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