Navigation Restriction - barge operations - bridge construction


(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Wilson River, Telegraph Point
6:00am to 6:00pm – Mondays to Fridays from February 2015 to February 2017 (estimated).


Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime Services has awarded Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd the contract to build a bridge over the Wilson River as part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade. To enable the completion of the bridge works a 38 metre barge will be deployed to carry out preliminary drilling, coffer dam installation, rock placement and infill, construction of all piers and the deck, signage installation and inspections.

Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime has declared that the above works, which are to be conducted on the Wilson River from 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday from February 2015 to February 2017 (estimated conclusion) are a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998.

The barge will be fitted at night with an all-round white light and 4 flashing orange lights to indicate its location.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a Special Event/Construction Area (‘the Area’) will be established on the navigable waters of the Wilson River at the eastern end of Dalhunty Island, Telegraph Point, approximately 2.3km downstream from the existing Pacific Highway bridge between the above times and dates.

This Special Event/Construction Area will be will be bounded by silt curtains and yellow special marks (yellow buoys) and lights at night, at intervals of approximately 50 metres.

A navigation channel through the Northern arm of the Wilson River at Dalhunty Island will be maintained for most of the duration of the bridge construction. This will be indicated by port (red) and starboard (green) buoys on approaches to the Special event/Construction area.

Masters are advised that signage indicates areas with new speed limits and towing restrictions are in place.


Roads and Maritime advises that in relation to the Area vessel operators must navigate with extreme caution, and in addition, must;

  1. Comply with any directions given by a Roads and Maritime Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event 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. maintain vessel speed at no more than 4 knots and no towing within the marked speed and towing restriction zone and within 100 metres of floating plant or work in progress;
  3. keep a proper lookout at all times; and
  4. keep vessel wash to a minimum so as to not impact the works.
  5. Maintain a safe distance from any work vessels associated with the operation.


Roads and Maritime Boating Map – 5A

For further information regarding this navigation warning, please contact:

Roads and Maritime Info Line on 131236 (8:30am – 5:00pm Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 4:00pm Sat – Sun)


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