What’s this?

raftThis metal raft was found drifting in the Medway off Thunderbolt Pier on Saturday and after being reported to Medway VTS was secured to a buoy by the tug Nipashore. Does anyone know what it is and how it came to be drifting?

MSBA Training Directory

From time to time we get enquiries from members of the public for training courses. Therefore, we have decided to have a page on the website with a directory of the courses our members are able to offer. There is no charge for this.

If you wish to be included in this directory could you please send Tony (webmaster@ msba.org.uk ) details of any courses you can offer (not necessarily RYA courses), whether certificated or general interest, and contact details for your training principal.

The Training Directory is accessed from the Training menu item above.

Medway River Festival, 9 July 2016

As discussed at our last business meeting, Medway Council are keen for the MSBA and its members to be heavily involved with this year’s Medway River Festival on Saturday 9 July.

Members can take part in one of three ways:

  • By providing an exciting waterborne demonstration.
  • By having a land-based stand.
  • By mooring in the Chatham riverfront area to create a vivid maritime backdrop to the event. Medway Council are arranging moorings as long as they have an idea of numbers.

If you or your organisation can assist in any of the above, then please let us know by emailing secretary (at) msba.org.uk

Code of Practice for Seaplane Operations

Seaplane in Sharfleet

Photo Wil Pretty

Following consultation with river users including the MSBA, Peel Ports have now published a Code of Practice for Seaplane Operations. A major change from the orginal proposal is that one of the two designated areas is in Stangate Creek rather than Long Reach. The other area is Half Acre Creek.

In addition to regulating the operation of private seaplanes and restricting them to the specified areas, the code of practice prohibits the commercial operation of seaplanes anywhere within the waters of the Medway and Swale and the adjoining creeks and inlets.

Read the Code of Practice here.

Medway VTS moving to Liverpool

Peel Ports are believed to have recruited five individuals who will be trained as VTS officers to cover the Medway and Clyde from an office in Liverpool, according to Capt Don Cockrill, Secretary General of the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association.

Capt Cockrill says, “From a river user’s perspective it is worth considering what aspect of a VTS is actually truly relevant to an end user. It’s essentially an information source and that should not change regardless of the location of the station. As regards the distant centralising of a VTS centre – in principle I can not see a problem with it as long as the proper technology is put in place.”

We await comment from Peel Ports.