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Dart Harbour Essential Services

Dart Harbour Essential Services – 24 March 2020

As directed by the Government, Dart Harbour is reducing staff down to the level required to provide essential services.   The Government have directed that people should remain at home except for essential trips and these do not include leisure or recreational related activities.  Work that I consider essential for Dart Harbour includes fulfilling our mandatory responsibilities (maintaining safe navigation, oil spill responsibilities and port security duties) in addition to limited waste disposal responsibilities.

The office will remain locked but manned between 1000-1600 daily to act as the main point of contact for the public and customers and will retain a limited capacity for routine administration tasks (payments, discussing boat moves and temporary mooring allocations).  But since there will be only one person in the office please be patient if you do need to contact us.

There will be limited operational staff coverage with VHF channel 11 being manned between 1000-1600 daily  (again to ensure staff are able to operate without increased contact with other staff).  The primary role of the operational staff will be safety critical activities including river patrols and dealing with incident reports.

The water taxi service is being restricted to safety critical trips (pumping out vessels and checking mooring arrangements). Those requiring safety critical taxi journeys will be able to book (a minimum of 24 hours ahead) and should plan their trips around lunchtime (between river patrols).

Reduced staffing will limit our ability to conduct most routine tasks including grid briefing and bookings (these are all cancelled until further notice).  We will also be looking at the issue of boat movements to new moorings as the latest government directive restricts customers to essential journeys and most of the yards around the river are not launching or recovering vessels.  We may need to move vessels around and will keep owners informed if we do need to move their vessels

I am hoping to retain the capacity of healthy staff to be available for call out in the event of incidents and to respond to contingencies.

Please try to stay safe as directed by the Government and if you do have to go out on the water for safety critical or commercial reasons please have in mind that the river is exceptionally quiet and there is unlikely to be the usual level of response to incidents and emergencies.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding in these very difficult times.


Mark Cooper

Harbour Master

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