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.

2019 AGM

Invitation to Members and Partners

Members of St Helens Marine Rescue and partners are invited to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting Sunday the 22nd of September commencing at 11:00 am.

Business: President’s Report, Financial Report, Operations Report, Election of Office Bearers, Appointment of Auditor, Appointment of Publicity Officer.

The meeting will be followed by a sausage sizzle and celebration cuppa.

Sea Wall at Binalong Bay Boat Ramp

Urgent message to local recreational fishers from MAST.Marine and Safety Tasmania – MAST19 June at 11:25 ·

Binalong Bay Boat Ramp Closure

Marine and Safety Tasmania wishes to advise the Binalong Bay boat ramp will be closed from 24 June until and possibly including October 2019 to allow for construction of a breakwater.

Alternative launching seaward of the St Helens Barway is available at Burns Bay, located at the end of St Helens Point Road.

For more information contact Jim Caulfield on 6235 8888 or 0419 120 209.

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Heavy Equipment on site

Video highlight: Escort into St Helens aboard RV Georges Bay

Today St Helens Marine Rescue carried out the 35th escort for the 2018/19 summer. Crewed by Darren, Geoff and John a beautiful 50 foot cruiser by the name of Tick Tock requested assistance to cross the bar for a refuelling stop.

Crewman Geoff took a fabulous video of proceedings and edited them into a wonderful presentation. This can be found on YouTube at:

Georges Bay was resplendent, the weather beautiful. As they say in St Helens, “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.”

Barway Through the Ages

The St Helens Bar has been the subject of many a discussion throughout the ages and remains so to this day. The following image was taken from Marine Rescue’s barway camera.

Easterly conditions whip up impassable waters

Historically the Bar has been highlighted in first hand reports. The following references are taken from “The Harbour” by Gary Richardson, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-9807971-7-6.

MJ Hobbs’ log in 1824: “On the 3rd of July I sounded the bar at Geordy’s River (entrance to Georges Bay) at low water; nine feet was the least I could find. the bar is thirty yards broad, and steep too, on the outside to five and seven fathoms.”

From The Hobart Town Courier, 17 May 1833: “…… the immediate object to ascertain, by means or other the depth of water on the bar; ……. Tucker was asked to steer for the outside of the bar, and then commence ‘heaving the lead’, and, soon the seaman sung, by mark, 10-10-101/2-11-10-10-9 feet of water… a ship can enter with all winds, except the N.E and E., and when these prevail, or at ebb tide, …”

From The Examiner 25 April 1890: “Crossing the bar the lead was going all the time, a very necessary precaution as the channel is continually shifting.”

These are an incredible insights from the past. The more things change the more they remain the same. St Helens Marine Rescue is dedicated in ensuring safety and well being for mariners, we constantly survey the depth profiles on the Bar Channel and Pelican Point and provide information as well as escorts for a safe crossing. When the best advice is ignored disaster may follow:

Recent grounding after the offer of an escort was turned down.

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