Brisbane & Bremer Rivers ~ Riverwatch
Callsign: SEQUEST RADIO
At SEQUEST we conduct a listening watch on the following VHF marine channels for the lower section of the Brisbane River & Bremer River
Channel 16 Distress
Channel 67 Secondary Distress
Remember to use channel 16 or 67 for distress transmissions
Which is used by vessels working on the Brisbane River upstream from Brett's Wharf
The best calling channel for contacting us is the following VHF marine channel
(Mouth of the Brisbane River 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
8 knots (three-meter draft and over)
• From the public boat ramp at Kookaburra Park to Mount Crosby Weir
6 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)
6 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. Masters are required to give position calls via VHF channels 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. Commercial vessels and recreational power craft are required to maintain a proper lookout for all passive crafts when entering and exiting the outer thirds of the river.
Radio information for the Brisbane River - Dual watch is recommended for VHF 16/12 between Point Cartwright at Mooloolaba and Brett's Wharf at Hamilton Reach.
From Brett's Wharf to Upstream dual watch is recommended on VHF 16/13 on approach to sharp/blind bends and bridges, with additional calls when overtaking other vessels or in restricted visibility.
To improve monitoring for Distress Calls add these Channels to your
Dual Watch or Tri Watch
This is a feature generally found on your base or portable marine radios and is used to monitor channel 16 and other channels of your choice simultaneously.