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Police Checks Belgium 04 Oct 2015 21:26 #67221

  • Andy Soper
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We have been stopped and checked by the Wallonian Water Police twice in two weeks.

Both checks were from Liege based officers - polite, correct, good humoured and determined.

The items checked were:

Skippers licence - UK ICC accepted
Skippers home address and date of birth
Ships radio licence, list of equipment fitted (but no check against actual), ATIS variation and number.
Radio Operator's licence - UK SRC accepted
Communtaire Certificate (we are over 20m in length) - Dutch certificate accepted
Registration - UK SSR accepted
Lifejackets - asked number carried ' quarte et deux pour chiens' accepted - no physical check
Fire extinguishers - one checked - 'in the green on the gauge' - accepted

One officer asked for 'certificate de jeaugage' but accepted not required as we are a visiting ship.
He also commented - after the three commercials and left the lock - that I should use two lines to secure in a lock and not use my prop and one line to hold position in the lock. I did not argue that the commercials had all used this technique!

Hope this helps others to prepare for Wallonia

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Best Wishes
Andy Soper
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