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 Maritime Safety Queensland and UQ requirements may operate the vessels themselves.
Boat operators must hold:
- an Australian Recreational Ship Masters 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
- current First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Provision certifications, and
- a Marine Radio Operators (VHF) Certificate of Proficiency, and
- complete a MBRS boating induction and be familiar with the UQ Diving Policy and Procedures Manual.
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 is 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 ships log, the MBRS Vessel Safety Induction Form must be completed for each day of vessel use and submitted prior to departure.
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5.37m centre console semi-rigid inflatable vessel powered by a Yamaha 100hp outboard engine. 'Pelagia' is surveyed to carry between 8 - 12 passengers depending on area and type of operations.
5.95m centre console plate aluminium vessel powered by two 60hp outboard engines. 'Xiphias' is surveyed to carry 6 passengers.
5.85m centre console semi-rigid inflatable vessel powered by two Yamaha 90hp outboard engines. 'Glaucus' is surveyed to carry between 6 - 12 passengers 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 snorkelling activities must be conducted in accordance with the University of Queensland Diving Policy and Procedures Manual (1404kb). Please familiarise yourself with the manual. Forms required for snorkelling and SCUBA diving at MBRS are located in the manual appendices.
All individuals seeking to engage in snorkel/diving activities under the auspices of the University must apply for listing on the University Diver Register diver and gain approval from the UQ Boating and Diving Officer before commencing fieldwork. The following information is required:
- a completed Snorkel or SCUBA Diver Registration Form
- copies of relevant diving qualifications
- copies of diving logbooks
- a copy of a current occupational diving medical within 12 months
- a copy of current First Aid and Oxygen Administration qualifications (undergraduate students involved in diving activities as part of their course work will only require a recreational diving medical dated within the last 12 months).
The research station has the following equipment.
- Mask and snorkels
- Half and full fins
- Weight belts
- 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
There are two tide cycles each day with a maximum range of approximately 2.5m.