There is a high degree of reliance on responsible behaviour by the recreational boating sector. In high-use areas, contracted and honorary enforcement officers assist with education and where necessary, bylaw enforcement.
The main ports and harbours in Canterbury have a good safety record but there are risks. Understanding and managing these risks is necessary for the well-being of port users and for protection of the environment.
Environment Canterbury is responsible for preparing navigation safety bylaws, enforcing maritime protection and safety rules, implementing the Port and Harbour Safety Code, and preparing a regional oil spill plan.
It is important that users of craft on Canterbury's lakes, rivers and coastal waters are aware of navigation safety bylaws. These bylaws were made by the Canterbury Regional Council by resolution passed at a meeting of the Council held on the 28th day of April 2011, to become operative on the 1st day of June 2011. Download the navigation safety bylaws below and ensure that you meet them:
Navigation Safety Bylaws 2010 (pdf 5.65 MB)
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