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Port Procedures and

Information for Shipping


Brisbane
May 2015

Table of contents

List of tables ............................................................................................................................................................ 9


Table of amendments ............................................................................................................................................ 10

Section 1

Introduction................................................................................................................ 11

General .................................................................................................................................................... 11
Port description ........................................................................................................................................ 11
Purpose ................................................................................................................................................... 11
Datum ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
Definitions ................................................................................................................................................ 12
1.5.1
1.5.1
1.5.2
1.5.3
1.5.4
1.5.5
1.5.6
1.5.7
1.5.8
1.5.9
1.5.10
1.5.11
1.5.12
1.5.13
1.5.14
1.5.15
1.5.16
1.5.17
1.5.18
1.5.19
1.5.20
1.5.21
1.5.22
1.5.23
1.5.24
1.5.25
1.5.26
1.5.27
1.5.28
1.5.29
1.5.30
1.5.31

AMSA Australian Maritime Safety Authority ................................................................................................12


MASTREP the Modernised Australian Ship Tracking and Reporting System.............................................12
Australian Standard AS 3846 2005 ..........................................................................................................12
Deadweight tonnage (DWT) ...........................................................................................................................12
Duty pilot ........................................................................................................................................................12
Estimated time of arrival (ETA) ......................................................................................................................12
Estimated time of departure (ETD).................................................................................................................12
Regional Harbour Master (RHM) ....................................................................................................................13
Highest astronomical tide (HAT)/lowest astronomical tide (LAT) ...................................................................13
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) .......................................................................................................13
International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).......................................................................13
International Maritime Organization (IMO) .....................................................................................................13
International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT).............................................................13
International Ships and Ports Security Code (ISPS Code) ............................................................................13
International Tonnage Certificate (ITC) ..........................................................................................................13
Length overall (LOA) ......................................................................................................................................13
Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) (MVTM) ............................................................................................13
Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) ..............................................................................................................14
Navigation Act ................................................................................................................................................14
Nett explosive mass (NEM) ............................................................................................................................14
Non gas free tankers (NGF) ......................................................................................................................14
Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) .........................................................................................................14
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) .....................................................................................................................14
QSHIPS Queensland Shipping Information Planning System ....................................................................14
REEFREP ......................................................................................................................................................14
REEFVTS .......................................................................................................................................................14
Regional Harbour Master (RHM) ....................................................................................................................14
Sailing time .....................................................................................................................................................14
Ship to Ship Transfer (STS) ...........................................................................................................................15
Under Keel Clearance (UKC) .........................................................................................................................15
Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) ..........................................................................................................................15
Vessel Traffic Service Operator (VTSO) ........................................................................................................15

Contact information .................................................................................................................................. 15


1.6.1
1.6.2
1.6.3

The Harbour Master .......................................................................................................................................15


VTS Centre .....................................................................................................................................................15
Port Authority ..................................................................................................................................................16

Rules and regulations .............................................................................................................................. 16


1.7.1

Section 2

Applicable regulations ....................................................................................................................................16

Arrival and departure procedures ........................................................................... 17

General .................................................................................................................................................... 17
Arrival check list ....................................................................................................................................... 17
Departure check list ................................................................................................................................. 17
Quarantine ............................................................................................................................................... 18
2.4.1

Ballast water information ................................................................................................................................18

Customs ................................................................................................................................................... 18
2.5.1

Yacht arrivals ..................................................................................................................................................18

Dangerous goods ..................................................................................................................................... 19


MASTREP Reporting ............................................................................................................................... 19
REEFVTS ................................................................................................................................................ 19
2.8.1

Reporting ........................................................................................................................................................20

Security .................................................................................................................................................... 20

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Section 3

Movement and traffic procedures............................................................................ 21

Vessel Traffic Service Centre (VTS) ........................................................................................................ 21


3.1.1
3.1.2
3.1.3
3.1.4

VTS role .........................................................................................................................................................21


Language .......................................................................................................................................................21
Voice recordings .............................................................................................................................................22
VTS radio communications ............................................................................................................................22

Prior notification of movements ................................................................................................................ 23


QSHIPS (Queensland shipping information planning system) .............................................................. 23
Booking a vessel movement .................................................................................................................... 23
Reporting defects ..................................................................................................................................... 24
Booking a vessel removal ........................................................................................................................ 24
3.6.1
3.6.2
3.6.3
3.6.4

Notification ......................................................................................................................................................24
Pilotage removals ...........................................................................................................................................24
Non pilotage removals ....................................................................................................................................24
Dead ship removals........................................................................................................................................25

Tug and Barge/Tow Operations ............................................................................................................... 25


3.7.1
3.7.2
3.7.3

Tug and Tow Length Definitions.....................................................................................................................25


Operational conditions ....................................................................................................................................25
Notification ......................................................................................................................................................25

Movement scheduling .............................................................................................................................. 26


3.8.1
3.8.2

Confirmation of schedules ..............................................................................................................................26


Schedule changes ..........................................................................................................................................26

Prioritising of ship movements ................................................................................................................. 26


3.9.1
3.9.2
3.9.3
3.9.4
3.9.5
3.9.6
3.9.7

Tide restricted ships .......................................................................................................................................26


Passenger ships .............................................................................................................................................26
Commercial considerations ............................................................................................................................26
Non gasfree (NGF) tankers ..........................................................................................................................27
Clearing after industrial delays .......................................................................................................................27
Naval ships .....................................................................................................................................................27
Late modification advice .................................................................................................................................27

Pilotage delays and cancellations ............................................................................................................ 27


3.10.1
3.10.2

Pilotage delays arrival .................................................................................................................................27


Pilotage delays departure ............................................................................................................................28

Movement clearance information ............................................................................................................. 28


Anchoring ................................................................................................................................................. 28
Reporting requirements - Arrivals ............................................................................................................ 28
3.13.1
3.13.2
3.13.3
3.13.4

Section 4

Arrivals entering Outer Bar Reach ..............................................................................................................29


Arrivals when alongside the berth ...............................................................................................................29
Removals and departures ..............................................................................................................................29
Recreational vessels reporting .......................................................................................................................29

Port Description......................................................................................................... 31

Pilotage area ............................................................................................................................................ 31


Load lines................................................................................................................................................. 31
Maximum vessel size ............................................................................................................................... 31
Time zone ................................................................................................................................................ 31
Working hours .......................................................................................................................................... 31
Charts and books ..................................................................................................................................... 31
Shipping announcements ........................................................................................................................ 32
4.7.1
4.7.2

Section 5

Notices to Mariners ........................................................................................................................................32


Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) Service.................................................................................32

Port infrastructure ..................................................................................................... 33

Brisbane berth information ....................................................................................................................... 33


Mooring requirements .............................................................................................................................. 33
5.2.1
5.2.2
5.2.3

Moorings Fisherman Islands .......................................................................................................................33


Lytton Rocks Reach to Pinkenba ...................................................................................................................33
BP Products berth ..........................................................................................................................................34

Wharf cranes and loaders ........................................................................................................................ 34

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Anchorage areas...................................................................................................................................... 34
5.4.1
5.4.2
5.4.3

Pilot station off Point Cartwright ..................................................................................................................34


Anchorages in Moreton Bay ...........................................................................................................................34
Restricted small craft anchoring Whyte Island Boat Passage .....................................................................35

Navigation aids and leading lights............................................................................................................ 35


5.5.1
5.5.2

Moreton Bay ...................................................................................................................................................35


Spitfire Channel Bribie Island .........................................................................................................................36

Buoys and beacons in Moreton Bay ........................................................................................................ 36


5.6.1
5.6.2
5.6.3
5.6.4
5.6.5
5.6.6
5.6.7

North West and Spitfire Channels ..................................................................................................................36


Main Channel .................................................................................................................................................36
East Knoll Bypass (Shallow Draft) ..................................................................................................................36
East Channel ..................................................................................................................................................37
North East Channel ........................................................................................................................................37
Brisbane Roads ..............................................................................................................................................37
Outer Bar Reach reciprocal leads ..................................................................................................................37

Lights in the Brisbane River ..................................................................................................................... 37


5.7.1
5.7.2

Outer Bar Reach ............................................................................................................................................37


Middle Bar Reach beacons to Luggage Point ................................................................................................37

Lights and leads ....................................................................................................................................... 38


5.8.1
5.8.2

Above Luggage Point .....................................................................................................................................38


General ...........................................................................................................................................................38

Buoys and beacons in the Brisbane River ............................................................................................... 39

Section 6

Weather information.................................................................................................. 41

Tidal information ...................................................................................................................................... 41


6.1.1

Tidal information Tsunami effects ...............................................................................................................41

VTS information services ...................................................................................................................... 41


6.2.1
6.2.2

Tide gauges ....................................................................................................................................................42


Weather stations ............................................................................................................................................42

Hazard to shipping Jellyfish .................................................................................................................. 42

Section 7

Port navigation and movement restrictions ........................................................... 43

General .................................................................................................................................................... 43
Speed ...................................................................................................................................................... 43
7.2.1
7.2.2

Moreton Bay ...................................................................................................................................................43


Brisbane River ................................................................................................................................................43

Draft restrictions ....................................................................................................................................... 43


7.3.1
7.3.2
7.3.3
7.3.4
7.3.5
7.3.6
7.3.7
7.3.8

Dynamic UKC programme (DUKC) .............................................................................................................43


Static UKC programme (SUKC) .....................................................................................................................43
Maximum draft forecasts ................................................................................................................................44
Hourly drafts alongside...................................................................................................................................44
Under Keel Clearances (UKCs) Moreton Bay .............................................................................................44
UKC's Brisbane River ..................................................................................................................................44
UKC's alongside berths ...............................................................................................................................44
Trim and list requirements ..............................................................................................................................44

Passage Information ................................................................................................................................ 44


General passing requirements ................................................................................................................. 44
7.5.1
7.5.2
7.5.3

Passing regular river users ..........................................................................................................................45


Passing ships other than NGF tankers........................................................................................................45
Passing NGF tankers ..................................................................................................................................46

NGF tankers advice of movement to other vessels ............................................................................... 46


Swinging maximum ship length............................................................................................................. 46
7.7.1
7.7.2

Separation distance between ships at the berth ............................................................................................47


Caltex Products wharf - berthing / unberthing restrictions..............................................................................47

Dry dock (Cairncross) procedures (Temporarily closed to vessel traffic from mid-2014) ......................... 47
7.8.1

Conditions ......................................................................................................................................................47

Air draft/bridge heights ............................................................................................................................. 47


7.9.1
7.9.2
7.9.3

Sir Leo Hielscher (Gateway) Bridge ...............................................................................................................47


Bulimba power wires ......................................................................................................................................47
Story Bridge ....................................................................................................................................................48

Small vessels navigating in narrow channels ........................................................................................... 48


Advisory Note Interaction with Marine Mammals .................................................................................. 48

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Section 8

Pilotage ....................................................................................................................... 50

Vessels that require a pilot ....................................................................................................................... 50


Pilotage area ............................................................................................................................................ 50
Night pilotage ........................................................................................................................................... 50
Request for pilot ....................................................................................................................................... 50
8.4.1
8.4.2

Notice required ...............................................................................................................................................50


Notification of arrival .......................................................................................................................................50

Pilot boarding position .............................................................................................................................. 51


8.5.1
8.5.2

Point Cartwright anchorage ............................................................................................................................51


Pilot launch boarding arrangements...............................................................................................................51

Pilot licences pilotage area endorsements ............................................................................................ 51


8.6.1

Cancellation of licences ..................................................................................................................................51

Pilotage area navigational data ............................................................................................................. 51


Pilotage area marine incidents .............................................................................................................. 52
Pilotage delays......................................................................................................................................... 52
Passage planning Bridge resource management (BRM) ...................................................................... 52
8.10.1

Alcohol management ......................................................................................................................................52

Master/pilot responsibilities ...................................................................................................................... 52


8.11.1

Section 9

Pilotage requirements for Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef (GBR) ..........................................................52

Tug procedures ......................................................................................................... 54

Tug booking ............................................................................................................................................. 54


Tug Allocation general requirements - arrival and departure ................................................................ 54
9.2.1
9.2.2

Substitution of a tug with a bow thruster ........................................................................................................54


Departure specific conditions .........................................................................................................................55

Emergency communication jammed radio ............................................................................................ 55


Tug companies ........................................................................................................................................ 55
Lines launch services ............................................................................................................................... 56
Pilot launch services ................................................................................................................................ 56

Section 10

Work permits.............................................................................................................. 57

General .................................................................................................................................................... 57
Work permit descriptions ......................................................................................................................... 57
10.2.1
10.2.2
10.2.3
10.2.4
10.2.5
10.2.6
10.2.7

Section 11

Immobilisation main engines ..........................................................................................................................57


LifeBoat drills ..................................................................................................................................................58
Engine trials ....................................................................................................................................................58
Notification of handling of bulk liquids ............................................................................................................58
Controlled Activities Permit (Hot work, spraying, sand blasting and overside work) ......................................58
Tank/crude oil wash and tanker ballasting .....................................................................................................58
Tankers at non tanker berths .........................................................................................................................58

Dangerous cargo ....................................................................................................... 60

General .................................................................................................................................................... 60
11.1.1

Notification ......................................................................................................................................................60

Explosives ................................................................................................................................................ 60
11.2.1
11.2.2

Explosives notification ....................................................................................................................................60


Guidelines ......................................................................................................................................................61

Dangerous cargo limits ............................................................................................................................ 61


Dangerous cargo events .......................................................................................................................... 61
Ship to ship transfer (STS) operations ..................................................................................................... 61
11.5.1
11.5.2

Section 12

LPG Gas carriers ............................................................................................................................................61


Gas Transfer operation procedures: ..............................................................................................................62

Emergency Pollution Marine Incidents ............................................................. 63

Authorities ................................................................................................................................................ 63
Roles and responsibilities ........................................................................................................................ 63
Emergency contact numbers and locations ............................................................................................. 63
12.3.1

VTS centre and Regional Harbour Masters office ..........................................................................................64

Actions in the event of an emergency ...................................................................................................... 64


12.4.1
12.4.2

Port community responsibilities ......................................................................................................................64


VTS Centre responsibilities ............................................................................................................................64

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Marine pollution........................................................................................................................................ 64
12.5.1

Reporting ........................................................................................................................................................65

Marine incidents ....................................................................................................................................... 65


12.6.1
12.6.2
12.6.3

Section 13

Marine incident reporting ................................................................................................................................66


Procedures subsequent to serious marine incidents......................................................................................66
Environmental incident reporting ....................................................................................................................66

Security ...................................................................................................................... 67

General .................................................................................................................................................... 67
Port security procedures .......................................................................................................................... 67
13.2.1

Access to ships and port facilities ..................................................................................................................67

Port security contacts ............................................................................................................................... 68


National security ...................................................................................................................................... 68

Section 14

Port State Control Inspections................................................................................. 69

Inspections ............................................................................................................................................... 69

Section 15

Port Services.............................................................................................................. 70

Bunkering, Fresh Water ........................................................................................................................... 70


Shipping Agencies and Liner Services ..................................................................................................... 70
Mission to Seafarers ................................................................................................................................ 70

Section 16

Appendices ................................................................................................................ 71

Brisbane Port Limits ................................................................................................................................. 73


16.1.1
16.1.2
16.1.3

Brisbane VTS Area .........................................................................................................................................73


Brisbane Port and Pilotage Limits ..................................................................................................................74
Brisbane VHF Coverage ................................................................................................................................75

Chartlets Main Shipping Routes and Security Regulated Area ............................................................. 76


16.2.1
16.2.2
16.2.3
16.2.4
16.2.5
16.2.6
16.2.7
16.2.8
16.2.9
16.2.10
16.2.11
16.2.12
16.2.13
16.2.14
16.2.15
16.2.16
16.2.17

Pilot Boarding Ground and Fairway Approach ...............................................................................................76


North West Channel to Spitfire Channel ........................................................................................................77
Spitfire Channel to Main Channel ...................................................................................................................78
Brisbane Roads and Ship to Ship transfer anchorages .................................................................................79
Bar Cutting .....................................................................................................................................................80
Inner Bar Reach .............................................................................................................................................81
Inner Bar Reach to Swing Basin ....................................................................................................................82
Fisherman Islands Swing Basin .....................................................................................................................83
Lytton Rocks Reach .......................................................................................................................................84
Lytton Rocks Reach to Quarantine Flats Reach ............................................................................................85
Quarantine Flats Reach to Lytton Reach .......................................................................................................86
Lytton Reach to Pinkenba Reach ...................................................................................................................87
Eagle Farm Flats Reach .................................................................................................................................88
Parker Island Reach .......................................................................................................................................89
Quarries Reach ..............................................................................................................................................90
Hamilton Reach ..............................................................................................................................................91
Hamilton Reach to Bulimba Reach ................................................................................................................92

Wharf and berth information..................................................................................................................... 93


Swing basin and swing areas Brisbane River .......................................................................................... 96
Air draft/bridge heights ............................................................................................................................. 96
16.5.1
16.5.2
16.5.3
16.5.4

Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges ...............................................................................................................................97


Bulimba power lines .......................................................................................................................................97
Story Bridge ....................................................................................................................................................97
Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges Navigational Lights & Clearances ......................................................................98

Under Keel Clearances Requirements ..................................................................................................... 99


16.6.1
16.6.2

Moreton Bay and Brisbane River ...................................................................................................................99


Tides UKC required for Brisbane River .......................................................................................................99

Vessel Traffic Management Forms ........................................................................................................ 100


16.7.1
16.7.2
16.7.3
16.7.4
16.7.5
16.7.6
16.7.7

VTIS A1 Booking Form ..............................................................................................................................100


VTIS A2 Vessel details form VTIS A2 Booking form (Removals)..............................................................101
VTIS A3 Vessel details form.........................................................................................................................102
VTIS A4 Form Tug and Tow Advice ..........................................................................................................103
Codes and Guide for completing VTIS forms ...............................................................................................104
UKC Vessel particulars request .................................................................................................................106
Gas Free Status Declaration ......................................................................................................................107

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16.7.8
16.7.9
16.7.10
16.7.11
16.7.12

Permission to Immobilise Main Engines Sample .....................................................................................108


Permission to Conduct Lifeboat Drills - Sample .........................................................................................109
Permission to hold Main Engine Trials - Sample ........................................................................................110
Permission to tank/crude oil wash - Sample ...............................................................................................111
Gateway Bridge Clearance form - Sample .................................................................................................112

Navigation Data ..................................................................................................................................... 113


16.8.1
16.8.2
16.8.3
16.8.4
16.8.5
16.8.6
16.8.7
16.8.8
16.8.9
16.8.10
16.8.11
16.8.12
16.8.13
16.8.14

Pilotage Moreton Bay Distance Tables .....................................................................................................113


Moreton Bay steaming times ........................................................................................................................114
Pilotage Brisbane River removal distances ...............................................................................................115
Pilotage Tides and Swinging Times ..........................................................................................................116
Pilotage Waypoints Outbound Hamilton to Entrance Beacons ..............................................................117
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Entrance Beacons to Hamilton .................................................................118
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via East Knoll ...............................................................................................119
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel east of M8 .......................................................................120
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and East of Rear Reciprocal ......................121
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and West of Rear Reciprocal .....................122
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, West of M5 and East Channel ..........................................123
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, East of M5 and East Channel ...........................................124
Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Draft Vessels......................................................................................125
Pilotage Transit Times Ready Reckoner ...................................................................................................126

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List of tables
Table 1 Arrival Check List ................................................................................................................................... 17
Table 2 Departure Check List ............................................................................................................................. 18
Table 3 VHF Communication Channels ............................................................................................................. 22
Table 4 Pre-entry Notification Times .................................................................................................................. 23
Table 5 North West and Spitfire Channels.......................................................................................................... 36
Table 6 Main Channel ........................................................................................................................................ 36
Table 7 East Knoll Bypass (Shallow Draft .......................................................................................................... 37
Table 8 East Channel ......................................................................................................................................... 37
Table 9 North East Channel ............................................................................................................................... 37
Table 10 Outer Bar Reach reciprocal leads ........................................................................................................ 37
Table 11 Outer Reach Bar .................................................................................................................................. 37
Table 12 Middle Bar Reach beacons to Luggage Point ...................................................................................... 38
Table 13 Bouys and beacons in the Brisbane River ........................................................................................... 40
Table 14 Tide Gauges ........................................................................................................................................ 42
Table 15 Weather Stations ................................................................................................................................. 42
Table 16 Svitzer Tugs ......................................................................................................................................... 55
Table 17 Smit Lamnalco Tugs ............................................................................................................................ 55
Table 18 Permit Requests .................................................................................................................................. 57
Table 19 Dangerous Cargo Minimum Notification Times ................................................................................... 60
Table 20 Emergency Roles and Responsibilities............................................................................................. 63
Table 21 Emergency Contact Numbers .............................................................................................................. 64

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Table of amendments
Contact for enquiries and proposed changes. If you have any questions regarding this
document or if you have a suggestion for improvements, please contact:
Contact Officer: ............... Regional Harbour Master, Brisbane
Phone: ............................ +61 7 3632 7500
Fax: ................................. +61 7 3632 7571
Email: .............................. msqmail@msq.qld.gov.au
Date

Page number

Description

Version

May 2015

Second Issue

1.2015

July 2009

Initial Issue

1.2009

and section

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Section 1

Introduction
General
Welcome to the Port of Brisbane, the principal port in Queensland.
Shipping legislation in Queensland is controlled by Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ), a
state government agency attached to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The state of Queensland is divided up into five regions which are controlled by a Regional
Harbour Master (RHM), all officers of Maritime Safety Queensland who report to the
General Manager and under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994, are
responsible for:

improving maritime safety for shipping and small craft through regulation and
education

minimising vessel sourced waste and providing response to marine pollution

providing essential maritime services such as port pilots and aids to navigation and

encouraging and supporting innovation in the maritime industry.

The limit of Queensland coastal waters is defined by a line three nautical miles seaward of the
territorial sea baseline. The arrangements outlined in these procedures apply to the

geographical areas gazetted as pilotage areas in Queensland. Pilotage areas have been
gazetted around designated ports and maritime areas to ensure the safe and efficient
movement of shipping. These areas encompass the approaches, main shipping channels
and waters of the port.
Collectively, the Harbour Master and the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) have
responsibility for managing the safe and efficient operation of the port.
Port description
Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland. It is Queensland's largest general cargo port
and the fastest growing container port in Australia. There are currently nine dedicated
container berths in the port.
There are two oil refineries situated at Brisbane hence the principal import is crude oil
which is processed and the resulting refined products are shipped to other areas of
Australia. Other imports include fertilisers, chemicals, motor vehicles, cement clinker and
gypsum, paper and building products and machinery.
Exports include coal, refined petroleum products, grain and woodchips; mineral sand,
scrap metal, tallow, live cattle, beef and dairy products and timber.
Cruise ships facilities are at the Portside cruise ship terminal at Hamilton. Naval vessels
are frequent visitors.
Purpose
This document defines the standard procedures to be followed in the pilotage area of the
port; it contains information and guidelines to assist ship's masters, owners, and agents
of vessels arriving at and traversing the area. It provides details of the services and the
regulations and procedures to be observed.
Nothing in this publication is intended to relieve any vessel, owner, operator, charterer,
master, or person directing the movement of a vessel from the consequences of any
failure to comply with any applicable law or regulation or of any neglect of precaution
which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamanship, or by the special
circumstances of the case.
Information contained in this publication is based on information available as at the latest
date in the document control sheet at the start of this manual. Although every care has
been taken to ensure that this information is correct, no warranty, expressed or implied, is
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given in regard to the accuracy of all printed contents. The publisher shall not be
responsible for any loss or damage resulting from or caused by any inaccuracy produced
herein.
Information on external agencies (Customs, Quarantine, Port Authority rules, REEFREP and so on) is
provided as an example only. Readers are strongly recommended to consult their respective web sites for
current information.

The latest version of this publication is available on the Maritime Safety Queensland
website.
Any significant updates to the content of these procedures will be promulgated on this
site. The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd website should be consulted for the latest information
on port rules, available services and notices.
Should errors or omissions in this publication be noted, it would be appreciated if advice
of these could be forwarded to the Regional Harbour Master.
Datum
All water depths refer to the lowest astronomical tide height (LAT).
All positions in this manual are in WGS84.
All directions are referenced to true north.
Definitions
1.5.1

AMSA Australian Maritime Safety Authority


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is the commonwealth authority charged with
enhancing efficiency in the delivery of safety and other services to the Australian maritime
industry.

1.5.1

MASTREP the Modernised Australian Ship Tracking and Reporting System


The Modernised Australian Ship Tracking and Reporting System (MASTREP) is a Ship
Reporting System designed to contribute to safety of life at sea and is operated by the
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through the Rescue Coordination Centre
(RCC) Australia in Canberra.

1.5.2

Australian Standard AS 3846 2005


AS 3846 refers to the Australian requirements for the transport and handling of
dangerous goods in port areas.

1.5.3

Deadweight tonnage (DWT)


The cargo carrying capacity of a ship measured in metric tonnes.

1.5.4

Duty pilot
Officer authorised to act for the pilot company.

1.5.5

Estimated time of arrival (ETA)


Estimated time of arrival is the expected time of arrival at a designated place.

1.5.6

Estimated time of departure (ETD)


Estimated time of departure refers to the scheduled sailing time and is the expected time
of the last line.

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1.5.7

Regional Harbour Master (RHM)


The person authorised to give direction under the relevant provisions of the Transport
Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994.

1.5.8

Highest astronomical tide (HAT)/lowest astronomical tide (LAT)


These are the highest and lowest levels that can be predicted to occur under average
meteorological conditions and any combination of astronomical conditions. These levels
may not be reached every year. Highest astronomical tide or lowest astronomical tide are
not the extreme levels that can be reached, as storm surges can cause considerably
higher or lower levels to occur.
Lowest astronomical tide is the port datum to which all soundings and heights are
referred to for all channel and berth surveys in the port.

1.5.9

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)


A voluntary organisation of national shipowners' associations whose interests cover all
aspects of marine affairs, but are particularly active in the field of marine safety, ship
design, construction, pollution prevention and maritime law. The International Chamber of
Shipping has consultative status with such organisations as the IMO.

1.5.10

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code)


The codes are published by the IMO for the safe carriage, packing, handling, classing
and transporting of dangerous goods.

1.5.11

International Maritime Organization (IMO)


The world organisation charged with enhancing efficiency in the delivery of safety to the
whole maritime industry.

1.5.12

International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT)


ISGOTT is the standard reference guide for the safe operation of oil tankers and
terminals published by the International Chamber of Shipping, the Oil Companies
International Maritime Forum (OCIMF) and the International Association of Ports and
Harbours (IAPH).

1.5.13

International Ships and Ports Security Code (ISPS Code)


An international ship and port security code to combat global terrorism developed by the
IMO.

1.5.14

International Tonnage Certificate (ITC)


A certificate issued under the provisions of the International Tonnage Convention on
Tonnage Measurement of Ships 1969.

1.5.15

Length overall (LOA)


LOA is the extreme length of a vessel.

1.5.16

Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) (MVTM)


The manager of VTS - reporting to the Harbour Master. Holds the appropriate delegation
to give direction under the relevant provisions of the Transport Operations (Marine
Safety) Act 1994.

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1.5.17

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ)


The state government agency responsible for the operations of pilotage, pollution
protection services, VTS and the administration of all aspects of vessel registration and
marine safety in the state of Queensland.

1.5.18

Navigation Act
Refers to the Navigation Act 2012.

1.5.19

Nett explosive mass (NEM)


The nett explosive mass refers to the nett content of explosive material in any given
amount or parcel of cargo (sometimes referred to as the nett explosive content (NEC), or
nett explosive quantity (NEQ)).

1.5.20

Non gas free tankers (NGF)


A tanker (includes OBO) or product carrier which has not had its cargo tanks washed,
vented and inspected, or been issued with a 'Gas Free' certificate.

1.5.21

Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC)


Exemption granted to certain qualified masters who have satisfied the necessary
legislative requirements and are authorised to navigate ships in the port area without a
pilot.

1.5.22

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL)


Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) manages and develops the Port of Brisbane, under a 99
year lease from the Queensland Government.

1.5.23

QSHIPS Queensland Shipping Information Planning System


An internet web based ship movement booking service that may be accessed by the
shipping community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The programme allows port service provider organisations the ability to accept service
requests made by shipping agents and streamline ship movement planning by
significantly reducing the existing levels of point to point communications that are
necessary to ensure a planned ship movement has been adequately resourced with
supporting services.

1.5.24

REEFREP
The mandatory ship reporting system established by IMO resolution MSC.52 (66), as
amended by resolution MSC.161 (78), and specified in Marine Orders Part 56
(REEFVTS) issue 2.

1.5.25

REEFVTS
The Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service (REEFVTS) established
by Australia as a means of enhancing navigational safety and environmental protection in
Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef.

1.5.26

Regional Harbour Master (RHM)


The person authorised to give direction under the relevant provisions of the Transport
Operations (Marine Safety Act 1994).

1.5.27

Sailing time
The scheduled sailing time is the time of the last line.

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1.5.28

Ship to Ship Transfer (STS)


The basic operation of transferring cargo from one ship to another without crossing a
wharf or using a land based operation and is more often used as a term for transferring
liquids from one tanker to another.

1.5.29

Under Keel Clearance (UKC)


This is the depth of water under a ship between the ships keel and the bottom of the sea
or river.
Static under keel clearance (SUKC) is a computer programme that is used for calculating
tidal windows for deep draft vessels based on tidal predictions, declared depths and
drafts of vessels.
Dynamic under keel clearance (DUKC) is an online computer programme that calculates
tidal windows based on actual tide and weather conditions.

1.5.30

Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)


A VTS is any service implemented by a competent authority, designed to maximise the
safe and efficient movement of water borne traffic within the jurisdiction.

1.5.31

Vessel Traffic Service Operator (VTSO)


The officer reporting to the Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) at the Brisbane Port
Control Centre who has appropriate delegation to give direction under the relevant
provisions of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994.
Contact information

1.6.1

The Harbour Master


For operational maritime questions, marine incidents, pilotage, buoy moorings, navigation
aids and towage requirements please contact the Harbour Master's office.
The Harbour Master's office is located at:
Physical address: ........... MacArthur Avenue East (off Farrer Street)
Pinkenba, Brisbane, Queensland 4008
Phone: ............................ +61 7 3632 7500
Fax: ................................ +61 7 3632 7571
Email: .............................. rhmbrisbane@msq.qld.gov.au

1.6.2

VTS Centre
The VTS Centre is situated at the Harbour Master's office. For ship traffic scheduling,
pollution incidents and reporting defective navigation aids please direct initial enquiries to
the VTS centre.
Call sign is Brisbane VTS provided by Maritime Safety Queensland 24 hours, seven
days a week. The contact details are:
VHF Radio: ..................... VHF channels 12 and 16
Phone: ........................... +61 7 3305 1701
Fax: ................................ +61 7 3305 1708
Email: .............................. VTSBrisbane@msq.qld.gov.au

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In the event of a maritime emergency, VTS will activate the appropriate response
agencies.
Ship traffic movements may be accessed on the QSHIPS website.
1.6.3

Port Authority
The primary function of the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL), under the Transport
Infrastructure Act 1994, is to establish, manage and operate effective and efficient
facilities and services within the port while maintaining appropriate levels of safety and
security.
Phone: ........................... +61 7 3258 4888
Fax: ................................ +61 7 3258 4703
Email: .............................. info@portbris.com.au
Rules and regulations
The rules and regulations in the port contribute to the safe, efficient and environmentally
responsible handling of shipping traffic. The international rules of the IMO, such as the
SOLAS convention and its amendments (for example the IMDG code) and state, national
and local port authority regulations are in force in the port.
Based on the Brisbane Port Notices the port rules on dangerous substances contain
additional, specific regulations for ships carrying dangerous cargoes in the port.

1.7.1

Applicable regulations
The procedures outlined in this document are designed to include the requirements of
the:

Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 and Regulations 2004 (TOMSA)

Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act and Regulation 2008 (TOMPA)

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code)

Australian Standard AS3846 2005

International Ships and Ports Security Code (ISPS Code)

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 and Regulations.

In addition, it will also complement the procedures of:

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL)

Brisbane City Council (BCC)

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ)

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

as they relate to ship movements within the jurisdiction of the Regional Harbour Master
(Brisbane).

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Section 2

Arrival and departure procedures


General
For a quick reference of what and when to report please consult the under mentioned
tables:
Masters of vessels arriving at, staying in or departing from the Port of Brisbane are
obliged to make previous notification on a variety of subjects, ranging from health to
immigration and dangerous goods.
This section lists all the requirements for notifying the port authorities.
Arrival check list
Sequence

Time

Report

48 hours before arrival

Arrival information to VTS via QSHIPS

48 hours before arrival

Application to Load or Unload or Transfer Bulk Liquids

48 hours before arrival

Gas Free status for tankers (see 16.7.7 Gas Free Status
Declaration

48 hours before arrival

Customs (see 2.5 Customs)

Not more than 96


hours or less than 12
hours before arrival

Quarantine (see 2.4)

24 and 12 hours
before arrival update
ETA if necessary.
24 hours prior to
loading/handling
dangerous goods
(includes bunkers)

Arrival information update to VTS via QSHIPS

Dangerous goods report to VTS, Australian Maritime


Safety Authority and PBPL.

two hours before


arrival pilotage area

Call 'Brisbane VTS ' VHF 16 (See sec 4.2)

In transit

VTS reporting points (see 3.13)

Table 1 Arrival Check List

Departure check list


Sequence

Time

Report

24 hours before
departure

Confirm departure information to VTS via QSHIPS


(see 3.3)

3 hours before
departure

Dangerous goods report to VTS and PBPL


Pre entry report to MASTREP Reporting
Marine Order 63 issued by AMSA makes the provision
of Position Reports mandatory for:

foreign vessels from the arrival at its first port in


Australia until its departure from its final port in
Australia; and

all regulated Australian vessels whilst in the


MASTREP area.

2 hours before
departure

Domestic commercial vessels fitted with Global


Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and
AIS technology are also encouraged to participate in

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Sequence

Time

Report
the system as MASTREP assists AMSA in carrying out
SAR activities.
To assist Master /Agents, the MASTREP and
Australian Mandatory Reporting Guide can be found at
the following link:
http://amsa.gov.au/forms-andpublications/Publications/Mastrep.pdf
(2.8 / or 2.8 http://amsa.gov.au/forms-and-

publications/Publications/Mastrep.pdf
REEFVTS)
4

In transit

VTS reporting points (see 3.13.3 Removals and


departures)

Table 2 Departure Check List

Quarantine
Source: Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (Biosecurity) require vessels from overseas to submit their
documentation no more than 96 hours and no less than 12 hours prior to arrival:
Phone: ........................... +61 7 3246 8755
Fax: ................................ +61 7 3839 9313
Postal address: .............. PO Box 222, Hamilton, Queensland 4007
2.4.1

Ballast water information


Ships with ballast water from ports that are considered a high risk for introduced marine
species and that have not exchanged water ballast in mid ocean are now forbidden to
discharge this ballast into Australian waters. Vessels that do not need to discharge ballast
in Australian waters are exempt from these requirements.
The Department of Agriculture (Biosecurity) provides a Ballast Water Management
summary sheet for use by Masters/Agents which can be found at the following link:
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/avm/vessels/quarantineconcerns/ballast/ballast-log
Customs
(Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service)
Vessels arriving from overseas must submit their documentation 48 hours prior to the
nominated date of arrival. If the voyage from the last port is likely to take less than 48
hours then the report is required at least 24 hours before the estimated time of arrival.
All Australian Customs and Border Protection Service forms may be accessed on their
website.

2.5.1

Yacht arrivals
Yachts arriving at Brisbane should report their arrival information to:
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Small Craft Officer
Physical address: ........... 21 Whimbrel Street, Port of Brisbane Queensland 4178

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Telephone:...................... +61 7 3895 6910 (office hours)


Telephone:...................... +61 7 3895 6906 (after hours)
Facsimile: ....................... +61 7 3895 6977
Email: .............................. brissea@customs.gov.au
Quarantine (Seaports)
Physical address: ........... 2 Port Central Drive, Port of Brisbane, Queensland 4009
Telephone:...................... +61 7 3895 9705
Mobile: ............................ +61 4 0091 9001
Facsimile: ....................... +61 77 3895 9712
Website: .......................... www.aqis.gov.au
Boarding station for arrival:
Physical address:

Rivergate Marina and Shipyard


17 Rivergate Place, Murarie Queensland 4172

Website:

http://www.rivergate.com.au/
http://www.customs.gov.au/businesses/default.asp

Dangerous goods
Dangerous goods must not be brought into or handled in the pilotage area until
notification has been sent to PBPL and VTS in the approved at least 48 hours prior to
arrival in port limits.
For further information, refer to Section 11 Dangerous cargo.
MASTREP Reporting
Marine Order 63 issued by AMSA makes the provision of Position Reports mandatory for:

foreign vessels from the arrival at its first port in Australia until its departure from its
final port in Australia; and

all regulated Australian vessels whilst in the MASTREP area.

Domestic commercial vessels fitted with Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
(GMDSS) and AIS technology are also encouraged to participate in the system as
MASTREP assists AMSA in carrying out SAR activities.
To assist Master /Agents, the MASTREP and Australian Mandatory Reporting Guide can
be found at the following link:
http://amsa.gov.au/forms-and-publications/Publications/Mastrep.pdf
REEFVTS
REEFVTS is the mandatory ship reporting system (SRS) operated under joint federal and
state arrangements between Maritime Safety Queensland and the Australian Maritime
Safety Authority (AMSA) from the ship reporting centre at Townsville. The purpose of
REEFVTS is to enhance navigational safety in the Torres Strait and the inner route of the
Great Barrier Reef which encompasses the Whitsunday region.
The following vessels are required to report to REEFVTS:

all vessels of 50 metres or more in overall length

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all oil tankers, liquefied gas carriers and, chemical tankers or ships coming within the
INF Code regardless of length

ships engaged in towing or pushing where it or the ship being pushed or towed is
from one of the above categories or where the length of the tow is 150 metres or
more.

The ship reporting system applies to all ships in the above categories irrespective of
whether they are on overseas, interstate or intrastate voyages. This regulation does not
apply to any warship, naval auxiliary or government vessel but they and all other vessels
not mentioned above are encouraged to report.
2.8.1

Reporting
When approaching the REEFVTS area vessels are required to provide a preentry report
at least two hours prior to entering the area or departing from a port within the REEFVTS
area. An entry report must be made in respect of a ship as soon as it enters the
REEFVTS area or departs from a port within the REEFVTS area. Information received
will include ship name, intended route, cargo, drafts and other supplementary information.
The amount of information required will depend on whether the vessel has already
provided a sailing plan to AUSREP.
Automatic position reporting (APR) via Inmarsat C is the primary mechanism for ships to
provide intermediate position reports. REEFVTS will generally carry out automatic
position reporting remotely without any intervention by a ship's crew. Ships fitted with first
generation Inmarsat C terminals that do not support remote programming, will be
required to be programmed onboard for intermediate position reports to be sent
automatically.
Mariners are requested to ensure the vessel's Inmarsat C terminal is logged into the
Pacific Ocean region (POR). If a ship is unable to provide Intermediate position reports
via automatic position reporting, brief position reports must be provided on an hourly
basis or as advised by REEFVTS.
Coastal pilots are required to report to REEFVTS when embarking or disembarking a ship
in the REEFVTS area.
Ships are reminded to maintain a listening watch on the appropriate VHF channel
frequency for the section of the reef that they are travelling in.
Security
All commercial vessels with a gross tonnage of 500 tonnes or more and passenger ships
are required to report their security information to the port authority in accordance with
the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).

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Section 3

Movement and traffic procedures


Maritime Safety Queensland, through the authority of the Harbour Master, has jurisdiction
over the safe movement of all shipping within the pilotage area.
The scheduling of ship movements is initiated by the agent submitting movement details
for a vessel to Brisbane VTS Centre via the QSHIPS ship planning programme in
accordance with this section.
Vessel Traffic Service Centre (VTS)
Vessel Traffic Service is the principal tool by which the Regional Harbour Master
manages the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic approaching, departing and
operating within the Brisbane pilotage area.
VTS is delivered from the VTS centre at the Harbour Masters office and is manned by
trained and qualified vessel traffic service operators, under the management of the
Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) and the Regional Harbour Master (Brisbane).
The VTS centre has VHF radio, telephone, fax and email services for administrative and
emergency purposes.
Note that in the event of the port control centre being disabled, all functions of the VTS
centre will be temporarily transferred to the port security control centre at Fisherman
Island. VTS will advise all parties of the new communication numbers at such a time.

3.1.1

Organisation

Telephone

Facsimile

Email

VTS centre

+61 7 3305 1700

+61 7 3305 1708

vtsbrisbane@tmr.qld.gov.au

VTS role
Brisbane VTS offers a Traffic Organisation Service in accordance with International
Maritime Organization guidelines within the 16.1.1 Brisbane VTS Area.
Brisbane VTS will:

3.1.2

Forward plan the movement of vessels to prevent congestion and provide for safe
and efficient movement of traffic.

Wherever possible interact with vessel traffic by maritime VHF radio. Interact with
port services in Brisbane

Provide essential and timely information to assist the on-board decision making
process and may inform, advise or instruct shipping in the VTS area.

Where necessary communicate the directions of the Regional Harbour Master


(Brisbane) or delegate

Monitor compliance with the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 and
Regulation 2004

Record the details of shipping movements in the QSHIPS programme in real time

Maintain a situational awareness of traffic in the VTS area to the extent of the
available information

Participate in emergency procedures.

Language
The English language is to be used in all communication. The International Maritime
Organization's Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP) 2001 will be used.

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3.1.3

Voice recordings
All voice communications with the VTS centre and all radio communications on the
channels monitored, are recorded against a date and time stamp. Access to the
recordings is controlled by the Regional Harbour Master.

3.1.4

VTS radio communications


Ships are not to move within the pilotage area unless satisfactory two way
communications are maintained with the VTS centre.
The Brisbane VTS call sign is Brisbane VTS. The pilot station and launches based at
Mooloolaba are also equipped with all selected maritime VHF channels including 6, 12,
16 and 67.
VTS Brisbane - VHF Communications Channels
Call sign

Service

VHF channel 16

User

Initial call up and primary emergency channel

VHF channel 12

Brisbane
VTS

Working channel for vessels working in Moreton Bay and the


Brisbane River between Point Cartwright and Hamilton Reach
(Brett's Wharf).

VHF channel 13

Brisbane
VTS

Working channel for vessels working in the Brisbane River


upstream from Brett's Wharf and the Southern Moreton Bay, the
area which lies to the south of a line running from the Boat Passage
Bridge at Fisherman Islands to North Point , St Helena and then to
Reeder's Point, Moreton Island and down to Latitude 2740'S

VHF channel 14

User

Supplementary port operations

VHF channel
06, 08, 09 and
10

User

Pilots and tugs

VHF channel 63
and 73

User

Water Police/Coast Guard

VHF channel 67

User

Weather and navigational warnings

Table 3 VHF Communication Channels

All ocean trading, commercial fishing and private ships of 35 metres and over transiting
the Brisbane pilotage area must report their movements to VTS on VHF channel 12 on
arrival and departure from the Brisbane pilotage area and must maintain a listening watch
on that frequency at all times while operating in the area. All other commercial and private
vessels and fishing vessels equipped with VHF radio are required to maintain a listening
watch on VHF channel 16 and either channel 12 or 13 depending on its area of operation
(Refer 16.1.1 Brisbane VTS Area).
All ships equipped with VHF radio must maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 12
prior to entering a shipping channel and must respond to calls on VHF channel 12. This
applies between the pilot boarding ground at Point Cartwright (Mooloolaba) to Bretts
Wharf in the Brisbane River.
All ships fitted with a VHF radio and operating upstream of Bretts Wharf must give
advisory warning broadcasts on VHF channel 13 when approaching all corners, bends
and bridges to alert other users.
Brisbane VTS, as part of the South East Queensland Coastal VHF network maintains a
safety listening watch for South East Queensland coastal Waters from Sandy Cape to
Coolangatta, on VHF channel 16 from 2200 to 0600 daily.

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Prior notification of movements


Sections 181 to 181A of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004
require that all ship movements for vessels 35 metres in length or more are reported
according to the following table:
Action

Minimum notice

Approved form

Prior notification of
movement in pilotage area

48 hours prior to entry

Notification via QSHIPS

Transport of dangerous
goods in pilotage area

48 hours prior to entry

Loading, removal or
handling of dangerous
cargo alongside (includes
bunkering)

24 hours prior to handling

Refer Section 11

Ship to ship transfer of


dangerous cargo

24 hours prior to cargo


transfer

Refer Section 11

Gas/Free Status (bulk


liquid cargo ships)

48 hours prior to entry,


departure or removal

Declaration by master if vessel is


gas free for movement purposes.

24 hours prior to removal or


departure
Refer Section 11

three hours prior to


departure

Table 4 Pre-entry Notification Times

QSHIPS (Queensland shipping information planning system)


The movement of all vessels of LOA 35 metres or more arriving at Brisbane is recorded
in an internet based programme known as QSHIPS.
https://qships.tmr.qld.gov.au/webx/
The programme is operated from the VTS centre; shipping agents submit booking
information on line in accordance with the reporting requirements (see 3.2 Prior
notification of movements) and record their requisitions for tugs, pilot and linesmen. The
ancillary services respond on line to acknowledge the booking and allocate their
resources; the movement then assumes the confirmed status. Permit requests should be
submitted via QSHIPS and to the respective agencies if required (see Section 10 Work
permits). QSHIPS will indicate when the approval has been granted and the agent is then
able to print the permit for the vessel.
Since the programme is live, port service providers, agents, government agencies and
the general community are able to view scheduled movements in any Queensland port in
real time.
Booking a vessel movement
When an agent is advised by his principals that a ship is bound for Brisbane then that
agent should book in the ship via the QSHIPS programme at least 48 hours prior to the
movement. Request for the supply of a pilot and tugs should be confirmed directly with
the service provider and also be recorded in QSHIPS.
The use of the QSHIPS programme is mandatory for notification of the impending arrival
and subsequent movements of a vessel unless exceptional circumstances preclude this.
If an agent is unable to submit a booking by QSHIPS the 16.7.1 VTIS A1 Booking Form
must be faxed or emailed to the VTS Centre.
Details of any removal movement and departure information are to be submitted at least
24 hours prior to the start time in a similar manner to the above.
Arrival advice should be confirmed to the VTS Centre 24 hours prior to the start of the
movement.

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This section does not apply to all ships of between 35 and 80 metres LOA that operate
solely within the Brisbane pilotage area and whose masters hold a valid pilotage
exemption certificate for the Brisbane pilotage area.
Reporting defects
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires notification of any deficiencies
or suspected deficiencies on ships visiting Australian ports. Deficiencies are to be
reported to VTS via the QSHIPS programme and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
using Form AMSA 355 Defects Report (report of suspected non compliance with
Navigation Act or safety/pollution conventions).
Booking a vessel removal
3.6.1

Notification
All removals whether they are carried out as a pilotage removal or a non pilotage removal
and from:

one berth to another berth or anchorage or

an anchorage to another anchorage or berth or

a warp along a berth to another berth or

a warp for operational reasons on the same berth.

A tug and barge combination with a total combination length greater than 80m

The use of the QSHIPS programme is mandatory for notification of the impending
removal movement and subsequent movements of a vessel unless exceptional
circumstances preclude this. In this case the must be submitted to VTS by fax or email at
least 24 hours prior to the movement.
3.6.2

Pilotage removals
All Vessels that require a pilot (see 8.1) and are booked in for a removal from one berth
or anchorage to another berth or anchorage must do so under pilotage. Such removal
must also have Tug Allocation general requirements - arrival and departure as per the
port practice and conditions (see 9.2). This requirement also applies to vessels that
intend to let go, swing off, and make fast again at the same berth even if lines are still
placed on the wharf.

3.6.3

Non pilotage removals


Non pilotage removals from one berth to another may be conducted by the master of the
ship subject to the following conditions:

the removal is along a continuous uninterrupted stretch of wharf and is restricted for a
distance not exceeding one berth length or 250 metres whichever is the greatest

that the removal has been booked with VTS by the ships agent

the master confirms the ships ability to safely conduct the manoeuvre

the ship's lines are ashore at all times

the terminal/wharf operator is to have a procedural plan regarding the warping of


vessels; the person in charge on the wharf is to discuss procedures of the removal
with the master of the vessel prior to the move and is to agree on a VHF channel for
communications

the master is to advise VTS of the time of commencement of the removal and the
time of when the vessel is made fast again

weather and tidal conditions are favourable.

The use of a lines launch is considered an operational advantage.

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Any vessel that intends to shift along a berth for operational reasons such as alignment to
a loading arm or hopper whilst remaining moored to the same berth will be treated as a
non pilotage removal and all listed conditions still apply.
Any removal that requires the use of a tug and/or main engines or a removal distance
greater than mentioned above will require a pilot to conduct the removal.
The Regional Harbour Master, to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the port, may
at any time require the removal to be conducted by a pilot with or without tug assistance.
3.6.4

Dead ship removals


Applications for ships requiring a dead ship removal to any berth or anchorage within the
port will be assessed on their merits.
Tug and Barge/Tow Operations

3.7.1

Tug and Tow Length Definitions


For the purposes of this section the following definitions shall apply:

3.7.2

the length of tow is the total length of all items that go to make up the tow, to
include tow lines, wires, bridles, vessels and/or barges, taken from the bow of the tug
to the stern of the last vessel or barge making up the tow

Example: tug towing a barge on a tow line: Length is calculated based on


length of tug, length of tow and bridles, and length of barge

Example: Tug hipped up to barge. Length is barge plus the length of the tug
that is overhanging the stern of the barge.

split is when a tow consisting of two or more vessels and/or barges are separated
to form single units.

Operational conditions
All tugs and tows, ocean going or coastal, will be handled in the port under the following
conditions:

all tugs and tows will be required to engage a licensed pilot as per Section 8

all tows are to be shortened up prior to arrival at the pilot boarding ground

any tow greater than 250 metres that is a multi unit tow, will require to be either split
prior to transiting Moreton Bay or require the assistance of an accompanying harbour
tug for the full passage

all multiple barge tows are required to be broken at Brisbane Roads and the tug or
tugs lashed up alongside each unit prior to entry into the Bar Cutting

tugs to be positioned, lashed up and made fast alongside the barge/tow to the
satisfaction and requirement of the pilot

on a case by case basis, VTS may require or direct harbour tugs to take charge of
the tow or tows when transiting the Brisbane River upstream of the entrance beacons

daylight only requirement for Moreton Bay transit for tugs that do not normally
operate within the Brisbane pilotage area.

Any tow that is in a damaged condition will not be granted entry into the Brisbane pilotage
area until the Regional Harbour Master is satisfied that the vessel/s does not pose a
threat to the marine environment or a hazard to navigation in the port..
3.7.3

Notification
When a tug and tow is bound for, due to depart from or to do a removal within the port,
the master, owner or agent is required to book the movements with VTS via the QSHIPS
programme using the same arrangements as defined for other vessels. A visit for the

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towing vessel will need to be created in QSHIPS and then the details of the tow added by
using the 'add convoy' tab.
If an agent is unable to submit a booking by QSHIPS, the agent must complete the
16.7.4 VTIS A4 Form Tug and Tow Advice in addition to the 16.7.1 VTIS A1 Booking
Form to VTS. The information will include:

full details of the tug and of the vessel/s making up the tow (dimensions, drafts, and
so on)

the length of the tow at sea and when shortened up for entry into the port

details of the make up of the towline to include lengths and types of tow lines and
bridles

any special requirements for the handling of the tow within the port.

Tug and tows may be subject to varying scheduling arrangements.


Movement scheduling
3.8.1

Confirmation of schedules
On receipt of a movement booking VTS will cross check tug and pilot bookings, other
movements and terminal schedules whilst verifying draft restricted vessels and non gas
free requirements when putting the schedule together.

3.8.2

Schedule changes
Agents may modify scheduled movement times via QSHIPS up to twenty-four hours prior
to the scheduled movement. Changes made within twenty-four hours of the
commencement of the movement must be made by telephone to VTS and the tug,
pilotage and linesmen companies as soon as variations in the estimated time of arrival
(ETA) or the estimated time of departure (ETD) become apparent. VTS will input the
modification and will advise agents of the new schedule in line with other vessel
movements or parameters at the time.
Estimated time of departure (ETD) cannot be brought ahead between 2200 hours and
0600 hours. Final notification to all port services, including VTS are to be made by 2130
hours daily.
Prioritising of ship movements
The principle of first come, first served applies to all ships wishing to enter the port. For
ships requiring a pilot it means first to the boarding ground, for exempt ships, it means
first to the fairway beacon, however this principle may be modified under certain
conditions.
The confirmation of all movements is the responsibility of VTS, who will ensure that all
ships should move through the port efficiently and safely.

3.9.1

Tide restricted ships


Where a ship is restricted by draft to a narrow tidal window, it will usually be given first
priority.

3.9.2

Passenger ships
Passenger ships operate to fixed schedules that are booked months in advance; where
possible, their schedules will be adhered to.

3.9.3

Commercial considerations
When the schedule dictates that certain ships must be delayed, those ships likely to
suffer the greatest commercial disadvantages, such as those having labour standing by
may be given priority.

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3.9.4

Non gasfree (NGF) tankers


Non gasfree tankers generally require a clear river and additional passing restrictions
apply (see 7.5 General passing requirements). Movements of other ships may need to be
adjusted in order to meet the restrictions. However, NGF tankers do not enjoy any special
priority above the movement other ships.

3.9.5

Clearing after industrial delays


Subsequent to any industrial dispute, vessels which have suffered the longest delay may
be given preference.

3.9.6

Naval ships
Naval ships are expected to observe the commercial considerations and procedures of
the port.

3.9.7

Late modification advice


The guidelines regarding tide restricted ships and non gasfree tankers apply. Those
agents who maintain their booked in arrival, removal and/or departure times will usually
be given preference over late or modified bookings.
Pilotage delays and cancellations
The following will apply to all piloted vessels when arriving, departing or being removed
within the Brisbane pilotage area:

delay fees will apply if a vessel departs after her programmed or booked departure
time; fees are charged on an hourly basis up to a maximum of two hours after that
time. However, the fee will not be incurred if the departure occurs within the first 30
minutes of the booked departure time

if the delay exceeds two hours then pilotage is deemed to have been cancelled and a
full cancellation fee applies; when a cancellation fee is applied then the hourly delay
fees are not applicable

a delay exceeding two hours may necessitate a rescheduling of the ship, however a
delay caused by weather which may affect a vessel's ability to be safely navigated
will not constitute a delay for the purpose of this section

equipment and mechanical failures will constitute a delay and attract a delay fee or
cancellation fee as described above.

In determining the delay time the following criteria will be used:

inbound delay fees will be incurred if the pilot boards a vessel more than 30
minutes after the programmed estimated time of arrival of the vessel at the pilot
boarding ground or the agreed boarding ground

outbound or removal delay fees will be incurred if the vessel departs the berth or
anchorage more than 30 minutes after the programmed estimated time of departure.
The actual time of departure will be taken as last line or anchor aweigh as these
times are recorded in QSHIPS and are the acknowledged and accepted time of
departure.

Agents would be aware that some vessels take longer to let go all lines and this fact
should be taken into consideration when nominating sailing times.
Full details of the regulations and fees are contained in Schedule 10 of the Transport
Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004.
3.10.1

Pilotage delays arrival


All ships arriving under pilotage which are held at Brisbane Roads for any reason will be
treated as one arrival for the purposes of pilotage fees, if the delay is less than four

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hours. A delay in excess of four hours will attract a pilotage removal fee in addition to the
arrival pilotage fee, whether the pilot disembarks or not.
3.10.2

Pilotage delays departure


All ships departing under pilotage which are held at Brisbane Roads for any reason will
be treated as one departure for the purpose of pilotage fees if the delay is less than four
hours. A delay in excess of four hours will attract a pilotage removal fee in addition to the
departure pilotage fee, whether the pilot disembarks or not.
If a departing vessel is delayed and anchors at Brisbane Roads for whatever reason and
subsequently returns to a berth, then the movements will be charged as two removals.
Movement clearance information
All ships require a clearance from VTS in order to enter, depart or move within the VTS
area. It is the responsibility of the master or pilot to contact VTS to obtain the necessary
clearance and information prior to the movement.
Clearances are valid for uninterrupted passage to a specified location or until the voyage
is interrupted, completed (for example, by anchoring, berthing or due to a breakdown) or
cancelled by the Harbour Master. Ships will require a new clearance for any subsequent
movement.
Anchoring
Ships are only to anchor in the area designated by VTS. Upon anchoring, ships are to
advise VTS of their anchoring time and position. Ships at anchor in the area are to
maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 12 and are to report to VTS if
dragging their anchor.
Ships are not permitted to immobilise engines without the written approval of VTS (16.7.8
Permission to Immobilise Main Engines Sample).
Reporting requirements - Arrivals
All ships over 35 metres LOA approaching Moreton Bay via the northwest (NW) or
northeast (NE) channels must communicate the following information to VTS on VHF
channel 12:

an estimated time of arrival two hours prior to entering either channel

ship's name

ship's type (fishing, tug, recreational and so on)

if the ship has any defects - details of damage or defects that could affect the safety
of navigation or the environment

navigational channel and route to be used

estimated time of arrival at the entrance beacons

destination berth, anchorage, moorings or designated location; berthing direction and


tugs assisting.

Report arrival at:

northwest fairway beacon or NE2 buoy

entrance beacons

berth, anchorage, moorings or designated location.

The above must be reported in reverse by departing ships.


In addition if taking a pilot:

the pilot on board time and the pilots name

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3.13.1

ships LOA, (the ships particulars sighted yes/no if LOA differs to that listed by VTSl)

fore and aft drafts if an exempt master then 30 minutes prior to passing fairway
beacon

all ships to confirm estimated time of arrival 30 minutes prior to their arrival to the
entrance beacons; VTS will confirm tug allocation

ships going to anchor at Brisbane Roads are to give anchorage position as a bearing
and distance off the entrance beacons.

Arrivals entering Outer Bar Reach

3.13.2

3.13.3

For vessels proceeding upstream of Pelican Banks; advice to all ships when passing
Luggage Point, Cement Australia swing basin, Pinkenba Beacon and Gateway
Bridge; VTS will pass advice of vessels at tanker berths and intended ship passing
details.

Arrivals when alongside the berth

time of first line

berthed head up or head down

confirm time all fast.

Removals and departures


All ships removing or departing from a wharf or anchorage within the Brisbane pilotage
area limits must:

advise if the ship has any defects - details of damage or defects that could affect the
safety of navigation or the environment

and call VTS at the following times:

one hour before removal/departure confirming estimated time of departure and radio
check. Also declare if the ship has any defects.

15 minutes prior to weighing anchor or departing berth, giving details of intended


movement, including pilots name, pilot on board time, whether heading upstream,
downstream and/or swinging and tugs assisting

upon weighing anchor or letting go, giving time of anchor aweigh or last line,
confirming details of the movement, and giving estimated time of arrival at the
entrance beacons and/or berth

when appropriate before passing the entrance beacons outbound: estimated time of
arrival at the pilot boarding ground and/or fairway buoy and navigational channels to
be used

provide one hour notice of estimated time of arrival at pilot boarding ground

when passing fairway beacon advise pilot launch (if applicable) and VTS.

Pilots transferring to the pilot launch should ensure that VTS is informed of the transfer
time after the transfer.
3.13.4

Recreational vessels reporting


A recreational ship equipped with VHF radio is required to maintain a listening watch on
VHF channel 16 and either channel 12 or 13 depending on its area of operation.
Between the pilot boarding ground at Point Cartwright (Mooloolaba) and Bretts wharf , a
recreational ship fitted with a VHF radio must maintain a listening watch on VHF channel
12 prior when navigating in, or near a shipping channel. (Error! Reference source not
found. Error! Reference source not found.) When operating in and along a shipping
channel, the recreational ship should navigate on the outer edge of the channel.

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For reasons of safety, a recreational ship should only cross a shipping channel at
recommended locations and at 90 to the channel (refer to Beacon to Beacon Guides for
recommended crossings).

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Section 4

Port Description
Brisbane is one of Australias most diverse ports and Queenslands largest general cargo
port. The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, manages and develops the port, under a 99 year lease
from the Queensland Government . There are currently 29 operating berths, with over
7.2km of quayline.
Pilotage area
The Brisbane pilotage area is described in schedule 5 of the Transport Operations
(Marine Safety) Regulations 2004 and depicted in appendix 16.1.2 Brisbane Port and
Pilotage LimitsError! Reference source not found..
Load lines
Brisbane is in the summer load line zone.
Maximum vessel size
Please refer to 7.8.1 and 7.8.1.1 for vessel size
Limitations above Pelican Banks..
Time zone
All Queensland ports: UTC + ten hours throughout the year.
Working hours

port service providers are usually available 24 hours per day, seven days per week

normal business office hours are Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700 hours.

refer to stevedoring companies' for the availability of their labour force

Charts and books


For navigation in pilotage areas, masters should refer to the nautical charts produced by
the Australian Hydrographic Office and Admiralty Sailing Directions NP15 (Australian
Pilot Volume III).
Charts of the area include:

AUS 365

Cape Moreton to Sandy Cape

AUS 424

Port Jackson to Fraser Island

AUS 235

Approaches to Moreton Bay

AUS 236

Moreton Bay

AUS 237

Brisbane River the Bar to Lytton Reach

AUS 238

Brisbane River Lytton Reach to Victoria Bridge

AUS 814

Point Danger to Cape Moreton

AUS 4060

Australasia and adjacent waters

AUS 4602
Tasman and Coral Seas Australia to Northern New
Zealand and Fiji.

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Shipping announcements
4.7.1

Notices to Mariners
Maritime Safety Queensland circulates marine safety information to mariners,
organisations and other interested parties in the form of Queensland Notices to Mariners
and Advise to Mariners, which advise of:

navigation warnings and hazards (such as aids to navigation which may have been
destroyed, missing or unlit)

changes to the uniform buoyage system (which assists with the correction and
updating of marine charts)

navigation depths (necessary when navigating in channels with depth restrictions)

any other works which may affect the safe navigation of vessels in Queensland
coastal waters and ports (such as dredging operations and construction works).

Australian Notices to Mariners are produced by the Australian Hydrographic Service.


4.7.2

Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) Service


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority provides a network of DGPS radio beacons that
improve the accuracy and integrity of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in critical
areas of Australia's coastline. These areas include the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait
and Brisbane.
A network of 16 stations are remotely controlled and monitored 24 hours a day.

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Section 5

Port infrastructure
Brisbane berth information
For complete information on berths at Fisherman Islands and berths on the Brisbane
River please refer to 16.3 Wharf and berth information and the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
website.
Mooring requirements
Masters are reminded that Brisbane is a river port. Passing vessel traffic is likely
throughout a vessels stay at a berth. Masters are to ensure that their ship is securely
moored alongside and that the gangway is tended at all times. Masters are advised to
exercise caution when using tension winches and to have contingency measures in
place.
It is the responsibility of the master, agent and terminal to assess the risk and ensure that
sufficient mooring personnel are engaged to moor and unmoor a ship in a safe and
efficient manner.

5.2.1

Moorings Fisherman Islands


Masters of vessels, especially high windage vessels such as container ships, car carriers
and ro/ro ships, berthing at Fisherman Islands berths are advised that these berths are
affected from time to time by strong south easterly offshore winds. Extra attention to
moorings is required due to the open nature of the wharf area. The effectiveness of the
mooring arrangement must be assessed and moorings tended on a frequent basis.
Masters are advised that the protracted use of push up tugs at berths during adverse
weather conditions will not be sanctioned. Tugs are a valuable resource required to
maintain safe vessel movements within the port and should only be used for the purpose
that they are intended for or at the direction of the Harbour Master for marine safety
reasons.
Fisherman Island berths 1 to 3 are fitted with in ground storm bollards. These bollards are
to be used to moor vessels under the following conditions:

when a strong wind warning is issued by the weather bureau

when the prevailing wind is blowing at 25 knots or over, and is blowing in a direction
from east (090T) to south/south/east, (160 T).

On boarding, pilots are to advise and discuss the mooring requirements with masters.
Use of the storm bollards must be prearranged with VTS so that the mooring gangs can
be prepared and quay crane moved by the terminal operator.
Masters of ships fitted with hull rubbing bands, Panama fenders and other hull
protrusions are warned of the particular risk of entrapment upon the wharf fenders.
5.2.2

Lytton Rocks Reach to Pinkenba


For ships moored at the Caltex Products, Viva (Formerly Shell), Graincorp Liquid
(Formerly Pacific Terminals), Incitec North wharves and other relevant berths and
locations in this area the following applies:

the ship is to maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 12

VTS will call the ship at least 30 minutes prior to the passing of any large vessel; the
call is to be acknowledged by the duty officer

the ship is to ensure that all mooring lines and the gangway are tended before the
other ship passes

a vessel handling bulk liquids is required to cease pumping; the manifolds on the ship
and shore are to be closed during transit of such passing vessels

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5.2.3

the ship's agent is to provide VTS with an alternative contact telephone number if the
vessel does not have the facilities to maintain a listening watch.

BP Products berth
BP Products berth has a reduced risk from vessel interaction. The berth operator has the
responsibility of advising the ship at its berth of any passing vessel movement. VTS will
call directly BP Products wharf on VHF channel 12 to advise of any passing vessel.
BP will ensure that the vessel will have crew standing by at all times and that mooring
lines and gangways will be tended.
The requirements for cessation of pumping will be triggered by:

VTS advice; draft of passing vessel greater than 9.0 metres

VTS advice; wind speeds greater than 20 knots onto the berth with regards high
sided ships having to keep steerage

VTS advice; any passing ship that is unable to pass at six knots

BP assessment of an inefficient mooring arrangement

(See also 7.6.2.3 Pelican Banks Buoy to Hamilton Reach).


Wharf cranes and loaders
Quay cranes and bulk loaders should be positioned at the mid length of the proposed
berthing position or at the designed securing site for that equipment, the vessel will not be
berthed or moved until this condition is complied with.
If a pilot considers that a quay crane is parked in an unsafe position it is to be
immediately moved otherwise the ship will be directed to an anchorage until such time as
the vessel can berth safely; the additional movement will be charged as a separate
pilotage removal.
When a berth is unoccupied and a crane or gantry is lowered such that it protrudes
outside the wharf line, the operator must notify VTS. The obstruction caused by the
equipment must be adequately lit at night.
For the most up to date information on Cranes and Loaders, including their dimensions,
operating limitations and position, please contact the terminal operator, listed in Section
16 Wharf and Berth Information.
Anchorage areas
The following anchorages apply in the Port of Brisbane:
5.4.1

Pilot station off Point Cartwright


Vessels awaiting pilot or those directed to anchor off the port are advised to anchor in the
area outside of an arc taken as five nautical miles due east of Point Cartwright to five
nautical miles south/east of Point Cartwright. Vessels are not to anchor inside of this line,
or to the north or south of the bearings lines from Point Cartwright. (16.2.1 Pilot Boarding
Ground and Fairway Approach and Anchoring off Australian Ports Marine Notice
3/2014.).

5.4.2

Anchorages in Moreton Bay


Moreton Bay is a marine park and every effort will be made by Maritime Safety
Queensland to reduce the risk of ship sourced pollution in Moreton Bay. Anchoring will
only be permitted for those vessels expected to work within the port, for example awaiting
a berth or suitable tide and weather conditions. Ship to ship transfers of liquefied gas
product has been identified as an operation that is conducted periodically in the following
locations:

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STS ^1 east entrance beacon bearing: 247 (T) x 3.85 nautical miles (latitude 27
1725" S, longitude 153 165" E.)

STS ^2 east entrance beacon bearing: 245 (T) x 5.15 nautical miles (latitude 27
166" S, longitude 153 1775" E).

Both anchorages are marked on chart AUS 236 and have depths over 15 metres.
5.4.3

Restricted small craft anchoring Whyte Island Boat Passage


The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd has declared the area of the Boat Passage between
Fisherman Islands and Whyte Island a port operational zone. This is the area of
waterway to the west of the Boat Passage Bridge up to the Brisbane River and on the
east of the bridge for a distance of approximately 600 metres. Vessels must not remain in
or be anchored or moored in this zone for a continuous period exceeding 48 hours.
Navigation aids and leading lights

5.5.1

Moreton Bay
Cape Moreton Fl (4) 20s, 122 metres 16 miles a white stone building with two red
bands and red dome 23 metres in height on the summit of Cape Moreton in latitude
27 02S, longitude 153 28E.
North Point Q WR, 25 metres 8/9 miles a square concrete house seven metres high
eight cables 312 30' from Cape Moreton light. It shows white from 104 to 192, red to
244, white to 258, and red to 294 obscured elsewhere.
Flinders Reef VQ a north cardinal buoy in latitude 26 5836S longitude 153 2928E
about three miles NNE of Cape Moreton light.
Cowan Cowan Fl WRG 2s, nine metres 10 miles a square steel lattice tower about
nine metres in height, faced with red and white daylight panels, in approximate position
latitude. 27 086S. longitude. 153 218E. The light shows a white, red and green
sectored light. Green from the shore to 016, red to 048, white to 055, red to 132, white
to 141, red to the shore. This sector is partly obscured between 165and the shore.
Point Cartwright Fl (2) WR 15s, 53 metres 20/9 miles and FR 49 metres seven miles
on the summit of Point Cartwright in a white concrete tower. The focal plane of the light is
32 metres above high water level. The light is group flashing sectored white and red/white
from 180 through west to 345, red from 088 through east to 180. The fixed red light is
sectored, from 202 through east to 250.
Gneering Shoals Q (3) 10 second is marked by an east cardinal buoy in latitude
26 3944S; longitude 1531266E about 425 nautical miles ENE of Point Cartwright.
Ex HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park, is marked by a north cardinal buoy latitude
26 3647S longitude 153 1026E approximately 05 nautical miles due north of the
scuttled vessel HMAS Brisbane.
Caloundra Head LFl WR 10s, 31 metres 17/14 miles the light is a group flashing
sectored white and red light. It shows white from 180 to 307, then red to 002.
North Bribie Island Q Bu and Q.WR, F.Y. (day) 15 metres The light is located on the
north end of Bribie Island and is the front lead for the North West Channel transit leads.
The light is quick flashing blue, and quick flashing white/red, sectored red from 215 to
243, white to 275. This results in an increased intensity of white sector covering the
approaches to the North West Channel, with the red sector covering Bray Rock. The light
shows fixed yellow by day as the front lead of the North West channel leads, lights in line:
3283.
North West Channel rear lead Iso Bu 2s, 27m F.Y. (day) the focal plane of the light is
27 metres above high water level. The light is blue, flashing Iso. every two seconds by
night, and fixed yellow by day.

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5.5.2

Spitfire Channel Bribie Island


The lead lights are offset to the north of the centre of the channel
Rear lead Iso 2s, 23 metres, F (day) (occas.) the rear lead is white, flashing Iso. every
two seconds by night, and fixed white by day on request from VTS.
Front lead Q, 15 metres F (day) (occas.) the front lead is quick flashing white by night,
and fixed white by day. By day, the leads may be activated, on request, by calling VTS.
Lights in line: 290.
Buoys and beacons in Moreton Bay
All buoys in Moreton Bay are liable to a change of position. The positions given must,
therefore, be regarded as approximate only. In the lists of buoys and beacons below,
beacons are indicated by the legend Bn and buoys by the legend By:

5.6.1

North West and Spitfire Channels


Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

Bn R
stripes

NW Fairway

Red and white vertical

Iso 4s (Sarus Tower)

NW 2

Bn

Fl Y 25s (Sarus Tower)

NW 1

Bn

QG

NW 4

Bn

Fl R 4s

NW 6

Bn

Fl R 25s

NW 8

Bn

Fl R 4s

NW 3

Bn

Fl G 25s

NW 10

Bn

Fl R 4s

NW 12

Bn

YBY

Q (9) 15s

S1

Bn

Fl G 15s

M1

Bn

Fl G 15s

M2

Bn

Fl R 4s

Table 5 North West and Spitfire Channels

5.6.2

Main Channel
Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

M4

Bn

Fl R 25s

M3

Bn

Fl G 2.5s

M6

Bn

Fl R 4s

M5

Bn

Fl Y (4) 10s

M7

Bn

M9

Bn

YB

MB 2

By

Red

M8

Bn

BYB (East Knoll)

(Four Fathom Bank) R

V Q (3) 5s
Q(6) + LF1 15s
Fl R 3s
Fl R 25s

Table 6 Main Channel

5.6.3

East Knoll Bypass (Shallow Draft)


Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

EK 1

By

Q.G.

EK 2

By

Q.R.

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Table 7 East Knoll Bypass (Shallow Draft

5.6.4

East Channel
Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

E1

Bn

Fl G 4s

E2

Bn

Fl R 4s

E3

Bn

Fl G 4s

E4

Bn

Fl R 4s

E5

Bn

BYB

V Q (3) 5s

Table 8 East Channel

5.6.5

North East Channel


Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

NE 2

By

Fl R 2.5s

NE 1

By

Fl G 4 s

NE 4

By

Fl R 2.5s

NE 3

By

BYB

Q (3) 10s

Table 9 North East Channel

5.6.6

Brisbane Roads
Isolated danger buoy ........... BRB Fl (2) 6s.
A shoal area carrying a depth of 53 metres at datum exists approximately 330, distance
165 miles from No. 1 (west) entrance beacon and is marked by this isolated danger
buoy.

5.6.7

Outer Bar Reach reciprocal leads


Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

North eastern Lead

Framework tower

Iso Bu 4s 20m 7M and


Mo(A)6s 4M

South eastern Lead

Framework tower

Q Bu 6M and LFl.10s 10m 4M

Table 10 Outer Bar Reach reciprocal leads

The lights are in line 211 9', 031 9; both leads are carrying safe water mark top marks.
The leads are one nautical mile apart, providing a measured mile of 1852 metres.
Lights in the Brisbane River
5.7.1

Outer Bar Reach


Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

No. 2

Bn

Yellow Entrance (East)

FI Y 4s

No. 1

Bn

Green Entrance (West)

Fl G 4s

No. 4,6,8 and 10

Bn

Red

Fl R 4s

No. 3,5,7 and 9

Bn

Green

Fl G 4s

Table 11 Outer Reach Bar

5.7.2

Middle Bar Reach beacons to Luggage Point


Navigation aid

Type

No. 12

Bn

Characteristic
Red

Coffee Pot (East)

Fl R 4s and Q

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Navigation aid

Type

Characteristic

No. 11

Bn

Green Coffee Pot (West)

Fl G 4s and Iso 2s (Leadlight


304)

No. 14

Bn

Red

Fl R 4s

No. 13

Bn

Green

Fl G 4s

No. 16

Buoy Red

Fl R 4s

No.15

Bn

Fl G 4s

No. 18

Buoy Red

Fl R 4s

No. 17

Bn

Fl G 4s

No. 20

Buoy Yellow

Fl y 2.5s

No. 19

Bn

Green

Fl G 4s

No.21

Bn

Yellow Inner Bar (West)

Fl Y 4s

Luggage Pt

Bn

Green

Fl G 25s

Green

Green

Table 12 Middle Bar Reach beacons to Luggage Point

Lights and leads


5.8.1

Above Luggage Point


Inner Bar Reach Leads (1F and 1R): Two towers on the northern end of Bulwer Island
about 8 cables apart, in line bearing 212. The front tower and rear towers are a skeletal
structure with a white rectangular day mark. The front light shows Q.Bu and the rear light
is Iso Bu every 4s. Both are fitted with FY daylights. Shoulder leads are situated adjacent
to the main leads, the eastern side leads displaying F.R lights and the western side F.G
lights, both front and rear, all F.Y. by day. (16.2.6 Inner Bar Reach)
Fisherman Islands berthing leads: A set of berthing leads are located parallel to the face of
the Fisherman Islands wharves on a bearing line of 032. The leads set 300 metres apart
produce a lead line one cable off the face of Fisherman Islands berths 4 to 12. Leading
lights Brisbane River

5.8.2

General
The majority of the leading beacons in the river are unpainted aluminium with a red
reflective tape border, triangular in shape with the rear beacons being inverted.
The characteristics of the leading lights in the Brisbane River, unless stated differently,
are front marks F Bu and Q Bu and rear marks F Bu and Iso Bu 2s. Day lights vary as
indicated.
Pelican Banks Reach: Leading lights on beacons below Lytton (4F and 4R) bearing
186 and reciprocal Fisherman Islands (3F and 3R).
A port lateral mark buoy carrying an QR light marks the junction of the dredged cuttings
between Pelican Banks Reach and the approaches to the General Purpose Berth and
swing basin.
Leading beacons near Luggage Point: When in line bear 006 F.Y by day (3F and 3R).
Lytton Rocks Reach: Leading lights on beacons above Lytton in line 199 and a red
beacon carrying a V.Q.R light mark the southern edge of the cutting near Clara Rock.
F.Y. by day (5F and 5R).
Reciprocal Leads: Front beacon in river above Luggage Point Q Bu, also a light Fl R
25s showing from 290 (T) through north to 110 (T) (approx); Rear beacon on sandbank
below Luggage Point bearing 019 Iso Bu 2s. (2F and 2R).

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Lytton Reach: Leading lights are positioned on beacons on the mainland below
Aquarium Channel bearing 218. F.Y. by day (7F and 7R).
Cement Australia Wharf (ex QCL) Bulwer Island: The truncated approaches to the
berth are marked by F.G lights. On the downstream side the lights are located on the
weigh tower and downstream dolphin in line 2507. On the upstream side they are
located on a silo and the upstream dolphin in line 3374. (The rear downstream F.G is
obscured over an arc 326 to 351from upstream).
Upper Lytton Reach leading across to Eagle Farm: Leading lights are on beacons
above Lytton, in line bearing 066; F.Y. by day (6F and 6R).
Pinkenba Reach: Leading lights on beacons on the northern bank above the Maritime
Safety Queenslands Wharf. Front lead F.Y by day, rear F.Y by day in line 237 (8F and
8R).
Eagle Farm Flats Reach: Directional PEL on a beacon below the Rivergate complex, in
line 2165. Dir RWG Q Bu (11) (16.2.13 Eagle Farm Flats Reach).
Parker Island Reach: directional PEL light RWG in position 27 2631S, 153 0699E
with a bearing line of 0618. The directional sectors when approaching this light on the
bearing line from left to right: green 125/oscillating green white 1/white
075/oscillating white red 1/red 1. A Q. Bu light is directly below the PEL to assist
identification at night.
Quarries Reach: Leading lights on beacons just above Mobil Oil Wharf in line bearing
256 and reciprocal on Bulimba Creek 076. Two sets of shoulder leads mark a line
approximately 30m either side of the centre line. The line of the centre leads on the 256
bearing is marked by F.Bu and Q Bu on the front lead, and F.Bu and Iso Bu 2s on the
rear lead. The line of the centre leads on the 076 bearing is marked by F Bu lights on
both the front and rear leads.. All sets of leads show F.Y by day. (14F and 14R) and (10F
and 10R) (16.2.15Quarries Reach)
Gateway Bridge Clearance Lights: The centre line of Quarries Reach leads is marked
on the arch of the Gateway Bridge by lights F Bu. The edges of the channel cutting are
marked by lights F.G to the north and F.R to the south.
Hamilton Reach: Western end of the Reach, lights on beacons on and by Kingsford
Smith Drive show in line 288. The front light is F Bu and Q. Bu, (F.Y by day) and the rear
is F Bu (F.Y by day). The eastern end of the Reach has lights on beacons above the
Queensland Bulk Terminal; the front light is F Bu and Q. Bu, (F.Y by day) and the rear is
F Bu and Iso. Bu 2s (F.Y. by day). A shoulder lead approximately 61 metres to the south
of the Hamilton Reach Leads is marked by beacons close downstream of the Raptis jetty;
both lights are F.R by night and F.Y by day. (15F and 15R) and (13F and 13R)
(16.2.16 Hamilton Reach).
Story Bridge Clearance Light: The centre line of the bridge is marked with F.Bu lights
on both sides of the bridge.
Buoys and beacons in the Brisbane River
Position

Type

Characteristic

Western side of the inner end of the Koopa Channel

Green Bn

Fl G 25s

Luggage Point, marks the outer entrance to the swing


basin

Green Bn

Fl G 25s

Junction of the GP berth approaches and Pelican


Banks Reach

Red By

QR

Entrance to Boat Passage`

Red Bn

FI R 25s

Clara Rock

Red Bn

VQR

Lower end of the Lytton Rocks Reach

B Y B Sarus Tower

V Q (3) 5s

Opposite Clara Rock beacon

Green By

Fl G 25s

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Position

Type

Characteristic

Upper end of Lytton Rocks Reach

B Y B Sarus Tower

Q (3) 10s

Caltex Dock in Quarantine Flats Reach

Beacon

FL R 25s

Entrance to Aquarium Passage

Bn

Fl G 3s

Junction of Eagle Farm Flats Reach and Pinkenba


Reach

Red Bn

QR

Outfall marker, Gibson Island

Bn

Fl Y 25 s

Port lateral beacon Outfall marker Gibson Island

Bn

Fl R 4 s

Junction Eagle Farm Flats Reach and Parker Island


Reach

Bn

Fl G25 s

Gateway Bridge Arrestor Islands

4 Beacons

2 x FL R2.5s
2 x Fl G 2.5s

Downstream of Raptis Fish Wharf

Pile

FI R 3s

Upstream of Cairncross Fitting out wharf

Yellow Buoy

Fl Y 3s

Upstream of Cairncross Breasting Wharf marking


channel side (Occasional used to mark swing basin).

Yellow Buoy

Fl Y 25s

Upstream of Bulimba Army Wharf marking channel


side and upstream limit of Hamilton No.1 Berth.
(Occasional used to mark swing basin).

Yellow Buoy

Fl Y 40s

Quay line in front of Bretts Wharf development from


upstream end of the Portside Cruise Ship terminal to
the Apollo Ferry Landing, Hamilton

2 Beacons

FI G 25 s

Eastern side of the channel rounding Bulimba Point


downstream end

Red By

Fl R 25s

Eastern side of the channel rounding Bulimba Point


upstream end

Red By

Fl R 3s

Upstream of Bulimba Point

Yellow By

Fl Y 25s

Shafston Reach upstream from the Dockside Marina

Red lateral By

Fl R 3s

Table 13 Bouys and beacons in the Brisbane River

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Section 6

Weather information
The majority of berths at the port of Brisbane are located at Fisherman Islands, at the
mouth of the Brisbane River which extends into Moreton Bay. The area is very exposed
to the prevailing winds which include fresh to strong SE trades year round, strong N/NE
sea breezes in the afternoons during the summer months and strong to gale force SW/W
winds in the late winter months.
Weather charts, satellite images, warnings and reports are available from the Australian
Bureau of Meteorology.
Coastwatch is a website with useful nautical information links.
Tidal information
Brisbane Bar is a standard port in the Queensland Tide Tables published each year by
Maritime Safety Queensland.
The tidal heights are:

HAT

273 metres

MHWS

217 metres

MLWS

037 metres

Mariners can request the actual heights of tide from the Brisbane Bar and Pinkenba tide
gauges by calling VTS on VHF channel 12.
Maritime Safety Queensland provides tidal predictions for pilotage areas. The tidal times
and heights for standard Queensland ports are available in the Queensland Tide Tables
and may also be accessed at the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Tidal stream predictions for standard Queensland ports are available upon request
through the Regional Harbour Master's office.
Mariners and agents are reminded that tidal ebb and flows can begin or continue after the
times of high or low water at various localities in the Brisbane River. This should be borne
in mind when booking ships in for head up or head down berthing (refer to 19.30
swinging times).
6.1.1

Tidal information Tsunami effects


The north/west and east coasts of Australia are bordered by active tectonic plates which
are capable of generating a tsunami that could reach the coastline within two to four
hours. The resultant change in swell height could have an adverse effect on a vessel with
a minimum under keel clearance navigating within or close to port areas.
The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) has been established to monitor
earthquake activity that may lead to a tsunami forming. Warnings are currently issued for
the Pacific Ocean region by the Australian Tsunami Warning System, Pacific Tsunami
Warning Centre (PTWC) in Hawaii and for the Indian Ocean region by the Japan
Meteorological Agency (JMA).
Mariners are advised to take heed of such warnings, plan their bar crossings and tend
their mooring or anchorages accordingly.
VTS information services
VTS can provide mariners on request the following on time tidal and current conditions,
on time weather information as well as current forecasts, along with shipping schedules,
navigational warnings and any special operational requirements.

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6.2.1

Tide gauges
Location

Operator

Area of use

Notes

Mooloolaba

DEPH

Mooloolaba, NW Fairway
and NW Channel

Real time

NW 1

PBPL

NW Channel DUKC
system

Real time
and current
residual
pattern

Whyte Island

MSQ

Brisbane Bar Cutting


Fisherman Islands
Lytton Rocks

Real time,
electronic
and visual
gauges

FI Grain Terminal

PBPL

Fisherman Islands

Real time

Pinkenba Base

MSQ

Gateway Bridge

Real time
electronic
gauge

Queensland Bulk
Terminal
Formerly Sugar
Terminal

PBPL

Gateway Bridge and


Hamilton Reach

Real time

Table 14 Tide Gauges

VTS currently provides tidal residual information for the use of deep draft vessel
operations only.
6.2.2

Weather stations
Location

Operator

Area of use

Notes

Maroochy Airport

Bureau of
Meteorology

Sunshine Coast

Cape Moreton

Bureau of
Meteorology

N Moreton Bay

Spitfire S1

Bureau of
Meteorology

Spitfire

On line, data
as per last
reading 30
minute
intervals.
Data retained
for 72 hours

Inner Beacon
(Front Reciprocal)

Bureau of
Meteorology

Brisbane Roads

Brisbane Airport

Bureau of
Meteorology

Brisbane area

Banana Banks

Bureau of
Meteorology

S Moreton Bay

Beacon No 19

MSQ

Fisherman Islands

Fisherman Islands

PBPL

Fisherman Islands

Pinkenba

MSQ

Pinkenba

Real time

Beacon 14R

MSQ

Colmslie, Hamilton
Reach

Real time

Real time

Table 15 Weather Stations

Hazard to shipping Jellyfish


Masters should be aware that during the warmer summer months, from November to
March, many incidents have been reported of vessels cooling water intakes being fouled
by blue blubber jellyfish. If they are observed it is wise to take precautions to prevent their
ingress.

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Section 7

Port navigation and movement restrictions


General
Draft figures are related to a draft in salt water of density 1025 kg/m.
Speed

7.2.1

Moreton Bay
Smooth water limits 40 knots, unless otherwise prescribed.

7.2.2

Brisbane River
The gazetted speed limits, over the ground, by legislation for the Brisbane River are:

from the Entrance Beacons to Luggage Point 13 knots (three metre draft and over)

upstream of Luggage Point eight knots (three metre draft and over)

from the public boat ramp at Kookaburra Park to Mount Crosby Weir six knots (all
traffic)

Story Bridge to William Jolly Bridge 15 knots (eight metre LOA and over)

all creeks and waterways flowing into the Brisbane River (except the Bremer River)
six knots all traffic.

The operational speed limit (for vessels 3m draft and over) is six knots through the water,
when passing vessels that are moored at the following berths: Caltex Products, BP
Products, Viva (Formerly Shell), GrainCorp Liquid (Formerly Pacific Terminals) and
Incitec North
Draft restrictions
Information about tidal windows and maximum drafts is available from VTS. As a
guideline, tidal restrictions may apply for vessels over 12.0m draft through Moreton Bay
up to the Fisherman Island berths: and for vessels over 8.5m draft for berths in the
Brisbane River, upstream of Fisherman Island. Weather, tidal conditions or special
circumstances, may require a departure from these guidelines.
7.3.1

Dynamic UKC programme (DUKC)


A Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) programme is operated for deep draft
vessel transits of Moreton Bay. Tankers and bulker carriers with a draft greater than 125
metres and all other vessels with a draft > 120 metres are required to supply stability
information on the (17.14) form.

7.3.2

Static UKC programme (SUKC)


A SUKC programme provides tidal window information for both Moreton Bay and
Brisbane River transits. The following information is required:

name of ship

date of arrival/departure/removal

earliest ETA/ETD/removal

ships draft

ships beam

name of berth.

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7.3.3

Maximum draft forecasts


The SUKC program can provide a listing of maximum drafts on a monthly or daily basis
for Moreton Bay and Brisbane River transits.

7.3.4

Hourly drafts alongside


For vessels loading to a deep draft for a particular berth, maximum predicted drafts
alongside are available to assist masters and terminal operators to plan cargo operations.
Note: Drafts supplied are taken as read and do not take into account water salinity or the
tides being below predicted height.

7.3.5

Under Keel Clearances (UKCs) Moreton Bay


Minimum UKCs for Moreton Bay vary according to the route taken. The clearances are
greater towards the north of the bay, where waves and swell have the greatest effect.
Generally, if the draft exceeds 120 metres irrespective of beam, then a tidal window may
exist and a draft check should be made.
If, because of draft restrictions, it is not possible to do a complete bay and river transit in
an unbroken passage, it may be possible to effect the movement in two stages.

Stage 1 Fairway to Brisbane Roads anchorage.

Stage 2 Brisbane Roads anchorage to the relevant berth or vice versa


for the departure of deep draft ships.

(Refer 16.6.1 Moreton Bay and Brisbane River)


7.3.6

UKC's Brisbane River


The Brisbane River is dredged and maintained to a least depth of 91m LAT. A minimum
UKC of 06 metre is required which increases with draft. The actual tide required for a
given draft can be found in the UKC table. (Refer 16.6.2 Tides UKC required for
Brisbane River).

7.3.7

UKC's alongside berths


All vessels must maintain a minimum UKC of at least 03 metre whilst alongside any
berth.

7.3.8

Trim and list requirements


The trim of a vessel must not exceed 2% of the vessel's LOA, with propellers fully
immersed. The vessel must not be trimmed by the bow and must be upright with no list
for any passage within the Brisbane Pilotage Area.
Passage Information
Vessels generally follow a series of channels from the Fairway, through Moreton Bay and
then into the harbour and river. The route and channels selected will vary according to
draft, speed, traffic and environmental conditions.(Refer to 17.31 to 17.39 Pilotage
Waypoints). Further information is contained in NP15 Australian Pilot Volume III and
Brisbane Marine Pilots website Pre arrival passage Information.
Note The North East Channel is not a maintained channel used by the pilot service..
The channel is used by small craft such as fishing vessels, recreational vessels, small
naval craft, and local tugs and barges.
General passing requirements
The following conditions are the parameters used for ship scheduling purposes. Any
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passing ships. Weather, tidal conditions or special circumstances, may require a


departure from the following guidelines.
7.5.1

Passing regular river users


Regular river users, such as coal/sand/bunkering/landing barges and dredges, are to
keep well clear of larger ships and are not to impede their passage in any way. The pilot /
exempt master must agree to the passing which should occur either:

7.5.1.1

downstream of the Pelican Banks Buoy

where the navigable width of the river is >180 metres - Hamilton Reach, Pinkenba
swing basin or Cement Australia swing basin

where the regular river user can operate safely outside of the dredged channel.

Passing moored ships in Brisbane River Lytton and Upper Lytton Reaches
To reduce the adverse effects of ship interaction and berth surge events, additional
restrictions apply when any of the following berths are occupied: Caltex Products, BP
Products, Viva (Formerly Shell), GrainCorp Liquid (Formerly Pacific Termina) and Incitec
North:

7.5.2
7.5.2.1

scheduling will achieve a minimum separation of 30 minutes between consecutive


passing movements of ships that are on a through transit of the area, for all berths
between the Gateway Bridge and Pelican Banks

irrespective of the gazetted speed limit for the Brisbane River, the maximum speed
for a ship (3m draft and over) passing a ship at a berth is to be six knots through the
water

VTS will advise the transiting ship of the tidal current flow at Clara Rock beacon

wind speeds >20 knots, high windage ships and ships with critical steering speeds
may attract additional restrictions

VTS standard notifications to berthed ships and radio advisory calls still apply (Refer
to paragraph 5.2.2).

Passing ships other than NGF tankers


1 mile to seaward of the Entrance Channel, Entrance Channel and Outer Bar Reach
Generally all ships with an aggregate LOA <370 metres may pass provided:

neither ship has a draft >125 metres

neither ship has a beam >33 metres.

Ships with an aggregate LOA >370 metres and <420 metres may pass provided:

7.5.2.2

neither ship exceeds the draft and beam parameters as above

favourable weather and tidal conditions permit

pilots and masters agree to the passing.

Inner Bar Beacons to Pelican Bank Buoy


Generally all ships within the normal length beam and draft parameters for the port may
pass provided:

favourable weather and tidal conditions permit

pilots and masters agree to the passing.

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7.5.2.3

Brisbane River upstream from the Pelican Bank Buoy


Ships will be normally scheduled to pass in the Hamilton Reach. A ship <130 metres LOA
and 5.0 metres draft may pass another ship of up to an aggregate LOA 370 metres
provided:

7.5.3

the passing occurs where the channel width exceeds 180 metres Pinkenba and
the Cement Australia swing basins

neither ship is a NGF tanker

the other ship has a draft <85 metres

Passing NGF tankers


1 mile to seaward of the Entrance Channel, Entrance Channel and Outer Bar Reach
A ship <160 metres LOA may pass any other ship such that the aggregate length of the
passing ships is not >370 metres, subject to the following:

7.5.3.1

only one of the ships to be a NGF tanker

neither ship to be subject to tidal restrictions (drafts>125 metres)

neither ship to have a beam >33.0 metres

both pilots/exempt master to agree to the passing.

Inner Bar Beacons to Pelican Banks Buoy


A ship <190 metres LOA may pass any other ship such that the aggregate length of the
passing ships is not >420 metres subject to the following:

7.5.3.2

only one of the ships to be a NGF tanker

neither ship to be subject to tidal restriction; drafts>125 metres

neither ship to have a beam >33.0 metres

both pilots/exempt master to agree to the passing.

Pelican Banks Buoy to Hamilton Reach


Passing may only occur in the Hamilton Reach provided:

only one of the ships to be a NGF tanker

neither ship has a draft >85 metres

both pilots/exempt master to agree to the passing.

NGF tankers advice of movement to other vessels


In order to alert all river users of the arrival/departure or removal of a NGF tanker a radio
message that enhances the current guidelines will be broadcast by VTS.
Swinging maximum ship length
The maximum size of ship permitted to swing in a particular location is determined by
both the LOA of the vessel and the diameter of the swing basin. As a general rule, the
diameter of the swing basin should exceed 16 times the LOA of the ship being swung.
Details of the restrictions are given in the table contained in Swing basin and swing
areas Brisbane River16.4 Swing basin and swing areas Brisbane River. For standard
operations the most commonplace restrictions are:

downstream of Pelican Bank ships <308 metres LOA may swing at the
Fisherman Island swing basin

upstream of Pelican Bank ships should meet the LOA criteria for the nominated
swing basin that they are using (refer16.4 Swing basin and swing areas Brisbane
River) or 90% of the berth pocket, whichever is less. Pilots should give VTS as much

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notice as possible of which swing basin they intend to use. Ships proceeding above
Pelican banks are also subject to the following limitations:
Limitations above Pelican Banks

Ships proceeding above Pelican Banks are subject to the following conditions:

7.7.1

maximum length of vessels to be 250 metres

maximum beam of vessels to be <33 metres

maximum size of passenger vessels to be <270 metres LOA and <33 metres beam

ships >230 metres LOA may attract additional restrictions that will be assessed on a
case by case basis. For example; transit of Lytton Rocks Cutting at HW slack; wind
speeds <15 knots, clear berth and a specified berthing direction.

Separation distance between ships at the berth


Operators should ensure that the minimum wharf length between ships is 20 metres to
achieve a safe berthing.

7.7.2

Caltex Products wharf - berthing / unberthing restrictions


Berthing and unberthing of ships at Caltex Products wharf in a head down direction, is
not permitted during the ebb tidal stream.
Dry dock (Cairncross) procedures (Temporarily closed to vessel traffic from
mid-2014)

7.8.1

Conditions

Tide: Subject to a ship's draft, dockings and undockings may be conducted at any
time on a flood tide (that is, one hour after LW to one hour after HW to allow for slack
water).

Night operations: Will require the breasting dolphins to be floodlit from the
permanent flood light structures fitted to the breasting dolphins.

Docking: When lines are attached to the dock, the docking becomes a joint
responsibility between the dockmaster and pilot. The master of the ship and pilot will
control the ship's entry into the dock, including tug usage, with input from the
dockmaster on the requirements of the dockyard. When the ship is secured to the
satisfaction of the master, dockmaster and pilot, the involvement of the pilot in the
operation will cease. This is to be verbally acknowledged by the dock master.

Undocking: On agreement between the dockmaster, the master of the ship and the
pilot, the undocking will be a joint responsibility with the master and the pilot
controlling the ships exit from the dock, with input from the dockmaster on the
requirements of the dockyard.

Air draft/bridge heights


7.9.1

Sir Leo Hielscher (Gateway) Bridge


The height under the Gateway Bridge at the centre of the main span is 574 metres and
at edge of the navigation envelope 54.0 metres. Masters of ships with an air draft >48
metres must obtain written permission from VTS before proceeding under the bridge.
(16.7.12Gateway Bridge Clearance form - Sample)

7.9.2

Bulimba power wires


The safety clearance height under the Energex wires at Bulimba is 41.4 metres. Masters
of ships with air draft >38 metres must obtain written permission from VTS before
proceeding.

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7.9.3

Story Bridge
The height under the Story Bridge at Petrie Bight is 30 metres. Masters of ships with an
air draft >28 metres must obtain written permission from VTS before proceeding.
Small vessels navigating in narrow channels
Small vessels traversing the shipping channels between the Fairway Buoy to the
Brisbane River are reminded of their obligations under the collision regulations in
respect to navigating in narrow channels. A large vessel that is constrained by draft to
navigate within the confines of the buoyed shipping channels has limited manoeuvring
capability within these channels. Small vessels are therefore required to keep clear of or
to the side of the channels and are not to impede the passage of large ships. They must
maintain a listening watch on VHF 12 at all times within the pilotage area. (3.1.4 VTS
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Advisory Note Interaction with Marine Mammals
The presence of whales or marine mammals indicates that our ports are seen as
environmentally attractive places. The safety of life and the security of the environment
from ship based incidents is paramount.
All vessel masters are required to fully comply with relevant marine mammal legislation,
such as the provisions of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation
2006 part 5A:
https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/N/NatureConWiMR06.pdf
which prescribes minimum approach distances and maximum speeds within proximity to
whales as illustrated in the diagram below.

When whales or marine mammals are reported in the vicinity of port areas and a risk to
marine mammals is perceived, then every possible endeavour will be undertaken to
manage shipping movements around the marine mammals to keep them safe, provided
the safety of life, the ship and other environmental protection objectives are not
threatened. Such action may include not commencing transits until the mammals are
deemed clear.
In situations where a vessel is underway and restricted in its ability to manoeuvre or
constrained to a channel and marine mammals are reported in the vicinity of the transit
and a risk to marine mammals is perceived, the master must take all reasonable action
necessary to keep them safe, without endangering the vessel, crew and the environment.
Such action may include the reduction of speed to the minimum safe speed to safely
navigate the channels.
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Masters are encouraged to report collisions with marine mammals to VTS and
1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)
http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/caring-for-wildlife/marine_strandings.html

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Section 8

Pilotage
Vessels that require a pilot
The Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 specifies that, unless a current pilot
license with a pilotage area endorsement for the port of Brisbane is held by the master of
a ship, pilotage is compulsory for:

a ship that is 50 metres or more

a vessel towing another vessel where the combined length of the vessels is
50 metres or more

a ship whose owner or master asks for the services of a pilot

a ship whose master is directed by the Harbour Master to use the services of a pilot.

Pilotage area
Refer to 4.1 Pilotage area.
Night pilotage
The port of Brisbane is open for pilotage and exempt ship movements 24 hours per day.
Request for pilot
The requirements of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004 shall be
observed for all bookings. Pilotage services in the port are provided by Brisbane Marine
Pilots on behalf of Maritime Safety Queensland.
Address:

Suite 2, Argyle Place, Albion, Queensland 4010

Postal Address:

P O Box 306, Albion, Queensland 4010

Phone:

+61 7 3862 2260

Email:

bmp@brisbanepilots.com.au

Fax: +61 7 3862 2240

Requests for pilotage services are made directly with Brisbane Marine Pilots and are also
recorded in the QSHIPS booking system.
8.4.1

Notice required
Ships requiring the services of a pilot in the port of Brisbane are required to submit
arrival, removal and departure notices no less than the indicated number of hours prior to
the desired movement:
Arrivals ............................ 48 hours
Removals ........................ 24 hours
Departures ...................... 24 hours
Initial notification should be made via the QSHIPS (Queensland shipping information
planning system) programme.

8.4.2

Notification of arrival
In order to ensure the services of a pilot, masters of ships should confirm their ETA at the
pilot boarding ground and maximum draft 24 hours before arrival, or on departure from
the previous port whichever is the lesser, and again if necessary eight hours before
arrival. Masters of ships should contact VTS by VHF channel 16 two hours prior to arrival
at the pilot boarding ground, or after passing Point Lookout when north bound. Pilots are
embarked and disembarked by launch.

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Pilot boarding position


The Error! Reference source not found. is situated three nautical miles south/east from
Point Cartwright latitude 26 43S, longitude 153 105'E.
The pilot launch will advise the master of the required course and speed to facilitate pilot
transfer. Pilots may embark or disembark outside these limits by special arrangement, or
when required by VTS.
8.5.1

Point Cartwright anchorage


Mariners are advised that a suggested anchorage for ships waiting at the pilot station for
either pilots or orders should use the area to seaward of, from five nautical miles due east
to five nautical miles south/east of Point Cartwright. Ships are not permitted to anchor
directly on the pilot boarding ground.

8.5.2

Pilot launch boarding arrangements


The pilot launches have the word PILOT in black on either side of the main
superstructure and exhibit the standard pilot launch signals.
Pilot transfer instructions will be advised to the ship prior to the pilot boarding by VTS.
The instructions may include:

pilot boarding time

restrictions/requirements

boarding position.

Ships are to be at the pilot boarding ground at the notified time of pilot boarding, with all
preparations for boarding completed in accordance with the instructions in this section.
Ships should be underway, proceeding at seven to eight knots and providing a good lee.
The pilot ladder is to be rigged two metres above the water, with two manropes and a
heaving line standing by. At night, a forward facing light is required to illuminate the
ladder in accordance with IMO requirements and IMPA recommendations.(Pilotage boarding ladder arrangements).
Pilot licences pilotage area endorsements
A person must hold a pilot license with a pilotage area endorsement (relevant to the
pilotage area of operation) in order to have the conduct of a ship of 50 metres or more
LOA within the pilotage area for Brisbane. Application for a pilotage exemption should be
made to the Regional Harbour Master's office.
8.6.1

Cancellation of licences
A licence may be cancelled or suspended when major port changes or developments are
taking place. It may also occur where masters fail to comply with port procedures.
Pilotage area navigational data
Passage planning information is available on the Brisbane Marine Pilots website. To
further assist mariners in compiling and completing navigational passage plans for transit
of Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River full details of the courses, distances, way points,
and a ready reckoner can be found in 16.8 Navigation Data of this manual.

16.8.1 Pilotage Moreton Bay Distance Tables

16.8.2 Moreton Bay steaming times

16.8.3 Pilotage Brisbane River removal distances

16.8.4 Pilotage Tides and Swinging Times

16.8.5 Pilotage Waypoints Outbound Hamilton to Entrance Beacons

16.8.6 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Entrance Beacons to Hamilton

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16.8.7 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via East Knoll

16.8.8 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel east of M8

16.8.9 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and East of Rear
Reciprocal

16.8.10 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and West of
Rear Reciprocal

16.8.11 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, West of M5 and East


Channel

16.8.12 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, East of M5 and East Channel

16.8.13 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Draft Vessels

16.8.14 Pilotage Transit Times Ready Reckoner

Pilotage area marine incidents


It is a requirement of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 that all marine
incidents have to be reported to a shipping inspector within 48 hours. (refer 12.6 )
Pilotage delays
See 3.10 Pilotage delays and cancellations for Pilotage delays arrival and Pilotage
delays departure.
Passage planning Bridge resource management (BRM)
Any passage plan is a basic indication of preferred intention and both pilot and master
should be prepared to depart from it when circumstances so dictate. (Refer AMSA
Marine notice 16/2009)
8.10.1

Alcohol management
The Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 section 79 requires that
persons in charge of ships have a zero blood alcohol reading. The Queensland water
police periodically conduct random breath tests of masters and pilots on ships arriving at
Brisbane, or about to depart. Severe penalties apply to infringements.
Master/pilot responsibilities
Masters and owners of vessels are responsible for due compliance with the provisions of
the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 (the act) and Transport Operations
(Marine Safety) Regulation 2004 (the regulation).
When a vessel is under the direction of a pilot, the pilot is responsible for due compliance
with the provisions of the act and regulations, however the responsibility of the pilot does
not relieve the master and the owner of a vessel of their responsibility.
Arising from these responsibilities is the obligation of persons directing the navigation of
vessels to comply with directions of the Regional Harbour Master. VTS is delegated to
exercise the relevant functions of the Regional Harbour Master.

8.11.1

Pilotage requirements for Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef (GBR)
All merchant vessels 70 metres in length and over and all oil, gas and chemical tankers
irrespective of size are required to take a licensed marine pilot when transiting the Torres
Strait and Great North East Channel. Pilotage is also required for these vessels transiting
the Inner Route from Cape York to Cairns Roads and for transit of Hydrographers
Passage.
Full details can be found in Marine Notice 2013/04 available at
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Note Maximum draft for transit is 122 metres; vessels with a draft >10 metres will be
advised of the required tidal window by the pilotage company.
Refer to Reef Guide A Shipmaster's handbook to the Torres Strait and the Great
Barrier Reef for further information.

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Section 9

Tug procedures
Tugs are an aid to safe and efficient manoeuvring of ships in confined waterways. The
requirements of this section outline the minimum number of tugs that are required to be in
attendance when berthing or unberthing a ship. In special circumstances the agent may
apply to the Regional Harbour Master for a reduction in the tug allocation. Such requests
will be considered after due consultation with Brisbane Marine Pilots.
Pilots and masters are to assess the requirement for additional tugs on a case by case
basis. Masters and their agents are requested to monitor the prevailing weather
conditions and forecast, to ensure the initial tug allocation remains sufficient. Additional
tugs should be ordered in good time.
For the purposes of these conditions, flood tides and ebb tides are determined from the
Maritime Safety Queensland Tidal Predictions Brisbane River Current Meter Hourly
Tidal Stream Velocity, with an appropriate allowance made for location. (Refer to
Pilotage tides and swinging times)
Tug booking
Initial tug booking should preferably be made via the QSHIPS programme refer to
3.4 Booking a vessel movement. Updates to vessel movements should be made either
via the QSHIPS programme or by direct contact with the tug company.
Tug Allocation general requirements - arrival and departure

9.2.1

general guide - tug bollard pull required (T) = displacement 1000

Safe working load (SWL) of a ships deck towage fittings is to be consistent with the
power of the allocated tugs

ships < 105 metres LOA usually none

ships 105 metres to 150 metres LOA one tug

ships >150 metres LOA two tugs

ships with a displacement of > 80 000 tonnes minimum of two Z Peller tugs,
primary tugs to be of a similar bollard pull, and the ship berthed stemming the tide

all car carriers two tugs, irrespective of LOA

STS transfers at anchorage minimum of one tug for all ships, irrespective of LOA

ships >230 metres LOA proceeding upstream of Pelican Banks two Z peller tugs
may be required to be in attendance from/to Fisherman Islands swing basin

ships with unusual manoeuvring characteristics and / or fitted with advanced


manoeuvring systems will be assessed on a case by case basis

tug requirements are based on the vessel stemming the current when berthing and
departing; manoeuvring with a contrary current may require the use of an additional
tug

all ships usually require a lines launch for arrival, unless the master and pilot agree
otherwise

Substitution of a tug with a bow thruster


In favourable conditions a tug may be substituted by an efficient thruster, except in the
following circumstances:

ships with a displacement of > 80 000 tonnes

ships swinging with a draft of >120 metres or an LOA of >280 metres

ships with a draft of >110 metres or an LOA of >230 metres, if the effective power of
the thrusters are <1100kW (1500HP)

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9.2.2

ships with an LOA >200 metres fitted with both bow and stern thrusters (irrespective
of their rating) usually require one tug to swing

ships berthed at Cement Australia Berth when departing with a contrary current

Forgacs Cairncross dry-dock - ships <85 metres LOA may substitute tug
requirements with two lines launches or a thruster and one lines launch

Departure specific conditions

Special consideration may be given to departures from the following berths, provided
the ship is berthed head down on a flood tide, clear berth ahead and an onshore wind
< 10 knots:

Hamilton precinct berths (Hamilton 4 and Forgacs Cairncross Fit Out) <185 metres
LOA and draft <9 metres one tug

Pinkenba precinct berths ( Pinkenba, INCN, Viva (Formerly Shell), GrainCorp Liquid
(Formerly Pacific Terminals)) <185 metres LOA, draft <9 metres one tug

GP Berth, FIC, FI Grain, Caltex FI, Fisherman Islands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 and 9 vessels
<185 metres LOA and draft less than 11 metres one tug

Emergency communication jammed radio


The adopted emergency signal to alert a pilot, ship, tug or wharf of a jammed VHF radio
is one prolonged blast on a ship's or tug's horn or whistle made by a ship or tug; all
parties will change to channel 16.
Tug companies
Svitzer Australia Brisbane
18, Howard Smith Drive, Whyte Island, Qld 4174
Postal address:

PO Box 555, Wynnum, Queensland, 4178

Telephone:

1800 453 938 or (07) 3895 1022

Operations email:

sthqld.controllers@svitzer.com
Bollard pull

hp

Steering system

Clontarf

62 tonne

4894

Z peller

Svitzer Colmslie

68 tonne

5600

Z peller

Svitzer Newstead

68 tonne

5600

Z peller

Olivia

55 tonne

4840

Z peller

Table 16 Svitzer Tugs

Smit Lamnalco Towage


18A, Howard Smith Drive, Whyte Island Queensland. 4174
Postal address:

PO Box 8153 Wynnum North, Queensland, 4178

Telephone:

(07) 3895 2677 or 0439 686008

Email:

sltowagebrisbane@smitlamnalco.com
Bollard pull

Hp

Steering system

SL Plenty

68 tonne

5632

Z peller

SL
Murrumbidgee

68 tonne

5632

Z peller

Table 17 Smit Lamnalco Tugs

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Marine Diesel Traders (Telephone (07) 3390 4729) and Pacific Towage Group
(Telephone (07) 3383 6660) have fleets of smaller tugs that are able to provide harbour
towage services for small vessels and barges.
Note check directly with the relevant tug company for the latest accurate information
about tug capability.
Lines launch services
Lines launch services are provided by:
Brisbane Port Launches

Telephone

(07) 3348 6255

Marine Diesel Traders

Telephone

(07) 3390 4729

Southern Cross Port Services

Telephone

1300 790 673

Pilot launch services


Brisbane Marine Pilots operate pilot launch services from Mooloolaba and Whyte Island.
Brisbane Marine Pilots
PO Box 306, Albion Queensland, 4010
Telephone

(07) 3862 2260

Facsimile

(07) 3862 2240

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Section 10

Work permits
General
Certain shipboard activities are regulated through a system of permits. Applications
should be submitted via the QSHIPS programme and by fax or email to the relevant
authorities. Ship masters must comply with all requirements specified in the permit.
Works requiring permits include:

immobilising main engine/s

main engine trials after maintenance (non-routine)

tank/crude oil washing

hot work, sand blasting, overside work and paint spraying (controlled activities)

bunkering

ship to ship/shore transfer operations

diving or under water works

life boat drills

live flare (pyrotechnic) demonstration.


Permit requests
PBPL

Controlled
activities
refer PBPL
website

48 hours prior
to arrival

Lodged to PBPL

All
tankers

PBPL

Tankers at
non tanker
berths

48 hours prior
to arrival

Lodged to VTS and PBPL:


must be certified as gas
free by an independent
chemist on approved form

All ships

ACS

Lifeboat drill

Prior to event

Lodged to ACS copy to


VTS

All ships

VTS and
PBPL

Engine trials

Prior to event

Lodged to VTS via


QSHIPS

All
tankers

PBPL

Tank wash

24 hours prior
to arrival

Lodged to VTS and PBPL

All ships

VTS

Immobilisation

24 hours prior
to event

Lodged to VTS via


QSHIPS

All ships

VTS

Immobilisation
at anchor

Prior to event

Lodged to VTS via


QSHIPS

All
tankers

VTS and
PBPL

Gas free
declaration

48 hours prior
to arrival

Declared by master on
approved form lodged to
RHM

All ships

VTS and
PBPL

Handling bulk
liquids

48 hours prior
to the event

PBPL (Form F3217)

All ships

Table 18 Permit Requests

Work permit descriptions


10.2.1

Immobilisation main engines


Ships wishing to gain permission to immobilisation main engines (16.7.8 Permission to
Immobilise Main Engines Sample) whether at anchor or alongside must:
Lodge an application via QSHIPS with VTS at least 24 hours prior to the requested
immobilisation.

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10.2.2

LifeBoat drills
Ships wishing to carry out lifeboat drills, or put boats in the water for painting or
maintenance purposes must first obtain clearance from the Australian Customs and notify
VTS of the intended operation.
Masters are requested to advise VTS when such drills are to commence and when
completed. (16.7.9 Permission to Conduct Lifeboat Drills - Sample)

10.2.3

Engine trials
Ships wishing to carry out engine trials must lodge an application with VTS via QSHIPS
24 hours prior to the trials. (16.7.10 Permission to hold Main Engine Trials - Sample).

10.2.4

Notification of handling of bulk liquids


The movement, handling and storage of bulk liquids on a ship are subject to the
provisions of Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995. The applicable conditions
are contained in the Port Notice Bulk Liquid Transfers, Tankers in Non-Tanker Berths,
use of Sea Valves and Tank Washing.
It is a requirement for all vessels >15 metres LOA to notify PBPL and VTS of the intention
to load, unload or transfer any form of bulk liquids in the port area. Notification is made to
PBPL (Login to the Load, Unload or Transfer Bulk Liquids Form)
Masters of vessels conducting bulk liquid transfers, as specified above, are required to
notify VTS on VHF channel 12 of the time of commencement of such transfers and again
the time when the operation is completed.

10.2.5

Controlled Activities Permit (Hot work, spraying, sand blasting and overside work)
PBPL has strict guidelines on the performance of Controlled Activities on ships within
the port limits. Ships wishing to undertake such work must:

submit an application to PBPL (Login to the Controlled Activities and Overside


Maintenance Requests).

when granted, masters must comply with the conditions of the approval.

Masters are required to advise VTS on VHF channel 12 when such work will commence
and again when all work has been completed
10.2.6

Tank/crude oil wash and tanker ballasting


Ships wishing to carry out tank washing, including crude oil wash operations must:

comply with the conditions contained in the Port Notice Bulk Liquid Transfers,
Tankers in Non-Tanker Berths, use of Sea Valves and Tank Washing

submit an application to PBPL and VTS at least 24 hours prior to the work.
Masters are to comply with the requirements of the MSQ permit
16.7.11 Permission to tank/crude oil wash - Sample

Except where permitted by the designated port officer, the master of a ship handling bulk
liquid cargoes shall ensure that all sea and overboard discharge valves that are
connected to cargo or ballast pumps, other than those of segregated ballast lines, are
kept closed. It is not the general policy of the PBPL to allow such valves to be opened
within port limits (refer Port Notice).
Ships wishing to proceed with an application to open sea valves must comply with the
conditions of the Port Notice Bulk Liquid Transfers, Tankers in Non-Tanker Berths, use
of Sea Valves and Tank Washing.
10.2.7

Tankers at non tanker berths


PBPL has strict guidelines on the berthing of tankers at non tanker berths. Agents and
masters wishing to berth tankers at such berths must:

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comply with the conditions contained in the Port Notice Bulk Liquid Transfers,
Tankers in Non-Tanker Berths, use of Sea Valves and Tank Washing

submit an application to PBPL at least 48 hours prior to entering the pilotage area;
masters will comply with the requirements of the approval.

a copy of the Authorisation is to be sent to VTS.

For the purposes of this section a tanker includes: OBO, tankship, LPG/LNG carrier,
chemical tanker, product tanker that is carrying any cargo or cargo residue with a flash
point of < 60 Celsius. For vessels with cargoes > 60 PBPL will address each application
on a case by case basis
..

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Section 11

Dangerous cargo
General
PBPL is responsible for the management of dangerous goods in port, including the
loading and unloading of ships alongside and movement across the wharf. VTS is
responsible for monitoring and managing the safe movement of ships in Queensland
waters. VTS will assist the port authority in controlling traffic movement in the port,
maintaining on/water safety distances, and responding to emergency situations.
the following codes and guidelines apply:

11.1.1

IMO IMDG Code

International chamber of shipping oil companies, international marine forum

Society of international gas tankers and terminals (ISGOTT)

Australian Standard AS 3846 2005

AMSA Australian annexe to the IMDG Code Marine orders part 41

AAPMA dangerous substances guidelines.

Notification
Division 13 of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004 outlines the
duties of owners and masters of vessels in relation to the carriage of dangerous goods.
The regulation requires that ships carrying dangerous goods and bulk liquids must
comply with the appropriate directions of the IMDG code and AS3846 and are to notify
PBPL and VTS of the intent to bring dangerous cargo into or depart from a pilotage area.
(Port Notice Dangerous Goods)
Ships have to report the information required in section 140 (2) (a) of the regulation
namely the arrival and/or departure of the ship, the removal of the ship to another berth or
anchorage, the transfer of the cargo to another ship the loading of the cargo, and the
details of the cargo in an approved form.
In the port of Brisbane agents/masters are to submit dangerous goods information
electronically to the PBPL through the DGTrack' system. VTS has access to this system
thus meeting all dangerous goods reporting requirements.
Minimum notification times for the scheduled movement or handling of dangerous cargo
in a pilotage area are as follows:
Movement

Minimum notification

Ship inbound

48 hours prior to scheduled arrival at pilot boarding ground

Ship departure or removal

3 hours

Ship to ship transfer

24 hours

Loading, removal or handling


alongside

24 hours

Operation of a local marine service

48 hours (See section.140 Transport Operations (Marine


Safety) Regulation 2004)

Table 19 Dangerous Cargo Minimum Notification Times

Explosives
11.2.1

Explosives notification
PBPL requires all shipments of class 1 cargo, be they import, export or transit cargo, be
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cargo. A PBPL reference number will be issued to track all subsequent communications
and operations relating to each approved shipment.
11.2.2

Guidelines
The quantity of dangerous goods that may be handled by a ship at any berth is
determined by the NEM (1.5.19 Nett explosive mass (NEM)) of the cargo, and the
location of the berth. Where berths are located close to residential or industrial areas, the
amount of explosives that can be handled is reduced. (Port Notice Dangerous Goods)
Dangerous cargo limits
PBPL will promulgate the limits that apply to the class of dangerous cargo loaded and
unloaded in the port, including the maximum permissible types and quantities for
approved berths. (Port Notice Dangerous Goods)
Dangerous cargo events
Section 141 of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004 defines a
dangerous cargo event as:

the loss, or likely loss, of the cargo from a ship into Queensland waters

a breach, or danger of a breach, of the containment of the cargo that could


endanger marine safety

anything else involving, or that could involve, the cargo that causes risk of
explosion, fire, a person's death, or grievous bodily harm of a person

for a cargo that is a materials hazardous only in bulk (MHB) an event that causes
risk of explosion, fire, a person's death, or grievous bodily harm to a person.

The master and or the person in charge of a place where a dangerous cargo event has
occurred are required to report the event immediately to VTS and other relevant authority.
A full written report is to be submitted on Form F3220 - Dangerous Cargo Event Report to
VTS as soon as is reasonably practical.
Ship to ship transfer (STS) operations
Due to the relatively sheltered waters of Moreton Bay, ship to ship transfer (STS)
operations for LPG carriers are permitted under strict conditions.
11.5.1

LPG Gas carriers


Operations are carried out on a regular basis and under the following conditions:

operation to be carried out under Australian Standard AS3846 2005 and the
guidelines set out in the ship to ship transfer guide (liquefied gases) 2nd edition
issued by ICS, OCIMF, and the ISGOTT safety guide

operation permitted in weather conditions up to wind speeds of 25 knots (strong wind


warning)

agents to advise VTS not less than 48 hours prior to the planned operation and
request permission

agents to confirm that all operational details such as anchoring, mooring, fendering
and operational plan have been completed and a copy provided to VTS

agents book the vessels movements in QSHIPS

agents to arrange supply of approved fendering

all vessel movements to be conducted with a licensed pilot, endorsed for STS
operations, on board

the designated main STS anchorage in Moreton Bay: East Entrance beacon
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11.5.2

the supplementary STS anchorage: East Entrance beacon bearing 245 (T) x 515
nautical miles latitude 27 165' S, longitude 153 178' E.

Gas Transfer operation procedures:

the larger vessel anchored and the smaller vessel berthed alongside using the larger
vessels ground tackle to sustain the anchorage

lightering vessel to anchor in this location, using her off side anchor

berthing of the receiving vessel will only be conducted between 30 minutes before
sunrise and to be completed no later than 30 minutes after sunset

separation and departure of the receiving vessel may be conducted either day or
night with adequate illumination provided at night

berthing of receiving vessel; tug requirements as per port practice and conditions
(refer 9.2 Tug Allocation general requirements - arrival and departure)

unberthing, tug requirement assessed on a case by case basis

venting and purging of tanks, by either vessel, is prohibited during berthing and
unberthing operations

both vessels to provide and use as required secondary fendering

1000 metre all vessel exclusion zone around the anchorage to be declared and
monitored by VTS during the operation a Notice to Mariners will be issued

both vessels to maintain a 24 hour continuous listening watch on VHF channel 12 for
the duration of time that they or either is at anchor

agents to submit Notice of intentions to load, unload or transfer bulk liquids for each
operation.

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Section 12

Emergency Pollution Marine Incidents


The aim of this section is to provide guidance to the port community about initial response
procedures to dangerous incidents, emergencies, terrorist acts and disasters
Authorities
MSQ's emergency procedures are prepared under the provisions of the Transport
Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 and the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act
1995.
Roles and responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities of the combating/lead response agency authorities for all
threats are as follows:
Threat

Lead response agency

Support agency

Port security
Level 1 low
Level 2 medium
Level 3 high

Normal port operations


PBPL Port security r

MSQ
QPS
QAS
QFES

Marine incident
(see also search and
rescue)

MSQ

AMSA
PBPL
QPS
QAS
QFES

Fire

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service


(QFES)

MSQ
PBPL
QAS
QPS

Explosion

QFES

MSQ
PBPL
QAS
QPS

Chemical/hazardous
substance incident

QFES (Haz/Mat unit)

MSQ
PBPL
QAS
QPS

(outside port limits)

PBPL first strike response,


escalated to
MSQ if necessary

Refer to
QCCAP
arrangements
on MSQ
website

Search and rescue

QPS Queensland Water Police

MSQ
RCC(Canberra)
QAS

Oil pollution
(within port limits)

Table 20 Emergency Roles and Responsibilities

Emergency contact numbers and locations


Organisation

Telephone

Police (Brisbane)

000 or +61 7 3364 3514

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Organisation

Telephone

Water Police

+61 7 3895 0333

Ambulance (Brisbane)

000 / +61 7 3364 1222

Fire

000

VTS

+61 7 3305 1700 (24 hrs) / Fax +61 7 3305 1708


VHF 16, 12, (secondary14, 13, 10, 9, 8, 6, 67, 63
and 73)

Security Port of Brisbane

+67 3258 4601 / + 61 410 506279

Regional Harbour Master

+61 7 3632 7500 / Fax +61 7 3636 7571

Australian Quarantine Inspection Service


(Canberra)

1800 020504

Australian Quarantine Inspection Service


(Brisbane)

+61 7 3268 8273

Australian Customs (Brisbane)

+61 7 3835 3444

Volunteer Marine Rescue Mooloolaba (VMR


406)

+61 7 5444 3222

Volunteer Marine Rescue Seaway Tower


(VMR 414)

+61 7 5591 2948

Hospital (Brisbane General)

+61 7 3636 8111

Brisbane City Council

+61 7 3403 8888

Table 21 Emergency Contact Numbers

12.3.1

VTS centre and Regional Harbour Masters office


The VTS and RHMs office are co-located at:
Marine Operations Base, Macarthur Avenue East Pinkenba Queensland 4008
Actions in the event of an emergency

12.4.1

Port community responsibilities


As a responsible member of the maritime community, any person witnessing an incident
which was/or is capable of becoming an emergency is obliged to report the matter to VTS
and/or the emergency response agencies of Police, Fire or Ambulance.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority request pilots to notify them of suspected
deficiencies on ships via the Pilot Incident Management System (PIMS).

12.4.2

VTS Centre responsibilities


VTS is operated on a 24 hour, seven days a week basis In the event of being notified of
an emergency, VTS will act as an initial notification and communications facility that will
activate the appropriate response agencies.
Marine pollution
The Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 is designed to protect
Queensland's marine and coastal environment by minimising deliberate and negligent
discharges of ship sourced pollution. Discharges of oil, noxious liquid substances,
sewage and garbage (MARPOL Annexes I, II, lV and V) from ships are prohibited in
Queensland coastal waters and pilotage areas.

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Maritime Safety Queensland has the authority to detain any vessel suspected of causing
marine pollution and to intervene where there is imminent danger to the coastline.
Ships should dispose of all waste ashore using waste reception facilities. The service is
available in Brisbane for the collection of tank washing slops, oily bilge water, and oily
mixtures containing chemicals, oil sludge, garbage and sewage. The service is provided
by Transpacific Industries Group Ltd.
Phone: ............................ +61 7 3489 4100
Email: .............................. enquiries@transpac.com.au
Web: ............................... www.transpacific.com.au
Refer to Reef Guide A Shipmaster's handbook to the Torres Strait and the Great
Barrier Reef for further information.
12.5.1

Reporting
Section 67 of the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 requires the master of
a ship to report a discharge or probable discharge without delay to the Harbour Master.
The Regional Harbour Master (Brisbane) can be contacted via VTS at any time on VHF
channels 16 and 12 or phone: 3305 1700.
The following details should be provided in a report of marine pollution:

date/time of incident

location (latitude, longitude and physical site)

report source and contact number

nature, extent and estimated quantity of spill

type of oil or description

spill source and point of discharge from source

identity and position of nearby ships or name of alleged polluter

nature and extent of spill and movement and speed of spill

local weather/tide/sea conditions

whether a sample of the substance spilled has been collected

and any additional information that relates to the spill.


VTS will complete Form F3968 Marine Pollution Report based on the above information
and fax to the relevant authorities.
Marine incidents
Under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994, a marine incident is classified
as an event causing or involving:

the loss of a person from a ship

the death of, or grievous bodily harm to, a person caused by a ship's operations

the loss or presumed loss or abandonment of a ship

a collision with a ship

the stranding of a ship

material damage to a ship

material damage caused by a ship's operations

danger to a person caused by a ship's operations

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12.6.1

danger of serious damage to a ship

danger of serious damage to a structure caused by a ship's operations.

Marine incident reporting


A marine incident must be reported to a shipping inspector within 48 hours of the incident,
unless there is a reasonable excuse. Shipping inspectors include marine officers (located
at Maritime Safety Queensland marine operations bases), officers of Queensland Water
Police and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol. If you are unable to access one of
these offices, contact a shipping inspector by phone, they will advise you what to do next.
The report must be made on the approved Form 3071 Marine Incident Report for all
Queensland Registered vessels. For all domestic commercial vessels and foreign trading
vessels, the form AMSA529, available at www.amsa.gov.au must be used.
Form 3071 is also available from Department of Transport and Main Roads customer
service centres, Maritime Safety Queensland regional offices, Queensland Boating and
Fisheries patrol and Water Police offices.
Effective from 1 July 2013 the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessels) National
Law Act 2012 requires that both the owner and master of a Domestic commercial Vessel
that is involved in a marine incident, report the incident within the time frames provided by
for the National Law, to the National Regulator.
For further information regarding what is a marine incident?, when do I report a marine
incident?, and who do I report it to? go to AMSA website:
Section 124 of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 requires ships masters
to assist if a marine incident involves two or more ships. The master of each ship involved
in the marine incident must to the extent that he can do so without danger to his ship or
persons on board his ship:

give the other ship involved in the incident, its master and persons onboard the
ship the help necessary to save them from danger caused by the marine incident

stay by the other ship until no further assistance is required

give the master of the other ship reasonable particulars adequate to identify the
ship and its owner.

Section 129 of the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 requires the master of
a ship to promptly report dangers to navigation including, an abandoned ship, a damaged
aid to navigation, severe weather conditions and so on.
12.6.2

Procedures subsequent to serious marine incidents


In the case of a vessel grounding or if structural damage has occurred, the vessel is to be
removed to a position of safety. Immediate advice from the Regional Harbour Master
should be sought in this instance and the vessel surveyed by the appropriate authority
(Australian Maritime Safety Authority or classification society) to ensure the
seaworthiness of the vessel before it leaves port limits.

12.6.3

Environmental incident reporting


Incidents with potential to cause or which have caused environmental harm as defined in
the Environmental Protection Act 1994 within the port including land and facilities under
the control of port authority must be reported to the authority as soon as reasonably
practicable. Failure to report an incident that impacts adversely on the environment is an
offence.
Port users, owners, masters and organisations are reminded it is their responsibility to
notify the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency and/or Brisbane City Council
where the incident is of the nature that requires notification under the Environmental
Protection Act 1994 and environmental protection policies.

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Section 13

Security
General
The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) is administered in Australia
by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local
Government (DITRDLG). The Port of Brisbane Corporation has an approved Maritime
Security Plan as required under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security
Act 2003.
A ship's master, prior to entering the port of Brisbane, must report directly to the port
authority or via their respective ship agency the following:

ISPS compliance number

current ship security level or any change to the ship security level whilst in port

ship security officer contact details

list of expected visitors/contractors/nominated provedore

crew list and identification

any security incident (as defined under the ISPS code or Maritime Transport Security
legislation) whilst in port.

Port security procedures


The federal government determined, and will declare when necessary, three (3) security
levels.

Level 1 minimum appropriate protective security measures will be maintained at


all times

Level 2 appropriate additional protective security measures will be enacted


because of heightened risk of a security incident

Level 3 further specific protective security measures maintained for limited times
when a security incident is probable or imminent, although it may not be possible to
identify the specific target. Ships at a port facility must await instructions from the
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local
Government (DITRDLG) and are to follow their instructions as required.

Unless otherwise advised the port will operate on level 1.


Responsibility for the implementation of the additional security measures will be agreed
via a Declaration of Security between the ship and port authority or the port facility
operator. If between the ship and the port facility operator, the port security officer must
be consulted and agree with the security measures proposed to be implemented.
13.2.1

Access to ships and port facilities


Port security officers conduct mobile patrols on both land and water at all times. All
persons wishing to access the port must be able, when requested, to demonstrate they
have official business in the port. All crew members leaving a security controlled
berth/terminal must show appropriate identification for example, a seafarer's book or a
copy of their passport in order to gain reentry. All visitors and service providers to
vessels must be included on the agent's list of authorised visitors and must be able to
provide proof of identity.
Port access by members of the public is prohibited.
A number of cameras are stationed around the port to assist security officers monitoring
the operations. The vision from these cameras can, if required, be passed on to third
parties for their use in investigating incidents. Third parties include but are not restricted
to Customs, Police, and other State government departments. It is an offence to enter or
leave the port area by any means other than a designated entrance or exit.

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All security breaches, or potential activities that may breach security or cause harm,
should be immediately reported to the port security officer.
Port security contacts
Port security manager telephone: +61 7 3258 4601 (24 hours).
National security
In line with the federal government's recent publications to do with the reporting of any
possible terrorist activity .contact the national security 24 hour hotline if you have any
information of possible terrorist activity or have seen or heard something suspicious that
may need investigating by the security agencies.
24 hour hot line: .............. 1800 123 400
Email: ..............................

hotline@nationalsecurity.gov.au

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Section 14

Port State Control Inspections


Inspections
The Australian Government is committed to the protection of life and property at sea and
to the preservation of the marine environment. The Port State Control program is
administered by AMSA. More information can be found at
http://www.amsa.gov.au/vessels/ship-safety/port-state-control/

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Section 15

Port Services
Bunkering, Fresh Water
Bunker, fresh water and waste services are available by a variety of means at berths. The
Port of Brisbane Shipping handbook and online Business directory, www.portbris.com.au,
provides further information and up to date contacts.
Please note the requirement of handling bulk liquids as referred to in 10.2.4 Notification of
handling of bulk liquids.
Shipping Agencies and Liner Services
There is a variety of agencies and liner services that support the Port of Brisbane. These
can be found in the Port of Brisbane Shipping Handbook and online Business directory at
www.portbris.com.au.
Mission to Seafarers
Address:

2 Seafarer Street, Port of Brisbane, QLD 4178

Postal Address:

PO BOX 9260, Wynnum Plaza, QLD 4178

Telephone:

+61 7 3895 1181

Mobile:

+61 448 640 080

Facsmile

+61 7 3895 1855

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Section 16

Appendices

Brisbane Port Limits ............................................................................................................................. 73


16.1.1 Brisbane VTS Area .................................................................................................................................73
16.1.2 Brisbane Port and Pilotage Limits .....................................................................................................74
16.1.3 Brisbane VHF Coverage.......................................................................................................................75
Chartlets Main Shipping Routes and Security Regulated Area .................................................. 76
16.2.1 Pilot Boarding Ground and Fairway Approach .............................................................................76
16.2.2 North West Channel to Spitfire Channel.........................................................................................77
16.2.3 Spitfire Channel to Main Channel .....................................................................................................78
16.2.4 Brisbane Roads and Ship to Ship transfer anchorages ............................................................79
16.2.5 Bar Cutting .................................................................................................................................................80
16.2.6 Inner Bar Reach.......................................................................................................................................81
16.2.7 Inner Bar Reach to Swing Basin........................................................................................................82
16.2.8 Fisherman Islands Swing Basin.........................................................................................................83
16.2.9 Lytton Rocks Reach ...............................................................................................................................84
16.2.10 Lytton Rocks Reach to Quarantine Flats Reach .........................................................................85
16.2.11 Quarantine Flats Reach to Lytton Reach .......................................................................................86
16.2.12 Lytton Reach to Pinkenba Reach......................................................................................................87
16.2.13 Eagle Farm Flats Reach .......................................................................................................................88
16.2.14 Parker Island Reach...............................................................................................................................89
16.2.15 Quarries Reach ........................................................................................................................................90
16.2.16 Hamilton Reach .......................................................................................................................................91
16.2.17 Hamilton Reach to Bulimba Reach...................................................................................................92
Wharf and berth information................................................................................................................ 93
Swing basin and swing areas Brisbane River .................................................................................. 96
Air draft/bridge heights ......................................................................................................................... 96
16.5.1 Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges.....................................................................................................................97
16.5.2 Bulimba power lines ...............................................................................................................................97
16.5.3 Story Bridge ...............................................................................................................................................97
16.5.4 Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges Navigational Lights & Clearances .............................................98
Under Keel Clearances Requirements .............................................................................................. 99
16.6.1 Moreton Bay and Brisbane River ......................................................................................................99
16.6.2 Tides UKC required for Brisbane River .......................................................................................99
Vessel Traffic Management Forms .................................................................................................. 100
16.7.1 VTIS A1 Booking Form....................................................................................................................100
16.7.2 VTIS A2 Vessel details form VTIS A2 Booking form (Removals)....................................101
16.7.3 VTIS A3 Vessel details form .............................................................................................................102
16.7.4 VTIS A4 Form Tug and Tow Advice ...........................................................................................103
16.7.5 Codes and Guide for completing VTIS forms .............................................................................104
16.7.6 UKC Vessel particulars request....................................................................................................106
16.7.7 Gas Free Status Declaration...........................................................................................................107
16.7.8 Permission to Immobilise Main Engines Sample.................................................................108
16.7.9 Permission to Conduct Lifeboat Drills - Sample ......................................................................109
16.7.10 Permission to hold Main Engine Trials - Sample.....................................................................110
16.7.11 Permission to tank/crude oil wash - Sample .............................................................................111
16.7.12 Gateway Bridge Clearance form - Sample ................................................................................112
Navigation Data................................................................................................................................... 113
16.8.1 Pilotage Moreton Bay Distance Tables .....................................................................................113
16.8.2 Moreton Bay steaming times ............................................................................................................114
16.8.3 Pilotage Brisbane River removal distances .............................................................................115
16.8.4 Pilotage Tides and Swinging Times ...........................................................................................116
16.8.5 Pilotage Waypoints Outbound Hamilton to Entrance Beacons ....................................117
16.8.6 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Entrance Beacons to Hamilton ........................................118
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16.8.7 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via East Knoll .............................................................................119


16.8.8 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel east of M8 ...............................................120
16.8.9 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and East of Rear
Reciprocal .................................................................................................................................................................121
16.8.10 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and West of Rear
Reciprocal .................................................................................................................................................................122
16.8.11 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, West of M5 and East Channel ...........123
16.8.12 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, East of M5 and East Channel ............124
16.8.13 Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Draft Vessels..................................................................125
16.8.14 Pilotage Transit Times Ready Reckoner ..................................................................................126

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Brisbane Port Limits


16.1.1

Brisbane VTS Area

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16.1.2

Brisbane Port and Pilotage Limits

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16.1.3

Brisbane VHF Coverage

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Chartlets Main Shipping Routes and Security Regulated Area


16.2.1

Pilot Boarding Ground and Fairway Approach

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16.2.2

North West Channel to Spitfire Channel

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16.2.3

Spitfire Channel to Main Channel

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16.2.4

Brisbane Roads and Ship to Ship transfer anchorages

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16.2.5

Bar Cutting

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16.2.6

Inner Bar Reach

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16.2.7

Inner Bar Reach to Swing Basin

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16.2.8

Fisherman Islands Swing Basin

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16.2.9

Lytton Rocks Reach

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16.2.10

Lytton Rocks Reach to Quarantine Flats Reach

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16.2.11

Quarantine Flats Reach to Lytton Reach

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16.2.12

Lytton Reach to Pinkenba Reach

Note Shell Wharf is now renamed to Viva Wharf


Note Pacific Terminals is now renamed GrainCorp Liquid

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16.2.13

Eagle Farm Flats Reach

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16.2.14

Parker Island Reach

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16.2.15

Quarries Reach

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16.2.16

Hamilton Reach

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16.2.17

Hamilton Reach to Bulimba Reach

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Wharf and berth information


Wharf / berth name
latitude &longitude

Distance
from
Entrance
Beacon
(Nautical
Miles)

Wharf
owner*
operator #

* length of
berth
# length of
wharf
H height above
LAT (m)

Berth
pocket
Design
width
& depth
at LAT
(m)

Services
E=
electricity
DO = diesel
oil
FO = fuel oil
T=
telephone
W = water

Useage
(Refer to Port
of Brisbane
Shipping
Handbook
for details of
cargo
equipment
and facilities)

Fishermans Islands
No 12

3.25

* PBPL
#Hutchison
Ports BCT

* 310m

45m

E -T - W

Containers

# 310m

14.0m

* PBPL
#Hutchison
Ports BCT

* 350m

45m

E -T - W

Containers

# 350m

14.0

* PBPL

* 395.5m

E -T - W

Containers

E -T - W

Containers

E -T - W

Containers

E T W

Containers

E-W

Containers

E-W

Containers

E -T - W

Containers,

E -T - W

Containers,
Ro/Ro, motor
vehicles and
general cargo

E -T - W

Containers,
Ro/Ro, motor
vehicles and
general cargo

E -W

Containers,
Ro/Ro, motor
vehicles and
general cargo

27o 21.50 S
153o 10.82 E
Fishermans Islands
No 11
27 21.64 S
153 10.72 E

3.43

Fishermans Islands

3.63

H 6.05

H 6.05m

# Patrick Term # 395.5m

No 10
27 21.82 S
153 10.60 E

45m
14.0m

H 5.70 6.05m

Fishermans Islands
No 9
27 21.98 S
153 10.48 E

3.82

Fishermans Islands
No 8
27 22.11 S
153 10.39 E

3.96

Fishermans Islands
No 7
27 22.20S
153 10.33 E

4.08

Fishermans Islands
No 6
27 22.28 S
153 10.27 E

4.17

Fishermans Islands
No 5
27 22.38 S
153 10.21 E

4.28

Fishermans Islands
No 4
27 22.50 S
153 10.11 E

4.43

Fishermans Islands
No 3
27 22.64 S
153 10.02 E

4.59

Fishermans Islands
No 2
27 22.74 S
153 09.92 E

4.72

Fishermans Islands
No 1
27 22.83 S
153 09.85 E

4.83

* PBPL

* 317.2m

45m

# Patrick
Terminal

# 317.2m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 220.3m

45m

# Patrick
Terminal

# 220.3m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 200m

45m

# DP World
Brisbane

# 200m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 150m

45m

# DP World
Brisbane

# 150m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 250m

45m

# DP World
Brisbane

# 250m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 301.5m

45m

# DP World
Brisbane

# 301.5m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 298.7m

45m

# AAT

# 298.7m

14.0m

H 5.07 - 5.70m

H 4.65 5.07m

H 4.23 4.65m

H 4.00 - 4.23m

H 4.00m

H 4.00m

H 4.00m
* PBPL

* 200m

45m

# AAT

# 200m

14.0m

H 4.00m
* PBPL

* 197m

45m

# AAT

#197m

14.0m

H 4.00m

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Wharf / berth name


latitude &longitude

Distance
from
Entrance
Beacon
(Nautical
Miles)

Wharf
owner*
operator #

* length of
berth
# length of
wharf
H height above
LAT (m)

Berth
pocket
Design
width
& depth
at LAT
(m)

Services
E=
electricity
DO = diesel
oil
FO = fuel oil
T=
telephone
W = water

Useage
(Refer to Port
of Brisbane
Shipping
Handbook
for details of
cargo
equipment
and facilities)

Fishermans Islands
Grain
27 22.93 S
153 09.75E

5.0

* PBPL
# Graincorp

* 285m

45m

E -T - W

# 285m

13.0m

Grain,
woodchip,
cotton seed
and motor
vehicles

Caltex Fishermans
Islands
27 23.11 S
153 09.63E

5.2

E -FO - W

Crude oil
loading and
discharge

Crude oil
discharge,
load/discharg
e petroleum
products

E -T - W

Bulk coal,
bulk clinker,
gypsum slag

E-W

Dry bulk and


break bulk

DO FO - E W

Petroleum
Products

E -T - W

Bulk clinker,
fly ash,
gypsum

DO - W

Petroleum
Products and
discharge
LPG

Petroleum
Products

Bulk
flammable
liquids

H 4.00m
Caltex
Refineries
Ltd

* 400m #
100.2m
dolphin to
dolphin

50m
14.3m

H 5.3m
BP Luggage Point
27 23.02 S
153 09.28E

5.3

BP Oil
Australia

* 329m

50m

# 135.7m

14.3m

dolphin to
dolphin
H 5.64m

Fishermans Islands
Coal
27 23.29 S
153 09.55 E

5.4

Fishermans Islands
General Purpose
27 23.42 S
153 09.48 E

5.5

Caltex Products
Wharf
27 24.39 S
153 09.09 E

6.6

* PBPL
#
Queensland
Bulk
Handling

*317m

50m

#240m

14.0m

* PBPL

* 215m

50m

#213m

11.5m

H 4.00m

H 4.00m
Caltex
Refineries
Ltd

* 285m

35m

# 82.2m

10.3m

dolphin to
dolphin
H 4.98

Cement Australia
Wharf

7.2

Cement
Australia Ltd

Formerly QCL
27 24.84 S
153 08.57E
BP Products Wharf
27 25.29 S
153 08.09E

* 220m

35m

# 128m

9.7m

H 5.0m

7.9

BP Oil
Australia

* 235m

35m

# 89.5m

10.9m

dolphin to
dolphin
H 5.18m

Viva Energy Wharf

8.2

Formerly Shell
27 25.42 S
153 07.80E
GrainCorp Liquids
Wharf
Formerly Pacific
Terminals
27 25.48 S
153 07.68E

Viva Energy
Australia

* 234m

35m

# 75.2m

10.9m

H 5.18m
8.3

GrainCorp

* 208m

35m

# 55m

10.5m

H 5.18m

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Wharf / berth name


latitude &longitude

Distance
from
Entrance
Beacon
(Nautical
Miles)

Wharf
owner*
operator #

* length of
berth
# length of
wharf
H height above
LAT (m)

Berth
pocket
Design
width
& depth
at LAT
(m)

Services
E=
electricity
DO = diesel
oil
FO = fuel oil
T=
telephone
W = water

Useage
(Refer to Port
of Brisbane
Shipping
Handbook
for details of
cargo
equipment
and facilities)

Incitec North Wharf


27 25.55 S
153 07.52 E

8.5

Incitec Ltd

* 210m

35m

E-W

#123.5m dolphin
to dolphin

10.0m

Bulk liquid
and dry bulk
fertiliser

E-T-W

Bulk liquid
and dry bulk
cargoes,

10.4m

E-T-W

Dry bulk,
general,
petroleum
products

E-T-W

Bulk cargoes

H 4.47m
Incitec South Wharf
27 25.87 S
153 07.41 E

8.7

Pinkenba Wharf
27 25.69 S
153 07.26E

8.7

10.6

Maritime 1 Wharf
27 26.63 S
153 04.66 E

11.6

Forgacs Cairncross
Fitting Out Wharf
27 26.80 S
153 04.64 E

11.5

Forgacs Cairncross
Drydock Breasting
Wharf
27 26.79 S
153 04.37 E

11.8

Hamilton 4 Wharf
27 26.59 S
153 04.54 E

11.7

Brisbane Cruise
Terminal (Portside)

12.1

27 26.47 S
153 04.10 E

* 220m

35m

# 152.2m

10.4m

H 4.57m

Queensland Bulk
Terminal
27 26.89 S
153 05.71E

Hamilton 1 Wharf

Incitec Ltd

*#PBPL
# Graincorp
# Puma
Energy

* 412m

Wilmar
Gavilon

* 270m

35m

# 158m

10.0m

# 314m dolphin
to dolphin
H 5.18m

H 5.0m
PBPL

* 218m

35m

# 183.9m

9.0m

E-T-W

Bulk oil and


chemicals

H 5.2m
Consult
VTS for
latest
depth

E -T - W

Ship repair

#271m
H 5.4m

Consult
VTS for
latest
depth

E -T - W

Ship repair

* 240m

35m

E -T - W

# 240m

10.3m

General
Cargo,
Containers,
Bulk Cargo

E -T - W

Passenger
vessels

Forgacs
Cairncross
Dockyard

* 320m

Forgacs
Cairncross
Dockyard

QUBE
Logistics

H 5.4m

CLOSED TO
VESSEL
TRAFFIC MID
2014

H 5.18m
Brisbane
Cruise
Terminal

* 387m

35m

# 237m

8.8m

H 5.18m

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Swing basin and swing areas Brisbane River


Area

Minimum
depth

Minimum
diameter

Without
berth
pocket

With berth
pocket

Include
opposite
berth

Maximum LOA
Hamilton Reach Swing Basin

91

3627

227

255*

Fitting Out Berth

91

2526

158

180

Queensland Bulk Terminal

91

2110

132

Pinkenba Swing Basin

91

3311

207

229

Cement Australia Swing Basin

91

2551

159

185

Incitec South

91

3311

207

229

Incitec North

91

2346

147

GrainCorp Liquids (Formerly Pacific


Terminals)

91

1788

112

Viva (Formerly Shell)

91

1758

110

BP Products

91

1969

123

Caltex Products

91

1837

Fisherman Islands Swing Basin

140

4928

308

339

Fisherman Islands Grain Terminal

130

3959

247

Fisherman Islands No 1

140

4101

256

Fisherman Islands No 2

140

4294

268

Fisherman Islands No 3

140

4500

281

Fisherman Islands No 4

140

4790

299

Fisherman Islands No 5

140

4790

299

Fisherman Islands No 6

140

4790

299

Fisherman Islands No 7

140

4790

299

Fisherman Islands No 8

140

4790

299

Fisherman Islands No 9

140

4790

299

Fisherman Islands No 10

140

4790

299

Passenger vessels accepted to 270m LOA on a case by case basis if Hamilton berths 2 and 3 are

This LOA will be determined on a case by case basis by the Regional Harbour Master.

Due to high risk with NGF tanker alongside this LOA will be determined by the Regional Harbour
Master on a case by case basis.

This LOA will require further investigation.

empty.

Air draft/bridge heights


Sir Leo Hi elscher Bri dges
Known as Gateway Bri dge (s ee note)

Height above highest astronomical tide (HAT)


57.4 metres (c entre)
54 metres (edge of navi gation env el ope)

Buli mba power lines

41.4 metres

Story Bridge

30 metres

251

251

115

Bridge/power lines

202

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370#

16.5.1

Bridge/power lines

Height above highest astronomical tide (HAT)

Captai n Cook B ri dge

127 metres

Goodwill Bri dge

1325 metres

Victori a Bridge

114 metres

Kuril pa Bridge

114 metres

Wi lliam Joll y Bri dge

12 metres

Meriv al e Railwa y Bridge

115 metres

GoBetween Bri dge (Hal e Street)

114 metres

Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges


Vessels with an air draft >48 metres are required to obtain permission from the Regional
Harbour Master. Vessels with air drafts between 53.5 metre and 56.4 metre will be
subject to tidal and transit restrictions.

16.5.2

Bulimba power lines


The height under the Energex wires at Bulimba is 47.9 metres less the electricity
authority safety allowance of 4.6 metres. Masters of ships with air draft >38 metres must
obtain written permission from the Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) before
proceeding.

16.5.3

Story Bridge
Vessels with an air draft >28 metres are required to obtain permission from the Regional
Harbour Master.

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16.5.4

Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges Navigational Lights & Clearances

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Under Keel Clearances Requirements


16.6.1

Moreton Bay and Brisbane River

Channel

North West
NW Fwy NW 23

Depth

Spitfire
NW 3
12

NW12

East
Knoll
Bypass

East

M2

E1

Main
M9M8

Bar Cutting

E5

River

EBCN

FISB

15.0

15.0

15.0

15.0

15.0

15.0

15.0

6.90

10.0

14.0

14.0

9.10

UKC

1.8

2.30

2.1

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.40

1.8

1.46

1.3

0.60

Navigable

13.2

12.70

12.9

13.5

13.5

13.5

13.5

5.50

8.2

12.54

12.7

8.50

NW Channel depth 15 metres


width 280 metres
Spitfire Channel depth 15 metres
width 600 metres
Western half of the East Channel depth 15 metres width 300 metres

16.6.2
Draft

Tides UKC required for Brisbane River


UKC

Tide height
required

Draft

UKC

Tide height
required

Draft

UKC

Tide height
required

8.50

0.60

0.00

9.74

0.61

1.25

10.20

0.81

1.91

8.60

0.60

0.10

9.78

0.62

1.30

10.24

0.82

1.96

8.70

0.60

0.20

9.82

0.64

1.36

10.28

0.82

2.00

8.80

0.60

0.30

9.86

0.66

1.42

10.32

0.83

2.05

8.90

0.60

0.40

9.89

0.68

1.47

10.36

0.84

2.10

9.00

0.60

0.50

9.91

0.69

1.50

10.41

0.85

2.16

9.10

0.60

0.60

9.94

0.72

1.56

10.45

0.86

2.21

9.20

0.60

0.70

9.97

0.72

1.59

10.49

0.87

2.26

9.30

0.60

0.80

10.01

0.74

1.65

10.53

0.87

2.30

9.40

0.60

0.90

10.05

0.75

1.70

10.57

0.88

2.35

9.50

0.60

1.00

10.09

0.77

1.76

10.61

0.89

2.40

9.60

0.60

1.10

10.12

0.78

1.80

10.65

0.91

2.46

9.70

0.60

1.20

10.16

0.79

1.85

10.69

0.91

2.50

UKC required all berths 030 metre

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Vessel Traffic Management Forms


16.7.1

VTIS A1 Booking Form

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16.7.2

VTIS A2 Vessel details form VTIS A2 Booking form (Removals)

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16.7.3

VTIS A3 Vessel Details Form

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16.7.4

VTIS A4 Form Tug and Tow Advice

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16.7.5

Codes and Guide for completing VTIS forms

Code
01
02
02
03
04
05
06
07

Reason for Visit


Commercial
Military
Military with Conservancy
Ship to Ship Transfer
Refitting or Docking
Effecting Repairs
Obtaining Provision of Fuel
Discharging Residues or Slops

Code
ABP
BORL
BPBB
BPLP
BPPR
BCCB

Type
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth

BCT
BR^

Berth
Anch

BSL
BSE
BNWF
CXF1

Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth

CXF2

Berth

CXF4

Berth

CXDD
CXBW
CAFI
CAPR
CAB
CITY
DSM
DRED
DFTPC
FIC

Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Anch
Berth

FIGP

Berth

FIGR
FI1
FI2
FI3
FI4
FI5
FI6
FI7
FI8
FI9
FI 10
FI 11
FI 12
FIPO

Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth

FISB

Berth

Name
Aquarium Boat Passage
Boral Sand Barge Jetty
BP Bunker Barge Berth
BP Luggage Point
BP Products
Brisbane Crew Change
Berth
Brisbane Cruise Terminal
Brisbane Roads
Anchorage
Brisbane Ship Lifts
BSE Maritime Solutions
Bulimba Navy Wharf
Cairncross Fitting Out
No 1
Cairncross Fitting Out
No 2
Cairncross Fitting Out
No 4
Cairncross Dry Dock
Cairnscross Breast Wharf
Caltex Fisherman Island
Caltex Products
Cement Australia Berth
City
Dockside Marina
Dredco
Drift Point Cartwright
Fisherman Island Coal
Berth
Fisherman Island General
Purpose Berth
Fisherman Island Grain
Fisherman Island No 1
Fisherman Island No 2
Fisherman Island No 3
Fisherman Island No 4
Fisherman Island No 5
Fisherman Island No 6
Fisherman Island No 7
Fisherman Island No 8
Fisherman Island No 9
Fisherman Island No 10
Fisherman Island No 11
Fisherman Island No 12
Fisherman Island Pump
Out
Fisherman Island Swing
Basin

Code
08
09
10
11
12
13
14

Reason for Visit


Other
Pleasure
Orders
Disembarking Sick Passenger or Crew
Stress of Weather or in Distress
Passenger Transfer Only
Special Fees Exempt

Code
GLT

Type
Berth

HAM1
HAM4
HBL
HOLT
ST
INCN
INCS
LPPO
MAR1
MAR2
MOOL^
PNK1
PNK2
PP0
PC^

Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Anch
Berth
Berth
Berth
Anch

PCT^

Anch

PWPO
QBT

Berth
Berth

QTD
QPT
RAP
RYM
RISD
RTB
SIC

Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth

SS^
STS1^

Anch
Anch

STS2^

Anch

SWB
STBK
SFIRE
TLMA^
THB
TONH
VIVA
WATP
WIB
WITB
YRA^

Berth
Berth
Anch
Anch
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Berth
Anch

Name
Graincorp Liquid
Terminals
Hamilton No 1
Hamilton No 4
Hemmant Barge Landing
Holt Street - Pinkenba
Incitec North
Incitec South
Luggage Point Pump Out
Maritime No 1
Maritime No 2 (Closed)
Mooloolaba Anchorage
Pinkenba No 1
Pinkenba No 2
Pinkenba Pump Out
Point Cartwright
Anchorage
Point Cartwright
Anchorage Tanker
Port West Pump Out
Queensland Bulk
Terminal
Queensland Transport
Queensport
Raptis Trawler Berths
Rivergate Yacht Marina
Riverside Centre
Riverside Tug & Barge
Shaftston International
College
Shark Spit Anchorage
Ship to ship Transfer
Anchorage #1
Ship to ship Transfer
Anchorage #2
Shipworks Brisbane
South Bank
Spitfire Extension
Tangalooma Anchorage
Tank- Hale (City)
Toondah Harbour
Viva Energy
Waterfront Place
Whyte Island Base
Whyte Island Tug Base
Yule Roads Anchorage

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16.7.6

UKC Vessel particulars request

It is requested the master of this vessel complete this form with the following information basis
the vessels deep arrival/departure at Brisbane.
Once this information is received we will forward this to the Harbour Master to access and
calculate your berthing/sailing window.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Vessel Name
IMO #
Bulk
Carrier

Tanker

Container

Summer

Winter

Tropical

Draft

Fore

Mid

Aft

GM (M) Centre of Gravity to

Solid, GM(s)

Hull Type
Beam (m)
LBP (m)
DWT (tn)
Owner / Line
Displacement

Metacentre

With correction figure applied

Corrected GM(F)

KG (m) Keel to Centre of Gravity


KM (m) Keel to Metacentre
A Dynamic Under Keel Calculation may produce a window of opportunity for your vessel to
proceed to / from its intended berth.

NB to agents

The allocated pilot may also perform a manual calculation of under keel
clearance, based upon the vessel's observed sea-keeping
characteristics. The outcome of this assessment may result in the
movement being aborted. An aborted movement will still incur a full
pilotage fee.

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16.7.7

Gas Free Status Declaration

Declaration required prior to acknowledgement of Gas Free status

Query

Master to declare

Has your ship any flammable liquid or gas


cargo on board in bulk?

Yes

No

Have your empty cargo tanks been


washed, vented and inspected for
flammable residue?

Yes

No

Are your slop tank (s), pump room (s) and


cargo pipes free of flammable residue?

Yes

No

Is your combustible gas indicator working


and calibrated correctly?

Yes

No

Has the atmosphere in each pump room,


cargo tank or residue space been tested
with a combustible gas indicator and a
zero reading obtained?

Yes

No

Can the atmosphere in each pump room,


cargo tank or residue space be
maintained with a zero gas reading?

Yes

No

Have you a current International Safety


Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals
(ISGOTT) manual on board?

Yes

No

_____________________________
Master / Agent
To be lodged to the VTS Centre at least 48 hours prior to ship's ETA pilotage
area.

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16.7.8

Permission to Immobilise Main Engines Sample

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16.7.9

Permission to Conduct Lifeboat Drills - Sample

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16.7.10

Permission to hold Main Engine Trials - Sample

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16.7.11

Permission to tank/crude oil wash - Sample

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16.7.12

Gateway Bridge Clearance form - Sample

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Navigation Data
16.8.1

Pilotage Moreton Bay Distance Tables

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16.8.2

Moreton Bay steaming times


Leg

Distance

Speed in knots
8

10

12

14

16

18

20

45

36

30

26

22

20

18

2.2

17

13

11

1.71

13

10

NW 4NW6

2.4

18

14

12

10

NW 6NW8

2.45

18

15

12

10

NW 8NW3

2.35

18

14

12

10

NW 3NW10

2.50

19

15

13

11

NW 10NW 12

2.45

18

15

12

11

NW 12M1

2.35

18

14

12

10

M1M4

2.30

17

14

12

10

M4M5

2.52

19

15

13

11

M5M7

1.20

M7E 1

2.35

18

14

12

10

E 1E3

2.24

17

13

11

10

E 3E5

1.10

E AST E 5EB

8.82

66

53

44

38

33

29

26

W EST E 5EB

8.40

63

50

42

36

32

28

25

M7M9

1.55

11

M9M8

3.60

27

22

18

15

14

12

11

M8Rr/Ld

3.50

26

21

18

15

13

12

11

Rr/LdEB

4.40

33

26

22

19

17

15

13

M5EK2

1.1

EK2M9

1.1

M9M8

3.3

25

20

17

14

12

11

10

M8Rr/Ld

3.5

26

21

18

15

13

12

11

Rr/LdEB

4.4

33

26

22

19

17

15

13

44.52

5 h 34 m

4 h 27 m

3 h 43 m

3 h 11 m

2 h 47 m

2 h 28 m

2 h 14 m

43.33

5 h 26 m

4 h 21 m

3 h 38 m

3 h 06 m

2 h 43 m

2 h 25 m

2 h 11 m

42.11

5 h 15 m

4 h 15 m

3 h 30 m

3 h 00 m

2 h 38 m

2 h 20 m

2 h 06 m

BGFW BY
FW BY NW 2
NW 2NW4

E BBG
E AST CH
E BBG
VI A M AIN CH
E BBG
V ia E AST
KNOLL

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16.8.3

Pilotage Brisbane River removal distances


The table below shows removal distances in nautical miles from Outer Bar Reach Entrance
Beacons to berth/anchorage
Distances to BR^ anchorage to be taken from the Outer Bar Beacons to the actual anchorage
position at the time
To calculate distances between berths, deduct smaller from larger figure.
STS 2^

5.3

STS 1^

4.8

Entrance
Beacons

0.0

FI 1O

3.63

Fl 9

3.86

PNK 2

8.80

Fl 8

4.00

PNK 1

8.80

Fl 7

4.10

RYM (Rivergate Marina)

10.08

Fl 6

4.20

SUGT

10.63

Fl 5

4.36

MOBL

11.14

Fl 4

4.47

MAR 3

11.34

Fl 3

4 .69

MAR 2

11 .50

Fl 2

4 .84

MAR 1

11.63

Luggage Point

4 .85

CXSL

11.46

Fl 1

4.99

CXF 2

11.55

FIGR

5.04

CXF 1

11.64

CXBW & DO

11.70

CAFI & FISB

5.26

HAM 4

11.73

BPLP

5.29

HAM 3

11.80

FIC

5.49

HAM 2

11.90

CAPR

6.62

HAM 1

12.03

OCL

7.24

BCT l Portside Wharf

12.14

BPPR

7.95

HBL

8.10

BTB

8.12

BOAL

8.15

ANL

13.6

SHLL

8.24

RIVC (Riverside Coal)

14.4

PACT

8.36

DSM (Dockside Marina)

16.6

ABP

8.36

RISD (Riverside Centre)

17.4

lNCN

8.51

WATP (Waterfront Pl)

17.5

INCS

8.74

Non Commercial berths

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16.8.4

Pilotage Tides and Swinging Times


Tides refer to Brisbane Bar
Earliest from LW to swing
Luggage Point

1 hour

Hamilton

2 hours

Newstead

2 hours

Pinkenba

11 hours

Latest after HW to swing


Luggage Point

HW

Pinkenba

hour

Hamilton

hour

Newstead

1 hour

On the Tide Tables Brisbane Bar


Start of ebb

Start of flood

Pinkenba HW + 0.25 hour

Pinkenba LW + 1 hours

Hamilton HW + 0.5 hour

Hamilton LW + 1 hours

Newstead HW +1 hour

ANL LW + 2 hours

Tankers
BPLP berth at HW or HW + hour
CAFI berth at 1 hour after HW

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16.8.5

Pilotage Waypoints Outbound Hamilton to Entrance Beacons


Brisbane Pilots River Waypoints - Hamilton Reach Entrance Beacons OUTP2-5
N

Name

HAMILTON

27o26.44800S
153 o 03.72656E

MOBIL WHRF

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

27 o 26.89917S
153 o 05.30273E

0.10nm
RL

107.9 o
1.47nm

1.5nm

27 o 26.69116S
153 o 06.21582E

0.10nm
RL

75.6 o
0.84nm

2.3nm

27 o 26.47986S
153 o 06.65625E

0.10nm
RL

61.6 o
0.44nm

2.8nm

27 o 25.85706S
153 o 07.17188E

0.10nm
RL

36.3 o
0.77nm

3.5nm

27 o 25.49841S
153 o 07.78809E

0.10nm
RL

56.7 o
0.65nm

4.2nm

27 o 25.25024S
153 o 08.42090E

0.10nm
RL

66.2 o
0.61nm

4.8nm

27 o 24.9887S
153 o 08.64551E

0.10nm
RL

37.3 o
0.33nm

5.1nm

27 o 24.42712S
153 o 08.99219E

0.10nm
RL

28.7 o
0.64nm

5.8nm

LYTTON
ROCKS

27 o 23.76257S
153 o 09.25391E

0.10nm
RL

19.3 o
0.70nm

6.5nm

PEL BANKS

27 o 23.26294S
153 o 09.30957E

0.10nm
RL

5.6 o
0.50nm

7.0nm

27 o 22.74951S
153 o 09.66895E

0.10nm
RL

31.9 o
0.60nm

7.6nm

27 o 18.62585S
153 o 12.54883E

0.10nm
RL

31.8 o
4.85nm

12.4nm

27 o 17.42761S3
153 o 13.38086E

0.10nm
RL

32 o
1.41nm

13.8nm

BRIDGE
QUEENSPORT
PINKENBA
SHELL
BP PROD
QCL
CALTEX PROD

LUGG PT
ENT BCNS
EBOUTER

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

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16.8.6

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Entrance Beacons to Hamilton


Brisbane Pilots River Waypoints - Entrance Beacons Hamilton

Name

13

IN27-8E2 (part)

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

ENT BCNS

2718.62537S
15312.54883E

0.10nm
RL

211.8
1.41nm

43.1nm

14

LUGG Pt

2722.74951S
15309.66895E

0.10nm
RL

211.8
4.85nm

48.0nm

15

PEL BANKS

2723.26294S
15309.30957E

0.10nm
RL

211.9
0.60nm

48.6nm

16

LYTT ROCKS

2723.76257S
15309.25391E

0.10nm
RL

185.6
0.50nm

49.1nm

17

CALTEX PROD

2724.42712S
15308.99219E

0.10nm
RL

199.3
0.70nm

49.8nm

18

QCL

2724.98877S
15308.64551E

0.10nm
RL

208.7
0.64nm

50.4nm

19

BP PROD

2725.25024S
15308.42090E

0.10nm
RL

217.3
0.33nm

50.7nm

20

SHELL

2725.49841S
15307.78809E

0.10nm
RL

246.2
0.61nm

51.4nm

21

PINKENBA

2725.85706S
15307.17188E

0.10nm
RL

236.7
0.65 nm

52.0nm

22

QUEENSPORT

2726.47986S
15306.65625S

0.10nm
RL

216.3
0.77nm

52.8nm

23

BRIDGE

2726.69116S
15306.21582E

0.10nm
RL

241.6
0.44nm

53.2nm

24

MOBIL WHRF

2726.89917S
15305.30273E

0.10nm
RL

255.6
0.84nm

54.1nm

25

HAMILTON

2726.44800S
15303.72656E

0.10nm
RL

287.9
1.47nm

55.5nm

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16.8.7

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via East Knoll


Brisbane Pilots Moreton Bay Waypoints - Pilot Boarding Ground - Entrance Beacons
via East Knoll Channel (Shallow Draft vessels)
INPP2-5

Name

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

PBG

2642.87976S
15310.67969E

FWB

2648.47925S
15310.68457E

0.10nm
RL

180.0
5.60nm

5.6nm

NW2

2649.63440S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

235.0
2.02nm

7.6nm

NW4

2651.51160S
15309.16504E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

9.5nm

NW12

2702.36108S
15315.34277E

0.10nm
RL

153.1
12.17nm

21.7nm

M1

2703.18188S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.1nm

EK1

2708.182S
15319.584E

0.10nm
RL

163.0
5.20nm

29.3nm

M9

2709.682S
15319.732E

0.10nm
RL

175.0
1.50nm

30.8nm

M8

2712.339S
15317.577E

0.10nm
RL

216.0
3.3nm

34.1nm

EBOUTER

2717.42883S
15313.38184E

0.10nm
RL

216.2
6.32nm

40.4nm

10

ENT BCNS

2718.62585S
15312.54883E

0.10nm
RL

211.7
1.41nm

41.8nm

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16.8.8

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel east of M8


Brisbane Pilots Moreton Bay Waypoints - Fairway Entrance Beacon via North of the Fairway
Beacon, and East of M8
INP5-6

Name

Latitude/Longditude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

PBG

2642.88037S
15310.67969E

FWB

2648.47888S
15310.68457E

0.10nm
RL

180.0
5.60nm

5.6nm

NW2

2649.63367S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

235.1
2.02nm

7.6nm

NW4

2651.51160S
15309.16699E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

9.5nm

NW12

2702.36023S
15315.34180E

0.10nm
RL

153.1
12.17nm

21.7nm

M1

2703.18127S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.1nm

M3

2705.34314S
15318.66211E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
2.27nm

26.4nm

M7

2708.29980S
15321.03320E

0.10nm
RL

145.0
3.63nm

30.0nm

M9

2709.60547S
15320.34863E

0.10nm
RL

205.0
1.44nm

31.4nm

M8

2712.53784S
15317.73438E

0.10nm
RL

218.4
3.74nm

35.2nm

10

EB OUTER

2717.42773S
15313.38184E

0.10nm
RL

218.4
6.24nm

41.4nm

11

ENT BEACONS

2718.62524S
15312.54785E

0.10nm
RL

211.8
1.41nm

42.8nm

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16.8.9

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and East of Rear Reciprocal
Brisbane Pilots Moreton Bay Waypoints Fairway Entrance Beacons via North of the
Fairway Beacon, West of M8, East of the Rear Reciprocal
INP6-7

Name

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

PBG

2642.88013S
15310.67969E

FWB

2648.47925S
15310.67969E

0.10nm
RL

180.0
5.60nm

5.6nm

NW2

2649.63379S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

235.0
2.01nm

7.6nm

NW4

2651.51147S
15309.16504E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

9.5nm

NW12

2702.36035S
15315.34277E

0.10nm
RL

153.1
12.17nm

21.7nm

M1

2703.18237S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.1nm

M3

2705.34314S
15318.66211E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
2.27nm

26.3nm

M7

2708.29907S
15321.03320E

0.10nm
RL

145.0
3.63nm

30.0nm

M9

2709.60498S
15320.34766E

0.10nm
RL

205.0
1.44nm

31.4nm

M8

2711.91833S
15317.00684E

0.10nm
RL

232.0
3.77nm

35.2nm

10

RR

2715.20068S
15315.64062E

0.10nm
RL

200.0
3.50nm

38.7nm

11

EBOUTER

2717.42834S
15313.38184E

0.10nm
RL

222.0
3.0nm

41.7nm

12

ENT BEACONS

2718.62561S
15312.54883E

0.10nm
RL

211.7
1.41nm

43.1nm

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16.8.10

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound via Main Channel, West of M8 and West of Rear Reciprocal
Brisbane Pilots Moreton Bay Waypoints - Fairway Entrance Beacon via North of the Fairway
Beacon, West of M8 and West of the Rear Reciprocal
INP7-8W

Name

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

PBG

2642.87927S
15310.68359E

FWB

2648.47888S
15310.68262E

0.10nm
RL

180.0
5.60nm

5.6nm

NW2

2649.63416S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

235.0
2.01nm

7.6nm

NW4

2651.51123S
15309.16504E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

9.5nm

NW3

2657.80261S
15313.48535E

0.10nm
RL

148.0
7.38nm

16.9nm

NW12

2702.36194S
15315.34375E

0.10nm
RL

160.0
4.85nm

21.7nm

M1

2703.36194S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.1nm

M3

2705.34314S
15318.66211E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
2.27nm

26.4nm

M7

2708.29919S
15321.03223E

0.10nm
RL

145.0
3.63nm

30.0nm

M9

2709.60559S
15320.34863E

0.10nm
RL

205.0
1.44nm

31.5nm

10

M8

2711.91956S
15317.00586E

0.10nm
RL

232.1
3.77nm

35.3nm

11

RR

2713.94104S
15314.08887E

0.10nm
RL

232.1
3.29nm

38.5nm

12

EBOUTER

2717.42834S
15313.38184E

0.10nm
RL

190.2
3.54nm

42.1nm

13

ENT BEACONS

2718.62537S
15312.54883E

0.10nm
RL

212.0
1.41nm

43.5nm

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16.8.11

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, West of M5 and East Channel


Brisbane Pilots Moreton B ay Waypoints - Fairway Entrance beacon via North of the Fairway
Beacon, West of M5, and East Channel
INP8-9

Name

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course Distance

Total
Distance

PBG

2642.88025S
15310.67969E

FWY

2648.48010S
15310.68262E

0.10nm
RL

180.0
5.60nm

5.6nm

NW2

2649.63403S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

235.0
2.01nm

7.6nm

NW4

2651.51208S
15309.16504E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

9.5nm

NW3

2657.79980S
15313.48438E

0.10nm
RL

148.0
7.37nm

16.9nm

NW12

2702.36096S
15315.34180E

0.10nm
RL

160.1
4.85nm

21.7nm

M1

2703.18250S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.1nm

M3

2705.34277S
15318.66211E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
2.27nm

26.4nm

M7

2708.29993S
15321.03027E

0.10nm
RL

145.0
3.63nm

30.0nm

E1

2710.67041S
15320.75000E

0.10nm
RL

186.0
2.38nm

32.4nm

10

E5

2714.29041S
15320.03027E

0.10nm
RL

190.0
3.68nm

36.1nm

11

EB OUTER

2717.42822S
15313.38281E

0.10nm
RL

242.0
6.69nm

42.8nm

12

ENT BEACONS

2718.62708S
15312.54883E

0.10nm
RL

212.0
1.41nm

44.2nm

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16.8.12

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Channels, East of M5 and East Channel


Brisbane Pilots Moreton Bay Waypoints - Fairway Entrance Beacons via South of the
Fairway Beacon, East of M5 and the East Channel
INP9-10

Name

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

2647.634S
15311.620E

0.1nm
RL

180.0
4.81nm

4.8nm

PBG

2642.87976S
15310.67969E

CAL HEAD

FWB

2648.48010S
15310.67871E

0.10nm
RL

210.0
1.34nm

6.1nm

NW2

2649.63440S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

235.0
2.01nm

8.1nm

NW4

2651.51208S
15309.16699E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

10.0nm

NW3

2657.80371S
15313.48438E

0.10nm
RL

148.0
7.38nm

17.4nm

NW12

2702.36243S
15315.34473E

0.10nm
RL

160.0
4.85nm

22.2nm

M1

2703.18152S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.6nm

M3

2705.34314S
15318.66211E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
2.27nm

26.9nm

M5

2707.34424S
15320.68457E

0.10nm
RL

138.0
2.69nm

29.6nm

10

M7

2708.30066S
15321.03320E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
1.01nm

30.6nm

11

E1

2710.67029S
15320.75000E

0.10nm
RL

186.1
2.38nm

33.0nm

12

E5

2714.29016S
15320.03027E

0.10nm
RL

190.0
3.68nm

36.7nm

13

EB OUTER

2717.42810S
15313.38281E

0.10nm
RL

242.0
6.69nm

43.4nm

14

ENT BEACONS

2718.62585S
15312.54882E

0.10nm
RL

212.0
1.41nm

44.8nm

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16.8.13

Pilotage Waypoints Inbound Deep Draft Vessels


Brisbane Pilots Moreton Bay Waypoints - Fairway Entrance Beacon via South of the
Fairway Beacon, East of M5 and East Channel (Deep Draft)
INP HUGE

Name

Latitude/Longitude
(WGS84)

XTE
RL/GC

Course
Distance

Total
Distance

PBG

2642.87976S
15310.67969E

CALOUNDRA

2647.63391S
15311.62012E

0.10nm
RL

170.0
4.83nm

4.8nm

FWB

2648.79761S
15310.86719E

0.10nm
RL

210.0
1.34nm

6.2nm

NW2

2649.63403S
15308.83301E

0.10nm
RL

245.0
2.00nm

8.2nm

NW4

2651.51196S
15309.16504E

0.10nm
RL

171.0
1.90nm

10.1nm

NW3

2657.80029S
15313.48438E

0.10nm
RL

148.0
7.37nm

17.4nm

NW12

2702.36084S
15315.34277E

0.10nm
RL

160.0
4.85nm

22.3nm

M1

2703.18237S
15317.87207E

0.10nm
RL

110.0
2.40nm

24.7nm

M3

2705.34253S
15318.66211E

0.10nm
RL

162.0
2.27nm

27.0nm

M5

2707.34363S
15320.68457E

0.10nm
RL

138.0
2.69nm

29.7nm

10

M7

2708.29907S
15321.03223E

0.10nm
RL

162.1
1.00nm

30.7nm

11

E1

2710.67029S
15320.75000E

0.10nm
RL

186.0
2.38nm

33.0nm

12

E5

2714.28992S
15320.03027E

0.10nm
RL

190.0
3.68nm

36.7nm

13

EB OUTER

2717.42810S
15313.37184E

0.10nm
RL

242.0
6.69nm

43.4nm

14

ENT BEACONS

2718.62561S
15312.54883E

0.10nm
RL

212.0
1.41nm

44.8nm

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16.8.14

Pilotage Transit Times Ready Reckoner

This is a guide to assist in assessing an accurate time for the transit of a vessel from the Pilot Boarding ground to the
berth.
To assist in the timely use of port services, it is necessary that a realistic time for the vessels transit is used when
booking the vessel in at Port Control and with the other port service providers.
The Following factors are to be taken into account when using this system:1. The speed of the vessel (Sea Speed)
3. The berth to tie up at
4. The direction on the berth HU or HD
2. The draft of the vessel
To assess a transit time using the draft and speed of the vessel take the time for transiting the Bay Table 1, add
the time for the Bar Cutting Table 2 and if required the time for the river passage Table 3. It will be necessary to
add additional times if the vessel is required to swing and for adjustments of speed on approaching the entrance
etc.
For Table 2 some standard times may apply:1.
2.

3.

Deep draft Crude Tankers EBcns to


BPLP/CAFI 1 hour
Bulk Carriers EBcns to FIGR/FIC and swing
- 45 minutes.

4. For speed adjustments, ie speed up and


slow down, allow 10 minutes

Example 2: Reefer ship, draft 8.1, speed 17 knots,


Pink 1, Head down
Table 1
2h
34m
Table 2
22m
Table 3
34m
Speed adjustments
10m
Swing
10m
Total time
3h
50m

Example 1: Container vessel, draft 10.1m, speed


22 knots, berth FI 4, Head Down.
Table 1
Table 2
Speed adjustments
Swing
Total time

2h
0h

02m
24m
10m
10m
46m

2h

Deepest
Draft

Channel

5.5M &
under

All ships irrespective of berth allow for a


maximum of 10 minutes to swing.

Distance

Speed (Knots)

PBG-EBcn

8.0

10.0

12.0

14.0

16.0

18.0

20.0

22.0

24.0

26.0

28.0

E KNOLL
direct

42.11

5h
15m

4h
15m

3h
30m

3h
00m

2h
38m

2h
20m

2h
06m

1h
54m

1h
45m

1h
37m

1h
30m

8.2M &
under

NW &
MAIN

43.33

5h
25m

4h
20m

3h
37m

3h
06m

2h
43m

2h
25m

2h
10m

1h
58m

1h
48m

1h
40m

1h
33m

8.2M &
over

NW &
EAST

44.52

5h
34m

4h
27m

3h
43m

3h
10m

2h
47m

2h
28m

2h
14m

2h
02m

1h
51m

1h
43m

1h
35m

Table 1 Speed and distance table Pilot boarding ground to Entrance Beacons Normal sea speed for Bay Transit

For Berths FI 1/8, FIGR, FIC, BPLP, CAFI


Draft

(All)

Channel

Bar Cutting

Distance
EBcn-LPt
4.80

Speed (Knots)
6.0

8.0

10.0

12.0

13.0

Oh 48m

0h 36m

0h 29m

0h 24m

0h 22m

Table 2 Speed and distance table Entrance Beacons to Luggage Point (Fisherman Island Swing Basin)

NB Maximum speed in Entrance, Outer & Inner Bar Reaches 13 knots


To Pinkenba for berths CAPR, Cement Australia, BPPR, SHLL, PACT, INCN/S PNK1/2
To Hamilton for berths QBT, MOBL, CXF1/2, CXDD, MAR 1/3, HAM 1/4
Draft

Channel

Distance
to Pinkenba

Up to
10.7
depending
on tide

RIVER

4.0

Speed (Knots)
6.0

7.0

8.0

0h 40m

0h 34m

0h 30m

1h 11m

1h 01m

0h 53m

Distance
to Hamilton
RIVER

7.08

Table 3 Speed and distance table Entrance Beacons to Luggage Point (Fisherman Island Swing Basin)

NB Maximum speed in the Brisbane River - 8 knots


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