Anglian Waterways News Splash

01.11.19  New moorings at Denver

 

Over the summer we have undertaken a major refurbishment of the moorings on the East Bank at Denver.

 

These new moorings have significantly increased the number of moorings available to our customers by replacing 13 of the existing wooden structures with 30 new moorings along the same length of riverbank. 

The new moorings have uplifted the whole site and are a very welcome enhancement for our boating customers.  They also provide a very important funding stream as we look to develop commercial opportunities in the future.

08.07.19 South Ferriby Lock Re-opens

Boat traffic was moving once again through South Ferriby Lock on the River Ancholme, our most northerly waterway and right on the bank of the Humber Estuary.  

 

It's been a long wait for some who were eager to get through as soon as possible and were making the most of the beautiful sunshine the re-opening was blessed with.

Many of the boats on the Ancholme are sea going vessels that use South Ferriby Lock to the Humber, over to Hull, out to the North Sea and beyond, or accessing the River Trent and inland canal network.

30.05.19 Waterways Enforcement Action

We recently seized a narrow boat that has continually failed to register with us.  We have powers to seize and remove unregistered vessels, and recover our costs in doing so. This form of action is something we reserve as a last resort; we would rather work with vessel owners to get boats registered and compliant with the law. If you have a boat on our waterway then please ensure you register your craft with us.

 

Information on how to register can be found here.

 

Do not delay and risk enforcement action, register today! Remember, we check boats all year round!!

26.03.19 Wreck of Dunkirk rescue boat removed from River Lark

The wreckage of a boat that helped evacuate Dunkirk during the Second World War has been removed by the Environment Agency after it was sadly left to sink in the River Lark, Cambridgeshire.

 

The sunken ‘Compass Rose’ had been abandoned by its owner, who officers were unable to contact after numerous attempts, and had to be removed because it was obstructing navigation on the river and could pose a risk to other boaters and the environment.

After several years in the water, the wreck was too badly damaged to salvage and came to pieces as it was being removed from the water by a mechanical grabber mounted on a pontoon.

The wreckage of a boat that helped evacuate Dunkirk during the Second World War has been removed by the Environment Agency after it was sadly left to sink in the River Lark, Cambridgeshire.

The sunken ‘Compass Rose’ had been abandoned by its owner, who officers were unable to contact after numerous attempts, and had to be removed because it was obstructing navigation on the river and could pose a risk to other boaters and the environment.

After several years in the water, the wreck was too badly damaged to salvage and came to pieces as it was being removed from the water by a mechanical grabber mounted on a pontoon.

The 40-foot (approximately 12 metre) wooden cruiser is one of a dozen vessels being removed this month as the Environment Agency seeks to clear sunken, abandoned, unregistered and illegal boats from the Rivers Nene and Great Ouse.

Some of the boats have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair, while others, like the ‘Compass Rose,’ have sunk and need to be removed so they don’t cause pollution or pose a hidden hazard to other vessels.

Most have not been registered with the Environment Agency, despite the fact that boaters are required by law to register any vessel they keep, use or let for hire on Environment Agency waterways. Not doing so can lead to prosecution, a hefty fine and a criminal record.

Paul Separovic, Waterways Operations team leader at the Environment Agency, said:

'This is a sad ending for one of around 700 boats that supported a heroic, life-saving effort during the war. It’s regrettable the Compass Rose survived that momentous event only to be left to sink nearly 80 years later.

 

We know the value these boats can carry – not just financially but sentimentally and, in this case, historically – and that’s why we’re encouraging boaters to make sure their vessels are registered with the Environment Agency, which also means they’re more likely to be well-maintained and checked for safety.

Paul continued:

In each of these cases, we’ve made numerous attempts to contact and work with the boats’ owners to resolve the issues, but without success – so now we’re forced to remove the boats so they don’t pose a danger to people, nature or wildlife.

Most of these boats aren’t registered, making them illegal. Boaters’ registration charges go straight back into maintaining the waterways, locks and moorings boaters have come to enjoy.

Skipping out on these charges is unfair to other boaters, tens of thousands of whom enjoy our beautiful and historic rivers every year. It puts the future of our treasured waterways at risk'.

As well as helping pay for upkeep and improvements on the waterways, registering a boat means it has been properly safety-checked and insured, making it safer for other water users and the environment.

13.02.19 Winter Works Update

Various locks and landing stages along the rivers Great Ouse and Nene are being inspected, repaired and refurbished as part of our winter works programme.

To minimise disruption, the works to the landing stages have been carried out in two parts to enable the structures to remain open for use.

For current information regarding dates and locations for all works on our waterways, please see our Navigation Notices page.

01.09.18 Summer of River Festivals

The Waterways team was out in force over the summer of 2018, at various festivals and events including Crick Boat Show, Bedford River Festival, IWA Festival of Water and the Nene Valley Festival.

At the Bedford River Festival, our patrol boat Ouse About took part in the fantastic boat parade which took place daily.

Waterways team members and volunteers were on hand to answer questions, give advice, respond to feedback and interact with boaters old and new, and hopefully encouraged some new visitors to our beautiful waterways. The team assisted boaters through a very busy Bedford Lock and took the opportunity to take some time out of the glorious sunshine.

  One of our volunteers helping out at Bedford

Find out about volunteering with us here

Ouse About taking part in the daily procession

Lending a helpful hand to boaters at a very busy ,

but shady Bedford Lock

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