Safely crossing a waterway is an important aspect of safe boating. Communicating potential dangerous junctions, information how to cross them safely and knowledge about the skipper's blind spot to both commercial skippers and boaters improves safe crossing.
Danger zones (better: safety zones) have been defined for each partner country. These safety junctions of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands have been developed together and can be found in all safety apps (PoGo France and United Kingdom, and Safeguider Netherlands.)
Making a safety junction danger
- Strong current sometimes depending on tides or wind (direction and strength)
- Sand banks and small fairways
- High-speed zones
- A lot of professional shipping
- A poor overview of the location (e.g. large buildings, trees on the shores).
About 100 crossing points in the Netherlands are referred to as safety junctions. When a boater plans a trip, small maps with navigation routes can be downloaded (varendoejesamen.nl).
Requested action and output
The number of described safety junctions is still increasing. If project partners have defined new safety junctions, they are requested to mail this information to firstname.lastname@example.org. New safety junctions will be shared.
Following this Dutch example and action in France and the United Kingdom a questionnaire has been distributed in order to develop a list of safety junctions in France and the United Kingdom. The aim is to define crossing points as safety junctions and communicate these to boaters in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to help them pass safely.
Project partners are being asked to complete the inventory and send it to Waterrecreatie Nederland (e-mail email@example.com).
We would like to know:
- the described safety zones in your country, including your suggestion how to communicate them
- your suggestions how to improve safe boating.