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Navigational aids within the Gippsland Regional Ports conform to the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Buoyage System "A". Starboard-hand (or right side) marks are green, whilst port-hand (or left side) marks are red. Cardinal marks are yellow and black; Special marks are yellow and isolated danger marks black and red.
In using the system it is essential to remember that the direction of buoyage is taken from the seaward entrance of these ports. When returning towards the entrance the situation would be reversed.
The entrance channel leading into the inlet changes in position and depth and its navigation is dangerous without local knowledge. Extreme caution should be exercised from Captains Point to the Entrance. This vicinity is extremely shallow even at high water, with large sand banks and weed areas. The natural channel which follows the western shoreline usually provides the deeper option. Vessel operators should proceed at a slow speed during daylight hours only and remain observant.
CHANNELS IN THE PORT OF MALLACOOTA
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