Originally Posted by yacht_moondust
the MSQ (Maritime Safety
Queensland) have just bought in laws that if your boat/yacht (or ship) is greater than 15 m in length you must have a seperate insurance
thats specifically covers clean up in the case of a spill, or you are not allowed to enter Queensland
waters at all. Obviously this ship has insurance and all the costs will be covered but it is a very sad state of affairs and the cost to our marine
life is immeasurable.
How will that effect visiting yachts???????
I remember the 2nd time that we went to Aus (1987, I think), we had to put this big ugly numbered sticker on the side of our boat. When I say big (2 metre x 1 metre) and ugly..... that self sticking gluey paper. It had to be visible from an airplane.
Cruising yachts were avoiding Aus like the plague. Aus finally backed off. In fact, when we left, they sent 2 guys down to get that damn sticky piece of crap off of the side of our boat. It took them about 2 hours to get it all off. Then it screwed up my LP paint
If Aus is going to force visiting yachts to buy this insurance, it had better be reasonable. If it isn't, I'll bet that a lot of boats will give Aus a miss.
I'm not saying that I disagree with the concept
. I'm just saying that it may hurt the boating
and tourist industry in Aus.
This type of legislation just reinforces my belief that, sooner or later, there will be a real heavy "Rescue Tax" when a recreational vessel registers their EPIRB
..........count on it....it's gonna happen and we have brought it on ourselves.