Vivid Sydney 2018 - Advice to vessel operators

Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Marine Area Command Police vessels will be on the water to monitor safe navigation and cooperation from vessel operators during Vivid Sydney 2018.

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This year’s event will run over 23 consecutive nights from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June 2018. The annual event of light, music and ideas will display unique creations on and around popular Sydney landmarks including:

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Circular Quay
  • The Rocks
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Luna Park

  • Fort Denison
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Darling Harbour
  • Barangaroo

Viewing from the water

Each year we see increasing waterfront displays and viewing Vivid Sydney from the water is becoming very popular for both commercial and recreational vessels. With increased vessel activity during the event, safe navigation practices are paramount.  Look for the illuminated signs on the shoreline advising of restricted areas.  

Restrictions for recreational vessels

Recreational vessels will not be permitted to enter the 4 knot zone south of a line drawn between the northern tip of Darling Island and the ‘roll on roll off knuckle’ north of the Barangaroo Ferry Terminal between 5:30pm and 11pm during Vivid Sydney.

Keep an eye out for the lit signs on Darling Island and Barangaroo showing where the restrictions apply.

Vessels wishing to access the marina and other waterfront facilities in Pyrmont Bay between Darling Island and Sydney Casino Wharf may do so only with authorisation from a control vessel.

Electronic message signs will be in place at Darling Island, Barangaroo and Dawes Point advising recreational vessels where they are not permitted to enter.

Wharf closures and restrictions for commercial vessels

The following locations will be closed to commercial vessel bookings from 5.45pm – 11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings from 25 May to 16 June and on Sunday 10 June:

Commissioners Steps and Harbourmasters Steps

Water taxis will only be permitted to pick up passengers during these times. Any revised restrictions to water taxi operations will be broadcast via VHF13 by Sydney Ports and Roads and Maritime patrol crews. Note security will be in place at both wharves on these nights.

Campbells Cove

No restrictions on water taxi operations. Please be advised that one walkway of the Campbells Cove pontoon will remain closed during Vivid due to ongoing landscaping works on the adjacent foreshore.

Eastern Pontoon

The western face will be closed to vessels greater than 10m. Alternate blockages will apply on the northern and southern faces due to large crowds on shore.

Commercial operators will be required to adhere to the usual navigational requirements for entering and departing Sydney Cove. Vessel operators are reminded not to enter Sydney Cove without a wharf booking or authorisation to do so and adhere to the North - South rule.

All vessel operators are reminded that there is no stopping or drifting in the Transit Zone between Kirribilli Point to Bennelong Point, and Millers Point to Blues Point. This is particularly important in the vicinity of Milsons Point Wharf, Dawes Point and adjacent to Campbells Cove where significant vessel traffic coordination is required. Vessels are not to loiter near the waiting line in Sydney Cove.

Due to the high frequency of commercial vessel activity expected around the Barangaroo Ferry Terminal and King Street wharves, vessels without bookings are not to enter the area. 

To facilitate on-water events, Cockle Bay will be closed to all vessels from 5:30pm-11:30pm for the duration of Vivid Sydney with the only exception being vessels with a Cockle Bay Marina booking.

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