Exclusion Zones for large vessels
The exclusion zone around Astrolabe reef was amended on 5th April 2016 to provide access for vessels under 500 tonnes (mainly recreational vessels), in response to the MV Rena clean-up operations concluding on Monday 4th April 2016.
Whilst all previous directions relating to the closure of areas associated with the Rena salvage operation are withdrawn, exclusion zones remain in place for vessels over 500 tonnes. These exclusion areas act as a form of ship management system and shipping channels by directing large ships away from particular reefs and shoals.
It is proposed to make these existing temporary exclusion zones permanent under the Bylaw.
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