Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Virtual markers for Tauranga Harbour

Virtual markers for Tauranga Harbour

27 June 2014


The approaches to Tauranga Harbour could soon have new markers for hazardous reefs and shoals – but they won’t be cluttering up our views.

The markers are electronic, and appear only on ship navigational systems. The hazard – such as Astrolabe Reef (Otaiti) where the Rena grounded – will appear as a digital information object on the ship’s navigation system, electronic charts and radar.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Maritime Operations Manager Reuben Fraser said that since the grounding of the Rena in October 2011, the Regional Council had been considering measures to reduce the risk of ships grounding in the region, including virtual aids to navigation.

“The approach to the Port of Tauranga has a number of underwater hazards lying near shipping routes, including Astrolabe Reef, Brewis Shoal, Okapara Reef, Penguin Shoal and Tuhua Reef,” he said.

“Western Bay of Plenty harbourmaster Jennifer Roberts is also proposing making a direction requiring all vessels more than 500 gross tonnage or longer than 40 metres to keep more than two nautical miles off land and charted dangers, or any outlying islands in the Bay of Plenty. These restrictions won’t apply to recreational vessels.

“We’ve identified that a virtual aid to navigation could be a possible solution to marking these five identified hazards, since it would be really difficult to physically mark the reefs.”

The virtual marker is transmitted from an Automatic Identification System station, and will alert both the ship and the Regional Council that the vessel is heading towards a charted danger, or enters the no-go zone around each hazard.

“The virtual markers would help the Regional Council with monitoring and enforcement of exclusion zones like these.

“By providing for safer commercial boating we’re also helping to keep businesses that rely on the Port operations booming. However regardless of the warning systems that we have in place, if mariners ignore them incidents can still occur,” Mr Fraser said.

“It would be beneficial if the system could also collect data on traffic movement in the region. This would give us more information on how the region is used and enable Council to manage shipping traffic more safely.”

Tenders close for the virtual marker system on 3 July.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog