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Info for Boaties

Page last updated on 29-10-2021.

Info for Boaties

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  • Stay outside the buoys and lights to avoid hidden obstructions – the rock wall may not be visible at high tide until construction is complete in early 2021.
  • 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: dataset/townsville-notices-tomariners

Recreational Vessels and the Port

Cleveland Bay is used by many people for fishing and recreation. The Port of Townsville shares important information so that everyone stays safe on the water.

Recreational vessels use the Ross Creek Channel (shared zone) to enter or leave the Port.  Federal legislation prohibits fishing within 60 metres of a wharf or a vessel in the Port.  Information about prohibited areas in the Port is provided at the Ross Creek boat ramp.

Recreational vessels may transit through the 14.9km shipping channel, but anchoring and fishing is not permitted inside the channel markers.

Please refer to clause 11.16 in our Port Notices.


Tips to Stay Safe

  • Stay at least 60 metres from any berth or vessel berthed in the Port.
  • Never anchor around or under Port berths – they are restricted areas.
  • Never anchor in the shipping channel.
  • Never assume that another vessel can see you. The larger the vessel, the larger its blind spots.
  • Always cross the shipping channel at 90 degrees behind a ship and only when safe to do so.
  • Coast Guard Townsville - VHF 22.