Restricted zone in place ahead of LNG ship arrivals
BOATIES that breach new water regulations could be fined up to $8500.
With the impending arrival of the first LNG vessels in Gladstone harbour, Gladstone Ports Corporation has put in place new waterside restricted zones for safety reasons.
The first LNG vessel is expected to arrive at the Queensland Curtis LNG facility later this month.
GPC safety, environment and risk general manager John Sherriff said there would be serious consequences if zones were breached.
"It is an offence for a person, vessel or thing to unlawfully enter a waterside restricted zone when it is active," he said.
"If you do, you may be prosecuted or receive an on-the-spot fine of up to $8500."
The restricted zone is an area of water where ships may berth, moor or anchor, where access is restricted and unauthorised entry is classed as an offence.
The zone extends below the water level to the seabed and under any wharf adjacent to the zone.
The special zoning will become active one hour before the arrival of an LNG vessel and remain in place while it is berthed, and until it departs 400m from the berth.
VTS broadcasts can be monitored using VHF channels 13 or 15.
Phone 4976 1350 for more details.