Transport for NSW advises vessel operators that the Australian Defence Force will be conducting vessel trials and exercises on the waters of Jervis Bay and the adjacent waters of the Tasman Sea between Monday 16 May 2022 to Friday 27 May 2022.
Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a number of exclusion zones will be established on the navigable waters of Jervis Bay and the Tasman Sea between the above dates. Some exclusion zones may be mobile and may surround and move with participating vessels - in effect forming a moving ring around such vessels.
The exclusion zones will be indicated by the presence of patrol and naval vessels on the perimeters. Vessel operators navigating near exclusion zones will be directed to keep clear.
Vessels involved will be monitoring VHF channel 16 and broadcasting any safety related messages via this channel to waterway operators in the area.
Transport for NSW advises:
- Persons within the vicinity of a zone must comply with any directions given by an authorised Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
- No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the zones under any circumstances, and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s12(6) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00).
For further information concerning this navigation advice, please contact the Transport for NSW information line on 13 12 36