13 Jul 2012
Boaters are reminded of the strict restriction zones in force around Port Bonython jetty because of risks to safety.
The loading of large vessels within the area make it a dangerous place for small craft.
Following is a summary of the zones:
Zone 1: waters within 400 m of Port Bonython jetty
Vessels aren’t permitted in the area AT ALL TIMES, including skiing, aquaplaning or towing at all times.
Zone 2: waters within 1 170 m of Port Bonython jetty
In Zone 2 a vessel isn’t permitted in the area while the berth operations signal at the end of the jetty is signalling a single red light flashing approximately every second.
Zone 3: waters within 2 nautical miles of the berth operations signal at the seaward
In zone 3 a vessel isn’t permitted in the area while the berth operations signal at the end of the jetty is signalling 2 red lights (in a vertical line 3 m apart) flashing each at an approximate rate of 1 flash per second (so that together they flash at an approximate rate of 2 flashes per second).
A maximum penalty of $1 250 applies for breaches of the restrictions.
These restrictions do not apply for vessels entering the area for the purposes of loading or unloading at the port.
Signage reminding boaters of the restrictions is on display at recreational boat ramps for the Upper Spencer Gulf (Pt Pirie), including Point Lowly and& Whyalla.
Details on the legislation are available at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/sa/consol_reg/hanr2009322/sch5.html