CO alarms to be manda­tory on the in­land wa­ter­ways

Practical Boat Owner - - News -

From next year all boaters us­ing in­land wa­ter­ways in Eng­land and Scot­land will have to fit a car­bon monox­ide (CO) alarm.

The new reg­u­la­tion from the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) will af­fect cruis­ers us­ing BWML mari­nas, all Canal & River Trust wa­ter­ways, The Broads, Bris­tol Har­bour, Scot­tish Canals, the rivers Med­way, Thames, Black­wa­ter, Chelmer, Cam, Dee, Wey, and other wa­ter­ways run by nav­i­ga­tion au­thor­i­ties that ap­ply BSS reg­u­la­tions.

The BSS is cur­rently con­sult­ing on the mea­sure be­fore it comes into ef­fect from Jan­uary 2019.

In­di­vid­ual nav­i­ga­tion au­thor­i­ties will im­ple­ment the new re­quire­ment, with of­fi­cers car­ry­ing out spot checks of boats. From 1 April 2019, manda­tory CO alarms will be­come part of the BSS ex­am­i­na­tion of ves­sels, which takes place ev­ery four years and is manda­tory for those who wish to cruise BSS reg­u­lated wa­ter­ways.

In the last 20 years, 30 boaters have died as a re­sult of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing on board, ac­cord­ing to BSS fig­ures.

The Ma­rine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch has long cam­paigned for CO alarms on recre­ational boats, and last year rec­om­mended the BSS make them manda­tory.

This fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter Alan Frost and Tina Wilkins died of CO poi­son­ing aboard their Do­ral 250SE sports mo­tor cruiser, Love for Ly­dia, at Wrox­ham Broad in June 2016.

The BSS con­sul­ta­tion, which ends 9 Novem­ber 2018, can be found at www. boat­safe­tyscheme.org/ alarm­con­su­la­tion2018.

30 boaters have died from CO poi­son­ing in the last two decades

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