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New Marine Rescue NSW TV

 Marine Rescue NSW has launched a new monthly online video magazine, MRTV, showcasing its professionally skilled and dedicated volunteers and world-class vessels and equipment.

 Episodes will go online in the first week of the month on the Marine Rescue NSW YouTube channel via the MRNSW website.

Float-free EPIRBs
New requirements commencing 1 January 2021

The purpose

This safety alert aims to raise awareness of the need for owners, operators, masters and crew of certain domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) to install a float-free emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) before 1 January 2021.

You will need to install a float-free EPIRB if your vessel is operating more than two nautical miles from land and:

  • is more than 12 m in length, or

  • is between 7.5 m and 12 m in length with no level-flotation fitted, and operating in B or C waters

  • For full details click here

Life jackets and flares

  • Check, Service, Register – a single-source of reliable information for inflatable lifejackets as provided by the BIA. Read the attached here

  • Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 has necessitated the suspension of the Expired Marine Flares Collection Program, Inflatable Life Jacket Service

  • The new dates for collection are on their website, click here to see them. 

EDEN - SNUG COVE

“Snug Cove is a great asset for the future of Eden that the community and boaters cannot afford to lose” 

The members of POEM (Port of Eden Marina) are calling on the NSW Department of Transport to immediately call for tenders for the long stalled Snug Cove Safe Harbour project wave attenuator. POEM is a not for profit association set up to promote the interest of the local region.  Click here to read more and  as a boat owner support us

Carbon Monoxide the silent killer

Club Marine shared the atached.

Please read this

2020 Mooring Audit & Maintenance

NSW Transport - RMS will continue the mooring audits throughout NSW, be ready . For more information click here Click here to see the 2020 program and find out when your mooring can be subjected to the inspection. This year's audit is expected to be competed by the end of August.

 If you are not happy by the process, please notify us via our “CONTACT” page on this site.

Lifejacket standards “grace period” set to end.

Did you know that, by 2021, your lifejackets will need to comply with Australian Standard 4758.1?
Read details by clicking here.

PIRACY

Thankfully we don't have to worry about it on the NSW coast. For those of us who travel internationally it is an issue you need to be aware of. You can find where pirates are active by clicking on the attached map, or here. The map indicating where pirates are active.

Boating safety

Advice and safety tips to help our boating community aged 65 or over make safer choices. click here for details

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Should you log a passage plan with authorities?

At the time copied from the "My sailing" website

To be honest, in my journey from Busselton in WA to Yamba in NSW and back to Sydney, I usually didn't bother to lodge a passage plan. I figured I might change destination or just continue sailing if it was a nice night, and I didn't want people sitting by the radio waiting to hear from me. I had some interesting moments, but never needed to call for help.

Certainly, when crossing the Great Australian Bight, we had a sat phone and made a daily call to a mate, but I've never felt the need to check in morning and night with the local authorities. I guess I've always had a "safety third" approach to life, probably because I've always thought I could get myself out of any situation that arose.

But the sheer volume of "missing at sea" stories I read every week has got me thinking - maybe it is a good idea if someone knows roughly where I am. 

I'd hate to see it made compulsory, but maybe if we all checked in voluntarily it would prevent a few of these "missing in action" stories making it into the press.

Coastal bar crossing

Crossing coastal bars is a common but dangerous part of boating. Each year boats are damaged and people killed or injured when bar crossings go wrong.