Regional operator input required

The CVANSW is representative of commercial vessel operators from all regional areas and types of operations, from paddlewheelers on the Murray, to houseboats on the Tweed River, and everyone in between.

For your information, the NSW Regional Ports Strategy is currently under development and seeking input from the community.

So that everyone can have their say, an interactive website is now open that contains a map of your port where you can add pins and comments and it also has a forum where you can ask questions and have them answered.
Your thoughts, opinions and ideas are important to ensure the the best outcome for your port and your community so please join the conversation and have your say.
The Your Ports website is open until 9 April 2017.
 We urge you to spread the word and get your whole community involved.

If you haven’t already done so, please join our facebook group at and feel free to post news, events and issues from your region.

 Wharf Upgrade Program

The CVA has been invited by RMS to provide input into the design of the wharves in the current upgrade program.

Many vessels have found the new wharves difficult, if not impossible, to use.

Most of the problems lie with the design of the fendering posts which luckily can be altered as they wear out and are replaced.

The view of the CVA comittee is that with an increase in population and number of vessels of all kinds on the harbour it makes senses to get as much use as possible out of any publically funded infrastructure, including wharves, and that different types of wharf usage do not necessarily have to be incompatible.

RMS have specifically asked for input from the CVA about the height and shape of the fendering posts on the wharf faces as well as any other design issues they may be unaware of.

Following are the recommendations of your Committee:

  • The top of the fender posts’ vertical face needs to be a minimum 1.6 metres above the pontoon deck, which is approx 0.9 above water level, making the top of the fender’s rubbing face 2.5 metres above water level.
  • The face of the fender posts need to be rounded from at least just above the waterline to the top of the fender post.
  • The top of the fender posts need to be angled at minimum 45 degrees to stop boats getting hung up on the top of the post in high wave conditions.
  • The angle of the rubbing face of the fender posts should be as close to vertical as possible.
  • Smaller intermediate fender posts in some locations, set back from the line of the larger fender posts, could be useful for smaller recreational vessels and water taxis, or alternatively fenders on the ends of the pontoons similar to the Campbell’s Cove pontoon would work for smaller craft and would be a low cost addition that could be considered for some wharves.
  • The distance between the outer face of the fender pile and the deck of the pontoon is too great.

If you have any other observations or suggestions please go to the Facebook group and make a comment in the thread.

We need to respond by Tuesday 21st February so that our input can be considered for the next wharf in the program at Cockatoo Island.

Michael Davies
Committee Member

Annual Liquor Licence Fee Information

Annual Liquor Licence Fee Information 


Dear members,

You will soon receive information directly from Liquor & Gaming NSW regarding your annual liquor licence fees.  L&GNSW has advised that vessels will now also be included in the full scheme, which includes a base fee and a trading hours risk loading for the first time.

For most vessels with liquor licences, you will need to apply to L&GNSW for an occasional extended trading condition (OETC) by 15 March 2017 in order to reduce the cost of your annual liquor licence fee by up to $5,000.  

Under the Liquor Act 2007 most vessels with liquor licences have the authority to sell or supply liquor 1 hour before and 30 minutes after a voyage. There are no restrictions as to what time of the day or night these voyages can occur, therefore, vessels are able to regularly trade after 1.30am if they want to.  As a result, the highest trading hours risk loading of $5,000 applies to most vessel liquor licences.

From 2017 vessels will be included in the full annual liquor licence fee scheme and will be expected to pay a base fee, plus a trading hours risk loading fee for the first time:

  • Premises authorised to trade up to 1.30am on a regular basis are subject to a $2,500 trading hours risk loading fee.
  • Premises authorised to trade after30am on a regular basis are subject to a $5,000 trading hours risk loading fee.

Occasional extended trading conditions

Vessel liquor licensees who are subject to the trading hours risk loading can reduce their fee by applying for an occasional extended trading condition to be imposed on their licence.

The OETC means you can only trade past midnight or 1.30am on up to 12 occasions over any 12-month period.

You only need to apply for an OETC once and then the condition will remain on your licence until you apply for it to be revoked.

Authorised regular trading hours Trading hours risk loading payable OETC
Up to midnight only Nil Allows trading past midnight on up to 12 occasions in any 12 month period
Up to 1.30am $2,500 Allows trading past 1.30am on up to 12 occasions in any 12 month period



How to apply

To have this reduction applied to your 2017 annual liquor licence fee, you need to lodge an OETC application with L&GNSW by Wednesday 15 March. To apply for an OETC to be imposed on your licence visit the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.


John Paton


2017 – The year of communication.

2017 – The year of communication.

To all past and present CVA members I want to wish you a happy new year and officially introduce myself.  I hope the silly season was safe and prosperous for all of you.

Daniel Da Silva is my name.  Many of you know me already and last month I was elected the Vice President of the CVA to help try and take some of the load off the committee members and to start driving the CVA forward to get it back to the big thriving association that it used to be.  I have been in the industry for some time now and truly believe I can make a difference.

My businesses include D Marine Pty Ltd which owns four charter boats, Sailcorp Pty Ltd which owns the little swing mooring marina in Lavender bay and also manages five charter yachts, and Any Boat Pty Ltd, one of the main Charter Agencies in Sydney which is how I know most of you.  My businesses along with my time spent working on all types of commercial vessels including fast ferries, super yachts, party boats, luxury boats, sailing boats and many more puts me in a good position to really understand the issues and how they affect different operators.

There are so many issues facing commercial vessel operators at the moment and the CVA has been quietly working away at representing our industry in the background, attending hundreds of meetings with government and industry bodies to protect the industry we have.  With so much happening and so few people to help communication has dropped of a little the past few years but that is all about to change.

To make this association successful we need to have good communication between the members and the committee about what the issues are. To help with this we have set up a Facebook page that I encourage everyone to join.  It is a sounding board that you can raise concerns on, and follow the concerns of others as well as keep track of what the committee is doing on your behalf.  You can get to the page from this link.

There will also be regular emails, more meetings, and some great incentives to be members including member only fuel discounts, and member only discounts on many other services that you all use on a regular basis including slipping and anti fouling, surveying etc.

In the coming weeks there will be more communication regarding membership renewals, what the association are attending to on your behalf, and the issues at hand generally,  but for now I just wanted to say hi, wish you all a successful 2017, and encourage you to raise any concerns that my be affecting you as an operator.




Liquor Accord Meeting

Liquor Accord Logo

Members and guests the CVA will be hosting a Liquor Accord Meeting aboard the Bella Vista moored at the Blackwattle Bay Marina, Pyrmont Bridge Rd, June 9 at 1830 hours. In attendance will be Sarina Wise Compliance Officer from OLGR and Sydney Water Police to discuss the new intoxication guidelines and the difficulties we face afloat compared to land based venues and best practice to deal with the issues we face.

With such focus on the Alcohol related issues in the media this will be an important evening for owners and crew.

Please RSVP to


John Paton President.