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Not keeping proper look-out – collision on Waitematā Harbour
16 May 2018
In a second, unrelated, case less than a week apart, another skipper has admitted not keeping proper look-out and has been fined.
In this case Maritime NZ prosecuted Alan Schofield, who was the master of one of Fullers Group Limited’s Auckland ferries, Seaflyte. Seaflyte had collided with a recreational boat.
Mr Schofield was charged under the Maritime Transport Act. He pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 in the Auckland District Court today.
Maritime NZ Northern Regional Manager Neil Rowarth said the skipper is legally responsible to ensure a vessel has a proper look-out at all times by all available means in the conditions – in this case it was a still night with a lot of light reflection on the water.
“On calm nights light reflection is a known risk in the inner harbour,” Mr Rowarth said.
“Many Auckland shipping operators’ have written this into their safety plans as a time when particular care is needed to prevent collisions on one of our busiest harbours.
“Ships’ lights and lights from land can reflect on the water and appear to be in more than one place.
“Skippers must be aware of this and keep proper look-out for the conditions.”
On the night of the collision, 11 September 2016, Seaflyte had left Auckland Basin at 8.10pm bound for Bayswater Marina. Mr Schofield, two crew and two passengers were on board.
The collision happened a few minutes later at about 8.13pm.
Mr Schofield did not see the recreational boat until the vessels were 15 metres apart. He put Seaflyte’s engines into full reverse in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid collision.
No one was injured on either vessel. There was extensive damage to the recreational boat and less serious damage to Seaflyte.
Immediately after the collision Mr Schofield helped the two people on board the recreational boat and contacted Auckland Harbour Control to report the incident.
The Act prohibits “Unnecessary danger caused by holder of maritime document” and also makes it mandatory to comply with Maritime Rules (sections 64 and 66 of the Act). The maritime document held by Mr Schofield was his qualification that allowed him to be the master on ferries. The relevant Maritime Rule is “22.5 Look-out”.
In the previous case, on Friday last week the skipper of fishing boat Lady Sarah was fined $2,000 by the Christchurch District Court. Lady Sarah ran aground at night on Kaitorete Spit near the entrance to Lake Ellesmere because no one was keeping proper look-out and no one was in the wheelhouse. Lady Sarah’s insurers subsequently declared the vessel a total loss.
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New Zealand to host 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships
As many as 400 of the world’s best sailors will descend on Auckland, New Zealand, next year for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech won the 2013 49erFX world championships and were third last year. Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing.
The event, which will be held at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club from November 29-December 8, 2019, will be an Olympic qualifier for countries who have not already secured a spot for the 2020 Olympics. It’s also likely to be used by many countries as a selection regatta for the Tokyo Games.
It’s already something Rio Olympics 49erFX silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech are targeting, along with New Zealand’s top Nacra 17 combinations Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders and Liv Mackay and Micah Wilkinson who are both inside the world’s top 10.
“The world championships are a big deal for Molly and I and we will be aiming to win it on home waters,” Maloney said. “It will be an amazing opportunity for the Kiwi sailors to showcase our sport at a high-level competition and it will be special to do it in front of our friends, family, sponsors and the public, including the next generation.”
It’s hoped four-time 49er world champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will compete, with the pair contemplating a defence of their 49er Olympic title in Tokyo in 2020, but they are presently focused on competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and will also be involved in the 2021 America’s Cup.
“It’s a great event and to have it on home turf is pretty special for the New Zealand sailors,” Tuke said. “Pete and I would love to be there but we’re still working that through with our coaches and will decide after the Volvo Ocean Race is completed.”
New Zealand last hosted an Olympic-class world championships in 2015 with the Finn Gold Cup at Takapuna, and Torbay hosted the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships.
Yachting New Zealand have indicated their interest in bringing top international events to this country and chief executive David Abercrombie said hosting the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships was another chance to grow the sport.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s yachting event delivery,” he said. “We learned a lot on the back of the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships and this will excite some of those kids and fast track their development into 49ers, 49erFXs and Nacra 17s.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with ATEED and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. It will be great to deliver an event of this size as a first for the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre.”
Akarana’s new purpose-built 3000m2 Hyundai Marine Sports Centre is due to open in September and, located only 10 minutes from downtown Auckland, will be an ideal location for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships.
“This is a great chance for our club to continue our high performance sailing tradition in skiffs and catamarans and to show off our new world-class Hyundai Marine Sports Centre,” Royal Akarana Yacht Club commodore Matt Woodley said. “We are very pleased to be delivering this event as a collaborative team effort from all yachting and marine sports community groups, including Yachting New Zealand, the local board, Auckland council and the class associations.”
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, have thrown their support behind the 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships and believe it will help build momentum towards the proposed 2021 America’s Cup.
“This builds on Auckland's international reputation as a world-class sailing event host city,” ATEED head of major events Stuart Turner said. “It will showcase Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and get the next generation of Olympic sailors from the around the world out sailing on it. It will also support and lift the profile of our marine industry, particularly Auckland’s Olympic-class yacht-building expertise and capacity.”
Mackay Boats are world-renowned and since 2000 their boats have won 30 Olympic medals. It’s likely they will produce a number of new builds for the world championships.
International 49er and Nacra 17 class association president Marcus Spillane said it was appropriate they were bringing the world championships to New Zealand.
"We are delighted to be heading to Auckland and Royal Akarana Yacht Club for the 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships,” Spillane said. “It will be the first worlds that the 49er class has held in New Zealand and it is fitting given that many of our recent champions are Kiwis.
“These classes represent the best mix of sailing, and sailing at its best. We have seen our champions move on to the upper echelons of professional sailing in all the major events, and these events are the training ground for that greatness.
“We are excited for what will be an excellent event and, with the star power of Alex and Molly, Gemma and Jason and hopefully Peter and Blair, it is sure to be followed by sailing fans around the world.”
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Pacific leaders strengthen search and rescue
21 May 2017 (10:00 am)
Pacific search and rescue leaders are meeting in Auckland (May 22-26) to strengthen search and rescue (SAR) across the region and save lives.
Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch, who opens the conference on Monday, says it’s the first time New Zealand has hosted the Pacific SAR conference and he’s looking forward to meeting some of the 100 people from the 26 countries that are attending.
“We’re proud of the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ’s work throughout the Pacific helping to develop search and rescue capability and coordinating dozens of life-saving rescue missions with other agencies,” he said.
RCCNZ Manager Mike Hill said the Pacific region’s search and rescue agencies have to deal with the challenges of finding and rescuing people in what is the world’s biggest ocean.
“Management skills – like setting the search area, gathering information about the missing vessel and people and their last known movements – are key to life-saving rescues.”
“The focus of the conference is about improving regional and national collaboration and coordination with the ultimate goal to save lives in the Pacific,” says Thierry Nervale, the Deputy Director Transport of the Pacific Community – the organisation that supports development across the region.
Pacific SAR leaders and practitioners will build relationships, learn from each other, hear about new technology and share the best practice search and rescue techniques.
The conference is a cornerstone of a wider work programme led by the PACSAR Steering Committee – a collective of five nations (Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand and the United States) to build capability and cooperation across the region.
Under PACSAR, RCCNZ has visited Pacific islands to help with planning and upskilling local search and rescue staff.
On Monday, each country will give an overview of SAR work in their area. On Tuesday, Pacific search and rescue capability strategy will be discussed. On Wednesday, from 2.30 pm there will be a dramatic “rescue” off Mechanics Bay simulating a sinking boat firing flares, a US Coastguard C-130 Hercules dropping a life raft, and an Auckland Rescue Helicopter winching a person from the water.
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