Old lifeboat in choppy waters again

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The owner of an old con­verted lifeboat is be­ing sought for the sec­ond time in three years for moor­ing il­le­gally in Lyt­tel­ton Har­bour.

The di­lap­i­dated ves­sel has been towed from its il­le­gal moor­ing in Pu­rau across the har­bour to an En­vi­ron­ment Can­ter­bury moor­ing in Cass Bay.

The old lifeboat has been slapped with a no­tice from the har­bour­mas­ter Jim Lil­ley.

Lil­ley con­firmed this week that the ves­sel first came to at­ten­tion in Au­gust 2014 fol­low­ing a com­plaint that it was un­law­fully moored, but in­ves­ti­ga­tions failed to iden­tify the owner.

‘‘Af­ter a pub­lic no­tice was pub­lished and a no­tice was placed on the ves­sel, a per­son rep­re­sent­ing the owner came for­ward and the ves­sel was re­leased to them,’’ he said.

The ves­sel was again re­ported as un­law­fully moored in March 2017 and was towed to an En­vi­ron­ment Can­ter­bury moor­ing in Au­gust.

‘‘Now, we are again seek­ing the owner of the ves­sel,’’ Lil­ley said.

In­quiries to iden­tify the mys­tery owner would now be car­ried out un­der the Mar­itime Trans­port Act 1994 to en­sure they re­moved their ves­sel and or­der­ing them pay out­stand­ing costs.

‘‘If no owner can be found, the ves­sel will be sold in an at­tempt to re­cover costs,’’ Lil­ley said.

Un­law­fully moored ves­sels were not a ma­jor headache, he said.

‘‘We do oc­ca­sion­ally get un­law­fully moored ves­sels but it is not a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem for us,’’ Lil­ley said.

There are ap­prox­i­mately 700 swing moor­ings in Can­ter­bury. They are pri­vately owned, but the Har­bour­mas­ter’s Of­fice man­ages their place­ment and safety un­der the Nav­i­ga­tion Safety By­law.

JOHN KIRK-AN­DER­SON/STUFF

The con­verted lifeboat moored in Cass Bay, Lyt­tel­ton Har­bour, af­ter be­ing moved by the har­bour mas­ter for be­ing un­law­fully moored in Pu­rau Bay.

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