The following notices have been issued by the RNLI Central Safety Team giving advice on policy, safety, procedural aspects etc intended for local safety teams.
From RNLI Central
The RNLI has a “Zero Tolerance” approach to antisocial behaviour, but what does that actually mean? Find out HERE
Anti-social Behaviour and Zero Tolerance Policy
At the end of July a new navigation e-Learning course for crew and sea-goers was announced. Find out more HERE
New e-learning navigational course
The recently published MAIB report on the fishing vessel Louisa, which foundered whilst at anchor, has highlighted a number of issues that might be brought-up during your RNLI preventative activities in coming days.. More details HERE
Last week another customer fell between their boat and the pontoon finger in the Westwey Road marina. The lady was unable to get herself out of the water despite desperate attempts and was rescued by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. The following points should be considered by berth-holders: •Do you know where the nearest escape ladder is to your boat? •Is it worth leaving a ladder lowered on the stern of your boat in harbour if you have one?•Think about following the harbour staff's example by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the pontoons. •A customer has also suggested that it could be helpful to know where the closest vessel is with a bathing platform etc. on the stern as this could be used in an emergency to get out.•Likewise please familiarise yourself with all emergency equipment on the pontoons.Please act now to ensure you do not find yourself in the same position. Do not under-estimate the difficulty in getting out of the water when you are shocked and cold.
We have received some exciting news about the broadcast date of the second series of the BBC program Saving Lives at Sea. The series will air on BBC 2 at 8pm on Tuesdays. Each program will be 1 hour long and the series will run for another 10 weeks until Tuesday 31 October. Kind Regards,Community Support Team
New BBC Series of ‘Saving Lives at Sea - Update 26.8.17
Time Expired Pyrotechnics Policy
Along with the RNLI’s latest policy on Time Expired Pyrotechnics that was emailed to you on 5th June, we provided you with a link to the MCA’s Guidance notes on how to dispose of them. Some of you will have noticed that this guidance links to a number of documents however these links were broken. We contacted the MCA, who responded as below: ‘MGN 419 is the latest marine guidance note, however following changes from Directgov to Gov the link to the information was broken. At this time we are currently reviewing the policy for accepting TEPs and the appointment process and until this has been completed we are unable to issue a new guidance note, as we don’t want to issue confusing messages.Information about the disposal of TEPs can be obtained from Gov.uk through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/owning-a-boat/safety-at-seaThe above information does still reference MRCCs and we are working with the site administers to change and update the terminology in line with Future Coastguard, and to amend the links. Please see attached the latest version of the advice and contact numbers that we hold.In any correspondence or safety advice briefing it is important to stress that the Coastguard has no statutory duty to take in out of date flares and that the service currently offered is a last resort option at the discretion of the Coastguard and should not be used as the primary route of disposal for TEPs in the UK. Initially members of the public should look to dispose of out of date flares through the place they brought them, as many chandlers do offer a take back scheme. Pains Wessex have implemented a contracted solution through Aquafax which enables participating chandlers to takeback Pains Wessex flares for disposal. Details of the Pains Wessex scheme can be found through the following link: http://www.painswessex.com/news/2014/07/22/aquafax-launches-uk-flare-disposal-scheme In addition British Marine have implemented a contracted solution through EOD Contracts, which enables their members to dispose of TEPs through participating marinas, although there is a small charge for this service. We would also ask you to stress that the Coastguard do not undertake a collection service, if an MoP has TEPs in their garage the onus is on them to dispose of them appropriately.’Kind regards, The Community Safety Team
As you know, as well as being there for people in an emergency, you as specially trained RNLI volunteers offer boaters a number of fantastic services and we have produced an A5 ‘What we can do for you’ leaflet to help you advertise these services in your local communities. On one side it promotes the lifejacket lockers, currently in 4 locations, giving details on how the public can find out more including other planned locations. The other side advertises that we offer lifejacket clinics, advice on board and presentations and gives details on how the public can book one of these services with us.There are now a number of leaflets available to order through firstname.lastname@example.org and for those times you want to display these leaflets, be that at events or in a retail environment etc, you can also order a RTW cardboard leaflet holder. These leaflet holders are generic with the ‘Treat water with respect, not everyone can be saved’ message on the front, hold A5 size leaflets and come in packs of 2.Both the ‘What we can do for you’ leaflet and the RTW leaflet holder are now available to order by emailing email@example.comKind regardsThe Community Safety Team