War­ships ar­rive in Auck­land­har­bour

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM DIL­LANE

Recre­ational boat­ies on Auck­land har­bour will be un­der strict re­stric­tions, as war­ships from around the world ar­rive for the New Zealand Navy’s 75th birth­day.

From Novem­ber 10 till 22, mil­i­tary ves­sels from 12 coun­tries will en­ter the Waitem­ata Har­bour, as part of the In­ter­na­tional Naval Re­view cel­e­bra­tion.

With many of these huge frigates, the har­bour will be pa­trolled by po­lice boats to make sure recre­ational boats stay at safe dis­tances.

‘‘Dur­ing the Navy’s 75th an­niver­sary, the har­bour will be un­usu­ally busy,’’ Auck­land’s har­bour­mas­ter An­drew Hay­ton said.

‘‘So we’re get­ting the mes­sage out to boat­ies about what they can and can’t do and the vis­it­ing war­ships stay safe too.’’

‘‘Some of the war­ships will be go­ing to Devon­port’s Naval Base and the re­main­der will be ty­ing up at the Ports of Auck­land’s com­mer­cial wharves,’’ Hay­ton said.

Ves­sels not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Naval Re­view must stay at least 100 me­tres away from the sides and rear of naval ves­sels and 500m from the front when they are mov­ing.

A 12-knot speed re­stric­tion will be in place in Auck­land Har­bour, and div­ing or swim­ming within the per­mit area will be pro­hib­ited.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges says Auck­land boat­ies will be fa­mil­iar with sim­i­lar re­stric­tions dur­ing past har­bour events.

‘‘Many har­bour users will be fa­mil­iar from pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence with the way that Auck­land Coun­cil and event or­gan­is­ers man­age the day-to-day con­duct of these oc­ca­sions,’’ Bridges said.

‘‘For ex­am­ple the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion was orig­i­nally put in place prior to the Amer­ica’s Cup,’’

The USS Samp­son will be the first US war­ship to dock in New Zealand since the ANZUS bust up.

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