Warships arrive in Aucklandharbour
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.