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The International Fleet Review (IFR) from 3-11 October is the
Royal Australian Navy's celebration of the 100th anniversary
of the first naval fleet entry into Sydney Harbour. It will
involve up to 40 warships, 16 tall ships and more than 8,000
sailors from 20 nations.
The program for Sydney Harbour will include tall ships and
warships arrivals, ceremonial fleet review, naval gun salutes, aerial
flypasts, a spectacular fireworks display and light show as well as
open days for pre-purchased ticket holders on many of the ships.
Boaters and their families and friends will be able to get out
on Sydney Harbour for events planned from 3-11 October and
on Jervis Bay from 1-3 October.
Roads and Maritime Services has produced a safe boating
guide for skippers to safely navigate both waterways during the
event. These are distributed by boating safety officers during
random safety checks off vessels and at boat ramps, and made
available through local boating clubs and organisations. The guide
outlines special event conditions and navigation restrictions
during major activities, exclusion zones, and restrictions for speed,
wash and anchoring and can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/ifr
During the IFR Sydney Harbour will be busy with small and
large craft. For safety reasons, each skipper should maintain a
safe speed, keep a proper lookout, avoid taking risks and obey
• Don't rush. Allow additional time for delays at boat ramps
and longer on water travel times due to reduced speed limits
in the special event areas.
• When within 30 metres of another vessel, limit your speed
to 10 knots or less. Note: maximum speed in an event area
is 6 knots -- equivalent to a fast jog.
• Keep to the starboard (right-hand) side of channels.
• For some simple steps to stay safe near seagoing ships,
download the Big Ships Small Boats and Steer Clear flyers
• Keep 60 metres from naval installations.
• Stay inside Sydney Heads unless you and your crew are
experienced, you have the right safety equipment, and your
vessel is seaworthy.
Boaters are also reminded the Sydney Harbour Bridge transit
zone has a 15 knot maximum speed limit within a line drawn from
Bennelong Point and Kirribilli Point to Millers Point and Blues
Point. It does not include Walsh Bay, Sydney Cove or Lavender
Bay north of a line from Blues Point and the southern extremity
of Milsons Point ferry wharf.
Within this zone, anchoring or drifting are prohibited other
than in an emergency. This means that vessels may only travel
through it to reach an area alongside or outside of the transit
During the IFR, parts of Sydney Harbour will be out of
bounds for recreational craft and marked by yellow boundary
buoys or patrolled by official control vessels. Skippers are
• Entry of unauthorised vessels into any exclusion zone is
• A speed limit of 6 knots applies to all non-participating vessels
within 200 metres of any exclusion zone for the duration of
• A "no wash zone" will be enforced within 200 metres of any
exclusion zone for the duration of the events. Creation of wash
which impacts unreasonably on other vessels, structures or
the shore is an offence.
• Exclusion zones will also exist around warships and tall ships
while underway (that is, not at anchor or secured to the shore
or ground) inside the special event areas, as shown in the
diagram on pages 44-45.
Roads and Maritime has planned for the on water traffic
management for the event with stakeholders including the Royal
Australian Navy, Australian Sail Training Association--Tallships,
Sydney Ports Corporation, NSW Police Marine Area Command,
Marine Rescue NSW, Harbour City Ferries, various marine
associations and the boating public.
For more information on boating safety and the International
Fleet Review, go to w w w.rms.nsw.gov.au/ifr and for information on
how to get around Sydney during the International Fleet Review,
go to ww w.fleetreviewtransport.info
Going afloat for the International Fleet Review
HMAS Parramatta returning from overseas duty in the Middle East.
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