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 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.
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.
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)
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.