Navigation Warning - Macleay River Bar Crossing, South West Rocks
(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)
Macleay River Bar Crossing, South West Rocks
HARBOUR ENTRANCE LEADS DECOMMISSIONED
24 November 2015 – Until further notice
Roads and Maritime Services wish to advise that the above navigation hazard has been identified at the bar crossing at South West Rocks. Vessel operators are advised that navigation across the Macleay River entrance, South West Rocks, is restricted due to sand siltation resulting in shallow waters and sand banks in the vicinity of the coastal bar.
The navigation leads and lead lights are no longer considered to reliably assist with safe navigation across the coastal bar. The leads will be decommissioned temporarily until the channel is re-established. The approach bearing of 243 degrees into the Macleay River is no longer relevant. Alternative options are being investigated to indicate the best passage across the bar.
This navigation warning remains in place until further notice, and will be monitored in the coming months.
Vessel operators are reminded to be extra vigilant when operating over the Macleay River Bar, in the absence of this aid to navigation. Vessels should log on with Marine Rescue and seek advice before crossing the Macleay River Entrance.
MAPS AND CHARTS AFFECTED
Roads and Maritime Services Boating Map – 4B
For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact Roads and Maritime Services on 13 12 36.
MARINE NOTICE NO. NH 15130