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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Bridport and Lyme Regis Harbours return to boating update 2

Notice to Mariners No. 01/21 

Mariners are advised that, as a consequence of the government national lockdown commencing on 5 January for Coronavirus, the following changes to operations will apply in Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbours. These measures are in place to protect harbour users and staff and will be reviewed as further guidance is received.

The measures relevant to Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbours:

  • no visitor requests will be accepted during this period
  • no overnight stays on your vessel
  • if a contractor is required to visit a vessel, please request approval from the Harbour Office by email or phone in advance.
  • commercial vessels may continue to operate subject to the criteria for essential work

Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbours are currently operating within our winter schedule. The office is open from 8am to 4pm but with reduced manning, as many of our staff are having to work from home. If you are trying to contact us then please remain patient and if you can, send your query in by email to: harbour@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Please help us to maintain a safe Covid-19 free environment by applying the government guidance. All Harbour users and customers are strongly encouraged to adhere to the Government’s lockdown guidelines requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbours NTM 06/20(T) is cancelled.

Owners, Agent, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs, Recreational Sailing Organisations and Water Sports Associations 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
8 January 2021

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.

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