Category Archives: Hazards

Non-native Invasive Species, Floating Pennywort found in River Witham

Floating Pennywort has been discovered on the Witham system for the first time, this invasive non‐native  species can cause issues by blocking out light, causing deoxygenation and blocking air breathing insects. In  addition the plant can form large mats which can become very dense. The species spreads from plant  fragments so it’s important not to try not to break up any patches as this can aid and speed up its spread. If you see any Floating Pennywort on the River Witham please report it by calling the Environment Agency’s  Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60. The characteristic leaves and growth help to make this plant easy to identify. It is found mostly in the south-east of England and occasionally in the north-west of England and Wales. Spreading rapidly. … Continue reading

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CO alarms save lives!

“If you have any fuel burning appliances aboard, an engine or generator, fit a suitable audible carbon monoxide alarm for an added re-assurance.” – Boat Safety Scheme Boaters are being urged to install a carbon monoxide alarm as the save … Continue reading

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Carbon Monoxide Risk Warning

As the 2018 boating season gets underway, following the deaths of four people and emergency treatment for two more, the BSS has a blunt warning for boaters using petrol engines, especially large petrol engines, which Marine Accident Investigation Branch investigations … Continue reading

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Notice Alert, River Trent – Dunham Toll Bridge (Bridge 32)

Monday 4 September 2017 until further notice There is a submerged tree branch which has been sighted on the up-stream side of Dunham Bridge, opposite the visitor mooring pontoons. Boaters are asked to proceed with care and we aim to … Continue reading

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Notice : Selby Bypass swing bridge

Canal & River Trust have been informed by North Yorkshire Council that the A63 Selby Bypass swing bridge is presently unable to swing due to a hydraulic fault. Repairs are underway but may take up to two weeks to complete. … Continue reading

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