NSW Maritime News 

Artist’s impression of the Neutral Bay commuter wharf upgrade on Sydney Harbour.Neutral Bay Wharf closed for major upgrade

Work has begun on a new $8.3 million disabled-access wharf for Neutral Bay.
The existing facility was near the end of its operational life and will be dismantled and replaced with a new wharf that meets modern standards of safety, access and amenity. The heritage archway to the wharf will be retained for its historic value to the site.
The Neutral Bay wharf upgrade will take six months to complete, during which time the wharf will remain closed, and alternative transport for ferry passengers will be in place. Commuters are encouraged to plan their trip during the wharf closure by calling Transport Info on 131 500 or visiting 131500.com.au.
Every effort is being made to minimise inconvenience to residents, local businesses and the boating community during the upgrade.
The boating community will benefit from the project, because the design of the upgraded wharf provides much improved access for recreational and commercial vessels to pick up and drop off passengers.
The project is part of an $89.5 million Roads and Maritime Services program to progressively upgrade 12 commuter wharves in Sydney including Rose Bay, Balmain (Thames Street), and Huntley Point in the next 12 months.
The first upgrade was the Milsons Point Wharf, completed in December 2010 at a cost of $7.5m.
Project information is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

Spit Bridge closure in April

The Spit Bridge at Middle Harbour on Sydney Harbour will not open for tall vessels from Monday 16 April to Sunday 29 April 2012 inclusive.
Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Spit Bridge drive system to improve the longevity and reliability of the operating system that opens and closes the bridge, and to minimise the potential for traffic delays caused by a breakdown of the lift equipment.
To assist vessel owners and operators during the 14 day bridge closure, RMS has secured a number of temporary mooring facilities south of Parriwi Head, off Shell Cove.
For further information or to apply for one of these temporary moorings, visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.
Vessel operators are advised to proceed with extreme caution and to take note of the height of their vessel and the height of the tide when travelling in the vicinity of the Spit Bridge. Only vessels which can fit comfortably under the bridge span will be able to pass through.

Swansea Bridge work until May

Roads and Maritime Services is conducting maintenance on the Swansea Bridge in the Swansea Channel, Lake Macquarie, which will affect marine traffic until May.
Scheduled substructure maintenance work is being undertaken and up to two spans may be periodically closed to marine traffic at any one time.
Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works, and to pay particular attention to construction works vessels and buoyed off areas.
Boaters should look out for ‘channel blocked’ lights and shapes attached to vessels engaged in the construction works.
Skippers must maintain a safe speed and distance from the bridge and avoid producing boat wash which impacts unreasonably on the works.