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Info for Boaties

A new rock wall has been constructed near the mouth of Ross River as part of the Port of Townsville's Channel Upgrade project.

Marine traffic conditions around the Port are changing as the project progresses. A new vessel exclusion zone around the western rock wall is marked by buoys and lights.

TIPS FOR NAVIGATING EXCLUSION ZONES AND THE PORT OF TOWNSVILLE

  • Stay outside the buoys and lights to avoid hidden obstructions.
  • The exclusion zone and speed limits are in place 24/7.
  • Stay at least 60 metres from any berth or berthed vessel.
  • Do not anchor in the swing basin, near or under a berth, or inside the shipping channel markers.
  • Ships have blind spots. If you cannot see the bridge of a ship, the crew cannot see you.
  • Cross the shipping channel behind a ship at 90 degrees and only when safe to do so.
  • Tune your radio to the Townsville Coast Guard  – VHF 16 and 22.
  • Before heading out, check the latest Notices to Mariners issued by Maritime Safety Queensland at: www.publications.qld.gov.au/ dataset/townsville-notices-tomariners