Flinders Port urges South Australians to stay safe on the water

With the summer period rolling around and the boating season now under way, Flinders Ports has launched its annual public safety campaign aimed at South Australians getting out on the water safely, without obstructing the region’s busy shipping channels.

Flinders Port expects to facilitate $25 billion in trade this year, majority of which is made up by the mining sector.

The company has also completed an $80 million Outer Harbour channel widening project at Port Adelaide to increase its capacity.

In Adelaide, boaters are asked to take special care on the water in Port River, Outer Harbour and around the shipping channel.

While fishing and recreation are welcomed on the Port River, it is advised small boats should keep well clear of the Port River channel and its approaches when large ships are manoeuvring.

Ships that are 300 metres long, weighing over 100,000 tonnes are no stranger to the waters of Port Adelaide.

When sailing around these massive ships, it can have many hidden dangers, and it is important that boaties know their responsibilities and do not become complacent when out on the water.

Flinders Ports general manager Carl Kavina said there were three key points to remember when in the water – be responsible, be aware and be seen.

“We want to make sure everyone can safely enjoy the water around our ports, especially during the summer season,” Kavina said.

“Before heading out, make sure you are prepared and carrying the right equipment, and be aware of the different kind of vessels you’ll be sharing the water with.” 

One can reduce the risks of boating around large ships by following a few easy tips:

Be responsible: Be aware of your responsibilities. 

Be aware: Know who is about.

Never anchor in a shipping channel: It is illegal and extremely dangerous. Small boats should also avoid sailing in a channel and its approaches when large vessels are using that channel. It is often impossible for big ships to stop or change course to avoid a small boat.

Be seen: Never assume you have been seen. The bridge of a large ship can be over 100 metres away from the bow.