A Big Day for St Helens Marine Rescue/Anmaropa navigation buoy

St Helens Marine Rescue wishes everyone a very Merry and Safe Christmas. We encourage all boaters to check their vessel gear, your lifejackets and most importantly check the weather before going on the water.

A day in the life of a VMR. Deployed to escort the luxury cruiser Patriot X. The journey traversed Georges Bay, through the notoriously shallow Pelican Point and then across the St Helens Barway. After a final salute we wished Skipper Phil a safe and enjoyable trip to destination Hobart.

We returned to base, washed down our vessel. At the time of garaging a call came through, “Yacht has lost engine power, requesting assistance”. Our fast response rescue vessel returned to the water, got under way for the Merricks. We rendezvoused outside the St Helens bar. There we threw a tow line to RQ Six with 6 PoB. The tow was routine made possible by a highly trained, expert crew. Once we arrived in Beauty Bay we unhitched and rafted up for the final journey to the St Helens Marina. This again was a copybook exercise. Our radio room operator maintained outstanding coverage throughout.

So ended a 5 hour duty for our volunteers. Great work from skipper JD, crew Tony, John and John, radio operator Veronica.

Patriot X Follows our escort through the mid channel of Georges Bay

Patriot X Follows our escort through the mid channel of Georges Bay

Patriot X waves good bye on its way to Hobart once clearing the St Helens Bar.

Patriot X waves goodbye on its way to Hobart once clearing the St Helens Bar.

RQ Six under tow into Beauty Bay. It was on its way to Beauty Point in the Tamar River when experiencing heating problems off St Helens Point.

RQ Six under tow into Beauty Bay. It was on its way to Beauty Point in the Tamar River when experiencing heating problems off St Helens Point.

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Mariners are reminded of the sunken vessel Anmaropa at the mouth of Georges Bay. It is clearly marked by a blue and yellow navigation buoy. Photo courtesy of MaST

Mariners are reminded of the sunken vessel Anmaropa at the mouth of Georges Bay. It is clearly marked by a blue and yellow navigation buoy. Photo courtesy of MaST.

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Drone video of the St Helens Bar/Mariner Safety with VHF radio/MaST post

Video of Barway

Recently a community member from St Helens flew a drone over the St Helens Bar. It graphically illustrates the new extension sea wall and most importantly the movement of sand around the edge of the wall. The video was shot on the 5th of November, it can be found via this link:

Drone view of the St Helens Bar

VHF Radio Mariners may be aware that St Helens Marine Rescue is a marine rescue base station. Daily we monitor vessels after they log on to our VHF radio service. With this communication skippers log on giving details of vessel name, launch location, people aboard, present location, destination, estimated time of return and finally log off at the end of the day. Throughout the day our radio operators provide this monitoring service in order to give mariners an added level of safety.

St Helens Volunteer Marine Rescue encourages all mariners to log on to utilise this service. It is an added extension to the safety measures already aboard your vessel. Call us on VHF Channel 16, once received the operator will ask you to go to Channel 71 to take down your details.

MaST message

MaST has issued a timely reminder to all skippers with the opening of the 2016/17 crayfish season. This can be seen on MaST’s Facebook page or by going to the following link:

MaST Facebook  Post

Safe and enjoyable boating for the upcoming summer. Remember prepare well, check the weather and definitely zero alcohol aboard.

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St Helens Marine Rescue Welcomes a Sponsor

On Friday the 28th of October senior broker and director of Finance Brokers of Tasmania (FBT) Lance Cure presented St Helens Marine Rescue with sponsorship for the upcoming boating season. After the presentation Lance was given a familiarisation tour of our facilities. He was very impressed by what he saw and remarked how important volunteer marine rescue was for the safety of mariners. FBT’s generosity will be put to good use as St Helens Marine Rescue operates in a new world paradigm of marine rescue services requiring the latest and most stringent regulations of the National System of Commercial Vessels (NSCV) under the control of the Australian Maritime Surveillance Authority (AMSA). The sponsorship is most gratefully accepted as we continue the modernisation and update our services. We are embarking on:

·       An improved VHF radio tower that will give our radio operators greater coastal coverage;

·       Replacement of the St Helens Barway camera destroyed in the June storms;

·       A new tow vehicle capable of towing our rescue vessel Georges Bay, currently members vehicles perform this         task;

·       Replacement of emergency equipment such as EPIRB’s;

·       Base station extension to house our rescue vessels and equipment.

On behalf of St Helens Marine Rescue we appreciate the generosity of sponsors and welcome Finance Brokers of Tasmania as a valued sponsor. FBT are brokers specialising in finance for: Homes, Businesses, Machinery & Equipment, Vehicles & Investment Properties.

Paul Young holds the Finance Brokers of Tasmania's sponsorship announcement while director of FBT Lance Cure presents President John Dearing with sponsorship.

Paul Young holds the Finance Brokers of Tasmania’s sponsorship announcement while director of FBT Lance Cure presents President John Dearing with a cheque.

 

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Pelican Point – George Bay Depth Profile

Pelican Point Depth Profile

Monday 17th October, 2016 at 10:00 am

High tide prediction at St Helens Point was 1.4 metres at 10:00 am

This transect of Pelican Point was taken from the inner navigation markers towards St Helens to the outer markers, eastwards towards the Georges Bay Sea Wall. The readings were taken on a middle track between the green and red navigation markers.

Mariners are advised to take care when negotiating Pelican Point. Caution must be exercised by skippers in interpreting the information below, such as weather conditions, tidal flow and height. The depths are indicative and are a snapshot in time.

St Helens Marine Rescue is available to assist vessels. Contact can be made on VHF Channel 16 or phone 0408 817 359.

Graphical representation of depth measurements taken at Pelican Point on Monday 17th October, 2016

Graphical representation of depth measurements taken at Pelican Point on Monday 17th October, 2016

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Attention Mariners – Anmaropa Buoy Georges Bay barway update

At 0800 hours on Sunday the 16th of October I observed the Anmaropa wreck warning buoy was not in position. Mariners are urged to be cautious on entering Georges Bay. Sections of the following information was sourced from Marine and Safety Tasmania (MaST).

Title:                      Navigation Wreck Buoy – Georges Bay Barway

Mariners are advised that the blue and yellow wreck buoy marking the location of the sunken vessel Anmaropa on the Georges Bay Barway in position 41o 16 237 S; 148o 20 072 E is not in position.

Mariners are advised to seek advise if in doubt when crossing the St Helens Bar.

St Helens Marine Rescue is on standby to assist vessels seeking assistance to navigate into Georges Bay. We can be contacted via VHF Channel 16 during mornings or mobile 0408 817 359.

 

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