Barrow Island – Port of Barrow Island

A Vital Link to the Mainland

Barrow Island – Port of Barrow Island

Restricted Port Entry

Mariners are advised that entry to the Port of Barrow Island is restricted and permission must first be obtained from the Barrow Island Marine Controller on VHF Channel 10 prior to entering port limits. The port has a 24 hour Marine VHF radio watch.


Contact Details

Marine Communications Operator:
Call sign: Port of Barrow
VHF: 10 & 16
Phone: +61 8 9184 3666 (24 hours)
Email: bwimco@chevron.com
Port Captain:
Phone: +61 8 9184 3667 (business hours)
Email: barrowislandport@chevron.com

Barrow Island Pilots:
Phone: +61 8 9184 3545/3546/3547/3655
Email: barrowpilot@chevron.com

 

Current Port Status

Port entry is restricted and under the control of Barrow Island Port Captain due to the extensive vessel activity associated with the construction of the Gorgon LNG facilities. Numerous concurrent activities within port waters both surface and sub-surface, make navigation by non-project vessels, without prior notice, hazardous.

  

Pilotage and Local Knowledge Requirements

The pilot boarding ground is located in the vicinity of latitude 20° 48.6'S and longitude of 115° 36.0'E.

All vessels operating within the Barrow Island port limits are to have onboard a marine pilot licensed under the Shipping and Pilotage (Port and Harbours) Regulations 1966 issued by the Western Australian Department of Transport, unless the vessel's Master holds a valid Pilotage Exemption Certificate for the Port of Barrow Island.

As per the Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966, the only vessels exempt from complying with the requirements are:

  • Vessels of war;
  • Vessels owned by any of Her Majesty's States or Colonies or the government of any country that is member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, that is engaged in a non commercial voyage;
  • Private pleasure vessel of less than 500 tons gross tonnage;
  • Training vessels on a non commercial voyage;
  • Australian registered commercial or fishing vessels of less than 500 tons gross tonnage; or
  • Vessels on a non commercial voyage exempted in circumstances which are at the discretion of the CEO.

Certificate of Local Knowledge

Masters of tugs, pilot boats and other craft operating within the Port of Barrow Island are required to hold a Certificate of Local Knowledge issued by the Port Captain. The local knowledge exam can be downloaded here.

When completing the local knowledge exam, applicants should refer to the Port Information Guide, as well as the quarantine and environment supplements to the Port Information Guide. These documents are located in the Reference Information and Documents section on this page.

Send your completed questionnaire to the Marine Controller with a valid copy of your certificate of competency and seagoing medical.

  

Passage Plans

Vessels are expected to align their passage plans with the Gorgon Project’s passage plan prior to arrival. Discuss any clarifications to the recommended passage plan with the Port Captain.

Passage Plan – Materials Offloading Facility to Pilot Boarding Ground

Passage Plan – Pilot Boarding Ground to Materials Offloading Facility

Passage Plan – Landing Craft Materials Offloading Facility to Pilot Boarding Ground

Passage Plan – Landing Craft Pilot Boarding Ground to Materials Offloading Facility

Passage Plan – PBG to Gorgon Marine Terminal – Primary Route

Passage Plan – Gorgon Marine Terminal to PBG – Primary Route

Passage Plan - PBG to Gorgon Marine Terminal - Alternative Route

Passage Plan – Gorgon Marine Terminal to PBG – Alternative Route

Passage Plan – Pilot Boarding Ground to Port Limits North – Wapet Arrival

Passage Plan – Port Limits North to Pilot Boarding Ground – Wapet Departure
  

Port Communications

VHF 

Channel

Allocation

Comments

8

BWI

Tug Movement Channel

To be used by tug operators only.

9

BWI

Tug Movement Channel

Barrow Island pilotage operations only.

10

BWI

Port Operations

To be used for general harbour calls and establishing initial communications between vessels and/or the port. All vessels within the port are to maintain a listening watch on this channel.

14

WA

Oil Marine Operations Channel

This channel is also utilised for tug movements during WA Oil tanker operations.

16

Maritime Distress

Safety and Calling Channel

Internationally recognised general calling and emergency frequency.

69

BWI

General Port Operations

General working channel.

72

BWI

General Port Operations

General working channel.

 

Port of Barrow Marine Notices

The Marine Notices currently in force by the Port of Barrow are listed below.

You can download a PDF of the combined Marine Notices currently in force.

Year

Notice No

Title

2010

31/2010

Vessel Anchoring & Securing to Moorings Within Port Limits

2013

15/2013

Deployment of Monitoring Station

2015

14/2015

Heavy Lift Facility Berth Declared Depth

2016 08/2016

LNG Anchorage and Pilot Boarding Ground Additions

2016

11/2016

Marine Notices in Force

2016 12/2016

Whale Migration

2017 04/2017

WAPET Navigation Aids Removed

2017 05/2017

Gorgon Marine Terminal (GMT) Channel Declared Depth

 

Reference Information and Documents

The information below relates to current operations undertaken in the port.

Barrow Island Port Operational Procedures

Port of Barrow Island Port Information Guide

Port of Barrow Island Cyclone Procedures

Port of Barrow Island Local Knowledge Exam

Port of Barrow Daily Schedule and SIMOPS Procedure

Port of Barrow Declaration of Security

Note: The Port of Barrow Island Environmental Guideline referenced in the Port Information Guide on page 9 is currently not available. For assistance or further information contact the Barrow Island Marine Environmental Coordinator on 08 9181 2847 or abugorgonmarenvcoord@chevron.com

General Information

Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967

Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966

Department of Transport Temporary Notice to Mariners for Barrow Island

Current Weather Conditions

Bureau of Meteorology Tides

Gorgon Marine Terminal Documents

The following Gorgon Marine Terminal documents are available on request:

Document

Number

Revision

Gorgon Marine Terminal - Tanker - Pre- loading Data and Emergency Contact information  GOR-COP-01812  2.0
Gorgon - Condensate Vessel Clearance Process Form GOR-COP-0133  4.0
Gorgon - LNG Vessel Clearance Process Form GOR-COP-0134  4.0
Gorgon - Condensate Vessel Clearance Process – Instructions GOR-COP-01461 2.0
Gorgon - LNG Vessel Clearance Process - Instructions GOR-COP-01462 2.0
Gorgon - Barrow Island Terminal Regulations Manual  GOR-COP-0174  4.0
Barrow Island Port Facilities - Conditions of Use G1-NT-AGRX0000848 -
Barrow Island Quarantine Trading Vessels Quarantine Status Questionnaire (TVQSQ) ABU-COP-01076   4.0
Barrow Island Quarantine Trading Vessels Procedure ABU-COP-01080 4.0
CSC Vetting Questionnaire 6019 5.0

   
If a master or operator of an export vessel is not in receipt of the most current version of any of these documents please contact:

Office of the Lifting Coordinator (OLC)
Attention: Marine Interface Advisor Perth Australia
Phone: +61 8 9485 5754
Mobile: +61 429 686 661
Facsimile: +61 8 6224 1093
Email: GorgonOLC2@chevron.com

WA Oil Terminal Documents

The WA Oil Barrow Island Marine Terminal Manual

Gateway to Progress

Barrow Island is located 30 nautical miles (around 60 kilometres) from the mainland and approximately 75 nautical miles west of the Port of Dampier. It's also home to the Gorgon Project.

The Port is located on the east coast of Barrow Island. Its limits include the  portion of water east of the high water mark of the Indian Ocean on the eastern shore of Barrow Island and contained within the arc of a circle having a radius of 7 nautical miles (13 kilometres) from the intersection of latitude 20° 46' 50"S and longitude 115° 27' 54"E.

An aerial view of the LNG Jetty looking back towards the Materials Offloading Facility and plant site on Barrow Island - home of the Gorgon Project.

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Port Contact Numbers

Marine Communications Operator:
+61 8 9184 3666
(24 hours)

Port Captain:
+61 8 9184 3667
(business hours)