M414-22 River Tamar, Beauty Point and West Arm – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Deployment

An untethered autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will be deployed in the Beauty Point Autonomous Operations Area and the West Arm Autonomous Operations Area, from Monday, 28 November 2022 to Friday, 9 December 2022 between the hours of 0900 – 1700.  The vehicle will be operating from the surface and also submerged.

The standby vessel ‘Skipjack’ will be onsite during the planned surfacings and will display flag ALPHA and make contact over VHF CH16 to any approaching surface vessels. It is possible the AUV will conduct unplanned surfacing, and as such any vessels coming into the current approximate location of the AUV will be contacted via VHF CH16 and requested to change course if there is risk of collision.

Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.