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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Georges Bay Seawall Update

Seawall extension continues at the mouth of Georges Bay.  Spectacular progress has been made as is evidenced by the images below. The pictures were taken from Dora Point ocean beach carpark.

Mariners are advised to take care when entering Georges Bay, particularly note the location of the sunken vessel Anmaropa and Pelican Point.

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.

St Helens Marine Rescue will keep viewers up to date with progress.

Seawall Extension. Picture taken two weeks ago

Seawall Extension. Picture taken two weeks ago

Seawall Extension. Picture taken 11th October, 2016

Seawall Extension. Picture taken 11th October, 2016

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Georges Bay Sea Wall Extension Underway

The extension to the sea wall at the  entrance to Georges Bay St Helens is finally underway. This is a milestone event after many years of research, planning and engineering. With the completion of the wall  it is hoped this will overcome the shallow waters of the barway. The planning suggests with a  longer sea wall there will be increase tidal flows. This will then have the effect of  gouging out the sand bar hence deepening the channel. The images below were taken on Wednesday the 21st of September, 2016.

Mariners are advised to take care when entering Georges Bay. St Helens Marine Rescue will keep viewers up to date with progress.

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.

Excavator levelling the stone in place forming the wall

Excavator levelling the stone forming the wall

Dump truck off loads stone

Dump truck off loads stone

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Crossing the St Helens Bar in a trailer boat

The St Helens barway and Pelican Point

The St Helens barway and Pelican Point

St Helens Bar is one of many located up and down the east coast of Australia. Situated at the mouth of Georges Bay it is the  result of a build up of sand across the entrance.   Sand bars change with tide and rainfall, this is the case since the heavy rain events of June and July, 2016. It is an imperative that mariners observe absolute safety when contemplating a crossing.

New Zealand Regional Councils of Waikato and the Bay of Plenty have produced an excellent educational video titled “New Zealand Bar Crossing – How to cross a bar “.

This can be found on You Tube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNTk2IejfFE

The video strongly urges mariners to undertake thorough preparation and planned execution when crossing a bar. Key principles include:

  • Check the weather forecast;
  • Check the tides;
  • Get local information from St Helens Marine Rescue;
  • Check your boat and safety equipment;
  • Have a plan B ready – launch elsewhere or don’t go.

Tides play a major role in determining the timing of the crossing. The video highlights when going out the best time is between 3 hours prior to high tide and high tide; when returning between 3 hours before high tide and 1.5 hours after. These are a general guide only, again conditions must be suitable for a crossing.

There is a cautionary alert, “Never cross a bar in an open boat if there are waves breaking right across.” The final decision to cross is the responsibility of the skipper. The safety of all on board is critical in the final crossing. Call upon St Helens Marine Rescue to lend assistance. This can be done via VHF Channel 16 or 0408817359.

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