Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in conjunction with Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading bomb disposal companies and the below marinas are offering "a distress flare amnesty" for private boat owners. The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
Out-of-date flares can be delivered to the following sites in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight.
Sat 26th April - Northney Marina
Sat 10th May - Hamble Point Marina
Sat 17th May - Cowes Yacht Haven
Sun 10th Aug - Lymington Yacht Haven
Sun 19th Oct - Hamble Point Marina
The service will be between 1000hrs & 1500hrs on the above dates and will be in conjunction with open days/boat shows already taking place at the venue.
Up to ten flares per private individual will be accepted free of charge however the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit will be asking for a charitable donation. Previous other events have charged £2 per flare. Disposal of quantities greater than ten will only be possible by prior agreement.
Over the year they hope to raise enough money to buy a sailing dinghy(ies) which they will then donate to a sailing club(s) for the use of young people who would not normally get the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing.
For further information please contact Hampshire Police Marine Unit via their email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Thornham Team
01243 375 335