Authorities are working hard to clean up the debris following the devastating flooding experienced in Brisbane, Australia, when the Brisbane River broke its banks and flowed with debris that included private vessels still atop their pontoons. The Port of Brisbane has now reopened for shipping following removal of critical obstructions.
Some positive news for superyachts is that, according to Superyacht Base Brisbane (www.superyachtbrisbane.com.au), the larger vessel and marine infrastructure and businesses located on the eastern reaches of the river, towards Moreton Bay, sustained relatively little or no damage. For example, during the floods, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (www.rqys.com.au), south of the river, on the bay, provided a safe, alternative shelter for vessels normally berthed in the river. BSE Maritime Solution’s (www.bse.net.au) dockyard at Colmslie stayed high and dry. And, thanks largely to prior preparation and planning, Rivergate Marina & Shipyard (www.rivergate.com.au), located approximately six miles downstream of Brisbane’s CBD and six miles from the river’s mouth, was never flooded and remained open throughout the disaster.
“It is business as usual,” says Rivergate’s General Manager Steve Fisher, noting that M/Y Huntress had just been lifted into a shed.
Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) (www.msq.qld.gov.au) issued a Notice to Mariners, on January 21, warning that navigation hazards and other debris might still be encountered in the waters of Moreton Bay and the lower reaches of the Brisbane River. MSQ advises travelling at reduced speeds, operating in daylight hours only, keeping a proper lookout (essential) and remaining aware of objects floating just below the surface.