March 31 - April 6, 2019: Issue 399


Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Open Day 2019: Marine Rescue Sydney Radio Base

NBC Mayor Michael Regan, NBC Deputy Mayor Sue Heins, John Harris, Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills and David Crawford. Photo by Michael Mannington.
On Saturday March 30th Marine Rescue Terrey Hills held one of their informative open days for boaters in the local areas to learn about what's available to keep them safe on the water.

With updates like the AMSA Notice below, more and more people taking to the water to enjoy their leisure time or taking longer cruises into unfamiliar waters, or simply to just refresh your skills and learn about how to use equipment and learn what Marine Rescue is capable of doing, these Open Days are a great insight into the work being done by these trained volunteers.

In January the state government pledged an extra $37.6 million for Marine Rescue NSW over the next four years.

Then Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the funding will establish a new rescue unit on Lord Howe Island, as well as new or upgraded bases and boat buildings at Tweed Heads, Ballina, Narooma, Lake Macquarie, Middle Harbour, Newcastle and the Central Coast.”

Mr Grant said the extra funding would also deliver 38 brand new vessels to 28 rescue units, providing volunteers with better boats much sooner. 

The vessels will go to the Alpine Lakes, Batemans Bay, Botany Port Hacking (Botany Bay and Port Hacking), Broken BayCentral Coast, Cronulla, Crowdy Harrington, Eden, Evans Head, Hawkesbury, Jervis Bay, Kioloa, Lemon Tree Passage, Lord Howe Island, Merimbula, Moama, Nambucca, Narooma, Newcastle, Point Danger, Port Jackson, Port Kembla, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens, Sussex Inlet, Tuross, Woolgoolga and Tuggerah Lakes (The Entrance and Toukley).

MP for Pittwater Rob Stokes added that Marine Rescue Cottage Point has also received funding under the NSW Government’s ClubGrants Program for an engine upgrade on its large, offshore rescue vessel.

“This is a huge boost for one of our community’s most important volunteer organisations,” Rob Stokes said.

“Pittwater’s Marine Rescue units do a fantastic job and cover an incredibly busy area of our state’s waterways.

“We’re really fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable team of volunteers willing to donate their time to help keep our community safe.

“Boating is a key part of our community’s lifestyle – but things can go wrong on the water and this is where these volunteers can be absolute angels.

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes at Marine Rescue Cottage Point

For Marine Rescue Terrey Hills 2019 Open Day attendees were treated to various sessions of Marine Rescue operations and activities. The first, entitled 'Help Marine Rescue Keep You Safe' involved information about the MarineRESCUE APP, Voyage Planning and SY Membership and was conducted by Florian Glajcar and Frank Haviland. 

The MarineRescue App makes it easier than ever for boaters to stay safe on NSW waters. It’s the only app that connects you directly to Marine Rescue NSW. In just a few minutes, you can Log On with Marine Rescue NSW and be on your way, knowing someone’s watching out for you. When you Log On with us, we know where you’re heading and when you’re due to return so we can quickly start a search if you’re not safely back as expected. 

You can choose for Marine Rescue to track your journey so they know where to start looking in an emergency. The app is a great addition to your marine radio and EPIRB in your safety toolkit. Find out more here.

Marine Rescue NSW urges boaters to log on every time they go out on their boats, just so someone responsible knows when you’re due back, and can take appropriate action if needed.

If you’re sailing up/down the coast, you should establish a ‘Voyage Plan’ with Marine Rescue and an Offshore Tracking Schedule to check in with other radio bases along the way so they can keep track of your progress until you return or reach your destination in NSW (or hand over to the marine rescue volunteers in the next State).

Here’s what they need to know to help find you in the event of an emergency; so make sure when Logging on, you have the following information ready:

  • Your vessel name and registration number
  • Vessel type and length
  • Hull and topsides colour
  • Where the vessel is usually kept/launched
  • Time and place of departure
  • Log on location
  • Number of people of board
  • Destination & purpose of trip
  • Expected time of return
  • Shore contact name
  • Shore contact number
  • Mobile telephone number
  • Communications gear on board: (VHF, 27MHz, MF/HF)

Radio for help on
Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)
Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio
Call MRNSW on
9450 2468
Or call 000

After a very nice lunch participants got involved in 'Safety on Water' was an insight into correct flares use (and keeping these usable) and included a Flare Demo. Life Jackets and their use and upkeep formed part of this activity conducted by the RMS.

Jason Falinski testing out a flare with Ray Lonsdale

Marine Rescue Sydney volunteer Pamela Sayers serving lunch to a couple of young guests. 

What is Marine Rescue About? was an information session on MR itself with a talk about the MR Seadoo, Trailer and the Radio Room at Terrey Hills. Jane Shirriff and Doyle Knudsen helped out with the Seadoo and Trailer info while John Harris Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills, Graham McNaney Deputy  Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills, along with David Crawford, Marguerite Mason and Andrew Tory hosted the information session in the Radio Room

John Harris, Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills, Graham McNaney, Deputy Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills.

John Harris Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills, Graham McNaney Deputy  Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills, along with David Crawford, Marguerite Mason and Andrew Tory hosted the information session in the Radio Room

Jason Falinski, Member for Mackellar, along with Mayor Michael Regan and Deputy Mayor Sue Heins were visitors to the open day and clearly made the best of their time to learn as much as they could about this vital local organisation.

Our thanks to Marg Chu, Operations Officer, who coordinated the Open Day, for her assistance with this report.

"We launched our Return and Earn Fund raising scheme with 1st Gordon Scout group contributing to this cause. We collected 700 eligible drinking containers!" Marg explained last night

Mayor Michael Regan and Deputy Mayor Sue Heins with Marine Rescue Sydney volunteers supporting Return and Earn drinking container recycling.

"There was something for young and old and a couple of Marine Rescue members showed off their Interest to let people know we all have another life outside Marine Rescue - Wozza Buzza Bees and Force 7 -   the later, a unique classic vehicle; one of ten P76 ever built and released."

"Of course as a volunteer organisation, we are always thankful to those who support us. We had over 20 lucky door prizes and they were contributed by Bunnings Belrose, Keysun Laboratories, a family owned company locally based in Warriewood, Pinnaroo Wines, Scrumptious Cakes and Chocolates (a business owned by daughter  of one of our volunteers Keith Toose).

"Keysun also supplied Zinke Sunscreen, one of the few sun protection brands endorsed by the Cancer Council, for everyone to apply - after all, safety on the water includes sun safety as well. You will see a picture with Mayor Michael Regan and Deputy Mayor Sue Heins standing behind the Zinke stand. Our thanks to all of these great organisations and people for making the day a success."

Keysun Zinke for optimal sun protection  - Mayor  Michael Regan, Deputy Mayor, Sue Heins, John Harris, Unit Commander, Marg Chu. Operations Officer with fellow volunteers Sandy Henry and David Crawford.

Marg Chu, Operations Officer.

With more and more people taking to the water, more volunteers are needed to keep them safe. You can join more than 3000 professionally trained volunteers with Marine Rescue NSW (click here for more information).

They need people from a range of backgrounds who bring technical, practical, administrative or life skills that contribute to the smooth and efficient operation of a unit, such as accounting, engineering, electrical, plumbing, marketing, teaching or communications knowledge.

And just like the government, you can also make a donation to support services like vital emergency operations, boost the funds to provide equipment like automatic defibrillators, or even provide the fuel that keeps these savers of lives on our rivers, estuaries and seas.

What is Marine Rescue's motto?

SOLAS - Safety of life at sea

Marine Rescue NSW saves lives on the water through their key services:

  • Swift, coordinated 24/7 emergency response
  • The State’s only Log On and vessel tracking service for recreational boaters
  • A marine radio safety net, monitoring traffic along the NSW coastline around the clock
  • Boating safety education, including boat and jet ski licence and marine radio courses for local boaters
NBC Mayor Michael Regan, Andrew Tory, Mark Colwell, Deputy Unit Commander, State Emergency Services Warringah Pittwater Unit, NBC Deputy Mayor Sue Heins, and John Harris, Unit Commander Marine Rescue Terrey Hills. Photo by Michael Mannington.

Global Positioning System Rollover Week:  April 6th 2019

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority advises Global Positioning System (GPS) users of potential issues that may occur with older GPS receiver time and positional accuracy as a result of the scheduled GPS week counter roll over on 06 April 2019.
NAVAREA X 012/19 has been issued to inform shipping of potential issues.

The GPS system transmits time to GPS receivers using a format of time and weeks from a start date of 06 January 1980. GPS Rollover week occurs when the data field in the navigational message sent by GPS satellites reaches the maximum limit of 1023 weeks and ‘rolls over’ to week zero. This last occurred in August 1999.

Some older GPS receivers are unable to make the transition from week 1023 back to week zero. If your GPS receiver is outdated or has not had a software update, it may revert to reading the week zero as August 1999. When this happens, the internal clocks of these GPS receivers will experience a lack of absolute reference and may give incorrect time or position information, or may lock up permanently. Some GPS receivers may experience issues and disruptions prior to or after the rollover date.

Some GPS receivers are repairable with upgrades, but others may become unusable. Newer receivers that are fully compliant with GPS ICD-200 should not encounter any issues.

You should check with your GPS manufacturer regarding the status of your receiver. If you have any doubt as to whether your receiver is compliant you should contact the manufacturer or supplier.

AMSA advises that GPS users should navigate with caution, having due regard for the potential errors that may occur with GPS receivers.

NBC Mayor Michael Regan and NBC Deputy Mayor Sue Heins test the Marine Rescue seadoo

Photos by Michael Mannington, Community Photography, Report by A J Guesdon, 2019.