Safety Alert for Queen Visit to Harbour

6 March 2012

Roads and Maritime Services is reminding boaters that restrictions will apply when Queen Mary 2 berths at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at Sydney Cove, Circular Quay, for the first time tomorrow.

Maritime Director Tony Middleton said Queen Mary 2 is scheduled to sail in through Sydney Heads at 5am tomorrow.

The passenger liner will berth at 6:30am alongside the OPT and will then leave the berth at 8:30pm on 8 March for the next leg of its voyage. 

Mr Middleton said it was the first time the world famous liner had been able to berth within Sydney Cove, made possible with an additional anchor set on the seabed in Campbells Cove.

“Campbells Cove will be off limits due to the special anchor for the duration of the stay and will be marked with lit buoys,” Mr Middleton said.

He reminded skippers of recreational and commercial vessels of existing safe navigation restrictions in place in the vicinity of the Cove.

These restrictions include:

  • No vessels are to stop or anchor in the Transit Zone under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This zone extends from Kirribilli Point in the east to Millers Point in the west. This transit zone exists for safety reasons on this often busy and relatively narrow section of the Harbour, and applies to all recreational and commercial vessels.
  • Recreational vessels are not to proceed south of a line drawn between Bennelong Point and Dawes Point, and enter Sydney Cove. This is a long-standing safety measure to keep the waters approaching Circular Quay reserved for scheduled ferry services and charter vessels.

In addition, skippers should be mindful of the general rules and regulations for safe navigation which include:

  • Keep a proper lookout at all times
  • Keep to a safe speed for the conditions
  • Keep to the right-hand side of channels and fairways
  • Keep a safe distance clear of other vessels, structures and the shore when navigating at 10knots or more
  • Show appropriate navigation lights between sunset and sunrise, and times of reduced visibility
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