Thames tide­way nar­row­boat safety con­cerns

RIVER THAMES

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THE PORT OF Lon­don Au­thor­ity is be­com­ing con­cerned about the num­ber of safety in­ci­dents on the Thames tide­way through Lon­don – a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of which in­volve nar­row­boats and were the re­sult of hu­man er­ror or craft in an un­suit­able con­di­tion.

A PLA re­port analysing causes of in­ci­dents over a six-month pe­riod in­clud­ing sum­mer 2016 blamed hu­man er­ror in 80 per­cent of cases – sub­di­vided into fail­ure to fol­low reg­u­la­tions or ad­vice; in­ap­pro­pri­ate speed; inat­ten­tion, and mis­judge­ment. Of these in­ci­dents, 20 per­cent in­volved nar­row­boats – in­clud­ing two wor­ry­ing cases of jour­neys un­der­taken in un­suit­able craft need­ing to be pumped out by the fire bri­gade: In rough con­di­tions, a boat took on large amounts of wa­ter over the bows. A boat took on wa­ter ow­ing to its weed­hatch seal not be­ing wa­ter­tight. As a re­sult, the 2017 Recre­ational Users Guide to the tidal Thames will in­clude guid­ance on ves­sels’ suit­abil­ity, free­board and wa­ter­tight in­tegrity.

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