KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
Dunkirk Spirit vs Brussels Bloody-Mindedness
From Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail 26th June 2009

Back in 1940, the pleasure boat Coronia was one of the flotilla of small ships which evacuated the beaches at Dunkirk.

In recent years, it has been operating a daily 34-mile round trip service between the Yorkshire resorts of Scarborough and Whitby.

But now the boat's captain, Tom Machin, has been told by EU safety officials that under new rules he is limited to 30 nautical miles a day. So he has to turn round two miles short of Whitby or face prosecution.

Previously, the regulations had applied only to vessels built from 2000 onwards.

The Coronia has been a fixture of the seaside scene for years, bringing pleasure to thousands of holidaymakers and boosting the economies of both towns.

Captain Machin has appealed, but he was told there could be no exemptions. 'She could go to Dunkirk, but she can't go to Whitby.'

It doesn't seem to have occurred to the jobsworths in Brussels that if it hadn't been for little ships like the Coronia, there wouldn't have been an EU, just a Nazi tyranny.

Those surviving brave men and women who risked their own lives for our freedom back in 1940 must sometimes wonder why they bothered.

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Valian

Let sleeping dogs lie
Dunkirk Spirit vs Brussels Bloody-Mindedness
Indeed KKOB. You can bet your bottom dollar that if this happened to someone in another EU country, they wouldn't take any notice and would get away with it.

Seems to me that the UK is the only one to really follow the sometimes ridiculous rules and regs set out by faceless bureaucrats who appear to know sod all about real life.

Don't get me started on bananas....... Ggrrr
 

Akasya

Postless Pointer
Dunkirk Spirit vs Brussels Bloody-Mindedness
Fortunately we live here in the UK, limitations have ( in modern times ) been placed on old vessels. At it's last inspection fifteen holes in the hull were found, these had to be repaired forthwith. This restriction is to save lives, something many third world countries do not have a clue about. This boat is now 73 years old.

You either believe in restricting older vessels or you don't. 15 miles per trip, 16, 17 or 99,if you believe in a restricition it must be set somewhere. To someone, just a couple of more miles will always seem insignificant.

Steve.
 

giglets

Member
Dunkirk Spirit vs Brussels Bloody-Mindedness
Fortunately we live here in the UK, limitations have ( in modern times ) been placed on old vessels. At it's last inspection fifteen holes in the hull were found, these had to be repaired forthwith. This restriction is to save lives, something many third world countries do not have a clue about. This boat is now 73 years old.

You either believe in restricting older vessels or you don't. 15 miles per trip, 16, 17 or 99,if you believe in a restricition it must be set somewhere. To someone, just a couple of more miles will always seem insignificant.

Steve.


Steve,

Seems to me that two separate issues are being mixed up here.

If faults were found which rendered the vessel either unsafe or unseaworthy, then these should simply be repaired to a sufficient standard to enable her to regain her certificate of fitness (or whatever the equivalent is).

If a change in legislation, whether by the EU or nationally, results in the ending of this particular service, for the sake of a minimal excess in distance, then the obvious thing to do is seek an exemption from that legislation on the grounds of local need/demand and history of use.

Health and safety legislation has a very worthy aim, but, all too frequently, is painted with a very wide brush and seems to lack any modicum of common sense or the ability to accommodate flexibility in respect of reasonable requests.

Without doubt, this boat should keep on providing the service given if it is passed safe to do so!

PS The paddle steamer Waverley, based on The Clyde, is 62 yrs old, has been recently refurbished and looks set for the same again!!



Dave
 

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