Boaters provided with extended coverage
Boaters provided with extended coverage in Maritime Alerts
15 January 2014
Boaters and people interested in receiving alerts in alpine regions about weather which could impact on boating can now sign up for alerts.
Roads and Maritime Services Acting Director Maritime David Hunter said the agency had for four years provided a free service to alert subscribers to potentially hazardous boating weather conditions by email.
“We have recently upgraded the technology so subscribers should be noticing a clearer format including expected swell, wind, tide and sunrise and sunset times,” Mr Hunter said.
“Previously only coastal conditions were available through this service. Roads and Maritime has now extended this to include predicted conditions on alpine waters such as for Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne for inland boating and fishing planning.
“Subscribers are able to nominate the conditions which are the trigger points for the alerts received.
“For example, if you generally go fishing in a small dinghy, you may want to know when the wind and other conditions are predicted to be less intense than for someone who goes boating in a maxi yacht.
“You can also set up alerts for several different parts of NSW, depending on individual interests and requirements.
“Emails drop in to recipients’ inboxes around midday on the day before the predicted weather alert will apply. Already there are 1375 subscribers to the service,” Mr Hunter said.
To sign up to receive maritime weather alerts, go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime
CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit 8588 5999