Ladies and gentlemen
Maritime Safety Queensland have received a number of reports from merchant ship pilots and commercial vessel operators on the river in hours of darkness that they have been encountering an increasing number of unlit passive craft.
It is important that all paddlers are aware of the hazards associated with operating at sunrise and sunset when vessels can be easily obscured by glare. MSQ have already had a couple of incidents this year (fortunately minor) related to this issue.
I don’t have to remind people of the potential consequences of not being seen.
So can I ask that as sunset approaches or paddling in the dark or low light conditions that you need to light up please?