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Reminder of big ship safety following cruise season start

1 November 2013

South Australia’s record cruise ship season kicked off on 1 November 2013 with the arrival of the Dawn Princess at Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal.

This season, 29 cruise ships will visit South Australian ports, bringing 67,000 passengers and crew and contributing an estimated $14.5 million in direct expenditure to the state’s economy.

Under federal security law there is 15-metre exclusion zone around cruise ships.

However, boaties are reminded of the dangers present when sailing in the vicinity of the big boats – a much larger area than 15 metres.

Large boats aren’t able to manoeuvre around smaller vessels and will lose sight of boats that come too close.

The best advice is to avoid the deep shipping channels entirely and if you must come in the vicinity of the cruise ships, not to venture into their path.

Watch a video of Port River pilots explaining the dangers.

More details about safe boating near commercial vessels is available on

This season ships will also visit Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and, for the first time, Robe.

Each time a cruise ship docks at Penneshaw, $200,000 is injected directly into the Kangaroo Island economy.

The number of cruise ships visiting South Australia is expected to grow even further, with 36 visits already scheduled for the 2014/15 season, bringing more than 97,000 passengers and crew.

The state will welcome the three largest ships operating in Australian waters this summer: the Voyager of the Seas, the Celebrity Solstice and the Queen Mary 2, which is returning to South Australia for its fifth consecutive year.

The State Government recently provided $170,000 for a new gangway at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal which will be completed by January when some of the larger vessels are due to arrive.

The passenger terminal has also been given a facelift with South Australia’s new logo featuring prominently.


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