Five-knot buoys have been established in high risk areas of the Marlborough Sounds.
Travelling at speeds in excess of 5 knots in these areas is dangerous for you and other Marlborough Sounds waterway users.
Skippers who breach this speed limit may receive a $200 infringement penalty or face criminal prosecution under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
The following high risk areas are marked with 5 knot marker buoys:
1. Ratimera Bay
2. Waterfall Bay
3. Mistletoe Bay
4. Lochmara bay (x2)
5. Double Cove (x2)
6. Bay of Many Coves (Aratawa Bay & Arthurs Bay)
7. Kumutoto Bay
8. Broughton Bay
9. Te Mahia Bay (x2)
11. Elaine Bay
12. Waikawa Bay (x3)
13. Penzance Bay
14. Whatamango Bay
15. Okiwi Bay
16. Pirapu Bay
17. Te Ipapakereru Bay
18. Ngakuta Bay (x2)
- A five knot buoy marks a high risk area where it is reckless to travel in excess of 5 knots at any time.
- 5 knot buoys do not mark the 200 meter mark.
- 5 knot buoys are often located well inside 200m from shore.
- Compliance with the speed bylaw may require an inbound vessel to slow down long before reaching the 5 knot buoy
Where the Harbour Master finds a vessel;
- Operating at a speed in excess of 5 knots within the five knot zone an infringement of $200 may be applied
- Operating at a speed in excess of 5 knots within a high risk zone an infringement of $200 will be applied or prosecution sought under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.