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RYANI Works With PSNI to Organise Marine Flare Disposal Day

21st May 2024
RYANI chief Greg Yarnall with PSNI officers announcing the forthcoming marine flare disposal day for Northern Ireland boaters
RYANI chief Greg Yarnall with PSNI officers announcing the forthcoming marine flare disposal day for Northern Ireland boaters Credit: RYANI

RYA Northern Ireland has been working closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Stephen Dunne, MLA for North Down to arrange a marine flare disposal day for Northern Ireland boaters.

As previously reported on, marine flares have become increasingly difficult to dispose of in Northern Ireland in recent years, which RYANI recognises “has been a source of immense frustration for boaters”.

But soon NI boaters will have an opportunity to dispose of out-of-date flares at three locations on Saturday 15 June.

Portrush Yacht Club, Bangor Marina and Lough Erne Yacht Club will each host a drop-off point from 10am to 3pm on the day.

“We would encourage all with these marine flares which are past their best to use this opportunity to safely dispose of them and replace with more reliable flares,” said Inspector Stephen Burke of the PSNI’s Explosives Blasting Unit.

“You should never use flares that are expired or damaged. Nor should you dispose, discard or dump flares anywhere, whether at sea or on land.

“Flares are explosive devices. Anyone possessing a flare is responsible for it until it has been used or properly disposed of in the appropriate way such as at one of these disposal days.”

The PSNI also reminds NI boat owners that ‘Written Police Consent’ must be given prior to the purchase of marine distress pyrotechnics. To apply for this consent, download the application form from the RYA and send the completed application to [email protected] which is also the contact for any related queries.

The RYA website has more HERE. Team

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About the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Northern Ireland 

  • The RYA is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.
  • The RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.
  • The RYA has more than 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes, which represent some 350,000 boaters throughout the UK. It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK take part in boating activity annually.
  • The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,400 RYA Recognised Training Centres across 58 countries. More than 250,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.
  • The RYA is responsible for one of the UK’s most successful Olympic medal-winning sports. Our coaching and development schemes actively support 800 of our country’s top sailors, from talented juniors to Olympic and World champions.
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  • The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYA NI) acts for the RYA in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Chairman of RYA NI is invited to join the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Policy Review Committee.
  • You can find the RYA Northern Ireland at Sketrick House, GE8, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH.
  • RYA NI is a company limited by guarantee – Registration number NI 51945
  • Contact RYA NI: Tel: 02891 827154 email: [email protected]