Coasts, Harbours and Navigation

Harbour control is undertaken primarily to ensure safety in the area’s waterways. The Chatham Islands has about 360 km of coastline that is used extensively for commercial fishing, some recreation use and potentially aquaculture industries.

The Council will promote, maintain and sustain a safe environment for both commercial and recreational maritime activities. It is responsible for matters of navigation and safety as required by the Local Government Act 2002 and the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Click here to read the 2016/17 Chatham Islands Navigation Safety Operating Requirements document.