Public ferry wharves

As the state boating regulator, one of Roads and Maritime Services priorities is to help provide safe and convenient access to ferries and charter vessels for the NSW public.

The Marine Safety Act 1998 imposes a statutory responsibility on Roads and Maritime to inspect public ferry wharves and ensure that they can be safely used for purposes associated with the operation of public passenger services provided by ferries.

What is a public ferry wharf?

A wharf, or associated facilities, used for the purposes of public passenger services provided by ferries which are defined as any vessel which seats more than 8 adult persons and where there is payment of a fare or other consideration.

Public ferry wharves include commuter wharves, such as Sydney Harbour ferry wharves, and wharves used by commercial operators such as charter or dive vessels throughout NSW. Across the state there are about 265 public ferry wharves.

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