IWA take to the tiller for CRT’s work­boats

Canal Boat - - News -

A TEAM OF vol­un­teers from the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion has stepped in to help en­sure the Canal & River Trust’s fleet of work­boats get to where they are needed.

In an ex­er­cise aimed at im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency of use of the fleet, from April 2016 the Trust is turn­ing it into a na­tion­ally man­aged re­source, cen­trally co-or­di­nated, with craft ‘hired’ to re­gional main­te­nance and con­struc­tion teams – and also made avail­able to IWA and other vol­un­teer groups.

But that will mean mov­ing the boats around to where they are wanted – and that’s where IWA can help, with a team of vol­un­teers across the coun­try with the nec­es­sary boat­ing skills and ex­pe­ri­ence. They will also mon­i­tor the ves­sels’ con­di­tion and re­port any prob­lems and re­pairs needed.

IWA Chair­man Les Etheridge said the As­so­ci­a­tion’s vol­un­teers would “en­able the Trust to im­prove its ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness”, demon­strat­ing the value of its mem­bers and their “com­mit­ment to mak­ing the wa­ter­ways bet­ter for all users”.

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