From:                                         Amy Johnson <A.johnson@thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org>

Sent:                                           13 April 2012 18:05

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Seven

 


Issue Seven – 13 April, 2012

 


Fire Safety

 

An important aspect of safety during the Pageant is the prevention of fires. To help us all prepare, we have been working with Justin Coo, Station Manager at Lambeth River Station and Section Leader for the Fire Vessels in the Flotilla, who has suggested the following checks for you as vessel owners in preparation for the Pageant:

 

-          Make sure you check and maintain your boats fuel, gas and electrical systems ahead of the Pageant

-          Only carry a gas cylinder if required and if you do bring one ensure it is suitable for your needs, make certain that it is securely stored, that valves are switched off for the Pageant and that it is in good working order.

-          Plan for emergencies by ensuring all on board know the procedure, where fire blankets and extinguishers are stored and how to use them.

 

For more information and for full guidance on Fire Safety on Board, please click here.

 

FINAL REMINDER: PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY DATA CHANGES FOR THE LIST OF VESSELS IN THE SOUVENIR BROCHURE!

 

Vessel Capacities

 

A process to review vessel capacities began a few weeks ago, but with 1,000 vessels in the flotilla, this takes some time to complete. The last edition of the newsletter prompted more enquiries and we are continuing to review all individual vessel capacities with the PLA and MCA.

 

As with our initial selection process, this review focuses on the safety of participants in the unique circumstances that relate to the Pageant, where vessels will often be less than two boat lengths apart; final numbers are based on ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all. The recovery of just one person from the river will create significant disruption among surrounding vessels and we must do our best to avoid this scenario.  We will issue the final list with the next edition of the newsletter.

 

We understand that there are concerns with meeting the security submissions deadline and we can confirm that all vessels whose capacity is being reviewed will receive additional time to complete the forms.

 

If you have any concerns, please contact us.

 

 

In the Press…

 

With two vessels in the Pageant (Howard D and Norman Le Brocq) Jersey are looking for an artist to commemorate the experience:

 

BBC News: Jersey article

 

 

 

The Eastern Daily Press reports on the vessels from Lowestoft that will be joining the Pageant:

 

Eastern Daily Press article

 

 

 

Latest images and updates of the preparations for the Royal Barge:

 

Daily Mail Online article

 

 Boat of the Week: Fire Flash

 

The latest in a long line of fire boats on the river, London Fire Brigade currently maintains one operational fire boat to respond to incidents and to support the operational crews from its land-based stations. The brigade has a second boat which is used for training and as a reserve when the duty boat need servicing. 

 

Both built by Almarintec of Northumberland in 1998 they are driven by two Hamilton water jets. Each unit provides 500 litres per second of thrust being powered by 2 x Volvo TAMD 63 engines producing 370 horsepower at 2800 rev/min.

 

The Fireboat’s rescue capabilities include 3 inflatable mud mats, a ‘Jason’s cradle’ for picking up casualties from the river and a bow ramp which can be lowered for beaching and landing on the foreshore.

 

The fire fighting facilities include a monitor which can deliver water from the Thames at 1850 litres per minute at 10 bars. In addition the boats have two delivery outlets which can supply water via a hose ashore arrangement for land crews. A separate Hughes noble ejector pump is available for “pumping out” vessels taking on water. The large stable deck area is an ideal working platform for casualty care, and on occasions casualties have even been lowered onto it by helicopter.

 

 

Pageant Products

As reported last week, the Pageant Merchandise Webshop is now open and as participants you will receive 20% discount on all items (excluding embroidery) if you enter the promo code TDJP2012 when purchasing. To start shopping go to: www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org and click on the webshop link in the top right-hand corner.

 

 

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