Better boat safety on Sydney Harbour after recent close calls
It’s one of the busiest waterways in the world and after two recent close calls for boats on Sydney Harbour, sailors are being urged to give way to ferries.
On Sunday afternoon, as the Victor Chang ferry cruised out of Circular Quay, a smaller vessel skimmed directly into its path — seemingly unaware of the collision about to occur.
The small boat failed to stop, ploughing into the larger ferry’s port side.
Just a few hours earlier last weekend, another smaller boat almost did the same thing, darting directly into the path of a larger ferry, forcing the captain to slow right down to avoid a collision.
With close calls like these happening more often, NSW Maritime is pleading with people to practice safe boating when out on the water.
“We need to make sure we keep a good lookout, maintain a safe speed and know the rules,” NSW Maritime’s Chris Doolin told 9News.