UCBC Mooring Buoy Program Goals
To protect and preserve the life around and on the reefs from anchor damage.
To provide a safe temporary moorage for dive boats. The mooring buoy project is to benefit all divers by providing a safe dive boat mooring and a reef protected from anchors.
Mooring Buoy Program Overview
Upon implementing the mooring buoy program we have tried to keep certain key themes in mind.
- The mooring buoys will be available to all uses on a first come first serve bases, regardless of funding sources.
- Buoys will be kept free of all advertisements and graffiti and will bear only the official markings as required by the Canadian shipping act private mooring buoy regulations and the official UCBC logo and address.
- An inspection program is to be carried out on all buoys placed by the UCBC and a log of such inspection will be present to any person(s) or group upon request.
- Maintenance will be completed on buoys on an as necessary requirement.
- The use of the UCBC mooring buoys are at the risk of the boat owners and vessel captains.
- Under no circumstances will UCBC assume any liability for the use of a buoy.
- At any time a mooring buoy is deem not safe by a UCBC Director, the buoy will be removed.
It is our idea to create mooring buoy groups or cells in the various areas that mooring buoy are desired. The function of these cells will be to locate sites for buoy placement, install the buoy, then carry out the maintenance and logged inspections.
This organizational format will not place undue strain on any one group or club to upkeep a large number of buoys. Three buoys should be the limiting number under one group and the cell should split and the responsibilities separated.
UCBC will control and direct all design, construction, research, and official marking for all buoys. This will allow for a standard and uniform buoy that will become recognizable over time to all mariners and the general public, also a high level of quality can be up held in the construction of the buoys.
A standard and uniform mooring buoy will give the UCBC an ability to market and advertise the buoys from all areas as one large integrated package.
The approximate life of a buoy is estimated at 15 years, depending on how much maintenance is carried out.
Anchor lines are the weak link in the system and changing of the down rode over the 15 year life span will be necessary.
Each anchor line will wear at a different rate and the life of each line will have to be determined by experience.