FLINDERS Ports has launched its annual public safety campaign, with the aim of ensuring South Australians enjoy the water safely and without obstructing busy shipping channels.
In Adelaide, boaties are asked to take special care on the water in Port River, Outer Harbour and around the shipping channel.
While fishing and recreation are welcomed on the Port River, small boats are told to keep well clear of the Port River channel and approaches when large ships are manoeuvring.
Ships of 300 metres in length and weighing more than 100,000 tonnes are now frequent around Port Adelaide and sailing around these ships can have many hidden dangers.
Flinders Ports general manager Carl Kavina said they wanted to ensure everyone safely enjoyed the water around ports, especially during the summer season.
“Before heading out, make sure you are prepared and carrying the right equipment, and be aware of the different kind of vessels you’ll be sharing the water with,” Mr Kavina said.
“Remember: Be responsible. Be aware. Be seen.”
A free copy of the South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook is available here.
You can also download a fact sheet here.