*Update* | Holme Lock, Navigation Restiction Loosened

This update is regarding the previous restrictions effective on:

Lock 8, Holme Lock, River Trent

As of Saturday, 20/06/2020, Holme Lock will be open for passage and operated by a lock keeper between the hours of 09:00 am and 1:00 pm, 7 days a week.

Booking passage through the lock will no longer be required and the lock will be locked outside of these hours.

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BSS Examination COVID-19 Suspension Lifted

Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Examinations, suspended in the COVID-19 related lockdown, have now resumed for most boat owners, but they will happen in a ‘new normal’ framework based on the latest Government guidance.
Following the UK Government request that those who cannot work from home, should restart work where possible, the BSS has lifted the suspension on examinations with a cautious framework designed to prevent transmission of the virus by the use of enforcing precautious distancing between the boat owner and the examiner. This mo1ve coincides with further government advice issued on Tuesday 13 May 2020, that private boating could resume on English waterways subject to conditions set by the relevant navigation authorities.
To help guide boat owners through what are the ‘new normal’ preparations for BSS Examinations, the BSS has created a dedicated webpage; visit www.boatsafetyscheme.org/COVID to find out more.
We know those boat owners who are in self-isolation or who are shielding, especially but not exclusively liveaboards, will have many concerns about what this means for them. The BSS will not be able to provide Examinations safely for their boats.
Therefore for those people who are isolating or who are shielding, if their boat’s BSS Certification is due soon and their licence, registration, mooring or insurance usually depends on that Certification, The BSS recommends that those boaters talk with their relevant navigation authority, mooring management or insurer to explain their situation.
The BSS will issue further updates if there any changes in governmental guidance
affecting BSS Examinations, including any information from devolved regions.
If any boater would like to comment on this please forward those comments to your chairman who can pass them to the BSS Office.
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Latest CRT Coronavirus Update: 7/5/2020

Below is a link to the official Boat Safety Scheme update on boating examinations. Please give it a read as it outlines the scheme’s wish for boaters to book their examinations as soon as possible, but only if your circumstances safely allow so.

BSS COVID-19 Suspension – Planning for Changes

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How To Access The Latest CRT Restrictions, Help & Advice

To stay up to date with the current Canal & River Trust restrictions, help & advice surrounding the pandemic please follow the link below to their frequently asked questions page:


Stay safe all!

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CRT Coronavirus Update: 9/4/2020

There’s more detail below but, for absolute clarity, only move your boat if it’s essential (not for leisure purposes) and minimise your use of the towpath.

If you are not currently occupying your boat the government guidance is that you must not visit (this means any short trips or breaks on your boat at this time). With the Government expected to extend the lockdown period later today, we are extending our suspension of the normal movement requirement to the 18th of April.


Please follow the government advice – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. For further information please visit the following websites:

The Government’s Current COVID-19 advice: https://bit.ly/2Rti4nN

Canal & River Trust’s update: https://bit.ly/3e8hAgJ

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