Mandurah: Skippers heading for the Christmas lights urged to brush up on navigation rules

Mandurah's canals.
Mandurah's canals.

SKIPPERS planning to view the Christmas lights in the Mandurah canals are urged to brush up on navigation rules and complete a safety check before arriving at the boat ramp.

The Department of Transport (DoT) has published a special guide Mandurah Canal Navigation detailing correct navigation for the increasingly busy waterways, the required lights, and other safety gear to be checked.

DoT Senior Marine Officer Adam Rando said skippers were also urged to adjust vessel speed to limit wash and be courteous and patient on the water and at the ramps, as the canals become increasingly busy in coming weeks.

Mr Rando said the guide was a handy reference to have on board and contained tips for safe navigation at all times on the growing network of canals in the Peel region.

He said there was a significant increase in the number of commercial and recreational vessels navigating the canals in December and January due to the Christmas lights.

All vessels on the water between sunset and sunrise are required to display the appropriate navigation lights.

Skippers should check their navigation lights are operational and it is recommended they carry spare bulbs.

“Skippers are reminded that they are responsible for the safety of all of those on board,’’ Mr Rando said.

For a copy of the guide have a look at the Mandurah Canal Navigation Guide.