Boat Safety Scheme Officers Report

During 2021 the scheme Technical Committee carried out a full review of the Examiners Check Procedures.

Whilst there are several hundred changes, other than one new requirements for certain Wilderness boats and one check re-aligned with an equivalent requirement from the 2002 BS requirements, both to be consulted upon, there are no increased BSS Requirements affecting boat owners. There are several slight relaxations of requirements, or additional means of compliance. There are however a considerable number of significant editorial changes, It is believed the added clarity concerning the application of the Checks would add consistency, where previously there may have been inconsistency.

Boaters should note however there may be an adverse effect at their next examination, The BSS Office view is that improved consistency in the application of the published Checks is the key aim of the revision and we accept that this potentially could lead to a situation whereby an item fails at the next BSS Examination that should not have passed at the previous one. Conversely, it could well address the errant practice of any Examiner who may be over-applying the published BSS Requirements, perhaps due to a perceived lack of clarity.

The latest version of BSS Examination Checking Procedures (For private boats) can be found by following this link:

Please copy the link and paste in to your browser.

Ray Rogers


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Navigation and Towpath Restrictions on Aire + Calder Main Line & New Junction Canal

At the intersection of Lock 13, Pollington Lock to New Bridge on Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line along with the Went End Aqueduct to Went End Aqueduct on New Junction Canal there are currently Navigation and Towpath Restrictions in place until further notice. These have been brought into place as lengths of the bank above and below the breach site at New
Bridge have suffered extensive damage due to the bank breaching in November. Repairs are
scheduled to take place during 2022 on going into 2023. 

Advice for Boaters

No mooring or overnight staying in the section from:

200m west of New Bridge (Grid Reference SE67608 20410) to
Went Aqueduct (SE 65002 18441) and Pollington Lock (SE 61644 19194)

Some of the above areas listed may have underwater obstructions present in these sections, but these have recently been marked with yellow/orange buoys. Please reduce your crafts speed through the breach site to minimise further bank damage. When navigating keep to the centre line where possible. When passing other craft keep a minimum of 4m from the bank edge where possible. Do not navigate between the marker buoys and the bank edge – keep out of these areas.

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TBA Annual General Meeting – 7th November 2021

Location for this years event: Leicester Trader 1pm Newark

Please contact us if you require travel directions.

Itinerary for the meeting:

  • Apologies
  • Previous minutes
  • Chairman’s Report
  • BSS Officer
  • Treasurers
  • TBA Charts
  • Website/Facebook/Membership
  • NINF update
  • Election of Officers
  • AOB

Hope to see many of you there, safe travels everyone!

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Report on carbon monoxide poisoning of two friends in York – learn the lessons from this repeated story

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is asking boaters to learn the lessons when, for the second time in six years, two inland boaters have died in a craft having equipment DIY installed with improvised, unsuitable exhaust systems and no working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, according to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report published today on the vessel Diversion, on which two friends died in York on 4 December 2019.

The events of Easter 2013 on Lake Windermere that saw a mother and daughter die on a sports cruiser when exhaust fumes from DIY exhaust filled the cabin space were sadly repeated on Diversion. The wrong-sized automotive silencer was fitted to the diesel-fuelled heater and then was wrapped in exhaust foil hiding the problem until the MAIB investigation revealed the cause and the source of the highly toxic gas.

The report shows that lethal amounts of toxic CO were being pumped into the cabin as the leak in the exhaust was only a few millimetres away from the circulatory warm air intake on the heater and all this was happening without warning, as a CO alarm had been removed.

The BSS urges boater owners to look after themselves and their fellow crew members by ensuring that any appliances and systems used on the boat are installed safely by competent fitters, then run according to the instructions, and kept in good condition with routine professional maintenance.

The BSS manager, Kevin Tyson, wishes to remind boaters of the following:

‘The last line of defence against either CO from equipment on your boat or CO caused by sources beyond your boat is a suitable working CO alarm which is compulsory for boats with cabins on most inland waterways.’


You can read more about what you need to do to protect yourself and your crew from the risk of being poisoned by CO on the BSS website at

If you would like to read the full MAIB reports on both the sports cruiser Arniston and the recent report on the Diversion vessel they are provided below:

Arniston report:

Diversion report:

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Catching up with the Visitor Moorings on the River Trent & Associated Waterways Group

We are pleased to learn that part of the donation we made to the Visitor Moorings on the River Trent & Associated Waterways group is already being put to good use, for the benefit of us boaters.

‘The Boating Association (TBA) has just met the cost of £70 of materials to repair the flood damage to the visitor moorings at The Ferry Boat Inn, Stoke Bardolph. This includes composite deck boards, gravel, and quick-setting cement.

A planned visit to the moorings around 11 am this Saturday (27/3/21) is being made to undertake the repairs. If anyone else wants to help or just meet up for a “socially distanced” chat and assess what other works could be undertaken at the site, they would be very welcome.

If you do want to do some work and wish to be covered by insurance, being a member of the IWA includes the necessary insurance.

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