Byelaws are essential tools for the safe management of the Harbour.While it is the Harbour Commissioners’ policy to educate, it is unfortunate that prosecution action in the courts is necessary for those who refuse to behave in a responsible manner.
These are the important byelaws which affect recreational users:
Priority between chain ferry and other vessels. All vessels navigating in the Harbour which are not subject to compulsory pilotage shall give way to the chain ferry
The Master of a vessel moving in the vicinity of the downstream bridge or the upstream bridge must comply at all times with an indication given by the signals
Which apply to both the fixed and opening spans
For the purpose of promoting or securing conditions conducive to the ease, convenience or safety of navigation and the safety of persons and property in the harbour, Poole Harbour Commissioners seek to ensure that all commercial craft operating within Poole Harbour are properly maintained, equipped and manned and used only for purposes for which they are capable.
With immediate effect therefore, all operators of commercial vessels working in Poole Harbour are required to register their craft with Poole Harbour Commissioners by completing the relevant registration form. Registration must then be renewed on an annual basis. Any vessel that is certificated for commercial use under any:
or licensed by Poole Borough Council under section 94 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907 must provide the Harbour Master with a copy of the relevant certificate of compliance or licence.
Where a commercial vessel is not certificated for commercial use under any of the above codes of practice or licensed by Poole Borough Council, Poole Harbour Commissioners may, if deemed appropriate, conduct inspections of such craft and request owners to provide copies of manufacturer’s handbooks or other similar information. Where such an inspection indicates that a vessel is not properly maintained, equipped (by reference to MGN 469 or any subsequent replacement or amendment) or manned (by reference to MSN 1853 or any subsequent replacement or amendment) or is being used for a purpose for which it is not capable this, and any proposed restrictions on the vessel’s use, will be recorded and discussed with the vessel’s owner and/or operator and, where appropriate, Poole Borough Council and/or the MCA. Commercial vessels for the purposes of this Direction mean any vessel which is less than 24 metres in load line length and is not a pleasure vessel. A pleasure vessel is:
Anyone who fails to comply with this general direction shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.