Those visiting Westhaven by water this summer should be aware of two significant changes to the Westhaven entrances and fairways.
From late October, the ferry operator SeaLink will be operating from Westhaven. SeaLink primarily services Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands, along with other parts of the Hauraki Gulf with transportation of vehicles, passengers and freight.
Large vessels such as the SeaLink barges require significant space to manoeuvre, particularly in heavy weather. There will be up to 14 vessel movements a day, taking about two minutes each time, and during this time all boaties should hold, avoid the entrance, and stay at least 100m away from SeaLink vessels.
Warning lights will be in place to tell boaties when SeaLink is about to arrive or depart.
Coming from Wynyard Wharf, the company is already an expert at navigating its vessels in tight areas, and is working closely with the Panuku team and the Auckland Harbourmaster on its relocation.
SeaLink’s relocation from its current base in Wynyard Wharf has been made necessary by the developments in this area relating not only to the 36th America’s Cup but to the long term plans for the Waterfront, in keeping marinebased industry in the Wynyard Precinct.
Those arriving at or leaving Westhaven precinct should also be aware that the marina’s smaller Western entrance is expected to be closed by the end of November, ahead of the Pile Mooring Redevelopment Project, which will increase berthage capacity at Westhaven, while providing more carparking and new public space.
For more information, visit: www.westhaven.co.nz/sealink www.westhaven.co.nz/pilemooring
09 October 2019