Bit of a "storm in a tea cup" if you ask me......
Im quite familliar with the bill as the pilotage ammendment generally apply to us (unless im missing something which i dont think i am)
The bill states that Harbour Authorities will have the power to "make directions" meaning that they can set rules concerning the use of the harbour/port.
The Following is Copy/Pasted from the bill
(1) A designated harbour authority may give directions (“harbour directions”) in respect of ships—
(a) within their harbour, or
(b) entering or leaving their harbour.
(2) A harbour direction may relate to—
(a) the movement of ships;
(b) mooring or unmooring;
(c) equipment (including nature and use);
(d) the manning of ships.
A set proceedure must be followed before any harbour direction can be introduced:
(1) Harbour directions must be in writing.
(2) Before giving harbour directions a harbour authority must consult such
representatives of users of the harbour as the authority think
(3) A harbour authority must make such arrangements as they think
appropriate for publicising a proposed harbour direction for at least 28
days before it is given.
(4) A harbour authority must—
(a) make harbour directions available for inspection, and
(b) supply a copy to anyone who requests it.
(5) A harbour authority may charge for the supply of copies.
(6) As soon as is reasonably practicable after giving a harbour direction the harbour authority must publish a notice in a newspaper specialising in
(a) stating that a harbour direction has been given, and
(b) giving details of the arrangements for the inspection and supply
of copies of harbour directions.
I personally feel the RYA are scaremongering as i really dont see that this bill will have any dramatic effect on boating life as we know it.