Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is advising boaties to exercise caution when navigating the Gold Coast Seaway due to a sand shoal developing east of the southern training wall.

GCWA CEO Hal Morris said certain weather conditions can cause the sand shoal to develop and that similar conditions have been experienced before.

“These sorts of shoals can be there for some time but can also disperse fairly quickly with wave action and tidal flow.

“We will continue to monitor the sand shoal to determine what action, if any, will be needed. Dredging could possibly be an option but we would need to look at whether that is necessary or not.

“If dredging is required, unfortunately the dredge that is currently working offshore for a City of Gold Coast project is too big to be able to work in the area of the shoal.  We will look at all options and keep the community up to date,” said Mr Morris.

Although there is nearly 4 metres of water over the shoal, in certain weather conditions breaking waves can be hazardous to vessels entering and leaving the Broadwater. Boaties should NOT use the southern approach leads (291 degrees T) when transiting the seaway but should use the centre line leads and move towards the north side of the entrance to avoid the sand shoal.

Although the Seaway is generally very safe, people should be aware that it is still a bar crossing and boaties are reminded to be aware of the current conditions and avoid the sand shoal when accessing the seaway entrance.

A Notice to Mariners, issued by Maritime Safety Queensland, is in place to ensure vessels using the seaway entrance are aware of the shoal.  You can read the Notice to Mariners here https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/boating/notices/south-east-qld/southport

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