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Navigation Safety Notices and Bylaw 218

Navigation Safety Notices

Navigation Safety Notices are issued by the Nelson Harbourmaster to inform all port and waterway users of any circumstance that may affect the safety of navigation within harbour limits, as defined by Navigation Safety Bylaw No. 218.


Navigational Notice 05.20

Navigational Notice 09.19

Navigation Safety Notices in Force (UPDATED 13/05/20)


Bylaw 218 Navigation Safety 2019

The Nelson City Council has adopted the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2019 and it came into effect on 10 October 2019.  It has replaced the previous navigation Safety and Recreational Marina Bylaws.

For a  full copy of the Bylaw click here.


New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code

The New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code is a voluntary national standard for the safe management of marine activities in ports and harbours, to support national and local legislation. It covers all activity associated with the movement of ships entering, leaving and navigating within ports and harbours.

Port Nelson Limited and Nelson City Council are jointly compliant with the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code.

Information to assist Masters of ships visiting New Zealand in preparing their voyage plan as required by SOLAS V Regulation 34 


More Information

If you have any queries relating to the Bylaw please do not hesitate to email the Harbour Master at