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Watch out for cruise ships this season

7 February 2012

Boaties are reminded to give big boats a wide berth with 38 cruise liners expected to visit South Australia between November and March this year.

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 maneuver around smaller vessels and will lose site 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.

One of the world’s largest ocean liners, the Queen Mary 2, returned to Adelaide’s Outer Harbor in February, bringing more than 2000 passengers.

More details about safe boating near commercial vessels is available on sa.gov.au

From November to March, 17 cruise ships are expected in Port Adelaide and 21 in Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island.

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