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Old 11 September 2001, 12:25   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Portishead, Bristol
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Make: Ribcraft, Cowes Mari
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 90hp 4-strok
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News from the MCA

Just checking out the MCA's Website and found the news page

There is a good write up of recent procecutions including some for going the wrong way down traffic lanes in the channel

Mr Alan Morgan, Surveyor in Charge Marine Offices South East, stated that "this was such a serious breach of the regulations that the MCA had no alternative but to prosecute. It also shows that the owners and skippers of small boats must obey the Collision Regulations and pay particular attention to their navigation when transiting the Dover Straits Traffic Separation Scheme".

- so be careful RIBsters.

Its a bit worrying looking at some of the vessels on the detained list. This is for a passenger Ship - Owners are from Greece

Still under detention at the end of July. 35 recorded deficiencies. Lifeboat drill unsatisfactory, crew unable to demonstrate sufficient command of working language. Excessive oil on engine room tank tops. Backup satellite radio installation inoperative. Cockroach infestation and lack of hygiene in galley. Failure of safety management system in respect of maintenance and emergency preparedness. Inspection suspended pending confirmation from the flag state that the vessel complies with international conventions. ISM certification subsequently withdrawn by flag state.

Hopefully Batfalcons RIB is in a better state

I remenber seeing one detention last year "Main engine unable to engage forward or astern" !!!

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Old 12 September 2001, 05:41   #2
Country: Greece
Boat name: SUN KISS II
Make: Nuova Bat 9 Falcon -
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard Mercury 115
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I can say for sure that if boat owners had the same equipment as I do (and knew how to use them), using common sence, people in such services would be jobless.
By the way there is no ship with Greek flag on this list.
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