Stage 2 – developing proposals for public consultation

Navigation authority proposals will be developed during 2014 as to precisely how the Hirer Safety Review is to influence navigation authority licensing conditions and BSS hire boat requirements. This stage includes defining the balance between roles and responsibilities of the navigation authorities, hire operators and hirers in ensuring hirer safety.

Navigation authority proposals will be developed during 2014 as to precisely how the Hirer Safety Review is to influence navigation authority licensing conditions and BSS hire boat requirements.

The consultant’s report on Stage 1 Risk Review  was received by the navigation authorities at the meeting of the BSS Management Committee on 19 December 2013. The period to the end of March 2014 was used to collect any initial and considered comments on the report from all organisations represented on the BSS committees.

A meeting of member navigation authorities of the Association of Inland Navigation Authorities (AINA) took place on 7 March to help ascertain the response of the navigation authorities to the initial recommendations contained in the consultant’s report. The reactions to the initial recommendations were favourable. The key action points from this meeting can be viewed here and actions include the intention to revise the Hire Boat Code and implement adherence to it as a licensing condition for hire boat operators.

The ownership of taking forward the recommendations of the Hirer Safety Review including the revision of the Hire Boat Code has been accepted by AINA and it will be steered by its Safety Issues Group (SIG).  

In parallel to the activity through AINA SIG, the BSS committees are working on refining the draft new BSS hire boat checks recommended in the consultant’s report. This activity is being timed to meet the public consultation intended to take place from September 2014.

At the meeting of the BSS Management Committee on 19 March 2014 the shift of ownership of the project to AINA SIG was endorsed and a target date established of September 2014 for developing proposals for public consultation on any changed navigation authority licensing conditions and BSS hire boat requirements.

The first meeting of the AINA SIG on this subject was held on 15 May 2014 and included representatives from British Marine Federation (BMF) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). At the meeting the principles of the revised Hire Boat Code were agreed an action plan to meet the September project conclusion established. A report of this meeting will be provided in due course.