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Bridport and Lyme Regis Harbours return to boating update 2

Notice to Mariners No. 02/20 (T)

Return to boating update 4

Mariners are advised that, as a consequence of the government guidance for Coronavirus, the following changes to operations will apply in Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbours from 13 May updated on 19 May, 9 June, 12 June and 26 June. These measures are in place to allow the opening to the Harbour whilst still protecting harbour users and staff. The measures will be reviewed regularly as more guidance is received.

The detailed measures are:

Leisure Vessel Movements

Leisure vessel movements are only permitted for:

  • day trips with members of the same household

Commercial Vessels 

Commercial Vessels may continue to operate subject to the criteria for essential work. 

Angling and Dive Charter Boats 

Angling and dive charter boats are permitted to operate from 4 July subject to:

  • the operation of the charter boat is to be fully risk assessed using available guidance
  • coronavirus measures are considered and implemented on each boat
  • each passenger is to have a distinct, individual 1m plus by 1m plus square of clear deck to operate in
  • the maximum total number of passengers and crew is dependent on the above allocation of space being applied
  • passengers should declare if they have Covid-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with somebody who has
  • the weather is suitable such that shelter is not required for the passengers
  • the vessel and all equipment are to be sanitised at the end of each trip
  • 1m plus separation for social distancing is to be maintained at all times including on the pontoons, pontoon ramps and vessels
  • passengers must load and unload their own equipment independently, maintaining social distancing

Passenger Carrying Vessels Tourist and trip boat operators

Passenger Carrying Vessels Tourist and trip boat operators are permitted to operate from 4 July subject to:

  • the operation of the vessel is to be fully risk assessed using available guidance
  • coronavirus measures are considered and implemented on each boat
  • each passenger is to have a distinct, individual 1m plus by 1m plus square of clear area to sit in
  • the maximum total number of passengers and crew is dependent on the above allocation of space being applied but not more than 6 including crew if more than 2 households
  • the weather is suitable such that shelter is not required for the passengers
  • the vessel and all equipment are to be sanitised at the end of each trip
  • 1m plus separation for social distancing is to be maintained at all times including on the pontoons, pontoon ramps and vessels
  • passengers must embark and disembark independently and without assistance, maintaining social distancing

Private leisure mooring holders

Private leisure mooring holders who are currently in the water can now use the Harbour. Those who require boat lifts can book these commencing Tuesday 19 May.

Diver Air Fills

The air fill facility at Bridport will now reopen to the leisure user.

Slipway

The slipway is now open and booking is no longer required. Fees can be paid at the reception areas to both Harbour offices. The Pontoons will be installed ready for the 4 July where possible. Launched vessels from 4 July will permitted to stay in overnight.

Visiting Vessels Visitors will be accepted at the Outer Harbour berths from 4 July subject to the following which aim to allow as many as possible to take advantage of a harbour visit:

  • rafting of vessels will not be permitted
  • the maximum number of consecutive nights per booking will be 3
  • if the harbour is full, alternative destinations should be considered
  • the wearing of face mask is recommended whilst on the pontoons

Harbour Office 

The Harbour office now open and have a reception area with Covid protections in place to serve customers. Access to the main offices will remain closed will. Social distancing should be maintained at all times.

Harbour Office Facilities such as showers and toilets will remain closed.

Contractors

 
If a contractor is required to visit a boat, please request approval from the Harbour Office by e-mail in advance.

Covid-19

Please help us to maintain a safe Covid-19 free environment by applying the government guidance and consider your own, my staff and other harbour users’ safety.

This Notice to Mariners will be reviewed regularly as and when the circumstances change. 

NB. Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the Masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.

James Radcliffe

Harbour Master

Date: 26 June 2020

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