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16 August 2011

Shipmate News 15 August 2011

Murphy’s Law

This edition of Shipmate News is coming to you from sunny Yamba on the Clarence River in Northern NSW.

I’ve joined a delivery run taking an old 36’ Fairways sedan from the Gold Coast to Port Stephens and we’ve made an unscheduled stop here to resolve an issue with what we suspect may be a fuel pump. 

Now if you had to stop anywhere along here I could think of a lot worse places than this, Yamba’s a great little coastal town with a population of around 7,000 and a nice holiday feel about it. It’s got all the mod cons, a nice marina with haul out facilities and plenty of welcoming waterholes. Nice enough place that is though, looking at the forecast, I’ll be pleased to get our problem resolved and be on our way.

Which brings me to a relevant topic at the moment and that’s safety out on the water. Murphy’s Law dictates that anything that can go wrong will go wrong and, at the worst possible moment. In our case we were fortunate that our issue didn’t shut us down completely and we still had limited power, on what was a day with sloppy conditions. As it is we came in over the bar with the tide still ebbing, not generally ideal, especially with a bit of swell and sea running.

My point is, as boaters we hear the safety message constantly and human nature is such that we all think it won’t happen to me, and, of course the realty is that it can and sooner or later it will!

In 2010 in Victoria, the Marine Safety Act was introduced – the most significant reform in the regulation of recreational and commercial boating in 20 years.

 In 2011 Transport Safety Victoria is working on details of this reform, which will be contained in the Marine Safety Regulations. At the same time they are looking at a number of options for marine licensing.

Public consultation is a key part of the process, and they are inviting recreational and commercial marine stakeholders to have their say. Have a look at the article in this edition of Shipmate News and make sure you get along to one of the sessions, as a boater it’s in your interest!

Now just a quick reminder we are in the process of preparing the 2012 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The Victorian Boaters Essential Guide, we still have a limited amount of advertising space left so, if you would like to get your message out to boaters, (we distribute 10,000 copies direct to boaters), you should contact us on 0418 587 799 as soon as possible. You’ll be surprised how little it costs.

In the meantime make sure you visit our website at we’ve made a number of changes to the site including placing the trades and services index on the home page, so now it’s much easier to navigate. Make sure you visit us soon.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit,

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Mercury opens new Headquarters

12 August 2011

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12 August 2011

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Dan Buoy wins 2011 Australian Marine Export Award

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