Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania’s Fishing Competition

Recently a most successful game fishing competition featured a large fleet of participants. This is one of four events throughout the year held by game fishing clubs. St Helens Marine Rescue carried out the radio support for this event. Starting in the early hours of the morning each vessel logged on with our radio operator, then on the hour reported their position. This is an essential part of the safety management system for the event. The Burns Bay carpark tells the story.

The weather was absolutely fabulous at the Burns Bay boat ramp. Standing room only as the radio operator witnessed multiple launchings via our Burns Bay camera.

We also have a webcam where Burns Bay can be viewed by the public via You Tube. This can be found by following these steps:

Step 1 In your internet browser go to You Tube.

Step 2 In the You Tube search engine, request Burns Bay Webcam.

Step 3 Most importantly click on the icon LIVE NOW

St Helens Boat Ramp Closure/AGM

Image may contain: text that says "ST HELENS ESPLANADE BOAT RAMP CLOSURE On behalf of Break O'Day Council, Marine and Safety Tasmania wishes to advise members of the publicthe St Helens Esplanade boat ramp will be closed from Monday 7th September until Friday 18th Septembe 2020 to allow for the installation of new pontoon system and an upgrade of the existing pontoon. Alternate launching is available at Steiglitz Steig during this time. For more informatior contact Jim Caulfield at MAST on 62358853 or 0419 120 209. MAST MARINE and SAFETY nakingc BODC & MAST apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused. Break O'Day COUNCL"

2020 Annual General Meeting

Sunday 27th of September

Commencing at 11:00 am

At the Base Station.

Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Due to the unprecedented Corona Virus emergency our facilities are closed.

This notice applies to all visitors and the public

In the mean time our volunteer radio operators and on water operation crews have unanimously agreed to continue our normal services

If you wish to contact with us please phone 0408 817 389 or VHF 16

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Rescue on the High Seas

St Helens Marine Rescue to the Rescue after dark Thursday January 30th. Rodney, JD and Ken launched RV Georges Bay at Burns Bay on their way to an emergency at The Gardens in the Bay of Fires. A yacht had lost its mast and had rigging tangled around the prop. At 2125 hours they passed Elephant Rock in 2 – 3 metre seas powered by 30 knot SE winds.
At 2200 hours they rendezvoused with the yacht 2 nautical miles north of The Gardens and 1 nautical mile out to sea after requesting those on board to anchor in 40 metre water and set off a flare.
The occupants on the yacht abandoned ship via a rubber dinghy where the crew of RV Georges Bay took them on board. Both crew members were cold & wet. Once on board they were stowed in the forward cabin wrapped in woollen blankets.
At 2310 hours RV Georges Bay returned to Burns Bay where TasPol took the yacht crew to warm and secure accommodation in St Helens.
The crew of RV Georges Bay eventually signed off at 0100 hours and retired home for a well earned rest.

Journey from Burns Bay to the Gardens in The Bay of Fires
Marine Rescue crew aboard stranded yacht
View from aboard the yacht under tow.
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AMSA SMS Workshop

All commercial operators in the North east are invited to the AMSA Safety Management System (SMS) Workshop commencing at 10:00 am on the 5th of November.

Please find attached a flyer for the upcoming Safety Management System workshops in Tasmania.

I encourage you to come along to learn about your SMS obligations and how to improve the safety of your operation.

To date, AMSA has taken a more educative approach to safety management system (SMS) compliance but is now issuing deficiencies and compliance notices where operators do not have an SMS, or their SMS does not meet AMSA’s requirements.

Common issues that our Marine Inspectors come across include:

·        lack of, or poor risk assessments,

·        operators not following their SMS,

·        lack of evidence of crew training and induction,

·        lack of regular SMS review,

·        and even a lack of SMS altogether (you can expect a Prohibition Notice if this is found for your operation)

These workshops will cover the benefits of having a successful SMS for your operation, how you can improve your SMS, as well as what AMSA looks for when checking your SMS. Whilst the workshops focus more on Class 3 operators, all operators and crew are welcome. If you have someone such as a partner or friend who helps you with your SMS please encourage them to attend also.

Go to to register your interest to attend a workshop or ring AMSA Connect 1800 627 484.