New Government Budgeting: Red Diesel Redemption

As Part of an update from the Inland Waterways Association (IWA):

The Government has confirmed in its Spring budget that they will remove “the
entitlement to use red diesel except for agriculture, fish farming, rail and
non-commercial heating” from April 2022. The IWA remain concerned that the change
could result in adverse environmental and economic impacts through a loss of
tourism, employment and trade. IWA welcomes the announcement that boaters will
still be entitled to use red diesel for heating and cooking, which was one
of the concerns we had raised. The Government has also said it will explore options
for how this will work for boats with only one fuel tank.

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The Latest On The Boat Safety Scheme Examinations

There has been a temporary suspension of Boat Safety Scheme examinations
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd of March 2020 regarding the
UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, the joint owners of the Boat Safety
Scheme (BSS) are allowing a temporary extension to safety certificates for crafts requiring an examination before 14 April 2020.

Any future changes will be reviewed in respect of the Government’s most up
to date advice and the BSS, owners will advise boat owners accordingly. In the meantime, Navigation Authorities and licensing bodies will maintain a record of BSS extensions. Boat owners are advised to check any implications for their boat’s insurance cover linked to the temporary waiver of BSS Certification with their broker or underwriter.

For more information visit the Boat Safety Scheme website.

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Passage through Cromwell lock will be limited to essential movement to reach facilities or relocate, and will only be available on a booked basis.
This is effective on the:
River Trent
Location: Cromwell Lock
Startting At: Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Top Chamber
Ending At: Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Bottom Chamber

From Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice

Please make contact on either 0303 040 4040 or by emailing
essential travel only.
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CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY QUIZ: Make Sure You Know How To Stay Safe

CO Safety Check Quiz

The link above directs readers to a PDF of the Carbon Monoxide safety quiz. The Boating Association would love to know if you were able to achieve 100% in this quiz (no boxes being ticked) by commenting below how you did.

If you require a free copy of  the Carbon Monoxide Safety On Boats booklet please
make your request to The Boating Association.

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Greener Propulsion For Boats: Have Your Say


The link above directs readers to a PDF paper published by the Inland Waterways Association in which they theorise about potential greener propulsion methods for boats in the future.

This is not a technical paper and is laid out with clear headings and subheadings for ease of reading. The Boating Association are just wanting to get you thinking. If anyone has ideas regarding greener propulsion for steel or fibreglass crafts please feel free to let us know by commenting on this post, so we can see that it is passed on.

Alternatively, if you prefer to voice your opinion privately feel free to email it to your chairmen at

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