Unregistered boat launch sparks crackdown at Gwynedd Marina

Stricter measures will be introduced at a North Wales marina to ensure compliance with launching regulations this summer.

All vessels launched from the slipway at Hafan Pwllheli must be registered and the permit must be displayed.

Last summer there were complaints of non-compliance.

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In a report to the Port of Pwllheli Advisory Committee, which is due to meet next week, Gwynedd Council Marine Officer Barry Davies said all park and launch companies have been reminded that they must s ensuring that all vessels launched from its slipway are registered for the current year.

He said the process is quick and easy to complete online and registration permits can then be picked up at Hafan’s office.

The committee heard last fall that Park and Launch companies using Hafan’s slipway failed to ensure vessels were properly registered in accordance with council and port requirements.

He said: “On several occasions Park and Launch companies have been challenged by maritime officers and reminded of this requirement. Over the August 2021 bank holiday weekend, this failure to ensure boats were recorded was more of a concern.



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“The number of ships launched increased significantly in 2021. Many ships were launched regularly without displaying valid registration permits.

“Despite the challenge, marine personnel have been told that it is not Park and Launch’s duty to ensure compliance. This is totally untrue.

“Given the total absence of non-conformity [sic] stricter measures will be introduced for 2022,” the report notes.

Measures include additional security in the form of a locked security gate; increasing fees and hiring additional staff to ensure compliance at all times. Two seasonal port assistants will be appointed and the positions have been advertised.

“We urge all businesses using the Hafan and Harbor slipway to ensure that they do not attempt to launch a vessel that does not clearly and visibly display a valid 2022 registration permit,” the report added.

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In a separate move, Mr Davies said the number of boats stored ashore in the long-term Hafan compound had increased. He added that about 25 of those vessels had not moved for several years and were taking up space that could be used by annual berth holders.

“It has long been recognized that the situation needs to be resolved in order to free up much needed space for the annual winter storage needs of berth holders and in summer the land can be used as additional parking for berth holders. berths.

‘It has therefore been proposed that the boat storage charge for non-annual berth holders be increased to £1.00 per meter per day including VAT,’ he said.

Hafan Pwllheli is Gwynedd’s largest marina offering 400 pontoon berths as well as launching facilities.

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