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Shallow depth warning for vessel operators at mouth of Patterson River

Thursday 30 November, 2017


Parks Victoria has issued a shallow depth warning to recreational boat operators after unseasonal conditions increased natural sand movements along the coast near the mouth of Patterson River.

As the Local Port Manager for Port Phillip, Parks Victoria regularly monitors water depths at the entrance to Patterson River as part of the ongoing maintenance dredging program to facilitate safe boating access to Port Phillip.

Vessel operators are advised to navigate with extreme caution and to always check local conditions including water depths, weather and tides before putting a vessel in the water.

Conditions and water depths vary naturally and there is no guaranteed level of water depth at the mouth of Patterson River.

A Notice to Mariners is current for this site, and a copy of the latest Patterson River - Depth Survey can be found on the Parks Victoria website under Bays and Rivers / Patterson River.

The dredge vessel is currently undertaking works at Queenscliff entrance and will be mobilised as soon as possible pending suitable weather conditions.

For more information, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

The following quotes are attributable to Parks Victoria District Manager of Port Phillip and Western Port: Graeme Davis

“It’s really important that vessel operators understand they are responsible for the safe navigation of their vessel and that includes knowing local conditions before launching their vessel.”

“The latest survey has indicated water depths at the entrance of Patterson River have reduced significantly in a short period of time due to recent conditions in Port Phillip. Some areas of the entrance have registered depths as low as -0.8m (chart datum).”


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