The Sydney Ports Corporation has advised that;
The report and its recommendations are welcomed as a constructive input into the effort being made to continually improve safety in Sydney Harbour and elsewhere.
In considering the issue of pilotage for recreational/charter vessels the Harbour Master Sydney has recognised that overseeing and enforcing pilotage regulations based upon the variable functions of a vessel is extremely difficult, whilst the actual risk posed to & by the vessel does not change. In promoting the need for a review of the application of the pilotage regulations the Harbour Master has highlighted the particular details of this incident as part of the review of the NSW Marine Safety Act.
The ATSB acknowledges Sydney Ports Corporations intention to review the Sydney Harbour pilotage requirements, but considers that further action is required to adequately address this safety issue.