Declaration of boating activity exemption - Life Saving Victoria - 23 February 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE
DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for the Local Port of Port Phillip, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Life Saving Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Life Saving Victoria- School Surf League and Surf Boat Carnivals are exempt from the following requirements:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

1. Clause 2(a) – 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water;
2. Clause 2(c) – 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel; 
3. Clause 4(a) – 5 knots within 200 metres of the waters’ edge; 

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988

4. Clause 1.1.7(a) of Schedule 1 – 5-knot speed restriction zone at Sandridge;  
5. Clause 1.2.7(a) of Schedule 1 – 5-knot speed restriction zone at Mordialloc. 
6. Clause 1.1.9(a) of Schedule 1 – area prohibited to vessels at Sandridge; 
7. Clause 1.2.9(b) of Schedule 1 – area prohibited to vessels at Mordialloc; 

Marine Safety Regulations 2012

8. Regulation 96(2) and 100(1) – requirement to carry a PFD for each person and wearing a PFD.

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from 1 to 5 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore, and 6 and 7 for the duration of each relevant event and items 
  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from 1 to 7 in the above list for the duration of each event.
  • Competing surf boats are only exempt from 8 in the above list for the duration of each event, provided the Surf Hazard Rating (SHR) is of a value no greater than 12. If the SHR is 13 or higher, the exemptions will apply subject to the following conditions:

i. Competitors must wear helmets;
ii. There must be two IRBs operating to follow the surf boats the entire length of the course;
iii. Each IRB must be equipped with rescue tubes;
iv. There must be officials on the shore to monitor the event and communicate with the IRBs via radio; and
v. LSV must carry out an SHR assessment for each event.

  • The above exemptions apply from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Sunday 23 February 2020 with a backup date of 26 February 2020, weather dependant, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the applications form and associated documentation are adhered to. 

Parks Victoria
Dated: 19/02/2020


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