Harbour hose removal criticised by Guernsey boat owners
Boat owners in Guernsey have criticised the Harbour Authority for removing hoses from the Island’s marinas, claiming there was a lack of consultation.
The Harbour Authority removed all of the communal hoses as they were being used for a number of different purposes including drinking and cleaning toilets.
The hoses were removed as the Harbour Authority was attempting to stop a “potential health risk”.
The president of the Guernsey Boatowners’ Association has spoken out and said that members have complained that it was “implemented without any consultation whatsoever”.
Speaking to the BBC, he said that the members had questioned why the decision was not delayed until it could be discussed at their next quarterly meeting with the Harbour Authority later this month.
The harbour master, Captain Chad Murray, said: "[It follows] a review of all our facilities and procedures identified this potential risk to health and safety... we felt we needed to act quickly to protect the public."
He did go on to say that they had tried to engage with the users of the harbour when possible, however, in this case there was an urgent need to remove a potential hazard.
Captain Murray then said that having to provide your own hose was “commonplace in other marinas” and he always keeps a spare hose on his boat for when he visited other places.
Sarah McGreevy, the harbour director, also spoke in the subject saying: "The water supply on the pontoons is used for various purposes. That could be to simply wash down the deck or top up a drinking water tank.
"However, it could equally be to clean out oily bilges, flush a sewage holding tank, unblock a toilet or wash down pets after swimming in the sea, to name just a few.
"Our problem is we have no control over how they were used, but we do have a duty to protect marina users from potential infection or contamination."
She added: "The water supply on the pontoons will still be there, so there is a fairly simple solution which is boat owners having their own hoses.
"We hope that is not too inconvenient for users, and it gives them confidence of knowing what the hose has been used for recently, as only they have access."