M039-23(T) Geophysical and Geotechnical Survey Works  – Offshore Bass Strait

Mariners are advised that hydrographic and geophysical survey operations are scheduled to take place offshore in the Bass Strait, in waters out to the approximate 300m water depth contour.

The survey will be conducted from the MV Samson Explorer, a 35m x 13.2m blue and white catamaran from approximately 14 February 2024 to 31 March 2024. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The survey area is bounded by the following coordinates:

39° 39.625’S, 142° 48.163’E

38° 20.450’S, 144° 19.711’E

39° 20.840’S, 146° 43.382’E

39° 10.040’S, 148° 53.174’E

39° 39.486’S, 148° 59.086’E

39° 42.273’S, 146° 30.472’E

38° 40.885’S, 144° 27.268’E

39° 49.584’S, 142° 57.365’E

All vessels taking part in these works will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times. Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16 during operating hours

Vessels are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

Towing operations involving towing survey equipment from the back of the vessel will occur up to 3 x water depth out to 300m contour.

Vessel will be static for up to an hour for sampling operations.

No marker buoys will be deployed to mark the survey area or for any other reason.