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Geelong, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Temporary replacement of beacon No.5 in Corio Channel
Thursday, October 19, 2017, Geelong, Australia
Effective from October 22, 2017 to beginning December, 2017, in view of planned Channel Safety Improvement Works during November 2017 Beacon No.5 in Corio Channel, Geelong will be removed temporarily and replaced by a large 3 meter diameter steel starboard hand buoy. This buoy will have the same light characteristics as Beacon No 5 (F.Iso.G.3s) and positioned a few meters North of the present beacon’s position.

Due to operational reasons the buoy replacing Beacon No 5 will be installed first on Sunday, October 22, 2017 and Beacon No 5 will be removed 2 days later on Tuesday, October 24, weather permitting. Mariners are advised that on October 22 and October 23, 2017, vessels approaching Lascelles wharves and Refinery Piers in the Corio channel should leave both Beacon No.5 and Buoy No.5 to starboard during the interim period when both beacon and buoy are on station together.

The Duty Marine Controller may be contacted on VHF Channel 12 or on 03 52470300 at all times for information regarding this Notice. Noncommercial mariners and recreational craft are also reminded of their safety obligations and are requested not to navigate within 150 meters of all vessels conducting the above operations.

(For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Source: Victorian Notice To Mariners Notice to Mariners 263(T) – 2017 dated 19 October 2017

Appleton Dock ‘D’ pile rehabilitation works
Thursday, October 19, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Pile rehabilitation works at Appleton Dock at chainage 443m will be carried out from 20 October 2017 till approximately 24 October 2017.

The works will be undertaken by the following plant, during daylight hours with all plant taken away from site each evening:
– Warneet motor boat
– Waterways Crane punt 179

For more information, please contact Melbourne VTS on 9644 9700 or on VHF Channel 12.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of Appleton Dock ‘D’ during the period of works.

(For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Source: Victorian Notice To Mariners Notice to Mariners 264(T) – 2017 dated 19 October 2017

Notice of Industrial Action
Thursday, October 19, 2017, Sydney, Australia
The Port Authority of New South Wales has received notification of protected industrial action to be undertaken by MUA members working on board pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany as follows:

24 hour stoppage commencing at 0600 Tuesday 24 October 2017.

The action proposed will suspend the use of the pilot vessels to embark and disembark Pilots in Port Jackson and Port Botany.

The MUA have agreed to exempt the following functions from any industrial action:
– Watch keeping at sea;
– Fire Rounds;
– Port security watches;
– Safety drills;
– Product tanker and crude oil tanker vessels;
– Passenger cruise vessels;
– All dealings with emergency equipment in any manner; and
– Any and all safety and emergency related issues.

This industrial action does not exempt perishables and therefore the movement of container vessels scheduled during this period will be affected.

Emergency response, Vessel Traffic Services and other Port Officer functions (other than pilot cutter movements) will be required to continue as normal during this period of industrial action.

(For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Source: Port Authority of New South Wales notification dated 19 October 2017  

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