> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Features FishingBoating MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Operation Tow Safe - NSW Maritime safety campaign results

Operation Tow Safe - NSW Maritime safety campaign results

Operation Tow Safe, a NSW Maritime safety campaign which ran from 7 to 15 January, has revealed some boaters in NSW are taking risks when towing water-skiers and wake-boarders.

NSW Maritime Acting General Manager Maritime Operation Trevor Williams said 2838 vessels were checked by Boating Safety Officers during the campaign.

'The majority of skippers were found to be doing the right thing, ensuring their vessels were appropriately maintained and that they had all the required safety equipment for their boat and the environment in which they were operating,' Mr Williams said.

'There were 153 penalty notices (fines) issued during the campaign, which represented an 89.9 per cent statewide compliance rate.'

Overall, 12 penalty notices and an additional 12 formal warnings stemming from towing infringements were issued to boaters over the course of the campaign.

Non-compliance with lifejacket legislation was also a trend across all regions, indicating a need for further education.

'The worst offenders were found to be boating in the Murray/ Inland region, where the compliance rate – when boaters were stopped for random safety checks by Boating Safety Officers – was 82.6 per cent,' Mr Williams said. 'Speed and insufficient carriage of safety equipment were the two biggest reasons for people being fined.'

'In terms of towing compliance on the Murray/ Inland, there were three penalty notices issued for towing being conducted with no observer, and three penalty notices for towing more than three people at a time.'

Statewide towing offences included:
• Sydney region - one fine for no observer when towing using a PWC and one for towing in a no tow zone;
• Hunter/ Inland – one fine for towing more than three people at a time;
• Hawkesbury River/ Broken Bay – one fine for towing with no lifejacket and one for towing with no observer;
• Murray/ Inland – three fines for towing with no observer and three fines for towing more than three people at a time; and
• South Coast – one fine for towing with no observer.

Mr Williams said it was crucial to remember when towing – whether it be water-skiers, wake-boarders or people on items like inflatable tubes – you must always have an observer in addition to the driver.

'The driver needs a boat licence to drive a boat at more than 10 knots – the equivalent of a reasonable jogging speed,' Mr Williams said.

'The observer must be at least 16 years old, or hold a Young Adult Licence. Failure to have an observer who fits this description can land the skipper of the vessel with a $250 on-the-spot fine, or a maximum of $5500 if the matter goes to court and is upheld.'

'The driver and observer work as a team. The observer is the link between the driver and the skier or boarder – the driver’s job is to keep a good lookout ahead, while the observer (who faces backwards) tells the driver about anything affecting the person(s) being towed – including other vessels coming up from behind.

'Both the driver and observer must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs – and this applies to the person being towed too.'

Operation Tow Safe compliance rate, penalty notices and formal warnings by region:

Sydney region
- Compliance rate - 93.5 per cent
- Penalty notices issued – 35
- Formal warnings issued – 17

Hunter/ Inland
- Compliance rate – 90.7 per cent
- Penalty notices issued – 22
- Formal warnings issued – 28

Hawkesbury River/ Broken Bay
- Compliance rate – 87.6 per cent
- Penalty notices issued – 28
- Formal warnings issued – 10

North Coast
- Compliance rate – 88.6 per cent
- Penalty notices issued – 9
- Formal warnings issued – 22

Murray/ Inland
- Compliance rate – 82.6 per cent
- Penalty notices issued – 28
- Formal warnings issued – 33

South Coast
- Compliance rate – 90.2 per cent
- Penalty notices issued – 31
- Formal warnings issued – 25

NSW Maritime is part of Roads and Maritime Services.

For more information on towing safety and lifejacket requirements, visit the NSW Maritime website.




by Penny Robins

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92975

10:37 AM Tue 17 Jan 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Power Boat News

















Running on Pure Adrenalin by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,


Singapore Yacht Show – it’s a wrap. by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong






Pontoon Boats are a hit with families and entertainers by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,










Glacier Bay returns to Australia, re-launching at SCIBS by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,








Singapore Yacht Show 2014. Boats to make your eyes pop. by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Singapore










Power to the people at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,


SCIBS VIP lounge back bigger and better in 2014 by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,




Singapore Yacht Show 2014. And another thing… by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Singapore








Success for family-friendly Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show
UIM XCAT World Series - Lady Spain set for XCAT debut in Napoli
Cyclone Ita predicted to reach Category 4 off Far North Queensland
Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix - 2014 Season Opener
Mercury’s new Verado 200hp Pro FourStroke – delivering even more
Stars emerge for Sydney International Boat Show *Feature
Living ship-shape on the 1.4km $10bn floating city
Hop online to get your fishing permit this Easter
Greg Norman announces global investor campaign for Great Keppel Island
Luxury Yacht Share Asia (LYSA) introduces fractional ownership to Asia
Humpback Whales - Non Lethal research
RYA Competent Crew Skills – Second edition now available
Mondo Marine invests in Chinese shipyard
Aqualuma partners with ASMEX 2014 for Welcome function
Kaohsiung to welcome the world for 1st Taiwan International Boat Show *Feature
Changed boating conditions for ski race on Clarence River
Royal Victoria Cup - Cable, Hockney and Shipley victorious
Channel 7 stage returns to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Hainan Rendezvous: suffering from a hangover?
Palm Beach International Boat Show shows healthy attendance
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show - this weekend!   
Coastal infrastructure and species loss - Climate Change consequences *Feature   
rescueME PLB1 – safety assured in one compact, light package *Feature   
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned   
All Marine Spares hits the boat show trail in a trailer *Feature   
Royal Victoria Cup to take place this weekend   
Rowers and ferry masters encouraged to share waterways safely   
Go crazy about whales in a special family fun day at the museum   
New generation trawler boats - tradition with a twist   
Arvor releases new Sportsfish range   
AIMEX focuses on commercial show in Asia   
Further Australian growth for Stabicraft   
Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day'   
Melbourne Boat Show earlier this year - 12 to 16 June   
FinScan digital switching fitted to new rescue vessels   
Kids' Zone a drawcard at Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show   
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle welcomes Engel as stage sponsor   
BIAV appoints new GM   
Trash to Treasure - A seafood story   
Amazing Whales – Evolution and survival opens tomorrow   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS PBW