Many thanks to the TBA member who volunteered again last week to help support the work of the Canal and River Trust by transporting CRT engineers on their bi-annual inspection of the Fossdyke & Witham navigations.
This is the fourth time that they have undertaken this task and their efforts are greatly appreciated by the CRT.
During the year there was 8 people killed in boating activities on inland waterways or related coastal activity.
Of 7 MOB incidents 3 were whilst the boats were mooring or in locks. We are aware of these dangers but don’t always take enough care.
There was 1 death due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The BSS has 4 other CO incidents reported during the period, fortunately not leading to death, Again we are aware of this danger, please use an alarm.
There were 9 reported fire incidents during the year, thankfully without loss of life. In addition there were 7 fire incidents involving 17 boats during the year.
Please take care when filling, especially with petrol plus if using screw on gas canisters.
Please take the time to read & head the messages in the BSS fire and CO safety information (the blue & red leaflets)
If you can share these leaflets amongst your fellow boaters please let The Boating Association have your details and where leaflets can be posted to.
Due to a resignation there is a vacancy for a User Group representative on the BSS Management Committee.
The following information is drawn from information provided the last time a vacancy occurred and may help identify suitable persons.
The BSS Management Committee is responsible for the overall management of the Boat Safety Scheme on behalf of the Navigation Authorities including the quality, cost effectiveness, long term viability and adding or removing BSS requirements. More information is available here http://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/about-us/governing-the-bss/
• Candidates must have access to email and the internet and (in the near future) be prepared to utilise the planned secure BSS committee member website in order to view and review uploaded documents.
• Note that no names or contact details of committee members are published outside of the BSS committees.
• Two meetings of the BSS Management Committee are scheduled to take place each year, in March and December respectively, but the frequency of meetings may reduce or increase as the level of activity demands. Candidates must be able to routinely attend these meetings and, if required, prepare a brief report of meetings for the BSSAC user group reps.
• Meetings are generally held in the Westminster area of London and generally last between 11.00 and 14.00. Much of the work of committee members is done in advance of meetings in response to committee papers.
• The initial tenure of the position is three years, although this can be extended by agreement.
• Bearing in mind that the BSS Management Committee can sign-off on new BSS construction and equipment requirements that could affect owners’ ability to enjoy their boats, it’s essential that the committee achieves the right person. It is anticipated that the selected candidate will act as the conscience of the committee at the point of the decision and after the user interests have been vocalised at the BSS Advisory Committee.
• This role will be considered as representative of users generally and it follows that the successful candidate must have credibility in the eyes of anyone who may challenge why one person was chosen above another. However, there is no requirement for any candidate to hold a position of office within any boating organisation.
We are very pleased to announce that on the 7th April 2016 the Lock Keeper of the Year Award was presented to Pete Smith.
Pete has been an outstanding lock keeper not just during 2016 but for many years. Having been a familiar face at Newark Town Lock previously he can now be found slightly further afield as the need arises always putting in his best efforts throughout the seasons.
We know that you will join with us in our congratulations to Pete, well done and thank you from all at TBA!