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REDUCE YOUR BOATING COSTS
Every day we see “FREE” berthing, “FREE” antifouling,
“FREE” moorings. We all know that nothing is “FREE”.
We offer good old fashioned “SERVICE” with the same
good old fashioned “PRICES”.
Established for over 70 years our marina offers sheltered
berths and moorings, big slipways, mechanical and
shipwright services at competitive prices. Berths from
$450/month (up to 23ft) and $1,350/month (up to 60ft).
Do-it-yourself weekend slipping is available.
www.balmainmarina.com.au MOB: 0438 002 918
Saturday 4th August 2018
The race is supported by
South-east trade winds provide wonderful reaching conditions through
the tropical waters of northern Australia and Indonesia.
A wonderful program of events in both Darwin & Ambon offers something
for everyone. Come and join us for this iconic race through the tropics!
There are 4 divisions catering from IRC racing to cruising & rally boats.
Lodge your Expression of Interest via the website now, entries open March 2018.
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Asian countries like China, Thailand, Indonesia and the
Philippines account for 60 per cent of the world’s marine plastic
and they have agreed to reduce plastic discharge into waterways.
It is reported that more than 86 million metric tons of plastic
are in the oceans clogging reefs, killing wildlife and littering shores.
Many manufacturers are helping by using plastic from the
oceans to produce a variety of products like park benches, fabrics,
computer casings and so on.
However, there is a case to ban plastic packaging and bag
manufacture in the future as a step towards stopping plastic at
its source. Another idea is to have governments reward trawler
owners to use surface dredge nets to collect plastic bags from
the ocean surface.
The great Pacific plastic garbage patch off California is
immense, about the size of Europe and reflects the enormous
size of the plastic problem.
We must play our part by banning plastic, particularly plastic
bags and encourage manufacturers to use retrieved sea plastic
We have a valuable Great Barrier Reef to protect, which
generates millions of tourist dollars to our economy.
Lack of courtesy moorings
How refreshing to actually get a response from the bureaucracy
to letters to Afloat; not only from the bureaucracy but from the
head honcho himself.
I refer to the letter in the March issue from Angus Mitchell,
Executive Director of NSW Maritime. Nor is this the first time,
I seem to recall, that Mr Mitchell has responded to readers’
I would, however, be even more impressed if Mr Mitchell
responded to the deluge of letters (and March Editorial)
concerning huge wake washes from giant cruisers with indifferent
skippers – and tell us what NSW Maritime is doing to stamp the
It would be nice also if he commented on his statistic that
there are (only!) 203 courtesy moorings in all of NSW’s waterways.
Given the way they protect seagrasses and are at least in part
maintained with boating fees, that seems an extraordinary small
number given the considerable size of NSW waterways, and a
growing boating population.
No welcome mat for cruising yachts
The Executive Director, NSW Maritime makes several
observations in his letter (Afloat Mar’18) regarding the regulation
that limits a vessel under anchor to 28 consecutive days and a
total of 90 days in NSW waters.
a) The waterways are protected from sullage discharge.
I would like to point out that the NSW maritime services have
at their disposal on-the-spot fines for polluting waterways
which is a much for efficient and direct method of redress
for this situation
b) Commercial marina and RMS regulated moorings are not
As a general rule most yachties would prefer a marina
or mooring to anchoring as it is more secure. Where is
the evidence that this has become a problem. Have the
commercial marinas brought this issue to your attention?
c) To ensure more permanent placement of vessels takes into
account navigation constraints, visual amenity and noise for
RMS already has sufficient powers to deal with these issues
directly, including on-the-spot fines for noise pollution.
RMS resources are stretched as it is, and policing this
regulation could impede the policing and prosecution of
critical safety issues.
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