Passenger Operations through Port Phillip Heads Assessment

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1. Who has responsibility for controlling commercial shipping traffic at Port Phillip Heads?

2. a. How is this process managed?

b. How do you communicate with this authority? (Title & VHF Channel).

3. Define the area known as Port Phillip Heads in relation to passenger operations

4. List the 3 requirements for carrying passengers through Port Phillip Heads

5. When shall a Master of a vessel respond to directions given by VTS?

6. Name the VHF channel the Master of a commercial vessels less than 50 m LOA shall monitor when operating within the Port of Melbourne.

7. Explain when a vessel is not to exceed 5 knots when operating in Port of Melbourne waters.

8. Describe each of the four light structures and characteristics of the lights on Shortland Bluff

a. Highlight

i. Describe the structure

ii. Describe the light characteristics

b. Lowlight
i. Describe the structure

ii. Describe the light characteristics

c. Hume Tower
i. Describe the structure

ii. Describe the light characteristics

d. Murray Tower
i. Describe the structure

ii. Describe the light characteristics

9. Who shall ensure that AIS, if fitted, is operational at all times?

10. Describe the leads used by large vessels using the shipping channels:

a. Great Ship Channel 17 metres

b. Outer Western Channel Western boundary 10.3 metres

c. Eastern Ship Channel boundary 11.9 metres

11. Name the off-lying dangers at Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean, and how far do they extend towards the rip at:

a. Point Lonsdale

b. Point Nepean

12. Record the charted depths over:

a. Lonsdale Rock

b. Corsair Rock

13. Describe the clearing marks for Lonsdale Rock to pass Eastward by:

a. day

b. night

14. Describe Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and its light characteristics

a. Describe the structure

b. Describe the light characteristics

15. State the importance of the Red sectors of Point Lonsdale Light

16. Describe the night signals used at Point Lonsdale to indicate the first half and second half of:

a. A flood Tide
i. First half

ii. Second half

b. An Ebb Tide
i. First Half

ii. Second half

17. Describe the night signals used at Point Lonsdale to indicate that the Port is:

a. Closed to all Traffic

b. Closed to outward traffic

c. Closed to inward traffic

18. Explain how you will safely navigate the Small Boat Channel between Yellowtail and Lonsdale Rocks by:

a. During Daylight

b. At Night

19. What craft frequently use "Four Fingers West" channel?

20. Describe the direction and rate of tides at Port Phillip Heads

a. Direction

b. Rate

21. a. When are the strongest tidal streams experienced at or near the Heads?

b. When is the best time for a vessel to depart or enter Port Phillip Bay?

22. When does slack water occur at or near the Heads?

23. On which VHF channel can an operator obtain shipping movements?

24. On which VHF Channel is a master encouraged to call a ship if they are in any doubt of the ship's intentions?

25. a. Explain the importance of Clarkes and Marcus Hill Beacons in transit by day

b. Describe both beacons and their top marks

26. Explain how you would clear Corsair Rock to the West by:

a. day

b. night

27. a. Explain the characteristics of Rocky Point Port Entry Light

b. Explain the purpose of each sector

28. Explain the characteristics of the Narrows Port Entry Light

29. Explain the characteristics of Fort West Beacon Port Entry Light

30. Explain the characteristics of Queenscliff Harbour Port Entry Light

31. Explain how Queenscliff Harbour and Fort West Beacon Port Entry Lights are used to assist ships to remain in the dredged area of the Great Ship Channel

32. Where to the North of a line between Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale are waves to 3 metres found?

33. Explain the action you would take negotiating the Heads and a large wave approaches beam on

34. State the cause and effect of standing waves:

a. Cause

b. Effect

35. Explain why the Victorian Tide Tables provide tidal information for 3 separate locations in the area of Port Phillip Heads

36. How may the current height of tide for Rip Bank be obtained?

37. When shall the Master of a vessel request approval to tow a vessel through Port Phillip Heads?

38. List 4 of the conditions to be complied with prior to conducting diving operations within the Fairway through Port Phillip Heads

39. a. List the information dive charters operating in Port Phillip Heads are required to advise Lonsdale VTS

b. When shall dive charter operators advise Lonsdale VTS of dive operations?

40. How may the Master of a vessel gain permission to conduct diving operations at Port Phillip Heads at night?

41. List the information charter vessels carrying passengers are required to report to VTS

42. Name the authorities you are recommended to register a designated telephone number with

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