Seems our comrades at Marine Rescue Port Hedland are making great leaps in rescue technology. We’re just waiting on details as to where they’ll fit the Samson Post. 😄😉Marine Rescue Port Hedland can announce it has been in discussion with the WA Government and Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA to procure a fit for purpose, jet powered aerial rescue system that will be added to the fleet in 2021. Commander Zac Slaughter says "It will greatly help the group conduct aerial search operations across the region". ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday there were many calls and much confusion about whether boat ramps had been closed and whether people could still take their boats out. Today we can offer a little clarity.
Boat ramps are not closed. Boating is not banned. Fishing is not banned. Kayaking and standup paddleboarding are not banned. HOWEVER....
The community COVID-19 defence strategy that is in place needs us all to comply to be successful. As that requires everyone to stay at home, MSQ have asked that you restrict your boating to the following reasons:
🎣 Fishing for food 🚤 Travelling to and from work ⛽️ Obtaining provisions 🛶 Exercise
Social Distancing restrictions still apply no matter where you are.
Rescue I construction by Allweld Manufacturing in Maryborough is up to fitting the bottom bow plates which are very difficult because of the shape in the bow and the material thickness, which is 6mm. MRHB’s marine surveyor is very happy with AllWeld’s procedures and quality of work.
Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maritime Safety Queensland NOTICE TO MARINERS
109 (T) of 2020
Issued by Gladstone Maritime Region on 30 March 2020 Area: Maryborough pilotage area Locality: Fraser Island Activity: National Park Exclusion Zone
Mariners are advised that the Maryborough District Disaster Coordinator on advice from The Chief Health Officer of Queensland and the follow up closure of National Parks by the Queensland Premierunder the Disaster Management Act 2003, enforce a 100m exclusion zone for all recreational vessels for Fraser Island during the period Monday, 30 March until Friday, 29 May, unless otherwise advised.
The exclusion zone is for those waters within the Maryborough Pilotage area, as shown on the attached chartlet.
This notice is for pleasure craft only, and not for commercial/emergency services, marine rescue and essential services for the Island (Manta Ray and Kingfisher barges etc).
During times of inclement weather or emergency, recreational vessels are still permitted to seek safe anchorage in areas which may fall within the 100m exlusion zone. Recreational vessels transiting through a waterway which may be within the 100m exclusion zone are permitted to do so.
For further information about this notice, please contact: The Gladstone Regional Harbour Master’s office: Phone 07 4971 5200 Email: email@example.com
Notice authorised by: Regional Harbour Master (Gladstone) - Maritime Safety Queensland ... See MoreSee Less
We can’t tell you that you can’t go out in your boat but, before you do, please think about these things: * Is it essential work or is it just recreational? * Who will rescue you if something goes wrong or you breakdown? * What others will you put at risk – your family, Marine Rescue volunteers, other emergency services? * Perhaps reconsider your decision, at this time.
MRHB will always be there for you, but we ask you to be at home for us right now.
Yellow Special Marks advise mariners to check their charts for an obstruction or hazard. Boaties departing Urangan Boat Harbour all know to look out of Special Mark EU1 to clear the two major sand banks as they head out to their favourite fishing marks in the bay.
Today EU1 seemed to be an extra-Special Mark, and potentially the location of a pot’o’gold.
This week’s Rescue 1 build pics. Allweld’s efforts are progressing very well. The tack welding will continue for another week or so until all the plates are on and then have to be fully welded and faired back.
Hyne Timber Rescue was called out early this morning to assist a 4.5m runabout broken down north of the outer banks. As HTR departed Urangan, the call was for a jump-start due to a flat battery. However, once on scene, the owner also mentioned a 20cm crack in his hull (thankfully above the waterline!). Having got the motor started, HTR followed the vessel back to UBH in case the crack grew.
This is a timely opportunity to remind boaters that, while MRHB remains operational and ready to assist, boaties can help us to ensure our availability by checking their vessel and it’s systems are fully serviceable before leaving the boat harbour.