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01 Nov 2019
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Geraldton information session to outline proposed changes to safety equipment

Geraldton skippers will have an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to safety equipment requirements at a special information session next week.

Geraldton skippers will have an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to safety equipment requirements at a special information session next week.

The Department of Transport (DoT) is hosting the event following the release of the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper for community comment.

The position paper, formulated following initial community consultation in March 2017, details 12 proposals including the compulsory wearing of lifejackets for children and by anyone on a vessel less than 4.8 metres in length, bringing WA into line with other States. DoT strongly advocates the wearing of lifejackets at all times when boating.

Under the proposed reforms recreational vessels will also not need to carry any safety equipment when operating in protected waters or within 400 metres of shore in unprotected waters.  Beyond 400 metres, vessels will require a GPS enabled distress beacon, plus either flares or an electronic night signalling device, and a marine radio will only be required when operating more than four nautical miles from shore.

DoT Maritime Deputy General Manager Ray Buchholz said it had been more than 25 years since the last review of safety equipment requirements for recreational vessels in WA and the reforms were designed to simplify laws making it easier for skippers to comply and save lives on the water.

“While boat owners and users are the target for the information sessions, it’s hoped those who have personal water craft (PWC) or regularly paddle, windsurf or enjoy kite surfing will also attend as these craft also require safety equipment,” Mr Buchholz said.

The Geraldton information session is on Wednesday 6 November 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Geraldton Yacht Club, 214 Marine Terrace, Geraldton.

To register to attend people can email safetyequipmentreview@transport.wa.gov.au or contact DoT on 9435 7901. If people can’t make an information session they can provide feedback on the proposals by visiting the website.


Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

01 Nov 2019
Man in lifejacket with EPIRB

Karratha information session to outline proposed changes to safety equipment

Karratha skippers will have an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to safety equipment requirements at a special information session next week.

Karratha skippers will have an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to safety equipment requirements at a special information session next week.

The Department of Transport (DoT) is hosting the event following the release of the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper for community comment.

The position paper, formulated following initial community consultation in March 2017, details 12 proposals including the compulsory wearing of lifejackets for children and by anyone on a vessel less than 4.8 metres in length, bringing WA into line with other States. DoT strongly advocates the wearing of lifejackets at all times when boating.

Under the proposed reforms recreational vessels will also not need to carry any safety equipment when operating in protected waters or within 400 metres of shore in unprotected waters.  Beyond 400 metres, vessels will require a GPS enabled distress beacon, plus either flares or an electronic night signalling device, and a marine radio will only be required when operating more than four nautical miles from shore.

DoT Maritime Deputy General Manager Ray Buchholz said it had been more than 25 years since the last review of safety equipment requirements for recreational vessels in WA and the reforms were designed to simplify laws making it easier for skippers to comply and save lives on the water.

“While boat owners and users are the target for the information sessions, it’s hoped those who have personal water craft (PWC) or regularly paddle, windsurf or enjoy kite surfing will also attend as these craft also require safety equipment,” Mr Buchholz said.

The Karratha information session is on Wednesday 6 November 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Karratha Leisureplex, Dampier Highway (opposite Broadhurst Road), Karratha.

To register to attend people can email safetyequipmentreview@transport.wa.gov.au or contact DoT on 9435 7901. If people can’t make an information session they can provide feedback on the proposals by visiting the website.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

30 Oct 2019
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Hillarys and Fremantle information sessions to outline proposed changes to safety equipment

Metropolitan skippers will have an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to safety equipment requirements at two special information sessions north and south of the city next week.

Metropolitan skippers will have an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to safety equipment requirements at two special information sessions north and south of the city next week.

The Department of Transport (DoT) is hosting the events following the release of the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper for community comment.

The position paper, formulated following initial community consultation in March 2017, details 12 proposals including the compulsory wearing of lifejackets for children and by anyone on a vessel less than 4.8 metres in length, bringing WA into line with other States. DoT strongly advocates the wearing of lifejackets at all times when boating.

Under the proposed reforms recreational vessels will also not need to carry any safety equipment when operating in protected waters or within 400 metres of shore in unprotected waters.  Beyond 400 metres, vessels will require a GPS enabled distress beacon, plus either flares or an electronic night signalling device, and a marine radio will only be required when operating more than four nautical miles from shore.

DoT Maritime Deputy General Manager Ray Buchholz said it had been more than 25 years since the last review of safety equipment requirements for recreational vessels in WA and the reforms were designed to simplify laws making it easier for skippers to comply and save lives on the water.

“While boat owners and users are the target for the information sessions, it’s hoped those who have personal water craft (PWC) or regularly paddle, windsurf or enjoy kite surfing will also attend as these craft also require safety equipment,” Mr Buchholz said.

The Hillarys information session is on Sunday 3 November 2019 from 2pm to 3.30pm at the
Hillarys Yacht Club, 65 Northside Drive, Hillarys.

The Fremantle information session is on Thursday 7 November 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Fremantle Sailing Club, 151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle.

To register to attend people can email safetyequipmentreview@transport.wa.gov.au or contact DoT on 9435 7901. If people can’t make an information session they can provide feedback on the proposals by visiting the website.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

Alerts
11 Sep 2019
Temporary Notices to Mariners

Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)

Please use the following links to view TNTM for each region of Western Australia.

Please use the following links to view TNTM for each region of Western Australia.

Cancelled, withdrawn and expired TNTM are removed without notice.

Please also see navigational warnings.

26 Feb 2019
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20 Feb 2019
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