Lord Howe Island Campaign Nets Dozens Of Expired Flares
Dozens of out of date emergency flares from Lord Howe Island will be safely disposed of after a public awareness campaign by Roads and Maritime Services, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.
More than eight buckets of distress signalling flares were taken by boat to Port Macquarie after the campaign by Roads and Maritime boating safety officers and Lord Howe Island police.
"Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels but are only as good as their use by date," Mrs Williams said.
"After three years, there is no guarantee that they will fire when needed.
"They must be replaced before they expire and old flares, which are classed as explosives, must be disposed of properly."
“Whilst this campaign is specifically designed to help boaters on Lord Howe Island, anyone on the mainland with out of date flares can currently place them in special containers at Northern Region Roads and Maritime coastal service centres.
“The centres are located at Ballina, Coffs, Forster, Grafton, Kempsey and Nelson Bay where they are stored and then transported to a facility in Sydney to be destroyed at extremely high temperatures.
Mrs Williams said Lord Howe Island does not have the facilities to safely dispose of the flares.
"Roads and Maritime is responsible for responding to shipping incidents and emergencies in waters around Lord Howe Island and worked with police to encourage residents to check whether their flares were in working order," Mrs Williams said.
A minimum of two red hand flares, for night or day use, and two orange smoke flares, for day use only, must be carried on vessels operating offshore, although some exemptions may apply.
Posted on 6 Fri, June, 2014
by Leslie Williams