The MAIB has published a Safety Bulletin reporting on the tragic death of a mother and daughter by carbon monoxide poisoning aboard a moored boat on Lake Windermere last Easter. The initial findings indicate that the incident was caused by fumes leaking from a faulty exhaust system attached to a petrol suitcase generator installed in the engine bay.
MAIB and the BSS are stressing that this type of generator is designed for use in the open air, and using them in enclosed spaces significantly increases the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. They also emphasise that work on marine exhaust systems should only be carried out by competent qualified technicians, and should only use approved marinised parts.
The MAIB Safety Bulletin and BSS Bulletin on this subject are available for download below.
MAIB Report Windermere Tragedy
BSS Bulletin re CO
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John Dodswell addressed the AGM of the Shrewsbury Branch of the IWA on March 19th 2013. John is a trustee of the Canal & River Trust.
We think that the content of his address may be of interest and attach the full text below.
John will be the guest speaker at the AWCC AGM in 2014 and we look forward to hearing him.
IWA Shrewsbury AGM speech 090313
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From March 31st, all BSS examinations will be recorded electronically, so for certificates issued after that date, you will no longer required to send the blue copy to your boat licencing authority, as details will be stored centrally in the BSS central database.
More detailed information is included in the attached PDF from BSS.
Your BSS Certificate is changing
Tags: boat safety
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After over a 18 months of fund raising the B&MK Waterway Trust have commissioned a 72ft by 10ft passenger boat from Colecraft Engineering Ltd. It will be launched this April. The boat will be run as a commercial enterprise on the Great Ouse in Bedford with the aim of promoting the aims of the B&MK Waterway Trust and also of raising money for the charity. It will be manned by a volunteer crew.
We have suddenly found that several people who originally volunteered to train as boatmasters have had to withdraw. So we are looking for volunteers willing to be trained. The training to Maritime and Coastguard Agency standards is very demanding and normally expensive. However B&MK will pay the costs, Read the rest of this entry »
The BSS has published some new guidelines for 2013
Wise up to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The BSS has published a new guide to Carbon Monoxide safety on boats
Revised Examination Checking Procedures
New changes apply from Jan 1st 2013 for privately owned, privately managed boats