Navigation Safety Warning - Motueka Buoy Absent

Monday 20 May 2013

Users of Port Motueka are advised of the following:

  1. Tasman District Council has been advised that one of the informal local marker buoys at the Motueka bar is missing.
  2. The missing buoy is a black mussel float fitted with a radar reflector, and is usually positioned at or near the southern extent of the inner sandbar (spit), as shown by a black dot in attached guidance plan.
  3. A Motueka Port Users Group (MPUG) representative has advised that due to resourcing issues they cannot predict when the buoy will be replaced.
  4. For further information about navigating in the Motueka area, see . Note that the extent of the bar and spit have migrated towards the south east since the ‘Guidance’ graphic on that webpagewas surveyed, and other buoys have not necessarily been moved by MPUG to accommodate the changes. Always navigate with caution in this area. Travel at a safe speed and use of a depth sounder is recommended.


  • (a) Vessel operators are advised to navigate with heightened caution when entering or departing Port Motueka until the buoy is replaced.
  • (b) Any person who locates the buoy is requested to anchor it where found, or retrieve it if safe and practicable, and immediately notify the position to the Tasman harbourmaster on 03 543 8400 or

Navigation Safety Warning TDC2013 15 - 20 May 2013 - Local Marker Buoy Absent Motueka Bar

Navigation Safety warning: TDC2013/15: Absent Local Marker Buoy – Motueka Bar
Issued 1200 hours NZST, Monday 20 May 2013, by the Tasman District Council Harbourmaster