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Aim for safe summer boating and swimming

Aim for safe summer boating and swimming

18 December 2013

With thoughts turning to aquatic pursuits as the summer break approaches, the Council’s Port Taranaki’s Harbourmaster is urging boaties to help ensure everyone stays safe while having fun.

“Common sense and courtesy are the basics for avoiding navigation or safety problems and mishaps,” says John Ireland. “Boaties and others using Port Taranaki should also know what’s required under the Navigation Bylaws and Maritime Rules.”

This summer, Port Taranaki harbour wardens and Taranaki Regional Council enforcement officers will be on the lookout for:

• Watercraft, particularly jetskis, exceeding the 5 knot speed limit inside the lee breakwater and within 200m of shore elsewhere.

• Unauthorised vessels entering the reserved wharf area.

• Lack of observers on boats that are towing waterskiers.

• Boats not carrying lifejackets, or with under-age operators.

• People swimming, diving or playing near jetties, boat ramps or other dangerous areas.

• Boats getting too close to ships and other large vessels.

“The port’s becoming increasingly busy, especially with the amount of offshore hydrocarbon exploration and development taking place,” says Mr Ireland. “It’s also a great place for summer recreation, as long as everyone follows the rules.”

The Taranaki Regional Council website has information on the Navigation Bylaws (www.trc.govt.nz/navigation-and-safety/) and there are signs at boat ramps noting requirements and restrictions, particularly concerning vessel speed.

Recent legislation changes allow the Taranaki Regional Council to issue infringement notices (instant fines) of up to $150 to those found breaching the Bylaws.

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