The positions and permit numbers of existing moorings can be viewed on MAST GIS.
MAST has a number of cruising moorings available for public use.
- A mooring must not be laid unless a permit for the mooring position is issued by MAST.
- A vessel must not tie up to an unregistered mooring.
- If a mooring permit is not renewed within a period of 28 days after the renewal is due, the mooring permit is cancelled.
- A mooring buoy must clearly and permanently display the mooring the mooring permit number. Mooring numbers are to be no less than 75mm in height.
- Mooring tackle size, quality and length is the responsibility of the permit holder. It must be satisfactory for the intended purpose.
- Moorings must be lifted and inspected at least once every two years. The permit holder must ensure the mooring is kept in good condition. MAST recommends inspection by a commercially qualified mooring contractor.
- The mooring permit holder must ensure that the mooring is laid ONLY in the appointed place. MAST is the only authority for altering mooring positions.
- MAST may ask the owner to remove moorings that are not registered.
- A mooring can only be used for the purpose that was stated when the permit was issued.
- Mooring permit holders must notify MAST of a change of address.
- If a mooring permit owner wishes to transfer a mooring, a transfer form must be completed. It is important to note that the permit is restricted to the purpose for which the original permit was issued – for example, a vessel of greater length cannot occupy the mooring without the permission of MAST.
- Mooring permits issued after 1 January 2014 cannot be transferred. Please check with MAST prior to purchasing any mooring permit.
- MAST can alter the appointed position of a mooring permit if the action improves safety or navigation. Physically altering the position is the responsibility of the mooring owner.
- Vessels on moorings at night are not required to display navigation lights.
- A person cannot interfere with a mooring or a vessel at a mooring without the permission of the owner or MAST.
- The mooring by-laws carry a range of penalties that can be applied if requirements are not met. These range from “on the spot fines” to cancellation of a mooring permit. Complete details are contained in the Marine and Safety (Moorings) By-laws 2020.