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events have included river users missing their footing late at night while mooring tenders and falling in. One user, with a life jacket, was rescued after shouts were heard, another was even luckier, as they were plucked from the water by a passing ferry, with no life jacket on.


SAFETY GUIDANCE


The latest news, keeping residents and harbour users up to date.


Capt. Mark Cooper W


e have reached the end of the sailing season for many peo-


ple, with boats being hauled out and put away for the winter before being prepared for next year. The summer seasonal moorings and trots around the river are emptying but Dart Harbour has a full sched- ule of work planned for the next few months. Every one of our pon- toons and moorings is checked and maintained, and we are working on the navigational aids in the river as we prepare for 2020.


Life on the river continues, with a


steady stream of river users taking advantage of the natural beauty of the Dart. This time of year brings its own challenges, as the tempera- ture of the river drops and there is an increase in floating objects in the water, often caused by run off from recent storms and parts of trees which fall in high winds. We pull a lot of material out over these months and dispose of it at our Hoodown depot.


This change in conditions


reinforces the need for high safety standards for all river users. Recent


This potential for loss of life reminds us of safety guidance to keep in mind when on the river in winter. • Wear a lifejacket • Have a radio or phone handy (VHF attached to lifejacket if alone) • Have lights or a torch in poor visibility and at night (to warn other vessels of your presence) • Always tie up and untie first and last lines when in a safe position in the craft • Avoid jumping ashore before securing vessel • Hand bags and heavy items over when the vessel is secure alongside • Take special care with children and those less able (supervision from onboard the vessel and ashore if possible) • Control dogs and other pets


ANNUAL HARBOUR MEETING


We are now preparing for our annual meeting, which takes place in The Flavel Centre, Dartmouth, at 19.00hrs on 11th December. We will be issuing invitations and would ask, that if you do wish to attend you respond to the invite so we can organize catering and any extra seating.


We will, as always, be inviting questions from the audience, and we’ll be asking for these to be submitted to us beforehand. This allows us to make sure we’ve the answer available when the ques- tions are shared. We’re changing the format a little to make the evening clearer.


We’ll have a section on Past (financial performance for 2018), Present (reflections on 2019) and


The annual meeting is a great place to meet the board of Dart Harbour and inform our future planning...


Future (signposting what’s coming up for 2020). We are looking forwards to seeing many of our stakeholders there.


2020 HARBOUR DUES


One element we will be covering is the increase in fees for 2020. We typically base fee increases on the best view we have of projections for the next year, and this year we are using the consumer price index as our key guide.


This year, annual fees will in-


crease by 2% to cater for materials, services, energy and wage increas- es, whilst visitor mooring fees and daily harbour dues will increase by 0.05p per meter (the first increase since 2016)


Although this is never welcome,


our steady approach to managing both input costs and ensuring our income is managed tightly allows us to maintain a good standard of service for our stakeholders and to keep on top of the wide range of assets needed to keep the river running.


We are also preparing for some


larger investments over the next few years, as some of the more ex- pensive pieces of infrastructure we maintain get older and need more repair or replacement.


The annual meeting is a great


place to meet the board of Dart Harbour and inform our future planning, so we hope to see you there.


The Dart Harbour team are available on callsign ‘DARTNAV’ on VHF Ch11 on the river and at the office on (01803) 832337 during opening hours.


Captain Mark Cooper Harbourmaster


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