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Harbour Master's Directions

Port Authority of New South Wales Harbour Master has powers under the Marine Safety Act 1998 to direct and control the time and manner in which any vessel may enter or leave the port.

Safe navigation in the port area is maintained through an ongoing process of risk evaluation and mitigation of which Pilotage, Vessel Traffic Service and Port Procedures are all integral components.

Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay are both working harbours and areas of great recreational boating enjoyment.

Seagoing ships over 100m length are escorted by a Port Authority of New South Wales vessel which has an orange hull and yellow superstructure, with flashing red and blue lights. Recreational craft must not to pass between the Port Authority of New South Wales escort vessel and the seagoing ship under escort. Craft must keep 500m clear ahead and 30m clear of each side and stern of seagoing ships, to ensure adequate separation and safety.


Download the 2016 Harbour Master's directions for Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay.


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