HARBOURMASTER NOTICE - published HB TODAY 13 April, Wairoa Star 12 April.
Safety Exclusion Zone, Mahia Peninsula
Orbital Rocket Test Flight
In accordance with the Maritime Transport Act 1994 Part 33F (1) c (i) and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Navigation and Safety Bylaw 2012 Clause 3.8 the area shown on the chart below to the regional boundary (12 nautical mile limit) is reserved as a Navigational Safety Zone for the exclusive use of Rocket Lab during their launch campaign from:
20 April to 3 May 2018, between 1100-1730hrs (11.00am to 5.30pm).
This has also been advised in NZ Notices to Mariners ed.7: NZ69(T)/18.
For safety reasons during this period, the indicated area will be closed to all unauthorised watercraft, net or line fishing, swimming, diving or any other water activity, except as directed and approved by the Harbourmaster or Rocket Lab Range Control (VHF Channel 07 during active hours).
As the launch is subject to many conditions which may cause it to be delayed, the reserve area may be lifted on a given day within this 14-day window. Routine status updates concerning exact exclusion dates and times will be broadcast regularly on VHF Channels 01 & 12.
027 445 5592
19 April 2018