Marlborough’s current Navigation Bylaw came into force in July 2010 and contains rules relating to maritime and navigation safety. It helps with the regulation of shipping and activities on the waters of the region.
An updated 2023 Navigation Bylaw is now being consulted on. The submission period runs until October and once consultation closes a sub-committee will deliberate on submissions.
Proposed changes to the bylaw include correcting information relating to the working channel for Picton Harbour Radio, incorporating water ski access lanes not currently included, updating fees and charges levied on activities and making a range of editing changes to improve readability. There are areas of the bylaw that will need greater attention and in-depth consultation with operators and the community. These will be pursued as amendments at a later date and anticipated to include requirements around lifejackets, carrying communications, vessel identification, AIS (automatic identification system), common passage plans and commercial shipping operations.
Under the Maritime Transport Act regional councils can make bylaws to regulate and control activities and prevent nuisances arising. This includes controlling anchorages, placement and maintenance of moorings and specifying requirements for carriage and use of lifejackets on pleasure craft.