Back to Notices

Local Notice to Mariners No.17 of 2020

UPDATE - COVID 19 RESPONSE – RECREATIONAL BOATING

The guidance issued by DEFRA for ‘Using a Boat Inland and on the Coast’ will be withdrawn from 04 July 2020, meaning that there will no longer be any specific restrictions on waterways businesses. This includes skippered charter and passenger boat operations, as well as those wishing to stay overnight on their boat.

Boating operators are responsible for conducting a Risk Assessment drawing on the relevant sources of government guidance for Covid-10, available here.

Conservancy visitor berths are available for overnight stays. However, to comply with continuing social distancing guidelines the following restrictions apply:

  • A maximum of two vessels will be permitted to raft on visitor moorings.
  • No rafting of vessels will be permitted on visitor pontoons.
  • Visitor berthing cannot be booked in advance and availability remains on a first-come-first-served basis.

To maintain safety in Chichester Harbour:

  • Please follow social distancing guidance.
  • Observe the signage on Conservancy jetties and hards.
  • The ferry at Itchenor is now operating. The wearing of face masks is mandatory and strict social distancing requirements are in place.
  • The use of tenders is identified as a high-risk activity, and we caution mariners to take extra care when accessing their vessels. Click here for advice.
  • Rescues pose a risk to both the casualty and the rescuer. Please ensure that your craft is well maintained and that you sail within the limits of your abilities.   

We appreciate your continued support in maintaining a safe harbour.

Cancel LNTM 15/2020.

Richard Craven
Director & Harbour Master
03 July 2020

Back to Notices