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Mooring vacancies to become eBay-style auctions

British Waterways has announced that the "mooring tenders" system is to be modified to become an open auction, in a similar vein to the well-known eBay auction website.

Boaters bidding on moorings will be able to see the current high bid and make their own bids accoridngly. The new system is expected to go live in the first half of 2009 after software changes have been made to BW's auction website.

BW chief executive Robin Evans also said several further refinements were being considered. "We have gained useful insights from the consultation," he said, "which has influenced our decision to use the web-based system to allocate vacancies at fixed prices in some situations - e.g. when a new site opens with multiple vacancies. We will also be looking at the trade's suggestion to offer use of the site to private mooring operators for advertising their vacancies, and even to facilitate short term mooring exchanges (or mooring swaps) between customers. A further idea we will consider is to advertise vacancies on a metre by metre rather than per berth basis."

For those with an existing BW mooring, the price they pay will now be reviewed every three years rather than every year, with "cost inflation" increases in the intervening years.

The full report can be seen at http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/mooringconsultation08 .

Thursday 23 October  | Richard Fairhurst  | 11.03am, Thursday 23 October 2008

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