Over the last few years there have been various incidents near Sharpness where towed vessels have caused damage, not only to canal structures, such as bridges, but to other boats and craft that use our waterways.
Because of this we have introduced the following documents to check the standard of towing and make sure all vessels being towed are safe, insured and manned by a competent crew.
To assess the method of tow, we've prepared a towage requirements document and application form, which you will need to complete in advance.
Emergency towage requirements
We appreciate that sometimes it's necessary to tow a vessel in an emergency. Therefore, we've also prepared an emergency towage requirements and application form.
This pre-approved application will enable operators to be allowed to carry out emergency tow activities on our waterways.