Harbour revised lockdown procedures

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Thu 5th November.

47 – 20 HARBOUR REVISED LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from Thursday 5th November 2020 to Wednesday 2nd December 2020 the Harbour will implement a number of changes so that the service can comply with the Government guidelines with regards the Covid-19 lockdown which were approved yesterday by Parliament.

Marine Officers will remain on duty from 09:00hrs until 17:00hrs, 7 days a week carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only. These officers will carry a limited supply of pump out tokens, electricity cards and other sundries that previously were purchased at the Harbour Office and can be purchased from them using card payment only.   An emergency telephone service (0117 9031484) will continue to be available during operational hours, using option 2.

The public slipway will be open from 09:00hrs – 16:30hrs for all craft that have secured annual navigational licences. It is stressed that the operation of these vessels will be carried out in line with government guidelines. No new Short-Term Navigation Licence’s will be issued during the lockdown period, and therefore if a licence has not already been purchased craft will not be permitted to use the Harbour.

All commercial and group based activities will not be permitted during this period.  

The Harbour Office will be closed until Wednesday 2nd December 2020.  Should you wish to contact the office by telephone, please call 0117 9031484 between 10:00hrs until 15:00hrs.

Tidal/locking operations will continue, and all bookings must be made at least 48hrs in advance and must be confirmed by Harbour staff.  If you wish to make a booking, please call and leave a message with the Watch House on 0117 9273633.

These operations are under constant assessment and should Government Guidelines or the safe operation of the Harbour be compromised then the Harbour Authority reserve the right to amend these procedures at short notice.

Apologies for the impact or inconvenience this may cause, but it is necessary to implement these changes with immediate effect to ensure we are complying with the guidance for the new national restrictions.   

Club awards 2020

The recent AGM announced the following awards:

  • Polo ‘most valuable’ player: Phil Charman
  • Fish of the Year: Ruby (Lynne & Nick’s dog) for 5 swims on the Wye on the Glasbury weekend
  • Phil Longrigg Trophy: Mark Gillett

The following awards were ‘furloughed’ (not awarded this year_ due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation: Most improved white-water paddler; Best marathon paddler; Polo most improved player; River God

New committee for 2020-2021

At the AGM held on 23rd Oct 2020, a new committee was voted in.

  • Chairman: Tom Brockett
  • Secretary: Ezra Watts
  • Treasurer: Fran Bamber
  • Other members: Alex Petsch, Ellie Payne, Lisa Gunton, Conor O’Neill, Matt Baird, Tanya Cownie, Nick Wainwright

Many thanks to the outgoing committee members.

Harbour phase 4 reopening Covid-19 Oct 2020

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Tue 20th October.

46-20 HARBOUR TO MOVE TO PHASE 4 ON THE 26th October 2020

Notice is hereby given that a move to Phase 4 will take place on Monday 26th October 2020

The Harbour Authority has introduced safety precautions and is working within social distancing guidelines to protect both colleagues and our customers and we would appreciate that visitors follow all signs and instructions. 

The move to Phase 4 will permit the currently prohibited use of the Harbour by Powered Craft launching from Baltic Wharf Slipway only

Baltic Wharf Changing, toilet and shower, facilities will remain closed.

The decision to move to Phase 4 will be constantly reviewed as Lockdown conditions change. All activities will remain at the discretion of the Harbour Master and his staff.

Phase information:

Phase 2:  All manually propelled craft (SUP, Kayaks/Canoes, Dinghies, Rowing boats) will be able to navigate the Harbour.  The only slipway open will be the one located by the Harbour Office.  Navigation licenses will be issued from the Harbour Office only and must be obtained before launching. Payment should be made by card, and if you wish to apply for an Annual License please email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk.

Phase 3:  All permanent leisure berth holders will be able to use the Harbour for navigation.

Phase 4:  Harbour reopens fully.

The above only applies to leisure use and all current recognized commercial operators should contact the Harbour Office to discuss their commencement of operations upon the water.

A deteriorating situation will result in restrictions being reinstated.

Membership applications during Covid-19

As you’re obviously aware, the CoronaVirus / Covid-19 situation has completely disrupted things for everybody this year, including our canoe club.

Unfortunately, for most of the summer 2020 we have not been able to accept any new membership applications at all.

As of August 2020, we will accept some new members; based on previous experience and/or ability. We are still not able to accept any beginners.

If you have previous canoeing experience, please contact the membership secretary on membership-admin@bristolcanoeclub.org.uk, (or any other committee member), describing your experience, and we will see whether we can accommodate you.

We are as frustrated as you are with this, but to keep ourselves, and everybody else safe, we have to continue with some restrictions. We continue to monitor advice from both the Government, and the governing body: British Canoeing.

Apologies – on behalf of Bristol Canoe Club committee.

Harbour phase 3 reopening Covid-19 July 2020

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Wed 24th June.

39/20 HARBOUR PHASE 3 REOPENING 06.07.20

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from Monday 6th July 2020, Bristol Harbour Authority will begin Phase 3 of reopening the Harbour for leisure use. The Harbour Office will remain open 10.00 – 15.00 for navigation licenses, should you need to contact the office please email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk.

The Harbour Authority has introduced safety precautions and is working within social distancing guidelines to protect both colleagues and our customers and we would appreciate that visitors follow all signs and instructions.

Phase 2: All manually propelled craft (SUP, Kayaks/Canoes, Dinghies, Rowing boats) will be able to navigate the Harbour. The only slipway open will be the one located by the Harbour Office. Navigation licenses will be issued from the Harbour Office only and must be obtained before launching. Payment should be made by card, and if you wish to apply for an Annual License please email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk.

Phase 3: All permanent leisure berth holders will be able to use the Harbour for navigation.

Phase 4: Harbour reopens fully.

Harbour users will be advised of movement through phases 4 by way of promulgation of Local Notices to Mariners. Enquiries regarding specific dates of phases should not be made to the Harbour Office.

Advancement through to phase 4 will be subject to continued Government relaxation of restrictions and improvement in the local and national situation regarding Covid-19.

The above only applies to leisure use and all current recognized commercial operators should contact the Harbour Office to discuss their commencement of operations upon the water.

A deteriorating situation will result in restrictions being reinstated.

Harbour phase 2 reopening Covid-19 June 2020

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Thu 18th June.

38/20 HARBOUR PHASE 2 REOPENING 29.06.20

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from Monday 29 June, Bristol Harbour Authority will begin Phase 2 of reopening the Harbour for leisure use. The Harbour Office will be open 10.00 – 15.00 for navigation licenses, should you need to contact the office please email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk.

The Harbour Authority has introduced safety precautions and is working within social distancing guidelines to protect both colleagues and our customers and we would appreciate that visitors follow all signs and instructions.

Phase 2: All manually propelled craft (SUP, Kayaks/Canoes, Dinghies, Rowing boats) will be able to navigate the Harbour. The only slipway open will the one located by the Harbour Office. Navigation licenses will be issued from the Harbour Office only and must be obtained before launching. Payment should be made by card, and if you wish to apply for an Annual License please email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk.

Phase 3: All permanent leisure berth holders will be able to use the Harbour for navigation.

Phase 4: Harbour reopens fully.

Harbour users will be advised of movement through phases 3 – 4 by way of promulgation of Local Notices to Mariners. Enquiries regarding specific dates of phases should not be made to the Harbour Office.

Advancement through phases 3 and 4 will be subject to continued Government relaxation of restrictions and improvement in the local and national situation regarding Covid-19.

The above only applies to leisure use and all current recognized commercial operators should contact the Harbour Office to discuss their commencement of operations upon the water.

A deteriorating situation will result in restrictions being reinstated.

Harbour Phased reopening Covid-19 June 2020

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Wed 3rd June.

BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL – CITY DOCKS

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 37

37/20 HARBOUR PHASED REOPENING COVID-19 June 20

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from Monday 8 June, Bristol Harbour Authority will begin a phased reopening of the Harbour for leisure use. Harbour Authority working hours will continue to be 09:00 – 17:00.

We want everyone to be able to use and enjoy our Harbour in a safe and responsible way. At this time we must also consider the need for social distancing for our staff, and Harbour users, meaning some services and support had to change. As restrictions are eased we are working on a phased return to usual service which keeps everyone safe. Thank you for your patience as we adapt.

Phase 1: From Monday 8th June 2020 members from recognized clubs using manually propelled craft and sailing dinghies only will be able to navigate the Harbour.

These clubs have been notified by the Harbour Office. Clubs will need to follow their own guidelines and safety measures regarding COVID-19, and should refrain from activities not currently sanctioned by their relevant association. The clubs permitted to use the Harbour in Phase 1 may go afloat outside of Harbour Authority working hours providing the relevant Code of Practices are adhered to.

Phase 2: All manually propelled craft (SUP, Kayaks/Canoes, Dinghies, Rowing boats) will be able to navigate the Harbour and slipway will open. Navigation licenses will be issued from the Harbour Office only and payment should be made by card.

Phase 3: All permanent leisure berth holders will be able to use the Harbour for navigation.

Phase 4: Harbour reopens fully

Harbour users will be advised of movement through phases 1 – 4 by way of promulgation of Local Notices to Mariners. Enquiries regarding specific dates of phases should not be made to the Harbour Office.

Advancement through phases 2, 3, and 4 will be subject to continued Government relaxation of restrictions and improvement in the local and national situation regarding Covid-19.

The above only applies to leisure use and all current recognized commercial operators should contact the Harbour Office to discuss their commencement of operations upon the water.

A deteriorating situation will result in restrictions being reinstated.

Parking at Baltic Wharf

As of February 2020, the council have handed over control of parking at Baltic Wharf (i.e. “The Cottage Inn” car park), to the harbour master.

We have seen that the harbour master has put up a sign saying that from 3rd March 2020 the car park will be closed overnight, and they will limit parking to 3 hours maximum.

Obviously if this happens it would be a huge problem. The committee are in discussions with the harbour master’s office about this.