Due to the low water level and the unregulated control of the Novi Sad anchorage, sailing for ships and formations in the zone of Novi Sad is quite a challenge.
Every year, and we can freely say every day, we face the same problem that no one solves. We are constantly writing about the problem of navigation through the Novi Sad, Belgrade and Smederevo anchorages and informing the public about a serious security problem. Improper anchoring leads to a dangerous narrowing of the waterway, so large convoys are quite endangered when sailing, especially in poor hydrometeorological conditions.
Often, shipowners are forced to leave their formations improperly, out of the need to save cargo and fuel, which are increasingly the target of vandals or pirates. This most often happens in Smederevo, Novi Sad and Backa Palanka, and we have been writing and reporting about it for years, but the reactions of the authorities are NO. According to the law of the Republic of Serbia, the shipper, ie. boatmen are obliged to secure their facilities at anchor. In the event that crew members, when a pirate attacks a ship, use force, they risk criminal charges and going to prison, and the police and the state wash their hands of the damage.
In order to solve the problem, better and synchronized work of the navigation inspection, the port captaincy and the river police is necessary. The only problem is that NONE of the mentioned services have adequate boats and equipment for regulating navigation, inspection of vessels and preserving the safety of people and ships.
The danger of sailing in the zone of Novi Sad with incorrectly anchored towing can be seen in the photos recorded yesterday at the Novi Sad anchorage.
The radar image clearly shows that the width of the waterway has been reduced to less than 100 meters, which is insufficient for large formations. In the event of a stormy wind, the waterway could be closed and even an accident could occur, especially for downstream vessels.
We appeal to the authorities to get involved in solving this problem, which has persisted for years and which will NOT be solved by itself.
UPLS Board of Directors