The Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust is a registered charity limited by guarantee. No 515879

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Charging Ahead

Victron Energy are kindly donating one of their state of the art Quattro battery charger/inverters. This will replace an existing very large outdated battery charger unit and will ensure that we can recharge our large battery bank efficiently whilst also being able to supply 240v power on-board for running electrical equipment. 

Many thanks to Victron Energy UK.

Propelling Us Forward

Axiom Propellers are renowned for their innovation and quality. Our very own Captain Roger Francis is a fan of the unique design, commenting... .."the new props will result in a huge improvement to the handling the boat"

Axiom’s generosity has allowed us to replace our existing off-the-shelf propellers with two new custom made ones. This will improve boat handling, reduce vibration and increase energy efficiency. We are extremely grateful to Axiom for this donation.

Brecon Beacons Trust Have Put Their Trust In Us

We are extremely grateful to the Brecon Beacons Trust for supporting our "Beacon Bio-Boat" environmental education initiative . The grant will enable us to achieve our vision for a floating classroom for local school parties to learn about the natural environment of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Goytre Wharf Mooring Secured

ABC Leisure who operate Red Line Boats and now manage the whole of the Goytre Wharf site have kindly agreed to grant us the use of a mooring at the Wharf from which to run our Community Boat.

They have offered us a superb mooring position near to the Cafe which is already equipped with the necessary water and electricity supplies. We look forward operating from there during the coming summer season.

Many thanks to Hannah the new Goytre Wharf Manager.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority 

Grant our Wish

We are delighted to report that the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have offered us a grant under the Sustainable Development Fund initiative. The Authority is particularly keen to support our "Beacon Bio-Boat" eco-tourism and environmental education initiative catering for local school parties. We are most grateful to the Authority.

Motor-ing Ahead

Due to the generosity of the Lynch Motor Company we are able to replace our two ageing 72 volt electric motors with two brand new innovative, highly efficient, low maintenance, 48 volt ones. The units will come complete with Lynch designed and built Controllers and Throttle Levers.

Whilst having the same Lynch Motors as Gloriana, regrettably our Community Boat will have rather less ornamentation and gold leaf!

We are extremely grateful to Director Trevor Lees, who we suspect has a soft-spot for the Mon & Brec Canal.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Uskmouth Power Station new owners SIMEC step into the breach!

With the closure of Uskmouth Power Station and the laying off of the workforce by SSE Power, work on our Community Boat had ground to a halt.

We are delighted to announce that the new owners, SIMEC have agreed to continue with the work where SSE Power left off. With a fair wind, fabrication and welding works should therefore be complete within a few weeks.

SIMEC are a large international company with interests in shipping, industry, mining, energy and commodities, hence the name! As well as Uskmouth Power Station, they also own the nearby MIR (formerly Alphasteel) Steelworks.

We are also delighted to hear that power is once more being generated at Uskmouth, with plans to convert the boilers from burning coal to biomass fuel.

We welcome the company to Newport and give them our most grateful thanks for helping us with the project.