Fewer slip-ups as BSS tightens up on hireboats
NON-SLIP SURFACES, more warning signs and gas alarms are set to become compulsory on hireboats under a modernisation of the Boat Safety Scheme.
A consultation has been launched by the BSS on the proposals, which include six new requirements for all hireboats: Smoke alarms (other than for day boats) Carbon monoxide alarms for boats with solid fuel stoves A visual warning not to stand within the arc of the tiller, because of the risk of being knocked overboard by it Signs identifying secondary escape routes (if not obvious) Slip-resistant surfaces on external crew areas including gangplanks and steps Crew Area and Access Limitation Labels designating whether (and how many) people are allowed in particular areas (for example decks and superstructures)
There will also be five clarifications of amendments to existing standards covering areas, for example extending the weed hatch standard to cover bowthruster hatches, too. In addition, 23 new advisory checks added to the BSS for private boats in recent years will be adopted for hire craft, but as mandatory rather than advisory checks.
To take part in the consultation, see boatsafetyscheme.org.