Harbour Regulations

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Harbour Regulations

Navigation bylaws

Marlborough District Council exercises authority over harbour waters through powers vested in it by the Local Government Act and Maritime Transport Act. This includes the powers to make bylaws relevant to safety and navigation.

The 2009 Navigation Safety Bylaws are presently in force. New navigation safety bylaws are expected to be proposed in early 2019.

Read the 2009 Navigation Safety Bylaws

Harbourmaster's directions

The Harbourmaster is empowered under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 to issue directions to ships and vessels. Directions presently in force will be listed here:

Harbourmasters Direction - 22nd October 2019

This direction has been issued by the Marlborough Harbourmaster as per Section 33F of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. The direction remains valid for the duration of the period in which the HMB Endeavour and the Spirit of New Zealand are navigating within the Marlborough Harbour as part of the Tuia250 flotilla.

In the interest of navigation safety no vessel may navigate within 100 meters of the HMB Endeavour (IMO: 8644967) or the Spirit of New Zealand (IMO: 8975603) whilst these vessels are underway within the Marlborough Harbour.

Further, no vessel may navigate within 50 meters of the HMB Endeavour (IMO: 8644967) or the Spirit of New Zealand (IMO: 8975603) whist these vessels are at anchor.

This direction does not apply to;

  • Police or rescue vessels
  • Vessels as permitted by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage
  • Vessels as permitted by the harbourmaster
  • Vessels as permitted by the Master of the respective vessels.

For further information please contact the Marlborough Harbourmaster on (03) 520 7400 or harbours@marlbrough.govt.nz

National legislation

National rules and acts apply to shipping and boating in the region. Some of the most pertinent are listed here however, this list is not exhaustive.

Maritime Rule 91: Navigational Safety Rules

Maritime Rule 90: Pilotage

The Maritime Transport Act 1994 (as amended 2013)

Incident Reporting