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Section 5: Mooring and Management of Vessels


5.1. Authority to lay moorings: No person shall place, lay down, maintain or use any mooring, pontoon, or other structure in the Harbour without a written licence or consent granted by the Commissioners. The placing, laying down, maintenance or use of any agreed mooring by the Commissioners shall be in compliance with the conditions attached to that licence. In the absence of such licence or consent, or if the conditions attached thereto are not complied with, any such mooring shall be forthwith removed by the owner thereof if the Commissioners so require. If it is not thus removed, the Commissioners may do so, having given notice to the owner or possessor accordingly. Any costs reasonably incurred in removing and disposing of the mooring shall be payable by the owner.

5.2 Responsibility to securely moor: The Master of a vessel remaining at a mooring within the Harbour shall cause it to be properly and effectively moored and appropriately fendered, such that it is not only secure but also is not liable to cause any damage to any other vessel or property (including any pontoon, mooring or quay).

5.3 The Master or owner of any vessel laying alongside or near any quay or other vessel within the Harbour shall, during all the time such vessel shall lay or be moored or be stationed at or near such quay or other vessel, have the anchor or other equipment of the said vessel securely housed, with no projections outside of the rail of the said vessel such as to cause obstruction to vessels wishing to pass or moor alongside.

5.4 Moor as directed: The Master of a vessel shall berth or moor his vessel at such a part of the Harbour and shall from time to time remove it to such location in the Harbour as the Harbour Master may direct and if the Harbour Master thinks that a moored or berthed vessel should be moved for reasons of safety or obstruction, but is unable within an appropriate time to get in touch with the Master , he may cause it to be moved , taking all practicable steps to inform the Master of what has been done.

5.5 Vessels not to make fast to unauthorised objects: No person shall make a vessel fast to any post, quay, ring, fender, aid to navigation or any other thing or place not assigned for that purpose.

5.6 Manning when anchored or moored: When conditions require or when required by the Harbour Master, the Master of a vessel shall cause at least one competent person to be on board at all times whilst the vessel is anchored or moored in the Harbour.

5.7 Rafting: In areas of the Harbour where the Harbour Master requires vessels to raft together, the Master of a vessel must raft in accordance with instructions given by the Harbour Master.

5.8 Access across decks: The Master of a vessel alongside a quay or alongside any vessel already berthed within the Harbour shall, if required to do so by the Harbour Master, give free access across the deck of his vessel for persons and goods to and from vessels berthed alongside his vessel.

5.9 Anchoring: Except in an emergency a Master shall not anchor his vessel in the fairway, areas prohibited for anchoring, areas designated as small craft mooring areas or be likely to obstruct navigation. Anchored vessels are liable to pay harbour dues.

5.10 Lost Anchor: If any vessel lying within the Harbour parts from its anchor, the Master of the vessel shall report the fact, including the position of the lost anchor forthwith to the Harbour Master and if the Harbour Master directs, shall cause it to be recovered as soon as practicable. The Master of a vessel slipping or parting from an anchor shall leave a buoy to mark the position thereof.

5.11 Fouled anchor: If at any time the anchor hooks any mooring in the Harbour, the Master of the vessel shall not proceed to clear the same, but shall as soon as possible advise the Harbour Master in order that the Harbour Master may provide aid in clearing the mooring without the sustaining of any damage to the mooring. Any damage caused by the Master in clearing his anchor from a mooring without, or prior to, notification to the Harbour Master will be the sole responsibility of the Master.

5.12 When a vessel other than a small vessel or a vessel berthed within the marinas currently operated by the Berthon Boat Company and Lymington Yacht Haven is at any time not capable of being safely moved by means of its own propulsive machinery, the Master or owner shall inform the Commissioners as soon as reasonably practicable and shall give them any further information they may reasonably require.

5.13 Use of engines when moored: The Master of a vessel which is at a quay or attached to any mooring device shall not permit the engines of his vessel to be worked in such a manner as to cause injury or damage to the bed or banks of the Harbour or to any other vessel or property.

5.14 Public landings: No Master or person shall use or permit his vessel or equipment or other items to obstruct any public landing place, hard, pier, jetty, slipway or training facility within the Harbour.

5.15 Noise: Except in the interests of safe and proper navigation or race control, no musical instrument, radio, television, amplification equipment, computer, alarm, loudspeaker, gong, horn, whistle, bell, engine or generator, shall be used in a manner which causes nuisance to others.

5.16 The Master or owner of any vessel shall ensure that all rigging is so secured as to prevent noise from ropes, wires or lines rattling against the mast.

5.17 Except in the interests of safe and proper navigation or race control, no person shall sound or use or knowingly cause or permit to be sounded or used in the Harbour a siren, steam whistle, foghorn, alarm, distress rocket, or other instrument, appliance or system for producing alarm signals.

5.18 Fire precautions: The owner or Master of a vessel shall take all reasonable precautions for the prevention of accidents by fire.

5.19 The owner or Master of a vessel shall not cause or permit it to be fumigated without the prior permission of the Commissioners.

5.20 No person within the Harbour shall without the written permission of the Commissioners heat any pitch, tallow, tar or any other substance or flammable matter, or have or allow any fire, naked light or flame in any place other than for the immediate ignition of any permitted fire in connection with domestic cooking, lighting, or heating.

5.21 No person shall bring on board a vessel or shall use on a vessel any flammable materials, fuel oils or gasses or warning flares or similar safety equipment unless the same are securely contained in a safe and proper manner and are intended to be used on or within the vessel for propulsion, maintenance or for safety purposes, or in connection with domestic cooking, lighting or heating. Such equipment shall be within its ‘use by’ date. Such permitted fires shall be used onboard the vessel only and not transferred to a pontoon.

5.22 Whilst any naked flames or fire is being used on board any vessel within the Harbour, the owner or Master of that vessel shall not without reasonable excuse fail to provide and keep at least one competent person continually on board the vessel who shall be specifically charged with the care of the naked flame or fire.

5.23 No person shall without lawful authority displace or tamper with any safety or fire equipment within the Harbour except in the event of an emergency.

5.24 No Master or owner of a vessel shall knowingly cause or permit any person to hold or participate in any deck barbeque on their vessel while moored or underway within the Harbour limits except with the prior written consent of the Commissioners.

5.25 Assistance to emergency services: The Master of a vessel shall give every reasonable facility and assistance to the fire, police, ambulance and other emergency services for dealing with, alleviating or preventing any emergency.

5.26 Fuelling berths: No naked flames of any sort are allowed at the fuelling berths, fuelling facilities, fuelling pontoons, or the fuel tank storage area. Smoking and the use of mobile phones or any other portable electrical or electronic devices are prohibited in these areas.

5.27 Discharge of oil, garbage or other pollutants: No person is to cause the discharge into the Harbour of any:-

(a) Oil or oily residue.

(b) Garbage, plastics, or foodstuffs.

(c) Other pollutant materials.

5.28 Water ballast: The Master of any vessel whether at a mooring, at anchor or underway within the Harbour shall not discharge water ballast that was taken onboard outside of the UK without the prior written approval of the Harbour Master.

5.30 The use of high pressure water hoses in the Harbour must be in accordance with the Commissioners published conditions.

5.31 No person shall permit any animal aboard any vessel in the Harbour to behave in such a manner as to cause a nuisance or an annoyance to other harbour users.

5.32 Identification of vessels: The owner of a vessel which is not registered as a ship under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 to 1995 (as such regulations are amended or replaced from time to time) and marked accordingly, shall ensure that the vessel is marked conspicuously with its name or other means of identification unless otherwise exempted by the Commissioners.