Callsign: SEQUEST RADIO
At SEQUEST we conduct a listening watch on the following VHF marine radio channels for the Brisbane & Bremer Rivers on the following channels
Channel 16 Distress & Channel 67 Secondary Distress
On VHF, use channel 16 or 67 for distress transmissions
Channel 13 Brisbane River Traffic
Vessels working on the Brisbane River upstream from Brett's Wharf
The best calling channels for contact are the following VHF marine channels
Channel 72 SEQUEST Working
(Jindalee Boat Ramp to Karana Downs/Bremer River upstream section)
Channel 81 VHF Repeater
(Mouth of the river upstream to City Reaches)
We provide radio coverage from the Brisbane River from the Boat Passage to Karana Downs and the Bremer River from the mouth to Ipswich.
Brisbane River – Gazetted Speed Limits
The gazetted speed limits, over the ground, by legislation for the Brisbane River, are:
• From the Entrance Beacons to Luggage Point - 13 knots (three-meter draft and over)
• Upstream of Luggage Point - eight knots (three-meter draft and over)
•From the public boat ramp at Kookaburra Park to Mount Crosby Weir - six knots (all traffic)
• Story Bridge to William Jolly Bridge - 15 knots (eight-metre LOA and over)
•All creeks and waterways flowing into the Brisbane River (except the Bremer River) - six knots all traffic.
Temporary speed limits may be gazetted during harbour works, such as wharf and bridge construction.
Further information is available via Brisbane VTS or Notice to Mariners
Commercial vessels should generally operate as close as practicable to the starboard side of the centre third of the navigable river unless it is unsafe to do so. Masters are required to give position calls via VHF channel 12 and/or 13 on approach to sharp/blind bends and bridges, with additional calls when overtaking other vessels or in restricted visibility. Commercial vessels and recreational power craft operate in the centre third of the river however they do enter the outer thirds when docking and crossing the river. When entering and exiting the outer thirds of the river, commercial vessels and recreational power craft are required to maintain a proper lookout for all passive craft
Brisbane River Alert
Releases from Wivenhoe Dam continue to drain down the flood storage compartments. These releases are expected to continue until at least Sunday and may be extended if further significant rainfall occurs in the catchment.
Low-level bridges downstream of the dam remain inundated such as Colleges Crossing, Burtons Bridge and Kholo Bridge. If you are downstream of the dam, stay away from fast-flowing or deep water near waterways and floodplains.
Flood releases from Somerset Dam into Wivenhoe Dam have ceased. Additional releases may be required over the coming days to manage ongoing inflows to Somerset Dam. If required, releases will be made at a low rate and may be increased if additional rainfall occurs within the catchment.
Gated releases from Wivenhoe and Somerset Dam commenced on Wednesday 11 May 2022. On Friday 13 May, releases from Wivenhoe were temporarily stopped to allow inflows from Lockyer Creek and the Bremer River to the Brisbane River to pass. Releases from Wivenhoe Dam were recommenced at 0300 on Saturday 14 May. These releases aim to maintain a steady flow rate in the Brisbane River and to avoid the inundation of Fernvale Bridge.