Notices to Mariners (NTMs) provide advice on general navigation and safety issues.

Current notices issued by Safe Transport Victoria are available below:

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Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Details:
Mariners are advised that NTM 417 (T) of 2022 is referred and cancelled.
The Sofar Spotter wave buoy, collecting wave data for the Victorian Coastal Monitoring
Program (VCMP), deployed by Deakin University and funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been retrieved
AUS Charts and Publications Affected:
Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil
Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Details:
Mariners are advised that NTM 066 (T) is referred and cancelled, and services restored at
Bass Hill and Mt Oberon.
AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 801, AUS 802, AUS 181, AU439145,
AU439146, AU340145, AU440146
Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil
Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

Date: EFFECTIVE 28 FEBRUARY 2024
Details:
For the purposes of the works activity proposed by EGS Survey Pty Ltd involving
hydrographic and geophysical survey operations carried out by the MV Samson Explorer
(LOA: 34.95), an exclusion zone has been established by Safe Transport Victoria under
Section 211(1)(b) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).
Exclusion Zone
Persons and the navigation and other movement of vessels is prohibited, (including drifting),
within an exclusion zone with a radius of 500 metres of the MV Samson Explorer when the
MV Samson Explorer is undertaking survey activities within Victorian State Waters.

The exclusion zone applies on Victorian State Waters: specifically on the waters adjacent to
Torquay, and Wilsons Promontory.
This notice has effect from 12:01am on Wednesday 28 February 2024 to 12:00pm on
Saturday 16 March 2024.

The operations involve towing survey equipment from the stern of the vessel up to 3 x the
water depth out to the 300-metre contour and taking place 24/7. During the survey works,
MV Samson Explorer will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre and display appropriate
lights and day shapes.
AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 143, AUS 802 AU439144, AU440146
Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil
Further information
Survey vessel operator can be contacted on VHF 68,
MV Samson Explorer (call sign VNW 5773)
M: +61 428 939 779, SAT +870 773 990 909
E: samson@bhagwanmarine.com
Further Notice:
A further Notice will be issued.

Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Details:
Mariners are advised that due to the significant weather events in Victoria, the Mount Barkly Light with characteristics OC (1) 4s 70 m 12 Nm (245° – 099°) Night light. (Vol K K2544) at the position 37° 52.8449′ S, 147° 57.8472′ E is non-operational. The light will be reinstated as soon as practicable.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when approaching Lakes Entrance

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 357, AU5LEN01

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Details:
Mariners are advised that due to the significant weather event in Victoria there are a temporary outages of Marine Radio Victoria transmission towers at Bass Hill and Mt Oberon.

This may result in in limited services between Westernport and Wilsons Promontory on VHF emergency channels (including digital selective calling).Restoration time for the towers is currently unknown.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 801, AUS 802, AUS 181, AU439145,
AU439146, AU340145, AU440146

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details:

Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 053 (Temporary) of 2023 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that two special buoys have been re-established in positions (refer

locations below) to mark Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs). One buoy is located

approximately 3 nautical miles east of Lorne and the other buoy is approximately 3.2

nautical miles southeast of Aireys Inlet.

 

Each special buoy is 1.26 metres high and 800mm in diameter and displays a yellow flashing light as detailed below.

 

# Location Position Light Characteristics
6 3NM E of Lorne 38° 32.299’ S 144° 02.354’ E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
7 3.2NM SE of Aireys Inlet 38° 29.367’ S 144° 09.932’ E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM

The two buoys will be temporarily withdrawn for the winter months in May 2024 and re-established again in December 2024.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: 
AUS 788, ENC AU 439144

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued in relation to withdrawal of the buoys.

Further Information: For further information contact Brent Womersley Victorian Fisheries Authority, Technical Officer. Email: brent.womersley@vfa.vic.gov.au

Date:   Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details:

Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 466 (Temporary) of 2023 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that four special buoys have been re-established approximately two nautical miles east-south-east of Torquay to mark an offshore recreational fishing reef approximately 26-28 metres below the surface.

Each special mark buoy is marking a fish aggregation device (FAD). The buoys are 1.26 metres high and 800mm in diameter and display yellow flashing lights and are located at the positions detailed below:

 

 

# Location Light Characteristics
1 38° 20.063’ S 144° 22.343 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
2 38° 20.005’ S 144° 22.368 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
3 38° 19.987’ S 144° 22.438 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
4 38° 19.919’ S 144° 22.460 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM

 

All four buoys will be withdrawn for the winter months in May 2024 and re-established in December 2024.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS143, AUS788, AU439144

Victorian Charts and publications affected:  Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued in relation to the withdrawal of the buoys

Further Information: For further information contact Brent Womersley, Victorian Fisheries

Authority, Technical Officer. Email: brent.womersley@vfa.vic.gov.au

Date: 16 November, 2023 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that a wreck exists at Point Lonsdale Reef, at the following location:

– 38° 17.7323’ S, 144° 37.0341’ E

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of Point Lonsdale Reef.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 144 ENC AU5RIP01

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

Australia – Victoria
No 417 of 2022
Bass Straight East – Inverloch  

Date: 25 September 2022 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of a mooring deployment of a Sofar Spotter wave buoy, collecting wave data for the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program (VCMP), deployed by Deakin University and funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The deployment is expected to be of a 12 month duration.

Approximate buoy location: 0.5 NM South of Inverloch Surf Beach Position: 38°39.294’S, 145° 42.247’E Approx. depth: 10 m.

The Special Mark Buoy has the following light characteristic: FL (1) 5s. 2-3 NM Special Mark Buoy measures 42 cm in width and is attached to two (2) orange floats It displays an amber light with characteristic: Fl.Am.2.5s.

Mariners are further advised to keep clear of the area where the buoys are deployed.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS801, AU439145

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued

Further Information: For further information contact contact Jak McCarroll, Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 0418 873 854, jak.mccarroll@delwp.vic.gov.au

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