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Booking a dry dock online

You'll find a number of dry dock facilities around the country that you can hire to carry out repairs or maintenance to craft. You can also book online to use Wigan Dry Dock and Ellesmere Dry Dock.

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Both individual boaters and contractors can hire these docks.

Safe working in dry dock

These facilities are classed as workplaces so please take care to minimise the effect your work may have on yourself and on others.

Our safety guide will help you make best use of these facilities and to reduce the risk of an accident happening while using the dry dock. It covers common issues you may come across and ways to minimise risk. It's there to help you plan your work and is for general guidance only; it doesn't cover all activities or problems you may face.

Please remember, it's your responsibility, as a hirer or user of the dock, to carry out a risk assessment and to make sure all necessary precautionary measures are in place for your activities.

Book Wigan and Ellesmere dry docks online

Once you have read the guidance you can complete your application online. We'll use this information to check whether to grant you permission to carry out the requested work. Once you begin you'll be responsible for your works - we're not able to advise on how to carry them out.

Insurance while you work

It's also your responsibility to make sure you have sufficient insurance cover in place to cover loss or damage to your craft and any claims for injury or damage to third parties or their property caused by the work. You'll need to provide evidence of appropriate insurance before you start any work within the dry dock.

If you have any questions, please call us on 0303 040 4040.

Last Edited: 16 January 2019

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