DWWC was recently contacted by Capt. Simon Capes, Harbour Master for the Dee Conservancy, who asked if we could bring the following information to as wide an audience as possible.
The Dee Conservancy is the statutory harbour authority for the Dee estuary and river up to Chester.
In the past there has been a hard copy publication called Marine Safety in the Dee Conservancy (there may still be copies of this lying around!).
This was updated and revised recently and is now available as a downloadable document on the Natural Resources Wales (as harbour authority), website pages relating to the conservancy:
Local notices to mariners are also available on these websites.
There are also notices and a schedules for the Airbus barge on the Dock Road notice board close to our clubhouse.
At the end of last year the harbour authority was granted a harbour revision order. This will come into force within the next few months. The purpose of the order is to update the powers of the Conservancy which are currently based on statute dating back to 1889, and introduces some byelaws and gives powers of general direction.
Of interest to our club is the byelaw requirement to have a designated area for skiing / aquaplaning etc, and for those taking part in such activities to have written permission of the conservancy authority to do so. We discussed this item at our AGM yesterday and we are liaising with the Conservancy to provide information about the areas we use regularly so we can continue to use them.
Capt. Capes emphasised that he was keen to establish positive working relationships with all stakeholders within the harbour authority area. DWWC feels exactly the same way and we are happy to help wherever we can.