25 July 2012
A story in the Sunday Mail (22 July 2012) highlights the dangers posed by big ships in the Port River.
The article describes a crew in a precarious position with a large ship bearing down. It also includes a photo of a skiff in front of a large vessel.
The piece was about 18-foot skiff sailing, which will begin in September and will follow a 50km loop from Outer Harbor to Brighton.
Boats using the Port River must be constantly aware of the risk of big ships, especially skiffs, which can easily flip over.
These ships are unable to stop, are slow to manoeuvre and their vision is often obscured by items on the ship, such as containers.
This spells danger for small boats who get in the way.
Ideally stay clear of shipping channels. If you must enter these waters follow the tips on sa.gov.au