5 Knot Warning

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.

5 knot marker bouys have been placed in the following locations:

1. Ratimera Bay

2. Waterfall Bay

3. Mistletoe Bay

4. Lochmara bay

5. Double Cove

6. Bay of Many Coves

 

Key Messages

  • 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.