Rules apply as to where moorings can go and to the quality of moorings – boats breaking adrift endanger other people’s boats as well as themselves.
MAST can supply you with a map of gazetted mooring areas, a copy of important mooring rules and a list of mooring contractors.
1. A mooring must not be laid unless a permit for the mooring position is issued by MAST.
2. A vessel must not tie up to an unregistered mooring.
3. If a mooring permit is not renewed within a period of 28 days after the renewal is due, the mooring permit is cancelled.
4. A mooring must clearly and permanently display a mooring buoy displaying the registered number. This means a mooring (and buoy) must always be in the appointed position or the permit may be revoked
5. Mooring tackle size, quality and length is the responsibility of the permit holder. It must be satisfactory for the intended purpose.
6. Moorings must be lifted and inspected at least once every two years. The permit holder must ensure the mooring is kept in good condition. MAST recommends inspection by a commercially qualified mooring contractor.
7. The mooring permit holder must ensure that the mooring is laid ONLY in the appointed place. MAST is the only authority for altering mooring positions.
8.MAST may ask the owner to move, remove or offer for sale moorings that are not registered.
9. A mooring can only be used for the purpose that was stated when the permit was issued.
10. Mooring permit holders must notify MAST of a change of address.
11. If a mooring permit owner wishes to transfer a mooring, a transfer form must be completed. It is important to note that the permit is restricted to the purpose of which the original permit was issued – for example a vessel of greater length cannot occupy the mooring without the permission of MAST.
12. Mooring permits issued after 1 January 2014 cannot be transferred.
13. MAST can alter the appointed position of a mooring permit if the action improves safety or navigation. Physically altering the position is the responsibility of the mooring owner.
14. Vessels on moorings at night are not required to display navigation lights.
15. A person cannot interfere with a mooring or a vessel at a mooring without the permission of the owner or MAST.
16. The mooring by-laws carry a range of penalties that can be applied if requirements are not met. These range from “on the spot fines” to cancellation of a mooring permit. Complete details are contained in the Marine and Safety (Moorings) By-laws 2013. These can be purchased from Mercury Walch.