The port limits are encompassed from a position at the far end of Glencairn Beach to Roman Rock lighthouse and from Roman Rock Lighthouse to Seaforth Beach as demarcated in SAN Chart 1017 “Bullnose” is the callsign used by the port control tower. The tower can be contacted on IMMS channel 17. The tower maintains a 24-hour watch.
Vessels alongside or at anchor, taking on, discharging or transferring fuel oil are to take strict precautions to ensure that no oil is discharged overboard.
No person shall, without the written permission of the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Simon’s Town or his delegate, lay down any moorings within the Naval Port limits.
RESTRICTIONS ON ANCHORING
1. No vessel shall moor, anchor or lie:
a. Within thirty metres of any quay, jetty, wall, or breakwater under the control of the South African Navy in the Naval Port; or
b. So as to obstruct navigation in, into or out of the said Naval Port. The area immediately outside the port entrance out to 300 metres is to be kept clear at all times to allow safe passage for vessels leaving or entering the port, or c. In the demarcated channels to the West Yard slip, town jetty, yacht marina and the Camber.
The Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Simon’s Town or his delegate may direct the master of any vessel which has been moored or anchored or which is lying in the Naval Port in contravention of any provision of this article, to remove the vessel forthwith or within a period specified by him and if such
master fails to comply with any such request the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Simon’s Town may remove the vessel or cause it to be removed.
All boats on moorings and marinas are to be in possession of a valid safety certificate / certificate of fitness.
Should the anchor or any part of a vessel foul any Naval mooring or any cable in the Naval Port, the master shall not clear such mooring or cable, but shall forthwith notify Naval Harbour Master who shall take such steps as may be necessary for the purpose of saving such mooring or cable.
80408 SPEED LIMIT OF VESSELS
1. The maximum speed at which vessels may proceed within the small craft area is six (6) knots. Higher speeds may be maintained until within 100 meters of the marina or swing moorings. However, vessels with poor stopping power or of such design as to create a large wash should proceed at a
suitably lower speed. Permission to live on board a vessel in the Naval Port will not be granted where it is deemed to be undesirable by the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Simon’s Town.
2. Persons living/staying overnight on board a vessel in the Naval Port must expect to be visited by Naval Harbour Patrol vessels. A white light should be displayed on vessel at swing moorings where best seen to indicate to the patrol boats that a vessel is occupied at night.
80417 KAYAKS AND CANOES
1. Kayaks and canoes are to comply with these regulations in that they are not to approach within 30 metres of any harbour wall or naval vessel at anchor or berthed on the outer walls.
2. They are to remain 30 metres away from Admiralty beach (outside the marker buoys) and may not enter the Naval Harbour (East Yard) itself.
3. No kayak or canoe activity is allowed within the port limits between sunset and sunrise without the express permission of the Naval Harbour Master.
4. Kayaks and canoes should only be launched from recognised launched positions i.e. clubs, commercial operators at the town jetty. No such vessels may be launched or operated from any beach within the port limits without permission from the Naval Harbour Master and or Base Operations Officer.
5. Anyone launching such craft is to ensure they have informed the Naval Harbour Master of their intended movement if leaving the port limits.
6. Kayaks and canoes putting to sea are to ensure that they carry the correct safety equipment and means of communication i.e. either a hand held radio or cellular phone.
80418 PENALTIES AND FORFEITURE
1. All the clubs referred to in these regulations are to ensure that all their members and temporary members read these regulations, whether they are boat owners or not.
2. Should a member of a club not be in good standing with his/her club, then such a club is to forthwith inform Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Simon’s Town and the Naval Harbour Master, who may then withdraw any registration / permit issued to such members.
3. Should any of the particulars filled in on the application for a mooring/launching registration change after such a registration has been issued, then the owner(s) is/are to notify Naval Harbour Master through their club of such changes.
4. Any person who contravenes any provision of these regulations or who fails to comply with any provision thereof, with which it is his duty to comply, shall be guilty of an offence in terms of Section 89 of the Defence Act, No 44 of 1957 and Government Gazette No 1659 dated 22 September 1972.
80421 PROHIBITED ENTRY
1. No vessels may close the shore inside the yellow buoys off Admiralty Beach, Simon’s Town and Foxy Beach at Boulders. These are private and restricted areas.
2. No privately owned vessel may enter the East Yard Naval Harbour without the express and written permission of the Naval Harbour Master.
80422 SEA PASSAGES: BOULDERS TO NORTH SPUR AND LOWER NORTH TO LONG BEACH (STATION)
1. All powerboats proceeding through the area between Boulders Beach and North Spur are to proceed with extreme caution as the area is populated with penguins. The penguins are often rafted up and are not always aware of fast moving powerboats passing close to them.
2. Vessels entering the Boulders Bay area must proceed at a slow speed and with extreme caution so as not to startle, disturb or hinder the Penguins during their departure and arrival on Foxy Beach. No speeding is permitted in this inshore area.
3. The seaward area between Lower North and Long Beach is the main beach recreational area for Simon’s Town. Fast moving powerboats are to remain at least 100 meters off shore and when moving slowly i.e. below 6 kts they may close to 50 meters. No beach landings are permitted and no boats may
be launched from Long Beach.
4. Fast moving powerboats when proceeding to and from sea are to give the North Spur a wide clearance (+50 meters). Small slow moving vessels (Kayaks, yachts and tourist boats) often proceed close to the wall for safety and seal viewing. As this is a blind corner extreme caution needs to be taken by all mariners.
5. Any boat transgressing these limits may after a written warning have their permit to operate from Simon’s Bay revoked for a period of time or even permanently.
80421 WATER SKIING
1. Water skiing is only permitted in the open areas of Simon’s Bay. No skiing is to commence or end inside to moored boats. The restrictions regarding access to beaches and distance from beaches is to be strictly adhered to.
2. Water skiing boats are to strictly adhere to the safety regulations for skiing and should include:
a. Full set of on board safety equipment for both boat and skier.
b. Must carry a responsible observer who is over 16 years of age
c. Skier must wear life jacket or wet suit
d. Boat must fly the appropriate flag to indicate that it is busy with water skiing.
e. Boat must keep a good look out for any bathers, whales, stationary fishing boats, buoys or any other partially submerged objects
Boat owners must appreciate that the noise of their boats may cause a disturbance to those ashore and should therefore attempt to remain away from the built up and populated areas of Simon’s Bay, Glencairn and Fish Hoek.