Navigation Restriction - Murray River, Echuca - Moama - New Echuca - Moama Bridge

Murray River, Echuca - Moama
NEW ECHUCA - MOAMA BRIDGE
Thursday 25 March 2021 to Monday 1 November 2021 

THE WORKS

Vessel operators are advised that due to works associated with construction of the new Echuca-Moama Bridge, changed waterway conditions are in place on the Murray River in the vicinity of the project site from Thursday 25 March 2021 to Monday 1 November 2021. 

NAVIGATION WARNING

Construction of the new Echuca-Moama Bridge, which is adjacent to the Victoria Park public boat ramp, has progressed whereby the width of river available to vessel operators within the project area must be limited.

A series of port (red in colour) and starboard (green in colour) lateral markers and regulatory signage has been established within the project area to provide for the safe passage of vessels, and appropriate conditions for the construction work.

Accordingly the port and starboard markers indicate the width of river that is available to river traffic.

Use of waters outside the port and starboard markers in the vicinity of the bridge project is prohibited, which is declared by local waters signage.

As the project progresses passage through the project area may be unavailable for short periods of time, and river traffic may be limited to ‘one way only’ under certain conditions.

The waters affected are subject to a four (4) knot speed limit under normal waterway conditions, however vessel operators in the vicinity of the area must also:

  • ‘minimise wash’, and
  • give way to larger vessels, such as paddle steamers, pursuant to marine regulations.

The initial phase of the works affecting navigable waters does not include a restriction on the available vertical clearance.

Work on the bridge will typically only occur during daylight hours, however the Aids to Navigation marking the channel through the project area will remain in position at all times and will be appropriately lit.

All vessel operators and persons using the waters specified above should keep a proper lookout, comply with direcitons from sentry vessels, obey local buoyage and signage, and exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the new bridge project area.

Vessel operators should note:

  • a port (red) lateral marker indicates the left side of a channel when heading upstream, which is also the NSW side of the Murray River, and
  • a starboard (green) lateral marker indicates the right side of a channel when heading upstream, which is also the Victorian side of the Murray River.

River level conditions can be found at http://waterinfo.nsw.gov.au/drr/murray.

DIRECTIONS

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 Special Event 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 comply with all signage and buoyage. Failure to compy is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.11(4) – Maximum Penalty $5,500 in relation to wash and $1,100 for any other case).
  3. 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) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)

MAPS & CHARTS AFFECTED

Transport for NSW Boating Map – 19

For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please refer to the project information website, or contact the TfNSW (Maritime Infoline) on 131 236 from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekends and Public Holidays. 

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