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  1. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Text of latest email to CRT mooring officer. FYI:- One of your CRT people told me today that CRT did not move or pump out the boat. It seems the oily bilge water was pumped into the canal, though most of the oil seems to have stayed in the bilge. Presumably this was done by the owners of the boat so I guess CRT have been in touch with them. Given the boat looks a bit of a wreck and the engine is now probably trashed by being full of water, I rather suspect owners may allow the boat to continue to deteriorate and eventually sink. I realise you cannot tell me any details but I hope your licencing team will take action to prevent this.
  2. Hillmorton to Clifton stretch ruined.

    Is the proposed design of the bridge really the best they can do?
  3. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Good point but I do not think so, there appears to be a bulkhead. I suspect the stern tube needs greasing, the greaser is screwed fully in a thus appears to be empty.
  4. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    It now appears that you may be right and my assumption about CRT taking action was wrong. I have just been talking to a man from CRT who turned up to fill a small hole in the bank alongside the boat. This hole was spotted when "his boss" came to look at the boat this morning. By that time the boat had been moved and pumped out (not by CRT so presumably by the owner). I guess they pumped it into the canal as there is a thin film of oil around the boat. As the boat had moved by around 8:30 this morning, the owners came early or in the dark. The inspection by CRT was undertaken today as CRT are concerned that "it's all over Facebook". I suspect this actually is referring to this thread, unless someone has seen anything on Facebook too? Now tempted to post on the Kinver Past and Present Facebook page to see if anyone knows the owner.
  5. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Now to wait and see if the owner turns up or CRT tow it away.
  6. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    I am pleased to say some action has been taken (I assume by CRT as I did not see it happen). The boat has been moved 100 yards further away from the lock, moored and the engine compartment has been mostly emptied. Thanks for all the concern and comments.
  7. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    A concise explanation such as yours above would have been fine. The CRT official took about 10 minutes over the same issue. I reiterated several times that I have no interest in knowing who owned the boat, I was only interested in seeing if CRT proposed to take suitable action to mitigate the risk. Sorry, I am just airing some mild frustration!
  8. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    I have spoken at length to the mooring officer today. The lengthy phone call left me with no real information as to what was going on other than CRT now recognise that they have been told about the boat and the risk of pollution, but will probably do nothing constructive unless it sinks or obstructs the waterway. The majority of the conversation was a rather repetitive explanation of how the boat may be licenced, or not; how CRT may know who the owner is, or not; and that they may have contacted the owner, or then again not. Every topic was followed by an explanation that all of the owners details and CRTs actions are confidential and thus I could not be party to any of this information. Several times it was mentioned that the moorings part of CRT is separate from the Customer Services side and so on, with the resulting compartmentalisation stifling effective communication (what a surprise that is!). I was also the beneficiary of a an explanation of why I should not access or interfere with the boat as this could be unsafe. Not sure what specific risks CRT would get quite so agitated about; the boat is tethered to the bank and has not sunk yet. So, based on CRT explicit advice, the next time I see a CRT work boat adrift I will leave it adrift. I have now had a message to ring them back tomorrow, so will see what they say.......... PS Do CRT read these threads? I rather hope so.
  9. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Sounds like a good plan, but I will leave it till the end of the week to give them a chance to respond to my input. Whilst the boat has been there some time, I only reported it last Friday. Last night I emailed the West Midlands office with a copy of the engine compartment photo, so will wait to see if action is taken. People who live locally have now told me that the boat has been moored in this pound "for months". In this extended time CRT seem to have taken no effective action with a boat that is apparently unregistered and unlicensed. If this ends in tears, then copying this whole thread to Richard Parry seems like a good approach?
  10. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Depends. Is the owner of the boat resident at that location, that should make it simple enough for CRT to trace ?
  11. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Mooring officer came round today. I am told she is new to this area. Another boater who moors further down the canal discussed the abandoned boat. The mooring office apparently had no understanding of the possible pollution problems if the boat sinks. The only response from this representative of CRT was essentially "Its the owners problem". Here is a picture down the engine hole. The water is now up to the top of the gearbox. Not sure how to resize the image, scroll down to see the oil/water level.
  12. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Nothing legible except a hand written sign saying "GET A LICENCE", though its not so polite. Two are empty, one part full. Not enough to make a difference sadly.
  13. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Its not so easy as it may appear. The boat is tied up reasonably securely, so nothing to do on that front. What is needed is to pump out the very oily water from the engine compartment, but that gives a considerable disposal problem and not something that I could do.
  14. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Photos now added. As yet not too low in the water, but the engine compartment has a lot in it. Hopefully someone recognises the boat?
  15. Boat left adrift/abandoned? Hyde Lock, Kinver.

    Ok, agreed, I have emphasised the environmental risk to CRT. It may well be some time before enough water gets in to cause an issue but I consider the risk to be real. Meantime someone owns this boat and it will be wrecked. If it looks worse next week I will call EA and make it plain that CRT have known about this for 3-4 weeks already.