Navigation Restriction - North Channel Hunter River, Stockton - Stockton Bridge maintenance - Barge operations

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

North Channel Hunter River, Stockton
Wednesday 1 July 2020 to Wednesday 30 June 2021


Vessel operators are advised that Transport for NSW will be undertaking necessary bridge maintenance on the Stockton Bridge over the North Channel Hunter River at Stockton. The works will commence on Wednesday 1 July 2020 with the erection of scaffolding and are scheduled to be completed by Wednesday 30 June 2021, working continuously throughout.


The work involves barge operations and the erection of an access platform to repair expansion joints, creating an overhead hazard to navigation. The height of the bridge soffit will be reduced by approximately two (2) metres. A large barge fitted with lights will be used and will be relocated as necessary throughout the maintenance project.

The Works area will be marked by buoys and lights at night. Closed spans will be indicated by channel blocked markers suspended from the bridge above the closed spans, and yellow buoys on the water. Markers maybe relocated during the period of the works. At least one navigable span will remain open to vessel traffic under the bridge.

Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works, and to pay particular attention to vessels involved in construction works, buoyed off areas, lighting and day shapes and any advisory signage including signage advising reduced clearance heights under the Stockton Bridge. This navigation warning remains in place for the duration of the works.


Transport for NSW advises:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation 2016 – clause 11(2)) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)


Transport for NSW Boating Map – 8A

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction, please contact Transport for NSW (Maritime) on 13 12 36.


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