Navigation Restriction - Port of Yamba and Clarenence River, Harwood

27 March 2017 to approximately 31 March 2019


Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime Services contractor, Pacifico will be constructing a new Pacific Highway bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood, immediately downstream of the existing Harwood Bridge.  The works will be undertaken for a period of approximately 2 years commencing 27 March 2017.  At times during this period, the navigable spans under and areas around the Harwood Bridge will be closed to navigation.

The main lifting span will be marked with additional Navigation Lateral Marks and will remain open to Navigation.  Bookings for the opening of the bridge span will continue as normal.  At times the outer spans may be closed to all marine traffic. “Channel blocked” lights and shapes will be displayed accordingly.  Work barges, anchor cables, additional buoyage and advisory signage will remain onsite for the duration of the construction works.


Vessel operators are advised that a 4 knot speed restriction is in effect approximately 200 metres both upstream and downstream of the existing Harwood Bridge.  Vessel operators are to exercise caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works and to pay particular attention to construction work vessels, barges, anchoring cables, lighting & day shapes and any advisory signage.  This navigation restriction and warning remains in place for the duration of the works.


Roads and Maritime advises:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and vessel operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation – clause 11(2)) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)


Roads and Maritime Boating Map – 2B

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction and Warning, please contact Yamba Boating Safety Officer Luke Tucker on 0428 243 100.


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