Boating

MBRS has three vessels for hire for use by researchers and education groups. MBRS boat operators may be hired (advance booking required) or visitors who meet Australian Maritime Safety Authority and UQ requirements may operate the vessels themselves.

Minimum qualifications for the master of a vessel under 7.5m:

  1. Valid state issued Recreational Marine Drivers Licence or Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USLC) certificate of competency appropriate for the vessel in use and the area of operations (includes licences issued by other safety authorities within the Commonwealth of Australia or other entities recognised by Maritime Safety Queensland), and
  2. Current Apply First Aid and CPR and (Oxy Viva for any in water activities), and
  3. Marine Radio Operators (VHF) Certificate of Proficiency, and 
  4. Complete an MBRS boating induction and be familiar with the vessel’s safety management system and UQ Procedures for Off-Campus Work, Boating, Diving and Snorkelling.

Operators should have a good working knowledge of local conditions. In particular, if boating outside of Moreton Bay into oceanic waters (i.e. Point Lookout), local knowledge and experience with crossing the South Passage Bar are required. Risk assessments for the work being conducted from the vessel must be completed and approved by the user's supervisor. In addition to the ship's log, the MBRS Vessel Safety Induction Form must be completed for each day of vessel use and submitted prior to departure.

All forms (e.g. crew and vessel induction records, vessel logbook, emergency procedures practice) relevant to the operation of the ship must be completed for each day of vessel use and submitted prior to departure.  See section 9 of the UQ Boating Safety Procedures or the relevant vessel safety management system for more detail.

NOTE: Use of vessels other than for genuine research or educational purpose requires the master to hold a "Coxswain's Certificate of Competency" with an appropriate area of operations endorsement or higher qualification.

Vessels

Vessel name and description Image

Pelagia

5.37m centre console semi-rigid inflatable vessel powered by a Yamaha 100hp outboard engine. 'Pelagia' is surveyed to carry between 8 - 12 special personnel depending on area and type of operations.

Xiphias

5.95m centre console plate aluminium vessel powered by two 60hp outboard engines. 'Xiphias' is surveyed to carry 6 special personnel.

Glaucus

5.85m centre console semi-rigid inflatable vessel powered by two Yamaha 90hp outboard engines. 'Glaucus' is surveyed to carry between 6 - 12 special personnel depending on area and type of operations.

Note: When scheduling a boat please allow 30 minutes for a vessel safety check and induction.

SCUBA Diving and Snorkelling

SCUBA diving and snorkeling activities must be conducted in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act (QLD) 2011.  UQ visitors must follow the UQ Diving Procedures and Snorkelling Procedures as relevant.  Other visitors may follow UQ procedures, or opt to follow their institution’s diving procedures where the UQ can confirm compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act.  Section 2 of the UQ Diving Guidelines and Section 2 of the UQ Snorkelling Guidelines provide more information of how an institution can demonstrate compliance to UQ.  Forms required for snorkeling and SCUBA diving at HIRS are located in the Policy and Procedures library under the Forms tab.

All UQ visitors seeking to engage in snorkel/diving activities under the auspices of the University should contact the UQ Boating and Diving Officer (central.boating.diving@uq.edu.au) before commencing fieldwork. Diving work requires the following key controls:

  • annual medical screening of all divers against fitness criteria given in AS 2299.1 Occupational Diving Operations Part 1: Standard Operation Practice,
  • minimum competency standards for all divers,
  • supervision of diving work by a competent diver,
  • adequate resourcing of diving work,
  • written dive plans and risk assessments,
  • first aid personnel and equipment onsite including oxygen resuscitation equipment,
  • effective emergency procedures including evacuation to a recompression chamber,
  • breathing apparatus and equipment preventative maintenance schedules including checks of gauge accuracy, and
  • breathing gas testing.

Refer to the UQ Snorkelling Procedures and Guidelines for further details.

Education Groups Please Note: you must have sufficient staff who are competent in the water to be responsible for the in-water supervision of your students.

Refer to the UQ Diving Procedures and Guidelines for further details.

Snorkelling in a workplace requires the following key controls:

  • Screening of all persons for fitness and medical condition advice.
  • Minimum competency levels of persons undertaking the activity.
  • Minimum supervision levels for the proposed activity.
  • Assessment of work tasks for snorkelling or breath-hold diving.
  • Access to first aid personnel and equipment, including oxygen resuscitation equipment.
  • Ensuring verification of returned snorkellers or breath-hold divers at the end of the activity.
  • The implementation of effective emergency procedures for the activity.

Equipment Hire

The research station has the following equipment.

  • Mask and snorkels
  • Half and full fins
  • Weight belts
  • Booties
  • SCUBA tanks

Additional SCUBA equipment can be sourced from the Boating and Diving at UQ's St Lucia campus or contact MBRS to discuss equipment requirements and tank refilling.

Marine Weather Forecast

Refer to the following websites for weather information and forecasts

Willy Weather
Bureau of Meteorology

Tides

There are two tide cycles each day with a maximum range of approximately 2.5m.

  • Brisbane Bar Tides -  Please note: +17 minutes for low and -10 minutes for high tides at Dunwich. -44 minutes for low and -36 minutes for high tides at Amity Point. -80 minutes for low and -80 minutes for high tides at Point Lookout.
  • Moon Phase - Australia