Auckland Transport

Declaration of major maritime event 10 - 22 November 2016

The public are advised that the Royal New Zealand Navy will be celebrating their 75th anniversary between the 10th and 22nd of November 2016. Naval vessels from around the world will be converging in Auckland to join the celebrations.

Find the Harbourmaster's notice to local mariners or read the following declaration of a major maritime event from the New Zealand Gazette, No. 97 — 27 October 2016:

Pursuant to section 200A(1) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994, and on the application from Auckland Transport, I declare the Royal New Zealand Navy International Naval Review 2016 to be an event to which section 200B of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 applies for the period 10 November 2016 to 22 November 2016 inclusive.

General designated areas

The Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto Channel and sections of the Inner Hauraki Gulf. The area covers all navigable waters with exact positions of boundaries set out below. Maps depicting the designated areas will be published in the New Zealand Herald and on the Auckland Council website www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz just prior to the event commencing.

Gulf Harbour anchorages

36°38.715′S latitude, 174°45.900′E longitude (North-Western Anchorage Boundary); to

36°38.715′S latitude, 174°47.720′E longitude (North-Eastern Anchorage Boundary); to

36°40.280′S latitude, 174°47.720′E longitude (South-Eastern Anchorage Boundary); to

36°40.280′S latitude, 174°45.900′E longitude (South-Western Anchorage Boundary.

Waitemata Harbour and Motutapu anchorages

36°50.103′S latitude, 174°44.552′E longitude (Auckland Harbour Bridge South-Western Pillar) along shoreline; to

36°50.427′S latitude, 174°47.093′E longitude (Ferguson Container Terminal) along shoreline; to

36°50.860′S latitude, 174°47.932′E longitude (Hobson Bay Wave screen); to

36°50.673′S latitude, 174°48.883′E longitude (Okahu Bay Wave screen); to

36°50.629′S latitude, 174°48.927′E longitude (Orakei Wharf); to

36°50.000′S latitude, 174°49.867′E longitude (Bean Rock); to

36°49.453′S latitude, 174°50.500′E longitude (Front Lead Light); to

36°46.918′S latitude, 174°49.345′E longitude (Rangitoto Beacon) along the shoreline; to

36°46.186′S latitude, 174°52.754′E longitude (Boulder Bay); to

36°41.757′S latitude, 174°56.481′E longitude (Eastern Anchorage Boundary); to

36°40.590′S latitude, 174°54.482′E longitude (Northern Anchorage Boundary); to

36°47.101′S latitude, 174°46.560′E longitude (Takapuna Boat Ramp) along shoreline; to

36°49.760′S latitude, 174°46.370′E longitude (Stanley Point); to

36°49.643′S latitude, 174°44.857′E longitude (Auckland Harbour Bridge North-Western Pillar); to

36°50.103′S latitude, 174°44.552′E longitude (Auckland Harbour Bridge South-Western Pillar).

Conditions and requirements

Within the designated area defined above, the following conditions and requirements apply:

    1. Anchorages:
      1. A restricted area of 60 metres around any warships at anchor in the designated Hauraki Gulf anchorages.
      2. A restricted area of 60 metres around any warships at anchor in the Waitemata Harbour.
    2. Downtown Auckland Restricted Areas:
      1. Wynyard Wharf extending 60 metres (from the face of the berth or from outboard of any vessel berthed alongside) east towards Princes Wharf as well as extending 60 metres north from the northern end of Wynyard Wharf.
      2. The Western side of Queens Wharf extending 60 metres (from the face of the berth or from outboard of any vessel berthed alongside) west as well as extending 60 metres north from the northern end of Princes Wharf.
      3. Down Town Ferry Terminal Basin between Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf and extending 60 metres north from the northern end of each wharf.
      4. The area of water known as the ferry basin comprises the entire water space between Princes and Queens Wharf. This is a restricted area and access to this area will only be granted to specifically authorised commercial vessel traffic and or any other specific vessel authorised by the Harbourmaster.
    3. Commercial Wharf Area (Ports of Auckland Limited) Restricted Areas:
      1. The navigable waters south of a line from the northern most point of Ferguson Wharf extending to the most northern point of Queens Wharf is a restricted area and only vessels authorised by the Ports of Auckland Limited Port Facilities Security Manager and or the Harbourmaster may enter this area.
    4. Devonport Naval Base Restricted Area:
      1. The navigable water adjacent the Devonport Naval base and defined as “Defence Area” is a restricted area and vessels are to keep at least 200 metres clear unless authorised otherwise by the Royal New Zealand Navy.
    5. Auckland Harbour Speed restriction; Auckland Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014, Clause 60:
      1. The 12-knot speed restriction which currently exists as defined by the Auckland Council Navigation Safety Bylaw Clause 60 must be complied with.
    6. Duties of masters of vessels under 500 gross tonnage; Auckland Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014, Clause 54 is to apply at all times:
      1. The person in charge of a vessel under 500 gross tonnage must not allow their vessel to impede the navigation of any large vessel if the vessels are in the pilotage area.
    7. Moving Prohibited Zone: Auckland Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014, Clause 55 is to apply at all times:
      1. A moving prohibited zone extending to 100 metres astern and 100 metres to each side of a large vessel, and continuing at such width to 500 metres ahead, following the line of the buoyed channel when changing course, is reserved around a large vessel, when that large vessel is underway within the pilotage areas of Auckland.
      2. When navigating within a marked channel, the moving prohibited zone to the side of the large vessel is reduced to the width of the marked channel and the zone ahead of the large vessel must follow the line of the marked channel.
      3. The owner or person in charge of a vessel must not navigate the vessel within the moving prohibited zone of a large vessel, within the pilotage area of Auckland.
      4. For the purpose of this clause, a tug and barge is considered a composite unit.
    8. No person may jump, dive or swim from any wharf or structure within the permit area, other than for the purposes of saving another person’s life or unless authorised by the Harbourmaster or a member of the New Zealand Police holding the powers of a constable.

Additional restrictions

All vessels must comply with any temporary restrictions or directions issued by the Auckland Harbourmaster.

Temporary restrictions or directions will be advertised on Marine Channel 12 every hour for the period they are in force. The first broadcast will occur as soon as practical and then every hour at approximately 15 minutes past the hour. In addition, advice to vessels to listen to these broadcasts will be transmitted on marine VHF channel 16, just prior to detailed broadcast on marine VHF channel 12.

Hours of operation

The declaration will apply 24 hours per day for the entire period from 10 November 2016 to 22 November 2016.

Means of enforcement

Compliance with the above conditions and requirements will be enforced by appointed enforcement officers, as defined in section 200B(6) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. The enforcement officers will be identified officers of the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Defence Force and authorised members of the Auckland Council acting under the direction of the Auckland Harbourmaster.

Under section 200B(5) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994, any person who contravenes this notice commits an offence and is liable for the relevant penalty prescribed in the Maritime Transport (Infringement Fees for Offences Relating to Major Maritime Events) Regulations 1999.

Application to enforcement officers

Enforcement officers are exempt from the rules or conditions contained in this notice where necessary to execute their duties, but must at all times navigate in accordance with Maritime Rule Part 22: Collision Prevention.

I make this declaration in accordance with the requirements set out in section 200A(3) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Dated at Wellington this 19th day of October 2016.

HON SIMON BRIDGES, Minister of Transport.