Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit and Ramora UK are offering a flare disposal service this spring, and will be visiting Cowes Yacht Haven on Saturday, 17th May from 10:00 to 15:00.
The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.
David Welch, Ramora UK’s Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to partner Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit in running this service. The collection and disposal of these potentially dangerous items is vitally important to public safety and should be dealt with by experts; we are proud to provide this to members of the public.”
Up to 10 flares per private individual will be accepted free of charge, however, the organisers will be asking for a charitable donation. Previous events have charged £2 per flare. Disposal of more than 10 flares will only be possible by prior agreement.
Over the year, the organisers hope to raise enough money through donations to buy a sailing dinghy (or dinghies), 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.
Sgt Tony Birr, OIC Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit, added: “This is another great example of how we can work with our partners to provide an effective service to the marine community whilst promoting public safety and giving something back to society in the form of youth activities.”
Sarah Thorpe, Hampshire Constabulary’s Energy and Environmental Compliance Advisor stated: “These amnesties provide a safe and compliant way to dispose of flares; reducing the potential detrimental risks to both people and the environment through inappropriate and irresponsible disposal methods.”
For further information please contact Hampshire Police Marine Unit via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.