not2022-03

Advice: Works at Barkers Bridge Guildford, Swan River

Mariners are advised that works will be conducted on Barkers Bridge, Guildford commencing on 17 January 2022 for a period of 4 months. Works within the navigable channel are expected between the 17 January to 28 February 2022.

The works will take place Monday to Friday with operational hours between 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.

The works barge will move in and out of the navigational span with moveable scaffold set up to minimise disruption to the Navigation channel.

The barge will be secured to Pier 11 on the northern side whilst not in use and marked with orange flashing lights.

Commercial ferries are advised to contact the operators on VHF Channel 9 at least 15 minutes prior to enable works to clear the navigable channel.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and keep well clear of the above operations when transiting the area.

Location: Barkers Bridge Guildford, Swan River
Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers

  • Start date: 17/01/2022
  • End date: 28/02/2022
  • Issued: 07/12/2021
  • Number: 2021 -166

Advice: Boat Shed extension - Peppermint Grove

Mariners are advised a boat shed extension will be commencing near The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove on 19 November 2021 and approximately finishing on the 30 June 2022. There will be a piling barge onsite for the duration of the piling works.

Work times will be Monday - Friday from 6am - 6pm.

  • Operators will monitor Marine VHF Chanel 16 during the operating hours.
  • The barge will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart WA 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers

  • Start date: 19/11/2021.
  • End date: 30/06/2022.
  • Issued: 18/11/2021.
  • Number: 2021 - 409.

  Advice: Jetty remediation works – Old Swan Brewery Jetty – Swan River

Mariners are advised that jetty remediation works are scheduled to be carried out on the Old Swan Brewery Jetty, Mounts Bay Road, City of Perth from Tuesday17 August until Friday10 December 2021, Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.

Works will take place from a workboat and will involve abrasive blasting, structural member replacements, and pile remediation works.

Access to the above jetty will be closed to the public throughout these works.

Diving operations will also take place as part of these works. The international code flag “A” will be exhibited whilst diving operations are in progress.

The works area will be delineated by yellow buoys, approximately 1m in height and equipped with flashing yellow lights.

Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16 during operating hours.

Location: 31° 57.923'S, 115° 50.473'E
Chart reference: Department of Transport chart WA898 – Swan and Canning Rivers

  • Start date: 17/08/2021.
  • End date: 31/01//2022.
  • Issued: 20/08/2021
  • Number: 2021-114

  Warning: Submerged hazard, Coode Street Boat Ramp - Swan River South Perth

Description: A submerged hazard has been reported close to the shore, approx. 30m west of the Coode Street Boat Ramp.

  • Issued: 03/05/2021

  Advice: Pile remediation works, Guilford Road Bridge, Swan River Bassendean

Mariners are advised that pile remediation works at the Guildford Road Bridge, Swan River Bassendean are scheduled to commence on Monday 10 May 2021 and are expected to be completed by Monday 31 January 2022

The works will take place Monday to Friday during daylight hours and will be conducted from a works barge.

Vessel traffic access to the navigational span of the bridge will be maintained, however, there may be a partial obstruction during some stages of the works. 

Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16 during operating hours. 

Diving operations will also take place as part of these works. The international code flag ‘A’ will be displayed whilst diving operations are underway.

The works barge will remain on location outside of operating hours and will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and keep well clear of the above operations when transiting the area.

Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers

  • Start date: 10/05/2021
  • End date: 31/01/2022
  • Issued: 29/04/2021
  • Number: 2021-63

  Advice: Bridge Inspection Works, Fremantle Traffic Bridge

Mariners are advised that bridge inspection works are scheduled to take place at the Fremantle Traffic Bridge from 4 May 2021 to 28 February 2022.

Bridge inspection operations will take place Monday – Friday, during daylight hours, using two Under Bridge Inspection Units (UBIUs), a small barge and a support vessel. 

Navigation channels will remain open wherever possible however there will be times when one of the navigation channels under the bridge will be intermittently obstructed and closed by a UBIU.

Two spotter vessels will assist with vessel traffic control, one upstream and the other downstream of the bridge. Operators will monitor marine VHF Channel 16 and will use VHF 9 as a working frequency for ship-to-ship communications. 

All vessels navigating under the bridge are encouraged to contact the spotter vessel prior to approach. 

Large commercial vessel operators are requested to contact the spotter vessel at least 15 minutes from the Fremantle Traffic Bridge to enable the UBIU to vacate the navigation channel when applicable.

Call Signs: Spotter Vessel West – downstream; Spotter Vessel East – upstream.

Mariners are requested to take direction from the spotter vessel as directed.

For further information regarding these works please contact 138 138 or the Delivery Manager on 0419 624 167. 

Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA898 – Swan and Canning Rivers. 

Location: 32° 2.473'S, 115° 45.272'E 

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

  • Start date: 04/05/2021.
  • End date: 28/02/2022.
  • Issued: 29/04/2021
  • Number: 2021-62

  Advice: Construction works Redcliffe Bridge (Tonkin Hwy), Swan River

Mariners are advised that construction works to build an additional bridge on the downstream side of Redcliffe Bridge (Tonkin Hwy) have commenced and are anticipated to be completed by 3 March 2022.

These works include construction of temporary cofferdams on both the northern and southern side of the Swan River to enable all bridge construction to be completed from the land. The cofferdams are currently in place and marked with lit yellow special markers approximately 1.3 m in height.
 
Works will take place Monday to Friday during daylight hours. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and reduce wash when passing works area.
 
For further information on these works visit the Main Roads link below.
 
Chart reference: Department of Transport chart 898 – Swan and Canning Rivers.
 
  • Start date: 18/01/2021.
  • End date: 03/03/2022.
  • Issued: 06/01/2021.
External Link Tonkin Gap Project and Associated Works: Main Roads

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Perth

Port of Perth

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 Perth 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 port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

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

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-20.

  Advice: Sea plane operations, Perth Water

Perth Water, Swan River

Mariners are advised of daylight sea plane operations, including landing and take-off activities, in Perth Water.

The landing and take-off areas (depending on wind conditions) are south of Riverside Drive channel and east of the Mends Street channel.

Chart reference: DoT Chart WA - 898 'Swan and Canning River'.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the above area and be aware of sea plane activity in this location.

Authorised by: Christopher R Mather, A/Manager, Navigational Safety Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 23/09/2015.
  • Number: 2015-138

  Advice: Southern span navigation, Fremantle traffic bridge

Swan River, Fremantle traffic bridge

Mariners are advised that large vessels may at times navigate downstream through the southern span of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge against the flow of traffic. This may occur whilst access through the Central and Northern navigable spans are restricted due to tidal influences or closures due to ongoing works.

Mariners are advised to keep a safe speed and lookout, and navigate with caution when transiting upstream through the southern span of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

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

  • Issued: 22/08/2014.
  • Number: 2014-157.

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