Boat Safety Scheme Officers Report

Significant risks, drawn from Boat Safety incident and accident data for the 9 months to end of October 2016.

Of 133 reported incidents/accidents 55 were fire or explosion (including the immediate risk of)

Within these numbers 11 were related to electrical installations and systems plus 12 related to solid fuel stoves.

54 were collision, grounding or sinking. Of these 35 were sinking which includes lock hang-ups.

Regrettably there were 6 fatalities; due to explosion/fire – 1 person, carbon monoxide poisoning – 2 persons, MOB/capsizing/collision – 3 persons.. Additionally 17 persons were recorded as major injuries (IE: treated in hospital).

Many incidents do go unreported and thus the risks may be even greater, , you may know of some.

If any of these risks could possibly be relevant to you or your boat please consider your safety and take action where appropriate, we care about you. If you want further details of any particular incident/accident please contact The Boating Association.


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All 4 of our tidal locks (West Stockwith, Cromwell, Torksey, Boston) have the same core hours, which are: 7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter.

Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours.

Torksey and West Stockwith will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally we will operate Boston, West Stockwith and Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.

Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (01636 675732 / 0303 040 4040)  and is subject to staff availability.

At Boston, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity, we propose to staff the lock for a maximum of 6 hours on any day. The actual hours of staffing each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.

In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.

Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of our website.

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Port of Boston, trainee position opportunity

We’ve been contacted by Captain Richard Walker, the Port of Boston Harbourmaster, anyone who might be interested in this position, please respond directly to Captain Walker no later than 17th October.

“We will be recruiting a person to commence training in the Marine Department in December of this year, and thought looking to our local boating clubs would be a great place to start.

Primary duties will include working as a deckhand during tidal hours (day and night) on the ports pilot cutter, maintenance and operational duties on the ports craft (dredger, tug, cutters etc)
Other duties may include stevedoring and other operational activities throughout the port as and when required.

The successful applicant will be responsible to the Marine Foreman as his line manager.

No previous experience is necessary however any applicants should be over 18 years old and medically fit (passing an ML5 or ENG 1 will be a necessity). Those with an RYA qualification and an interest in boats will be considered favourably, but not exclusively as training will be given as appropriate to reach RYA standards.

We are looking for a keen person who has a flexible approach to working hours and duties and is able to work in the strange and often unsociable hours of tides.

Should you know of anyone who may fit the bill, please request that they contact me in the first instance with a CV and reasons why they think they would be a suitable employee within the Port of Boston.”

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Notification of AGM

Please note this years AGM will take place on Sunday 30th October, commencing 1pm at the Castle and Falcon public house in Newark.

If anyone would like anything adding to the agenda, please email

Agenda to follow when finalised

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The Boating Association and Canal and River Trust working together

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.

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