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  1. A minimum charge of 8m applies to all craning services. A maximum length of 16m applies to all vessel requiring storage ashore. A maximum weight limit of 18 tonnes applies to all craning services.

  2. Delays which necessitate lifting outside normal working hours will be charged at £130 per hour.

  3. Penton Craning Ltd do not operate lifting services at weekends or bank holidays except by prior arrangement. Weekend lifts attract a surcharge of 75% over the standard rate.

  4. Penton Craning Ltd cannot guarantee your required lifting date, especially when booking at short notice. We are unable to specify exact lifting times for any booking. Penton Craning Ltd will try to accommodate your lifting requirements however bookings are subject to change by the Company for reasons outside of their control.

  5. If 7 days’ notice of cancellation is given: 100% of fees will be refunded. If more than 48hrs notice but less than7 days’ notice is given: 50% of fees will be refunded. Less than 48hrs notice is given: No refund is payable

  6. Crane bookings are not confirmed until payment has been received in full. 

  7. The Weekend Package (package 6) includes a lift-out no later than 3.30pm on Friday afternoon and re-launch no later than 9am on the following Monday morning. If the vessel is not ready to be re-launched by 9am on Monday morning, then the package will convert to Packages 1 and 2 and the difference in price will be chargeable in addition to hardstanding fees. These additional charges will be at the rates applicable in the current published tariff.

  8. Penton Craning Ltd cannot be held responsible for any personal effects or equipment left on board any vessel during craning operations and storage. Penton Craning Ltd advises you remove all valuables and portable equipment prior to craning. Please ensure all fragile items are securely stowed. Penton Craning Ltd cannot be held responsible for any breakages.

  9. Penton Craning Ltd cannot accept liability for any damage caused when handling craft or when stored / moored on the Company Premises, except where it can be demonstrated that the Company has been negligent. You are responsible for making the crane driver aware of any specific lifting or chocking requirements prior to the lift. Vessels stored ashore on chocks or cradles may only be moved by the Company or have such chocks, block, cradles or other supports moved or adjusted by the Company.

  10. All pressure washing must be carried out by marina staff in the designated crane / wash-down area. Pressure washers are not permitted to be used on the hard standing under any circumstances.

  11. Penton Craning Ltd reserves the right to refuse to lift any vessel they feel would be unsafe or not suitable for the crane, hard standing or marina based on (but not limited to) dimensions, constructions material(s) or conditions of the vessel.

  12. Penton Craning Ltd does not lift wooden vessels.

  13. All vessels must have suitable insurance to cover the craning and storage ashore of the vessel.

  14. Ladders to climb aboard the vessel whilst ashore must be provided by yourself. The top of ladders should be secured to the vessel when climbing.

  15. No items must be thrown from the vessel, even in the instance where waste receptacles are below.

  16. No work that will cause noise should take place between the hours of 8pm and 8am.

  17. Under no circumstances are persons allowed to sleep on board vessels whilst they are stored ashore.

  18. All gas and fuel tank work should be undertaken by professionals. If you engage an outside contractor, they must report to the marina office to register and provide the appropriate insurance documents. A contractor’s fee is applicable.

  19. Children are not permitted to play on the hard standing. All children must be supervised at all times. Dogs must always be kept on a lead and should not cause a distraction, nuisance to other customers.

  20. Vehicles are not permitted to be parked on the hard standing. The owner must use the car park provided. Trolleys are available for transporting tools etc. All vehicles must display a Marina Developments car parking sticker which are available from the Marina Office.

  21. All rubbish must be removed from site to be disposed of and must never be left under the vessel as this will obstruct any movement of you boat and create a fire / health & safety risk.

  22. Penton Craning Ltd will not launch any vessel to water until the area of hard standing surrounding the vessel has been left clean and tidy and all waste has been removed from site.

  23. Shot / slurry blasting must not be carried out by boat owners or outside contractors without first gaining the written consent from the marina office.

  24. Vessels are permitted to remain ashore for a maximum of six months. Any vessels that remain ashore after this period will incur a 50% surcharge of the hard-standing fee.

  25. The Owner shall ensure that the vessel is prepared and ready for launch and shall further ensure that the vessel is checked for integrity and safety as soon as it is put afloat. The Owner must confirm by receipt of a signed Authority to Relaunch form that the vessel is entirely river worthy and safe to be launched and is ready for these services with all opening (seacocks/logs) below the waterline secure and watertight. Vessels will not be launched until the signed Authority to Launch form has been received by Penton Craning Ltd.

  26. Vessels stored ashore will be launched or put afloat in such sequence as to avoid moving other vessels for this purpose and also so as to make the most economical use of the facilities at the Company’s disposal at the Owners request, the Company will, if possible, launch his vessel but the cost of moving other vessels for this purpose and / or any attendant expenses must be paid for by the owner. The basis of such charges is available to the owner on request.


Penton Craning LTD is a safety conscious company and recognises the fact that marinas and boatyards are potentially hazardous environments. Owners and their guests (owner’s party) are required to comply with PENTON CRANING REGULATIONS available from TBS Boats office. There are also a number of safety points that we would like to bring to your attention.


  • No person may remain on board a craft being lifted or moved by boatyard equipment. Staying on board overnight whilst the vessel is chocked is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

  • Pressure washing whilst the vessel is chocked is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

  • Persons nominated as banksman are always to direct all operations involving all boatyard equipment.

  • When boats have been ‘‘blocked off’’ by Penton Craning employees, only Penton Craning employees are permitted to move shores, wedges or blocks. If you require assistance, please ask.

  • Engines must not be run whilst vessels are ashore, due to possible movement in cradle or shores caused by vibration.

  • When anti-fouling, sanding or scraping off anti-foul, all persons must wear protective clothing including face masks, gloves and eye protection. All residues and any paint spilt on the ground must be removed and placed in waste disposal bins provided.

  • Whilst boats are being lifted/launched/held in slings for scrubbing or other purposes, owners are required to keep clear of the work area when requested to do so by Penton Craning Staff and only approach the work area when permitted and then only if wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.

  • Do not drop ore throw anything off a boat and make sure halyards, rigging and covers are taut and are not attached to shores, chocks or wedges. Extreme care should be exercised when personnel are under boats and no person is permitted to go under a suspended vessel.

  • Please contact a member of staff before connecting to any electricity supply (supply of electricity is subject to availability).

  • Only registered rigging contractors will be permitted to go aloft on any vessel stored ashore and then only at the discretion of the site management.

  • Whilst boats are on hard standing, ladders used for access should not be secured to any blocks or boats stands and are to be removed from boats and securely stored when not in use to prevent unauthorised use or access. 

  • Parking on the main hard standing is not permitted. Trolleys are provided to aid transporting your possessions to and fro. In other areas and where possible, cards should be parked away from boats supported by shores and extreme care should be exercised when manoeuvring vehicles in boatyards.


  • Whilst boats are stored ashore, petrol in portable containers and all other flammable substances, including has cylinders, should be removed from the boat and the premises.


  • Any contractor working on a boat must be registered by MDL in accordance with its current policy.

  • Welding, brazing, grinding and other ‘’Hot Operations’’ must be performed by trained and qualified persons registered by MDL and operating under MDL’s permit to work system.


  • It is important to read the instructions printed on the tin. When sprayed, this product is extremely hazardous to health.

  • ‘’2 Pot’’ Polyurethane paints contain iso-cyanates that are hazardous to health and may only be used in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. Spraying many only take place in properly ventilated spray shops approved by the Environmental Health Officer and Penton Craning.

  • Under no circumstances may any person spray paint in MDL’s undercover facilities without prior written approval, which may be refused


  • Shot blasting is STRICTLY PROHIBITED


  • Pontoons are slippery when wet or icy. Extreme care must be taken at all times.

  • It is recommended that you should always wear a life jacket when on pontoons

  • Take note of where fire-fighting equipment is located. Do not use water hoses on electrical or oil fires.

  • Take note of where safety ladders are located and remember that transom ladders can be useful if someone falls into the water.

  • Please contact a member of staff before connecting to the pontoon electricity supply. All electricity leads must be in good condition and wired for correct polarity. When connecting to the electricity supply extreme care must be taken not to touch the metal pins of the plug.



Should you have a query on any safety matter please contact the Site Manager who has overall responsibility for Health & Safety

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