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Agenda Item No.

 

 

CARDIFF BAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 23rd November, 2011.

 

Present:

 

Mrs. C. Dimond (Vice-Chairman)

Cardiff Flood Action Committee

Mr. J. Harrison

Environment Agency Wales

Councillor N. Howells

Cardiff City Council

Mr. P. Barry

Cardiff Yacht Club / RYA

Mrs. S. Newbold

British Marine Federation / CBYC / RYA

Mr. T. Rees

Glamorgan Anglers

Mr. S. Jones

Quay Marinas Ltd.

 

Also present:

 

Mr. S. Howell

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Ms. N. Taylor

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Mr. C. Hope

Vale of Glamorgan Council.

 

 

(a)       Apologies for Absence -

 

These were received from Councillor P. Church (Chairman), Councillor A.M. Ernest (Penarth Town Council), Mr. A. Parker (Independent Representative), Mr. M. Chidlow (Harbour Master) and his Deputy, Mr. Lewis.

 

 

(b)       Minutes -

 

AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 21st September, 2011 be accepted as a correct record.

 

 

(c)        Matters Arising -

 

In referring to the Environment Agency’s offer of a number of Bream for the Bay, it was reported that it had been discovered that the fish supplies would have come from a lake which contained parasites.  The supply of Bream did not therefore materialise.

 

Mr. Rees advised that he believed Cosmeston Lakes had surplus stocks of Bream and it was reported that subject to the normal health check, these could be obtained.

 

Additionally, it was

 

AGREED - T H A T a report be brought before a future meeting of the Advisory Committee giving facts and figures on the fish population present in the Bay.

 

 

(d)       Progress Update - Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon Howell -

 

Mr. Howell, the Operational Manager for the Harbour Authority, apprised the Committee on the following matters.

 

·                    Oxygen levels had remained high throughout the year with only five minor reductions below the 5mg/l standard between 17th June and 19th August.  These were all minor events, brief in duration and barely below the standard. All events were reported to the Environment Agency who were satisfied with the monitoring, investigations and mitigation measures (oxygenation barge and increased aeration output).

·                    Bay algal levels were low and there were no algal scums reported throughout the year to date.

·                    Over the past two months there had been a number of minor pollution incidents.  A fuel oil spill in Maindy got into the surface water system and entered the River Taff near Blackweir in October.  Oil containment and absorbent booms were deployed which prevented damage to the river.  On the same day a road accident in St. Fagans resulted in a similar spill on the River Ely that raised similar issues and again this was contained.  Last Friday there was a need to deploy oil spill booms, this time around a capsized boat at Cardiff Yacht Club to contain diesel leaking from the vessel into the Bay.  The boat was raised by the Yacht Club on Saturday and moved to dry storage.

·                    A contract was currently being let to install river bank protection works along a length of the River Taff adjacent to Taffs Mead Embankment.  The work was currently programmed for January / February 2012 and should help prevent future river bank erosion in this area.

·                    Installation of new hand railing on the edge of the coping stones at Roald Dahl Plass adjacent to the Water Tower had commenced.

·                    Pont y Werin Bridge obtained a gold award at last week’s Green Apple Environmental Awards in London.

·                    The surfrider development received planning consent from Cardiff Council last week.  Construction was due to commence in June next year and be opened by April 2013.

·                    The Barrage had operated well this year to date with no significant issues over the past two months.  Maintenance was presently continuing on lock 3 although this should be back in operation by February.

·                    Work to update the process control system on the Barrage had commenced off site and installation on the Barrage would start in January.  A process control engineer had recently been appointed who would oversee this work and reduce the need for external consultants in this area in future.

·                    The fish pass maintenance programme would be agreed with the Environment Agency shortly and this would take place in the new year as usual.

·                    The construction of maintenance access steps at  Pont y Werin had been delayed following a redesign to consider opening this up to public access.  A revised scheme had been designed and approval was currently being sought from the Vale of Glamorgan Highways.

·                    There was a proposed strike on 30th November and, should this go ahead, the Barrage locks would be closed on that day.  Access would be maintained for emergency access for RNLI etc. and the clubs and marinas would be informed of this once it was certain that the strike would proceed.

 

AGREED - T H A T Mr. Howell be thanked for his informative report.

 

 

(e)       Progress Update - Environment Agency - Mr. J. Harrison -

 

Mr. Harrison commended the Cardiff Harbour Authority for its response to the pollution incidents referred to above.  The successful resolution of the incidents was in no small part the result of the sharing of information between the various bodies involved, resulting in an ability to respond quickly to such incidents.

 

The Environment Agency would take robust action against those responsible for any pollution incidents arising from negligence or deliberate acts.

 

On a wider issue, Mr. Harrison advised of the existence of the Bristol Channel Standing Environment Group, which he Chairs.  It is part of the wider Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s national plan for marine pollution incidents.  This group would be involved in any major incident in the Channel which could involve the Cardiff Harbour Authority. 

 

AGREED - T H A T Mr. Harrison be thanked for his informative report.

 

 

(f)         Navigational Safety - Cardiff Harbour Authority -

 

Mr. Howell advised that, in future, this would be a standing item on Agendas for meetings of the Advisory Committee, although it was acknowledged that there may not be business to consider on every occasion.

 

 

(i)         MAIB report into the collision between two Cardiff Bay Yacht Club RIBs

 

Committee were advised of the outcome of an investigation of a collision between two Cardiff Yacht Club RIBs which had resulted in injuries to students.  The investigation had been carried out by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

 

The synopsis of the Investigation Report is reproduced below:

On 27th October 2010, two Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) belonging to the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club (CBYC) collided while transporting a number of children across Cardiff Bay.  As a result of the impact three children were thrown into the water, while others suffered abrasions and muscular injuries.

 

The children, all girls, were participants in an International Optimist Class Association (UK) (IOCA) training event.  Following an evening social activity, the group were being ferried from the clubhouse across Cardiff Bay to their accommodation.

 

The two RIBs carried no navigation lights or torches and were proceeding at about 20 knots in the dark.  They were being drive by 17 year olds who held Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Level 2 certificates, a qualification that did not equip them for night-time operations.

 

A Cardiff Harbour Authority (CHA) “common sense regulation” which stated that “persons under the age of 18 years must not take charge of a power driven vessel with an engine exceeding 5 horse power” was in force at the time of the accident.  However, the CBYC chief instructor was unaware of the regulation when he appointed the drivers to the two RIBs, which were equipped with 50 horse power engines.

 

The investigation identified a number of safety issues.  These include a lack of planning and risk assessment for the night-time ferrying activity, poor awareness of harbour regulations, and shortcomings in the CBYC’s maintenance and safety procedures for its boats.

 

A recommendation has been made to the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club which seeks to improve the Club’s safety management system and control of risk.  Recommendations have also been made to the Cardiff Harbour Authority to confirm the appointment of a designated person and measures to improve stakeholders’ awareness about the statutory role of the Authority.”

 

The Chairman thanked Mr. Howell for his report.

 

 

(ii)        Revised CHA Port Safety Management Plan

 

Mr. Howell advised that the Navigational Safety Plan had been revised.  Consultation on the revised Plan had been undertaken, and the Plan would be posted on the Cardiff Harbour Authority website.

 

 

(g)       Any Other Business-

 

(i)         Beach Walk Way and Public Use of Steps at Pont Y Werin

 

With the Chairman’s consent, a copy of a letter received from Penarth Town Council was circulated, the contents of which read:

 

At a recent meeting of this Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee a discussion took place about the possibility of creating a beach walkway from the Barrage around to the Penarth foreshore.

 

Town Councillors are aware that there already exists an unofficial path from beyond the Barrage that at low tide allows access to Penarth foreshore and Esplanade.

 

This Council would be grateful if Cardiff Harbour Authority could advise on whether the proposal is feasible.  It is accepted that the foreshore is subject to the tide but given proper signage warning of the dangers and with little work it is suggested that a beach walkway could be created.

 

Such a path would create an alternate route in and out of Penarth for those who are able bodied and it would eliminate the need for a steep walk up Dock Road into the town.

 

Town Councillors would be happy to attend a site visit with relevant officers to discuss this suggestion.”

 

In view of the issues raised in the letter, including access along the foreshore, and the need for Disability Discrimination Act compliance, it was

 

AGREED - T H A T Mr. S. Howell send a suitable response to Penarth Town Council.

 

 

(ii)        Removal of Wreck Insurance

 

Mrs. Newbold enquired if boat users of the Bay should, at a minimum, possess 3rd Party insurance together with cover for the removal of wrecks.

 

Mr. Jones advised that this was a requirement of Quay Marinas Ltd.

 

Mr. Howells agreed to investigate the situation.

 

 

(h)        Date of Next Meeting -

 

AGREED - T H A T the next meeting be held on Wednesday, 18th January, 2012, at 5.15 pm in the Cardiff Harbour Authority offices.

 

 

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