Boaties reminded of big ship rules ahead of QM2 visit

21 March 2013

Boaties are reminded of the big ship rules ahead of the Queen Mary 2 visit this weekend.

The arrival of the cruise liner is expected to receive a lot of interest from locals.

She is the world's largest ocean-going liner weighing 151,400-tonnes and is 345m long and 72m tall from keel to funnel.

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 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.

Click here
to watch a video of Port River pilots explaining the dangers.

More details about safe boating near commercial vessels is available on

The Queen Mary 2 carries 2620 passengers and 1253 crew.

She will arrive at Outer Harbor this Saturday (March 23) at 6.15am and will leave at 6pm.

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