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:

Canal & River Trust’s update:

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Latest Incidents And Accidents Report Is Now Available

The report of incidents and accidents for the year ending 31 December 2019 (written by the Boat Safety Scheme) is now available to any interested parties. If you require any further information or access to the report, please request this via

We wish to highlight incidents regarding fire and CO in the belief this may lead you to reconsider your boat and its use, thus becoming safer.

Out of a total of 196 reported incidents on inland and coastal waterways, there was 72 Fire/explosion (including ‘immediate risk of’) incidents and 7 CO (including near incidents) reported. Whilst this is not a huge number, the CO incidents are reported as ‘major injuries’, that is those requiring hospitalisation. In addition to the above numbers, there are potentially 2 further people affected. At the time of this report, an initial inquest hearing has raised the possibility that 2 people died from CO poisoning on an inland waterway. We are awaiting confirmation of the likely source of the CO at the inquest.

10 Fire incidents were recorded as being caused by electrical issues, a mix of low voltage DC current and mains voltage AC current. Unfortunately, incident reporting is not always completed or accurate during the year, for example, there were 12 fire or CO incidents reported without a cause being determined.

As the Boat Safety Scheme is risk-based data gathered is used to plan future concentration of effort and focus. Examples of this use are the recent introduction of compulsory CO alarms and fire alarms.

Thanks for reading,

BSS Officer

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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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