Fewer slip-ups as BSS tight­ens up on hire­boats

Canal Boat - - News -

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.

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