Crab Fest: Boat owners urged to check lights and safety equipment

Old4New will be available on both days of Crab Fest.
Old4New will be available on both days of Crab Fest.

BOAT owners planning to view Crab Fest fireworks from the water should check navigation lights and other safety equipment to ensure their night out is incident free.

Department of Transport senior marine officer Adam Rando said skippers should check their navigation lights as part of the routine safety checks undertaken before a voyage and carry spare bulbs on board.

He said the Crab Fest was a chance to put a spotlight on boating safety and offer the high number of local boating enthusiasts access to the latest promotions and information.

“At Crab Fest and local boat ramps DoT will be promoting equipment maintenance including boat trailers and giving boat owners the chance to take the 30 Second Challenge to measure their readiness for an emergency on the water,” Mr Rando said.

“Boat owners will also be able to take advantage of the Old4New lifejacket upgrade, which allows skippers to replace their old, damaged, obsolete or foam filled lifejacket with a new modern more comfortable one for $65.”

The Old4New initiative, delivered in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society of WA, spearheads a State-wide education campaign promoting the benefits of wearing lifejackets at all times while boating.

Old4New will be available from 10am to noon each day at DoT’s Marine Safety Education Trailer on Mandurah Terrace.

People wanting to participate in the program should read the Old4New guidelines at www.transport.wa.gov.au/lifejackets to check if their jackets qualify for an upgrade.

Boat owners are also reminded that temporary on water closures and special arrangements are in place for Crab Fest including a vessel holding area downstream from the location drawn from Carter Street north east to Dorsodura Way for the fireworks display.

Vessels will not be permitted to anchor within a 250-metre radius of the fireworks launching area and there will be no entry to closed waters.