$6.3m wharf upgrade at Rose Bay$6.3m wharf upgrade at Rose Bay

The NSW Government is building a new Rose Bay ferry wharf. The new $6.3 million wharf project is due to begin in early April.

The work is expected to take around six months and will provide a modern facility.

The project will be good news for Rose Bay ferry customers. The new wharf will include larger sheltered areas, more seating, glass weather screens and improved access for people with a disability. It will provide customers with modern standards of safety, access and improved passenger comfort.

The project is part of the NSW Government’s focus on making customers the centre of everything in transport, and providing new and improved infrastructure is a key part of that commitment.

Along with the new private operator ferry service from Rose Bay to the North Shore, the new wharf is another welcome addition for ferry commuters in the eastern suburbs.
Ferry services will continue during the work, because the new commuter wharf will be built on the location of a nearby commercial vessel wharf. The current commuter wharf will be retained for commercial and recreational use once the upgrade is complete.
The new wharf has been designed to complement the Harbour outlook. It will have a similar design to the recently completed Milsons Point Wharf.

The facility will significantly improve the safe and convenient access to ferries. Other vessels, including charter and recreational vessels, are able to use such wharves but must not hinder the movement of ferries on scheduled services or their passengers.
In addition, charter and recreational vessels will be able to continue to use the old ferry wharf, adjacent to the new facility.

Access Dinghy World Championship Regatta

Maritime is also proud to be a partner in the Macquarie 2012 Access Worlds Sydney. This event is set to run from Sunday 8 to Friday 13 April, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

More than 120 sailors from 12 countries are expected to take part in the regatta. While racing is open to all, a significant number will be sailing with some form of disability.
Racing will be in the vicinity of Hunter Bay (Balmoral) and the Sound, near Grotto Point.  Skippers should use care, courtesy and commonsense in the vicinity of this event.

Remember to always observe the boating speed limits in Middle Harbour, reduce speed and minimise wash near the racing areas, keep a proper lookout at all times, and stay clear of the action to avoid jeopardizing the racing outcomes and safety of competitors and spectators.

For more information about the event, visit www.2012accessworlds.mhyc.com.au


A recent letter in Afloat called for changes to lifejacket regulations when rowing short distances. Maritime appreciates the lifejacket laws, introduced in late 2010, represented significant change. That is one reason why a 12 month education period was allowed for prior to infringements being applied in late 2011 for non-compliance with the new laws.

One of the new laws is a requirement to wear a lifejacket when alone in a small open boat, and that includes a tender.

Tragically, being alone in a small open boat continues to prove fatal. Since July 2011, 10 lives have been lost in boating incidents in NSW. Four of those involved a person in a tender, and in each of those incidents the person was not wearing a lifejacket, including a 70-year-old man who last month (March) lost his life at Port Stephens in an incident involving a capsized tender. The next day a man in his 80s was hospitalized in another capsize incident with a tender, also at Port Stephens. No lifejacket was worn in either incident.

The law now requires anyone on their own, in a boat of less than 4.8m, to wear a lifejacket. Lifejackets are more convenient and comfortable to wear than ever before, especially the inflatable types, and they can help save a life – especially for people boating alone in small, open boats.

More details at: www.lifejacketwearit.com.au