Medway Swale Estuary Partnership

Dear All

The  Medway Swale Estuary Partnership have now produced a very short questionnaire that they would love to get as many responses as possible from boat users in the Medway and Swale.

The general aim is to understand what boat users knowledge and gauge the interest in invasives species control. Can we please ask you to share the following link with your members and ask them to respond as soon as possible. 

Please find a link below.

Kind regards

Peter Norris, Fellow ABYA


Medway and Swale Boating Association

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Queenborough Harbour -Updated – Open again

‼️ The harbour is closed due to damage to our bridge. Please do not attempt to visit ‼️

We will update you all as soon as we can.

Thank you for your cooperation 💨

RNLI Sheerness Lifeboat – Boathouse News

Boathouse News,
Once again it has been a quiet time as regards call-outs for the crew with just one call for the inshore lifeboat on the 14th January which involved the lifeboat standing by to assist in a multi-agency incident if required. The incident was satisfactorily resolved with no assistance needed from the lifeboat crew.
There will be changes made to the crew training programs as from the 24th January with the introduction of a new OCF (operational competence framework) training scheme which will replace the current COBT system.
One of the modules in the new system will be the introduction of an inshore lifeboat navigator’s qualification. At present the qualified Helms are responsible for navigating on the ILB. The new navigator qualification will bridge the gap between crew and helm.
Four members of the all-weather lifeboat crew have been busy over a number of months training to get their Mechanics qualification certificates. They will be assessed over two days in March by crew trainer Matt Parr and hopefully all four will get the green light to becoming ALB Mechanics.
Also in March the RNLI will be celebrating 200 years of saving lives at sea.
There will be many events taking place throughout the country with every station organising their own celebrations and fundraising events.
At Sheerness plans are in place for a Gala Dinner. More details to follow when things are finalised. We are looking for sponsorship from any local businesses or individuals for the event so if you would like to be involved, please get in touch.
Crew members will also be looking for sponsors when they take up the challenge of a 200mile indoor run which is being organised by crew member Damo.
More details of ‘what, where and when’ will be announced when things are finalised. Watch this space.

Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry – Public Consultation

Thurrock & KCC jointly subsidise the Tilbury Ferry, Thurrock have technically gone bankrupt, meaning KCC must take on their share of the subsidy.

The ferry could be terminated, but if enough people answer the consultation, it might be saved.

Its not Medway, but it is a company that operates on the Medway and its important we support anyone trying to improve transport links on the river.