Mooloolaba Marina – Storm & Cyclone Plan  

In the event of a major storm (or cyclone) passing through the marina, the risk of storm damage and injury can be significantly reduced by early preventative action.

Staff will do what they can to assist, but beware that staff are likely to be busy and that it is the Owner Responsibility to ensure their vessel and equipment are as secure as possible.

Please ensure that the Marina Office has a current e-mail address or telephone number with which to contact someone who will take responsibility for your vessel.

When an extreme weather event warning is communicated by Department of Transport via a Notice to Mariners, VHF radio or media release, this plan comes into effect.

Marina Procedure

  1. Broadcast extreme weather event details to vessel owners by the best available means, currently via email, as they come to hand.

Guest Procedure

Request guests and berth owners undertake the following to their boats within the Marina & hardstand:

  1. Clear Boat of loose material that could blow about and possibly cause injury or damage during extreme winds.
  2. Secure any moveable items (e.g. Wind Generators) to prevent detachment from vessel.
  3. Reduce wind loading to a minimum. Remove clears and all deck equipment (lifebuoys, covers etc.) Remove all furled sails. If this cannot be done, double wrap them to prevent wind from opening them up.
  4. Dinghies; Deflate and stow inflatables, any dinghies left in davits or on deck should be clear of gear, free draining and securely lashed. No dinghies are to be left on marina fingers or walkways.
  5. Check Mast stays and other stays and rigging.
  6. Check and/or double mooring lines. As per DTMR: –

Mooring considerations

Double up mooring lines, by running duplicated ropes to alternative bollards. Do not run duplicates to the same bollards – a single bollard failure should not release the craft from a safe mooring arrangement. The duplicate lines should be in good condition and run slightly slack to ensure that they are only required to work in the event of the chafing through the primary mooring lines. Vessels should not be secured to piles as this prevents pontoons moving with tidal and surge movements. Take particular care to protect against chafing. Ensure lines are made fast to substantial boat parts, for example mast steps, winches and so on, bearing in mind cleats are known to have been torn out of decks. Do not use chain to secure your boat to pontoon bollards. Chains have no ability to stretch, where ropes have a certain amount of give. Some marinas allow for anchors to be lowered in the marina berth to the sea bottom. Ensure there is enough slack to rise and fall of the vessel due to swell and storm surges. If the master or owner elects to stay on-board with the vessel, any mooring lines should be adjustable from onboard and sufficiently taut to ensure the vessel and pontoon move as one.

  1. DO NOT STAY ON BOARD if likely unsafe to do so. All non-essential crew (and children) should leave the marina well in advance of any event.
  2. Check Bilge Pump operation.
  3. Secure hatches and any other openings.
  4. Gather additional Mooring lines and have available on vessel.
  5. Check Battery Health and operation.
  6. Disconnect Shore Power and Water.
  7. Check all sea cocks closed.
  8. Monitor weather reports until weather event complete. Weather warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology

In the case of an event, Staff will do what they can to assist, but beware that staff are likely to be busy and that it is the Owner Responsibility to ensure their vessel and equipment are as secure as possible.   Staff will not endanger themselves in the defence of your vessel.

Please Note:

An extreme weather event warning will be issued by authorities when an extreme weather event is expected to affect the area within 24 Hours, it is critical that during this period all preparations detailed above are completed, beware that:

  1. Marina Management may determine the time when personnel are barred from pontoons or hardstand areas, and that you will be required to abide by any such direction.
  2. If you choose to remain on board your vessel conditions may deteriorate to the point where it is impossible to leave. So err on the side of safety at all times.