Boaters reminded to renew their registrations

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Boaters are being reminded to renew their registrations before 1 April 2013 or face being unable to keep their craft on Environment Agency waters.

Candy Reed, Waterways Partnerships and Enforcement Officer, said: “All craft kept, let for hire or used on Environment Agency waterways, including the main river, private moorings, marinas or backwaters, must be registered.

“Failing to register just does not pay – people risk being prosecuted and fined up to £1,000 for each offence and may also end up with a criminal record.”

The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for a number of rivers in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk which together make up the Anglian waterways. These include the River Great Ouse, River Nene, River Stour, River Ancholme, Black Sluice Navigation, River Welland and River Glen.

Registrations run from 1 April to 31 March and are needed for craft kept on any part of the Anglian waterways network. This includes motor cruisers, sailing cruisers, narrowboats, houseboats and open boats such as canoes or rowing boats.

Registration discs must be displayed on craft so they are clearly visible to Environment Agency enforcement staff. Boaters must also ensure their registration number is clearly visible on both sides of the craft.

All owners of powered craft must provide details of valid third party insurance, to a minimum value of one million pounds, as well as a valid Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSSC) to register.

It is the owner’s responsibility to inform the Environment Agency in writing of a change in ownership of the boat – until this is done, they remain the legal owner and responsible for registering it.

For more advice on how to register a boat, contact the Environment Agency’s Boat Registration Team on 03708 506 506, email boatreg@environment-agency.gov.uk or write to Environment Agency, Boat Registration, PO Box 544, Rotherham, S60 1BY.