No No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Week  43



NAVIGATIONAL NEAR MISS & INCIDENTS  - NEW WAY OF REPORTING


A new way of reporting Navigational Near Misses and Incidents has been developed and is now publicly available to all River Users through our website or the PLA Tidal Thames app on your smartphone.


Download on the image for the full PDF



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2021

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GRAVESEND REACH  - FIREWORK DISPLAY


Mariners are advised that contractors instructed by Gravesham Borough Council will stage a firework display in Gravesend Reach on Friday 05th November 2021.


Fireworks will be launched from Port of London Authority (PLA) vessel LONDON TITAN, which will be moored off Gordon Promenade. The firework display is expected to commence at 2000 and be of 20 minutes’ duration.


A safety zone, as marked in red on the chartlet below, will be established between approximately 1945 and 2030. During this time period, no vessel is to enter the safety zone, except with the express permission of either London VTS or the attending PLA Harbour Service Launch.

Vessels already secured on their allocated moorings within the safety zone may remain at the Owners’ own risk but must not be underway at any time while the safety zone is in force.

For the latest information, contact London VTS on VHF ch.68 or telephone 01474 562215.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L19 of 2021

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Week  43


 Ipswich Lock Closure - updated


Mariners are advised that Ipswich Lock will be closed for essential maintenance from 06:00 Monday 1st November 2021 until 18:00 Sunday 14th November 2021.


During these works we are unable to continue normal locking in and out activities. Transit through the lock may be possible during free flow (shortly before high water). Vessels intending to transit during free flow are requested to give 24 hours advance notice. In addition, please be aware that an additional pontoon will be located on the west wall to enable maintenance – this will restrict the width available and the beam of vessels which can safely transit the lock.


If the works are completed earlier than expected, then the lock will be re-opened to normal operation as soon as possible.


Please contact Orwell Navigation Service, callsign ‘Ipswich Port Radio’ on VHF 68 or 01473 213526 for the latest information and advice.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2021

Week  43


 Scientific Survey – River Orwell


Mariners are advised that a scientific survey will be undertaken on Saturday 6th November 2021 in the River Orwell. The survey will be carried out by 18m survey vessel ‘Humber Guardian’, callsign 2ENC3, and will involve use of trawl nets.


Mariners are requested to keep well clear of this vessel during the surveying work and particularly when engaged in trawling.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2021

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East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn


Change of position: Light Buoy “B”.


Mariners are advised that the light buoy “B” has been moved to the following position. 52° 49.090’ N 00° 21.146’ E.


Please note that this position is approx. 15m to the east of the remains of beacon “B” base and the buoy provides a visual indication of the foul ground area centred on: 52° 49.090’ N 00° 21.136’ E.


NtM 27/2020 is now cancelled.


Please contact the Harbour Office for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 30 of 2021


Week  43


RIVER MEDWAY – MEDWAY APPROACH CHANNEL - SS RICHARD MONTGOMERY WRECK SURVEY


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Briggs Marine will be undertaking a detailed survey of the SS Richard Montgomery wreck and have obtained written permission to enter the prohibited area from the MCA receiver of Wreck. The survey work will be completed between 20th October 2021 and 31st October 2021 and will be carried out within the exclusion zone of the wreck. The Briggs Marine vessel “Thames Guardian” will conduct survey operations and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch.74 at all times.


Please be advised that during survey operations the vessel will be restricted in it’s ability to manoeuvre and other vessels are requested to pass with caution and minimise their wash. During survey operations the vessel will display the appropriate day shapes/signals and lights as required by the IRPCS


Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148.


Marine Operations Department

Peel Ports London Medway



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 41 of 2021

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Burnham Fairway No. 11 Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Burnham Fairway No 11 Lighted Buoy is back in operation.

Notice to Mariners No 41of 2021 is hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 42 of 2021

Week  42



 PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH


South Corton Buoy - Off Station


The South Corton buoy is back on  station in position 52° 33.370’N 001° 48.410’E




Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2021

Week  42



BARKING REACH  - BARKING RIVERSIDE PIER - CONSTRUCTION WORKS


On or about Monday 18th October 2021, McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd working on behalf of Barking Riverside Limited will commence construction works of the new Barking Riverside Pier, works are expected to last until the end of January 2022.


Jack-Up barge ADMIRAL will be moored as shown below supported by delivery barges and tugs.

A navigational exclusion zone will be established as defined by the red boxed area shown opposite. Only vessels engaged in the works may enter the exclusion zone.


Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedure set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’.


Safety boat THE MOLLY will be on station during working hours and maintain a watch on VHF Channel 14.


Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14 as required.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M42 of 2021

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Week  42


APPROACHES TO MERSEA AND TOLLESBURY


Admiralty Chart 3741


RECHARGE OPERATIONS


MMO Marine Licence L/2018/00131/3


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2021 – APRIL 2022


Notice is hereby given that contractors working on behalf of Harwich Harbour Authority with the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust and the Environment Agency will be operating in locations at Cobmarsh Island, Packing Marsh, Old Hall and Tollesbury Wick to distribute recharge material of a mix of sand and coarse gravel to rebuild and reinforce natural wavebreaks protecting Mersea Harbour and Tollesbury between approximately 51o45.20N 00o52.50E and 51o46.30N 00o54.30E


The contractors, Boskalis NV and Van Oord will be employing a specialist shallow draft dredger “Sospan Dau”(IMO 7711062) Gr Tonnage 1,546 LOA 72.80m Dft 2.80m. Delivery will be carried out on every high water (weather permitting), day and night, either by direct pumping of material over the bow of the dredger, or via a floating pipeline. Connection of the dredger to the pipeline and positioning the placement end will be carried out by a Multicat MCS Anekke (IMO 9570905) and a workboat.


This work is commensurate with the application made to the MMO in respect of the above licence under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.


Work is programmed to take place at every High Water, weather permitting, commencing early or mid November 2021 until completion by April 2022


For further information regarding this Notice contact

Mersea Harbour Protection Trust on 01206 382843

Or email savemerseaharbour@gmail.com



MERSEA HARBOUR PROTECTION TRUST NOTICE TO MARINERS

Week  42


RAMSGATE ROYAL HARBOUR  - WEST QUERN BUOY


Mariners are advised that the West Quern Buoy has now been recovered from Dumpton Gap

and is now back on station.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2021

Week  41




ST. CLEMENT’S REACH - STONENESS LIGHTHOUSE REPLACEMENT


On or about 29th September 2021, works will commence to replace the Stoneness Lighthouse structure. The works will be undertaken using the Jack-up barge HAVEN SEASEVEN, with safety boats RONA D and HOLTON on site. The works are expected to be completed by 15th October.


The light is expected to be inoperable for 7 days from 02nd October. Disruption will be minimised as far as possible, though timing and duration are subject to change. Further updates will be given by London VTS on Channel 68.


The chartlet opposite shows the location of the works:


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L18 of 2021

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Week  41


Geophysical and environmental site investigation in the North Sea


Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm Limited has contracted Fugro GB Marine Limited (Fugro) to carry out a geophysical and environmental site investigation in the North Sea for the proposed Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm (FEOW) site.


The Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm site is located to the east of Felixstowe and bordering the

Greater Gabbard and Galloper existing wind farms.


Geophysical operations are expected to continue in this area up to the end of November 2021.


It is requested that anybody having knowledge of any potential objects submerged or moored on the seabed within the works area that could be damaged by, or form a hazard to, the vessel and its

equipment advises the Project's Fishing Liaison Officer of their position and nature. The Project has also requested the clearance of static fishing gear within the boundary shown in Figure 1 of this Notice .


Fugro Mercator - Offshore Geophysical Investigation

The geophysical operations at the Five Estuaries site are expected to be carried out from the

Fugro Mercat or from S"" August 2021 until 30"' November 2021.


Fugro Mercat or will be conducting operations across the Main Array and Export Cable Route

areas >10m LAT.


Please note that the exact start and finish date will be dependent on the prevailing weather

conditions and work progress.


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As the Fugro Mercator will be towing survey equipment the vessel will require large turning

circles and wi II be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. All vessels operating within this area

are requested to keep their distance. maintaining at least the 500m safety zone around the

survey vessel and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.


A continuous listening watch will be conducted on VHF Channel 16.  urvey operat ions will be conducted on a 24-hour basis.

Curtis Marshall - Environmental Investigation


The environmental operations at the Five Estuaries site are expected to be carried out from

the Curtis Marshall from 2nd November 2021 for approximately 2 weeks. Curtis Marshall will

be conducting operations across the Main Array and Export Cable Route areas both offshore

and nearshore.


Please note that the exact start and finish date will be dependent on the prevailing weather

conditions and work progress.


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As the Curtis Marshall will be deploying equipment astern of t he vessel the vessel will require

large turning circles and will be restrict ed in her ability to manoeuvre. All vessels operating

within this area are request ed to keep their dist ance. maintaining at least the 500m safety

zone around the survey vessel, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.


A continuous listening watch will be conducted on VHF Channel 16.  Survey operations will be conducted on a 24-hour basis.


Fugro Seeker - Nearshore Geophysical Investigation


The geophysical operations on the Five Estuaries export cable route from the 1 Om LAT

contour ins1ore to the potential landfall, are expected to be carried out from the survey

vessel Fugro Seeker from 1st August 2021 until the 201h Cctober 2021.


Please note that the exact start and finish date will be d eJendent on the prevailing weather

conditions and work progress.


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As the Fugro Seeker will be towing survey equipment the vessel will require large turning

circles and wi ll be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. All vessels operating within this area

are request~d to keep their distance, maintaining at least the 500m safety zone around the

survey vessel and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.


A continuous listening watch will be conducted on VHF Channel 16.  Survey operations will be conducted on a 12-hour basis.


Immediate Contacts


The contents of this notice are based upon our current site investigation programme and

upon Fugro's planning at the time of submission. It should be noted that Fugro will

endeavour to update this notice as required.


Enquiries regarding the contents of this Notice to Mariners, or any other matters, should be

directed to Fugro (survey contractor):


Siim Litchfield - Project Miiniiger !Fugro)

Mob: +44 (0) 7748 988 393, Emiiil: s,ljtcbfleld@fugro com

Guy Jiimieson - Project Delivery Miiniige,r

Mob: +44 (0) 7771 908 323, Em:.il: g iamiesoo@fugro com


For enquiries related to Fishing, please contact the dedicated Fisheries Liaison Officer for the

Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm:


Freyii Siindison & Sophie Fiirenden Fisheries Liiiison Officers CFLOsl (Brown & Miiyl

Tel: +44 1379 772 871 Mob: +44 7587 500 609 Emii il: freya@brownmay.com

Tel: +44 1379 872 149 Mob: +44 7525 128 344 Emii il: Sophie.farenden@brownmay.com



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2021

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Week  41


Lowestoft Southern Approaches – Dive Operations ESE of Newcombe Sand Buoy/close to entrance to Stanford Channel


Mariners and Port Users are advised that UXO Dive activities are scheduled to take place along a subsea pipeline route Eastwards from Pakefield. There are 9 dive positions between approx. 0.25’ and 0.75’ ESE from Newcombe Sand Buoy. This is close to the Southern entrance to the Stanford Channel. Works are expected to commence on or soon after the 30th September for a duration of works approximately 1 week (subject to weather delays.


The cable route that works will follow with approx. dive positions indicated.


Dive positions:-


52° 26.09’N, 1° 47.48’E         52° 26.09’N, 1° 47' 49’E

52° 26' 07’N, 1˚ 47' 94’E       52° 26.05’N, 1° 48' 06’E

52° 26' 05’N, 1° 48' 05’E       52° 26' 06’N, 1° 48.10’E

52° 26.05’N, 1° 48.16’E         52° 26.05’N, 1° 48.20’E

52° 26.06’N, 1° 48.21’E


Diving operations will be undertaken from vessel Vos Sweet. The vessel will utilise a 3 or 4 point mooring system and will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. Flag Alpha will be displayed during diving operations along with ball-diamond-ball daymarks.


Passing vessels are requested to pass at slow speed to reduce vessel wash, providing as wide a berth as is safe and practical to do so. +500 metres passing distance is requested where possible.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control – VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.

 



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 44 of 2021

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Week  40




NEW PLA PUBLICATION  - PORT INFORMATION GUIDE


The Port of London Authority has published a Port Information Guide which has been produced for all river users, vessel owners and operators, publishers of nautical information and any other party that needs nautical information.


This guide contains an A to Z listing of key Port of London information for all Thames users.

The Port Information Guide is a live document and will continuously be updated. Users are therefore encouraged, to not print or save copies of the guide for extended periods of time and always refer to our website for the latest version.


The guide can be accessed on our website via the below link:

https://www.pla.co.uk/Port-Information-Guide


For queries about this guide, please contact our Marine Compliance team: SafetyManagement@pla.co.uk




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2021


Week  40


Norwich Harbour - Channel Deepening Dredging and Beneficial Placements


Mariners are advised that work is due to start on the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.

On or around the 30 September 2021 the trailer suction hopper dredger Sospan Dau (IMO number: 7711062) will start dredging the main channel, disposing of material to the beneficial disposal schemes at Horsey Island and Mersea Harbour.


The dredging contractor is the Boskalis Westminster / Van Oord Joint Venture appointed by the

Harwich Haven Authority to carry out the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.  The dredge area is a section of the main channel known as area C2 covering the whole width of the  main channel and running from about 250m east of the Platters / Pitching Ground buoys to about

1,000m west of the same buoys. (See attached sketch)


Dredged material will be disposed of to two beneficial disposal schemes, one on the northern end of Horsey Island (Hamford Water) and to four separate sites in Mersea Harbour (at Cobmarsh Island, Old Hall Marsh, Tollesbury Wick and Packing Marsh Island).


The current programme is to commence disposal work at Horsey Island, on or about 30 September 2021. Disposal will be carried on every high water (weather permitting), day and night, either by irect pumping of material over the bow of the dredger, or via a floating pipeline. Connection of the dredger to the pipeline and positioning the placement end will be carried out by a Multicat MCS Anekke (IMO number: 9570905) and a small workboat.


The floating pipeline will be held in place with anchors and marked with yellow can buoys fitted with flashing yellow lights.  The aim of the scheme is to place sand and gravel within the area between the beach and the old lighters. The dredger will dispose only at high water and be positioned as close to the disposal area as possible (see attached sketch.


Mariners are requested to keep clear of the equipment and the site of the placement works.  Work at Horsey Island is likely to take around five weeks, after which disposal operations will move

to Mersea Harbour.


The dredging is covered by the MMO licence held by Harwich Haven Authority: L/2020/00360/2.

The disposal of material at Horsey Island is covered by MMO licence held by the RSPB:

L/2020/00456/1.


The disposal of material at Mersea Harbour is covered by MMO licence held by the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust: L/2018/00131/3.


Further Notice to Mariners will be issued if any of these arrangements change and before the works move to Mersea Harbour.




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 27 of 2021

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Week  38


Whitaker No 4 Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Whitaker No 4 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°39.757 N,  001°03.478 E

Is back in operation.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 40 of 2021

Week  40



Repairs to Seawall Brandy Hole / East Hullbridge

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that marine contractors working on behalf of the Environment Agency are scheduled to recommence repairs to the seawall in the vicinity of Brandy Hole/East Hullbridge in approximate position:

51⁰ 37.88’1N, 000⁰ 37.934’E

on Thursday 23rd September 2021

Vessels and plant associated with these repairs will be arriving on Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Duration of these works is expected to be between 9 and 12 weeks. (Between 08:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday).

The safety vessel ‘BANDIT’ will be in attendance whilst work is taking place and will maintain a listening watch on VHF channels 11 & 16.

Throughout this period there will be a combination of work & safety boats and a Jack-Up barge located and working in the vicinity.

All vessels navigating in the area are requested to do so at a slow speed with minimum wash and pass at a safe distance.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 38 of 2021

Week  38


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - THAMES ESTUARY - SUNK PRECAUTIONARY AREA

SUNK CENTRE LIGHT VESSEL (ALL Vol A 2170, ALRS 51935).

SUNK CENTRE LIGHTED BUOY

Latitude 51° 50.100’N., Longitude 001° 46.020’E.

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Amendment : Further to Trinity House Notice to Mariners 2/2021 dated 26th January, 2021, mariners are now advised that the Sunk Centre Light Vessel will not be re-established but will be permanently replaced with the Lighted Buoy currently on station. Characteristics as follows:-

Pillar: Red and white vertical stripes: Mo.(A)15 seconds: Red spherical topmark.

Racon, as follows:-

Type : Agile Frequency

Code : Morse “C”

Nominal Range : 10 miles

Frequency : X band 9320 MHz to 9500 MHz

S band 2920 MHz to 3100 MHz

Display period : On 20 seconds.

Off 40 seconds.

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Total 60 seconds.

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AIS Transmission; MMSI Number 992351034.

Mariners are advised that the transmitted message 21 is displayed as “Sunk Centre”.

No further notice will be given.



Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2021

Week  38


ST CLEMENT’S REACH - WEST THURROCK SALTMARSH WORKS


On or about 20th September 2021, works will commence around Stoneness Point to install brushwood revetments along the extent of the saltmarsh. The works will be undertaken using the vessel SEADOG, with a safety hovercraft on site. The works are mostly inshore, though vessels will be moving supplies periodically and can be contacted via VHF if necessary.


The works are expected to be completed by 05th November 2021. Further information will be broadcast by London VTS on channel 68.


The chartlet shows the approximate location of the works:



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L17 of 2021

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Week  38


BLACKWALL & BUGSBY’S REACHES  - BLACKWALL POINT TO TRINITY BUOY WHARF - LASER BEAM


From 25th September 2021, a temporary laser beam will be in operation between the ‘Slice of Reality’ at Blackwall Point and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, as depicted in the chartlet:


The laser will be in operation between approximately 1800 and 2245 daily from 25th September to 21st November 2021, and will be sited at an approximate elevation of 19 metres above Chart Datum.


An operator will be in attendance at all times during the operating hours of the beam, which will be switched off for known Reporting Vessel movements between North Greenwich Pier and Ordnance Wharf. The operator will keep a listening watch on VHF Channel 14 but will be unable to transmit.


Any vessels intending to transit the area may also request that the beam is switched off by contacting London VTS who will relay the information to the operator. Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M39 of 2021

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Week  38



River Medway – Esplanade Pier Rochester - Sunken Vessel


Notice is hereby given that Peel Ports have been made aware of a sunken vessel that is obstructing Esplanade Pier in Rochester. The craft is estimated to be 15m length over all and is still visible by the bow which is secured to the pier. The vessel has been made fast as best as possible and efforts will be made in the coming days to lift and remove the boat. Once recovered a cancellation notice will be issued but until this can be done the craft’s bow has been temporarily marked with a yellow pellet buoy. All craft are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of Esplanade Pier and report any significant developments to Medway VTS.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148.










Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2021

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Week  38


Whitaker No 5 Lighted Buoy and Sunken Buxey Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised of the following:

Whitaker No 5 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°39.540 N  001°02.000 E

is back in operation.

Sunken Buxey Lighted Buoy  51° 39.595N. 001° 00.765E

is back on station.

Notice to Mariners Nos 33 and 35 of 2021 is hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority  Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2021

Week  38


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

 For week commencing 13th September 2021, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in and around the Outer Harbour. Vessels entering or exiting the harbour should call the “Kari Hege” when working, on channel 12 or harbour staff if it’s not working. All pre-arranged dredging areas are constrained by the weather and wave heights therefore operations are subject to change on a daily basis.

The Port’s dredger “Kari Hege” operates from Monday to Friday. Its normal area of work is in the main channel between buoy number 12 and buoy number 8. It works during the low water period, starting three hours after high water until three hours prior to the next high water. The “Kari Hege” will manoeuvre into its dig position, or back to its mooring, approximately half an hour before or after this time. Any larger vessels intending to pass the “Kari Hege” in the channel during digging operations or while it is manoeuvring should call the dredger up on Channel 12 to ascertain which is the safe side to pass. All material removed from the channel during dredging operation is placed on the berm which is marked by the Port hand channel buoys. Areas to be dredged are dictated by regular survey results but these areas are subject to weather constraints.



Port of Wells Notices to Mariners No 23 of 2021

Week  37


Eco Reef Trial – River Crouch

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that following the deployment of the Eco Reef on 29th August 2021, please see below revised position:

51° 39.827 N,  001° 01.556E

Yellow lighted special marker buoy Fl. Y (5) Topmark x

Anchoring within 50m of the special mark is prohibited.

Notice to Mariners 32 of 2021 is hereby cancelled.




Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2021

Week  36


Lowestoft Inner Harbour – Gull Wing - Marine Construction Activities North and South Sides of Lake Lothing


Mariners and Port Users are advised of continued construction activity in Lake Lothing in the vicinity of the Gull Wing Bridge crossing.


From 25th August, barges will be working North and South sides installing dolphin fender piles and pier cofferdam piles.


Piling activities will be focussed in the areas shaded yellow on the below chart extract. Port and stbd hand lighted buoys have been placed in positions also indicated on the chart extract. Actual buoy positions are as follows:-


Fl.G 2.5s NW Position = 52°28’26.73”N 001°44’10.86”E

Fl.R 2.5s SW Position = 52°28’25.70”N 001°44’10.37”E

Fl.G 2.5s NE Position = 52°28’25.58”N 001°44’17.35”E

Fl.R 2.5s SE Position = 52°28’24.55”N 001°44’16.86”E

With the buoys in these positions a channel width of 32m is maintained. There may be occasions during barge repositioning, when the barges or other marine plant encroach into this channel width. These encroachments are only anticipated to be by up to approx. 5m, and scheduled so that they do not coincide with any large commercial vessel movements.


The piles once fully installed are only at approximately 0.2m height above the MHWS mark. There will be times when the barges are either working only North or South sides of the Lake. It is therefore essential that Mariners only pass between the red and green buoys to keep clear of the piles and any other marine obstructions in the shaded yellow areas. As an additional precaution (to try to highlight the presence of the piles) there will be a small lit special mark buoy placed in the centre pile and the pile closest to the edge of the navigational channel on that side, as per photograph below. Buoy flash sequence is QFl.Y

Vessels involved with construction will be monitoring VHF Ch 14. Barges will be illuminated during the hours of darkness.


All vessels are requested to navigate with extreme caution when transiting this area, and to pass the construction site at slow speed to reduce the effects of vessel wash.


This notice supersedes notice No.34 – 2021 which is hereby cancelled.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control – VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2021

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Week  34


RIVER MEDWAY – Approaches to Sheerness  - Garrison Point – SD.10 – Installation of Mooring Buoy


Notice is hereby given that a new mooring buoy has now been laid off of the Downstream end of Sheerness No.10 berth in the following approximate position : -


51° 26.966’ N – 000° 44.884’E


The mooring buoy will be utilised by Ro-Ro vessels berthing on SD.10, when alongside, the ship’s mooring lines will create a hazard between the buoy and the vessel. When the berth is not in use the mooring lines will run from the buoy to the berth and be made fast on the downstream dolphin,  whilst the ropes are in the water they will be made more conspicuous by coloured marker buoys.

 

When ropes are running from the buoy to the berth, passage between the mooring buoy and downstream dolphin on SD.10 will not be possible. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of Garrison Point and NOT pass between the buoy and the end of Sheerness No.10 berth.

Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148.

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Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2021 (Updated 9.8.21)

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Week  34


Blakeney Harbour Entrance

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should note the following new pilotage information:

Hijordis east starboard lateral mark has moved to

52 degrees 58.951N ,  0 degrees  58.206E

The outer port lateral mark has been removed from the channel and will remain off station until further notice.

Care MUST still be taken when entering Blakeney harbour. The wreck of the Hijordis is currently in the channel. Vessels are not advised to enter or leave 2hrs before high water or 2hrs after high water.

When entering Blakeney Harbour from the fairway mark follow a heading of 213 degrees towards Hijordis East Starboard Lateral mark Fl.G 2s leave isolated danger beacon Fl(2) 5s to starboard.



Dated 12th August, 2021

Week  33



 The Wash Ports – River Nene  - Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9 - Buoy Moves

 

Mariners are advised of the following buoy moves within the Nene Ports area of jurisdiction. Below are the new positions.


Buoy Bill Red Can              Fl(4)R.10s     N52,50.784 E000,12.632

Buoy "C" Red Can               FI.R(3)6s       N52,50.660 E000,12.560

Buoy No 9 Green Cone      Fl.G.3s           N52,50.914 E000,12.869

Buoy No 7 Green Cone      Fl(3)G. 5s      N52,50.896 E000,13.201

Buoy Middle Red Can        FL(1) R 8s     N52,50.865 E000,12.878


LNTM (008-21 Buoy Moves) is cancelled


If any further information is required, please contact the Harbour Office 01945 588059 or 07860 576685.




Port of Wisbech Authority Notices to Mariners No 10 of 21

Week  32


SEA REACH  - SOUTHEND PIER –WORKS


On or about 02nd August 2021, extension works will begin at Southend Pier. The works will involve piling and steelworks, undertaken using the jack-up barge HAVEN SEAWAY and pontoon NUMITOR.


The works are expected to be completed around the end of October 2021. Any request to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made by London VTS on channel 68/69 in accordance with port-wide Notice to Mariners 08/2021. Further updates will be given by London VTS.


The chartlet opposite shows the location of the works:


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L14 of 2021

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Week  32


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn


Amendments to buoyage .


Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel to King’s Lynn and to maintain the safety of navigation, the following amendments to buoyage will take place on Monday 26th July 2021 over the pm high water:


a) No. 17 light buoy to be moved approx. 495m x 206°(T) to 52° 51’.465N 00°21’.000E

b) No. 16 light buoy to be moved approx. 300m x 345°(T) to 52° 51’.400N 00°21’.140E

c) No. 19 light buoy to be moved approx. 150m x 195°(T) to 52° 51’.185N 00°20’.975E


The works will be carried out by the buoying vessel St Edmund and all craft are requested to keep clear and pass at reduced speed whilst works are underway.


For further information please contact Harbour Office.



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 22 of  2021

Week  31


WOOLWICH REACH  - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES  


The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with

a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 01st November 2021.

 

Listed below are the times between which the Thames Barrier will be closed to navigation for

test purposes. During these periods’ navigation in the Thames Barrier Control Zone, between

Margaretness  and  Blackwall  Point,  will  be  restricted  and  any  movements  in  this  area  will

require permission from London VTS.

 

PROGRAMME OF CLOSURES:

 

November 2021

 

Tuesday 09th November   From 0935 to 1205 GMT

 

December 2021

 

Wednesday 08th December  From 0930 to 1200 GMT


January 2022

 

Monday 24th January   From 1030 to 1300 GMT


February 2022

 

Monday 21st February  From 0945 to 1215 GMT

 

March 2022

 

Wednesday 23rd March  From 0945 to 1215 GMT

 

April 2022

 

Tuesday 19th April  From 0930 to 1200 BST

  

The closures will be confirmed and promulgated by London VTS from 24 hours in advance of

the operation by VHF radio on routine river broadcasts.

 

From the start of each closing procedure until completion of the opening procedure vessels

will be prohibited from transiting the Thames Barrier. Most closures are for approximately 2½

hours over the respective low waters.

 

No vessel is to pass Margaretness inward bound or Blackwall Point outward bound once a

Thames Barrier closure has commenced unless authorised by London VTS.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2021


GATE CLOSURES:


In addition to the full Thames Barrier closures there will be frequent closures of individual gates for maintenance and training purposes, subject to a programme issued by the Environment Agency. The closure of individual gates will change the spans available for navigation.  

 

Information  regarding  these  gate  closures  will  be  promulgated  by  London  VTS  on  VHF Channel 14 routine river broadcasts.   

 

A copy of the six month programme may be obtained by applying in writing to the Environment Agency, Thames Barrier, Eastmoor Street, London SE7 8LX.

 

During each full Thames Barrier or individual gate closure(s), illuminated red crosses will be displayed  on  both  sides  of  the  gate(s)  indicating  that  the  gate(s)  are  closed  to  navigation.  

 

NOTES:

 

(1) ANY  ADDITIONAL  THAMES  BARRIER  CLOSURES  FOR  TEST  PURPOSES

WILL BE PROMULGATED BY SEPARATE NOTICES TO MARINERS ISSUED 28

DAYS IN ADVANCE OF SUCH CLOSURES.  

(2) THE  BARKING  BARRIER  WILL  BE  CLOSED  AT  THE  SAME  TIME  AS  THE

THAMES BARRIER.

Week  31


 River Medway – Chatham Reach - Obstruction – Sun Pier


Notice is hereby given that: Peel Ports London Medway have been notified of an unknown obstruction, off of Sun Pier in Chatham Reach. The depth above the obstruction at chart datum is approx. 0.7m, mariners transiting past Sun Pier should navigate with extreme caution. When available, divers will be deployed to ascertain the nature of the object which will assist with the Port Authority’s subsequent actions.


Approximate Position of Obstruction - 51 23’.154 N , 000 31’.255 E


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 call sign “Medway VTS’ or direct via telephone on 0151 649 6148 / 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2021

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Week  31


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Notification of Quayside Works – Berth 17


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Quayside works will be ongoing at Berth 17 until October 2021. The works are in support of the Great Yarmouth Flood Defence project.


Activity will include deployment of a Long reach excavator, clearing debris from the base of the quay wall, supported by a Dive team to assist in the removal of debris. The works will utilise two Barges that will moor at near to Berth 17 for the duration of the project.


The International Code flag ‘A’ will be exhibited when dive operations are taking place and red flags will be exhibited marking the extremities of the works. A safety boat will be present when divers are working. Barges will exhibit orange flashing lights

The Dive Supervisor and safety boat will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch12 whilst operations are taking place. Callsigns will be ‘‘RED7 DIVERS’ and ‘RED7 SAFETY BOAT’ respectively.


Masters must obtain information from Yarmouth Radio on VHF Channel 12 before navigating past the work area, and before any movement or operation of engines or thrusters in the vicinity.

Masters are advised to exercise extreme caution when approaching or passing the site, to keep well clear of the works area and to pass at the slowest safe manoeuvring speed. Swinging of vessels will not be permitted anywhere within the works area mentioned above.


For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF Ch12, callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’, or telephone 01493 335511.



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2021

Week  31


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - New Lifting Bridge – Construction update 1


Further to NTM 11/2021, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that marine construction work on the new lifting bridge project has significantly progressed.


The Western Bascule pit has been substantively completed and the new permanent infrastructure in the river alters the pre-existing Tidal flows. This change will affect all Vessels navigating in the vicinity.


On 22nd July HAVEN SEARISER 3 will relocate from Berth 31 and commence works at Berth 14 including excavation of quayside and installation of piles to form the foundation of the Eastern bascule pit (see  the download for location diagram). Piling from jack-up barge HAVEN SEARISER 3 will continue, supported by multi-cat vessel SHEERKHAN and flat-top barge BCDK 6464 (see Annex 2 for pictures of the vessels).


Regular movements of these vessels will be undertaken in the immediate vicinity and they may be moored on either side of the river. All vessels and any over-side work locations will be efficiently illuminated during hours of darkness and in restricted visibility.


Mariners should maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch12 at all times, approach the area with caution, pass at the slowest safe manoeuvrable speed and keep well clear. No swinging of vessels will be permitted in the vicinity of the work area. If in doubt or if requiring further information vessels should contact Yarmouth Radio on VHF Channel 12 or telephone +44 (0)1493 335511



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 16 of 2021

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Week  31


England – East Coast – The Wash Ports – River Nene

Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9

 Walker Beacon

 

Mariners are advised that the Walker Beacon is currently off station, work is underway to

replace this beacon as soon as practically possible.

 

 Beacon Walker Yellow Beacon FlY (2) 6s N52,50.090 E000,12.909



Port of Wisbech Authority Local Notice to Mariners No 9 of 2021

Week  31


Kentish River Stour Estuary Chartlet

This is available from the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners at

 http://www.sandwichphc.uk/estchart.html


There are conflicting dates 11th March or 11th July but it is considered valid.



Week  26


Unlit Navigation Lights - River Orwell



Mariners are advised the follow navigation lights are unlit :


– Sludge Loading Berth & Jetty South (51o59.980’N 001o16.370’E)

– Sludge Loading Berth and Jetty North (52o01.720’N 001o09.850’E)

– Suffolk Yacht Harbour Rear (51o59.980’N 001o16.370’E)


Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2021

Week  25


Wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery - Prohibited Area


The SS Richard Montgomery was a US Liberty Ship built in 1943 by the St. John's River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, USA. The ship sailed from the USA to the UK as part of a convoy in August 1944 with a cargo of 7,000 tons of munitions, of which 1,400 tons (Net Explosive Quantity [NEQ]) remains on board in the forward section of the wreck. On arrival in the Thames Estuary, the vessel was directed to anchor in the Great Nore Anchorage, off of Sheerness. However, on the next tide, the ship's anchor dragged and vessel drifted on to Sheerness Middle Sands, a bank running east from the Isle of Grain, to north of the Medway Approach Channel. Approximately half of the cargo was salvaged at the time, unfortunately, the vessel split in two and sank before the remainder of the cargo could be recovered. The wreck now lies in approximately 15 metres of water, 1.5 miles from Sheerness and the Isle of Grain and 5 miles from Southend.


The wreck is designated under section 2 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and there is a no-entry exclusion zone around it. The wreck is under 24-hour surveillance by Peel Ports London Medway. The MCA carry out regular surveys of the wreck and its environment in order to monitor its condition, to identify any changes and deterioration and to inform future management strategies.


Statutory Instrument 1973 No. 1690 identifies the prohibited area around the wreck as straight lines joining the following points:


51° 28’ 04” N; 00° 47’ 12” E - 51° 27’ 57” N; 00° 47’ 22” E

51° 27’ 50” N; 00° 47’ 11” E - 51° 27’ 58” N; 00° 47’ 01” E

The prohibited area is clearly defined with 4 yellow, special mark light buoys at the N,S,E and W corners with a further 12 orange spar buoys spaced between the special marks (3 on each side).

Signage on the 12 spar buoys clearly denotes the area as “Dangerous”


All craft, unless given authorisation by the ‘MCA Receiver of Wreck’, shall not enter the prohibited zone. If observed in the exclusion zone, masters/owners will be subject to enforcement actions and risk potential prosecution by the governing body.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 26 of 2021

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Week  25


Depths at the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell



Mariners are hereby advised of the minimum working depths of the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell, inside the buoyed channel, based on the hydrographic surveys done on 25 May 2021.

Depths are in relation to Admiralty Chart Datum.


River Orwell

River Orwell minimum depth of the navigation channel: 5.6m


East Bank – Cliff Quay,

BLT, between Dolphins and bollard 8: 7.7m

BLT, between bollards 1 and 8: 8.0m

Grain Terminal, between bollards 8 and 12: 8.3m

East Bulk Terminal, between bollards 12 and 15: 8.4m

East Bank Container, Terminal between bollards 15 and 19: 8.5m

500 foot North, between bollards 19 and 23: 8.5m

500 foot South, between bollards 23 and 27: 8.5m

#1 Shed, between bollards 27 and 31: 8.5m

#2 Shed, between bollards 31 and 35: 8.5m

PowerStation, between bollards 39 and 46: 7.8m


West Bank

West bank North, between bollards 1 and 4: 7.0m

#1 Ro/Ro, between bollards 4 and 9: 6.4m

#2 Ro/Ro berth, between bollards 14 and 18: 6.5m

West Bank South: 6.0m


The following depth are in relation to Mean Dock Level of 6.4m

Enclosed Dock

Orwell Quay: 5.5m

Gas works: 3.53m

New Eagle Wharf: 3.53m

Old Custom House: 3.0m


All berths and river Orwell are subject to siltation.

For more information contact Orwell Navigation Services on VHF Ch 68.




Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2021

Week  25


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn

Foul Area, Establishment of light Buoy


Charts: BA 1200, BA 108, Imray Y9


Mariners are advised that the anchoring equipment lost to the north of No.1 light buoy has been located and is now marked by a yellow special mark buoy with light character Fl (5) Y 10s.


The area of designated foul ground (*) is now a circle of diameter 100m centred on the following position: 52°56.462’ N 00° 21.523’ E .


*Foul Ground is defined as “as an area of foul ground, not dangerous to surface navigation, but to be avoided by vessels anchoring, trawling etc”.


The chart symbol for foul ground is a pecked line surrounding a # symbol.


Operations to fully recover the equipment along with the buoy are scheduled to be undertaken within the week subject to weather.


Craft involved in subsequent operations to locate and recover the equipment are to be given a wide berth and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch. 14 & 16.


Please contact the Harbour Office for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 16 of 2021

Week  25


East Coast – The Wash Ports – River Nene  - Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9


Buoy Moves


Mariners are advised of the following buoy moves within the Nene Ports area of jurisdiction. Below are the new positions.


Buoy No 9  GreenCone  Fl.G.3s at 52,50.903N  000,12.828E


LNTM (003-21 Buoy Moves) is cancelled


If any further information is required, please contact the Harbour Office 01945 588059 or 07860 576685.


Port of Wisbech Authority  Local Notice to Mariners No 7 of 2021

Week  22


Lowestoft - Outer Harbour – Inner North / Trawl Dock Entrance– Navigation light - Unlit


UTC ☐ BST ☒


To advise all mariners and port users that the navigation light on the Inner North / west entrance of Trawl Basin, light characteristic 2F.Y(Vert.), is unlit.


A notice will be issued when this light is restored.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2021

Week  22


LONDON ARRAY WIND FARM - Safe distances within the Offshore Wind farm:


A 6 monthly schedule of maintenance started on 1st May involving, inter alia, Diving facilities, diving and roping.  A number of turbines bordering Foulger's Gat and the 'dogleg' will be involved and the below exclusion zones will apply.  As up to 3 turbines may be worked on at any one times, access to Foulger's Gat may be affected.  Daily VHF 16 warnings will be broadcast and I have asked if it is possible for advance warning of those affecting Foulger's Gat.


Full details of the works can be downloaded on these two links.


 N to M 03.2021 - Dive operations rev 3.pdf Revised @ 1913 hrs on 12.05.21

N to M 04.2021 - Rope Access Operations (002).pdf



• A 50m radius advisory caution zone is established around each wind turbine and offshore sub-station platform.

• A 100m exclusion zone will be in place during rope access operations.

• A 250m exclusion zone will be in place when dive support vessel moorings are deployed at WTG’s  * amendment extending zone to 250m from 12.05.21

• A 500m exclusion zone will be in place during dive operations.


A 250m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Admiral P whilst inside the wind farm.


ALL VESSELS WISHING TO TRANSIT THROUGH THE LONDON ARRAY WIND FARM SHOULD MONITOR VHF CH16 AND MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONTACT LAL VESSELS ON SITE PRIOR TO ANY ENTRY.

Stand-by moorings for dive support vessels


For periods where diving operations are not being undertaken the dive support vessels will remain at anchor at one of the following locations.

• MA001 - 51°41.185’N 001°32.322’E

• MA002 - 51°40.984’N 001°32.829’E

• MA003 - 51°35.135’N 001°24.202’E

• MA004 - 51°35.149’N 001°24.689’E


When these locations are unattended, they will be marked with a yellow marker buoy flashing orange 5s.

See chartlet for the positions of the temporary moorings.




London Array Wind Farm dated 10th May, 2021

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The Diving work affected is now has the turbines coloured magenta.


NEW - Added Week 21

All mariners are advised that the Work Vessel “Admiral P” will be onsite from 19/05/2021 undertaking Drone Survey Operations for approximately 14 days.


Call Sign: 2FVD7

MMSI: 235094496

Length: 18.5m

Breadth: 6m

Draft: 1.2m  


A 250m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Admiral P whilst inside the wind farm.


If access is required to this zone for non-project vessel traffic, authorisation must be requested from the vessel master.


Week  20


Burnham Fairway No 2 Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Following consultation between the Crouch Harbour Authority and Trinity House Mariners are advised that the Burnham Fairway (Red) No 2 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51° 37.264’N

000° 48.862’E

has been permanently withdrawn.



Crouch Harbour Authority  Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2021

Week  19


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to King’s Lynn  -  Removal of East Stones Light Buoy .


Mariners are advised that as a result of impact damage sustained from several vessels the East Stones Light Buoy (52° 48’.122N 00°21’.668E) has been removed from station for repairs.

Please contact the Harbour Office for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2021


Week  19


Blakeney Harbour Entrance Channel

Mariners should be aware that entry into Blakeney Harbour must be undertaken with extreme caution at the present time. The entry channel has shifted East and the wreck of the HJORDIS is currently in the middle of the channel.

Vessels entering the harbour should note the following:

Do not attempt entry outside of 1hr either side of HW

Do not attempt entry if there is breaking swell on Blakeney Bar or if the swell height exceeds 1M

 Vessels should proceed from the West heading towards the Hjordis wreck beacon in an Easterly direction, as indicated on the photo above.

Pass the Hjordis wreck beacon approx 50M to the South and continue to the first buoy (port).

Turn SSW when reaching this first port buoy and head for the second buoy (starboard).

After passing this starboard buoy, continue SSW until passing between the next port and starboard buoys (gate) and onward following the buoys into the harbour.

Vessels intending to enter the harbour for the first time are strongly advised to obtain up to date pilotage information by contacting Blakeney Harbour Association as follows:

HENRY ARCHER: 07786092405

or

NEIL THOMPSON: 07929181138

or

WILL DARBY: 07795463943



Dated 2nd May, 2021

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Week  17


The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn - Amendments to buoyage .


Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel to King’s Lynn, the following amendments to buoyage have taken place:


1: on 13th April 2021


a) No. 10 light buoy moved approx. 160m x 130°(T) to 52° 52’.590N 00°22’.075E

b) No. 12 light buoy moved approx. 135m x 080°(T) to 52° 52’.315N 00°22’.205E

c) No. 11 light buoy moved approx. 100m x 020°(T) to 52° 52’.475N 00°21’.990E

d) No. 8 light buoy moved approx. 50m x 085°(T) to 52° 52’.850N 00°21’.765E


2: on 14th April 2021


a) No. 17 light buoy moved approx. 90m x 280°(T) to 52° 51’.700N 00°21’.195E

b) No.14 light buoy moved approx. 75m x 330° (T) to 52° 51’.720N 00°21’.430E

.

This supercedes NtM 10/2021 dated 8th April



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 10A of 2021

Week  16


Leisure vessels will be permitted to moor overnight on Ha’penny Pier pontoons from Monday 12 April 2021


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 29 March to Sunday 31 October 2021.


Ha’penny Pier is manned by Pier Master between the hours of 0800 and 0900 and 1600 and 1700 (including weekends and bank holidays). During the summer school holidays, the pier is manned between 0800 and 0900 and 1230 and 1730.


Following the Government’s Covid-19 Unlock Roadmap, leisure vessels (with members from one household aboard) will be permitted to moor overnight from Monday 12 April on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons. No fees will be charged. Toilet and shower facilities will not be available.

Visiting leisure vessels up to 20 metres length overall (LOA) can use the facilities at Ha’penny pier pontoons for a maximum stay of 72 hours. Moorings cannot be booked in advance as we operate on a first come first served basis. Be advised that vessels may be double or triple berthed if the mooring facility is busy and prevailing conditions are suitable.

As shown on the diagram above, the outside berths are prioritised for larger vessels and the inside berths are predominately for smaller crafts. Leisure vessels must not moor in the harbour ferry or unloading areas, which are clearly marked on the map.


Fishing vessels


Fishing vessels are restricted to using the unloading area of the pontoon, which is clearly marked.


How to pay?


Leisure vessels with members of one household aboard are permitted to moor overnight from 12 April. No fees will be charged until further notice.


The area around the Ha’penny Pier pontoons is monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day.


Access out of hours


The gate at the top of the pontoon gangway will be closed between 17.00 and 08.00. The gate allows visitors to exit the pontoon area, but does require a code to access on return. Visiting crafts that intend to stay overnight will be provided with the pontoon gate code on arrival. Visitors using the pontoon after 17.30 who do not intend to stay overnight can obtain the gate’s code by calling 07748 154039. Please note this phone is only manned until 21.00.


Access to facilities


Please note that the toilet and shower facilities on Ha’penny Pier remain closed to visiting sailors. We will continue to review the situation in line with the Government’s Unlock Roadmap.


A water tap is located on the inside of the sea defence wall at the entrance of Ha’penny Pier, which is the property of Tendring District Council – 01255 686868.


Access during bad weather


The mooring facility is affected by both wind and tides and sometimes it might not be possible to use the facility. During challenging conditions, the bridges between pontoons will be raised to protect them from damage. In such situations skippers should consider the pontoons closed.

Skippers should always ensure that their vessels are securely moored with fenders in place. Our pier master is always happy to advise about wind, tide and mooring conditions.

 

Warnings


Harwich Haven Authority accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any vessel, its contents or injury to any person using the facility.


Vessels entering the pontoons are advised to navigate with caution – due to floating moorings – and keep to the port side when entering the pontoons.


Up to date information related to the Ha’penny Pier pontoons can be found at – https://hha.co.uk/leisure/mooring/




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2021

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Week  15


England – East Coast – The Wash Ports – River Nene - Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9


Mariners are advised that the Holbeach range DZ 10 is currently off station.


DZ No 10    Yellow Special Mark    Fl.Y.(2) 5s    N52,51.389   E000,13.000


Holbeach Range is currently working on redeploying the DZ 10 as soon as practically possible.


If any further information is required please contact the Harbour Office 01945 588059 or 07860 576685.



Port of Wisbech Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

Week  14


Ha’penny Pier Pontoons  Harwich Harbour


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 29 March to Sunday 31 October 2021.


Ha’penny Pier is manned by a pier master between the hours of 0800 and 0900 and 1600 and 1700 (including weekends and bank holidays). During the summer school holidays, the pier is manned between 0800 and 0900 and 1230 and 1730.


During the off season vessels may use the berths in accordance to the areas marked on the map (above) but mooring preferences will always be given to fishing vessels. Mooring is free on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons during the off season. However, vessels can only stay in the pontoon area for 24 hours in any 7 day period (requests for longer stays will be granted at the discretion of Harwich Haven Authority). During the off-season we do not provide access to our shower and toilet facilities, which are located on Ha’penny Pier. Out of hours enquiries should be made to pier.master@hha.co.uk.


Leisure vessels


Following the Government’s latest Covid-19 restrictions, leisure vessels will not be permitted to moor overnight on the pontoons and no fees will be charged until further notice.


Visiting leisure vessels up to 20 metres length overall (LOA) can use the facilities at Ha’penny pier pontoons for a maximum stay of 72 hours. Moorings cannot be booked in advance as we operate on a first come first served basis. Be advised that vessels may be double or triple berthed if the mooring facility is busy and prevailing conditions are suitable.

As shown on the diagram above, the outside berths are prioritised for larger vessels and the inside berths are predominately for smaller crafts. Leisure vessels must not moor in the harbour ferry or unloading areas, which are clearly marked on the map.


Mooring is free between the hours of 0900 and 1600. Outside these hours the fees are as follows for each 24 hour period:

Up to 5 metres LOA                                        £10.00  

Over 5 metres and up to 10 metres LOA    £15.00  

Over 10 metres and up to 15 metres LOA  £20.00  

Over 15 metres and up to 20 metres LOA  £25.00

  

Larger vessels


Vessels over 20 metres LOA requiring a berth must be registered with the Authority and have pre-booked a berth 24 hours before mooring. You will be provided instructions on how to do this as part of the registration process and invoiced for each visit. To start the registration process, please email your vessel and contact details to hapenny.pier@hha.co.uk


Fees for large vessels are as follows:

Embarking/disembarking passengers       £25.00  

Overnight mooring                                        £35.00  


Operators who are registered charities are entitled to a 50% discount.


Fishing vessels


Fishing vessels are restricted to using the unloading area of the pontoon, which is clearly marked.


How to pay?


Following the Government’s latest Covid-19 restrictions, leisure vessels will not be permitted to moor overnight on the pontoons and no fees will be charged until further notice.


Leisure vessels can pay mooring fees directly to the pier master who is located in the office next to the Café on the Pier. Fees will be collected after 1600 and before 0900 the following morning. Card payments only.


CCTV  - The area around the Ha’penny Pier pontoons is monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day.


Access out of hours


The gate at the top of the pontoon gangway will be closed between 17.00 and 08.00. The gate allows visitors to exit the pontoon area, but does require a code to access on return. Visiting crafts that intend to stay overnight will be provided with the pontoon gate code on arrival. Visitors using the pontoon after 17.30 who do not intend to stay overnight can obtain the gate’s code by calling 07748 154039. Please note this phone is only manned until 21.00.


Access to facilities


Please note that the toilet and shower facilities on Ha’penny Pier remain closed to visiting sailors. We will continue to review the situation in line with the Government’s unlock plan.


A water tap is located on the inside of the sea defence wall at the entrance of Ha’penny Pier, which is the property of Tendring District Council – 01255 686868.


Access during bad weather

The mooring facility is affected by both wind and tides and sometime it might not be possible to use the facility. During challenging conditions, the bridges between pontoons will be raised to protect them from damage. In such situations skippers should consider the pontoons closed.

Skippers should always ensure that their vessels are securely moored with fenders in place. Our pier master is always happy to advise about wind, tide and mooring conditions.


Warnings


Harwich Haven Authority accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any vessel, its contents or injury to any person using the facility.

Vessels entering the pontoons are advised to navigate with caution – due to floating moorings – and keep to the port side when entering the pontoons.


Up to date information related to the Ha’penny Pier pontoons can be found at – https://hha.co.uk/leisure/mooring/



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2021


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Week  11


Rock Obstruction (Harwich Harbour)


Mariners are advised that a rock obstruction has been identified in the following approximate position


51° 56.35 N 001° 18.56 E

at 14.2m chart datum;


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2021

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Week  10


REQUESTS FOR VESSELS TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION OR AT SLOW SPEED


This replaces Portwide Notice 1 of 2021, which is hereby cancelled


When a reduction on vessel traffic speed is required, the term “Proceed with Caution” or “Proceed at Slow Speed” is used by London VTS in appropriate broadcasts.

The following should be noted by Masters, Berth Operators and other river users when requiring speed reductions requests be broadcast:


1. As a guide, requests for reduction in speed are appropriate for activities such as diving, salvage, heavy lifting, working on the waterline from scaffolding or pontoon/small boat, and bunkering operations. They may also be appropriate where the mooring facilities are limited e.g. when the vessel overhangs the berth or when a vessel is about to take the ground at a Not always Afloat but Safely Aground (NAABSA) berth.


2. A request for a reduction in speed of passing traffic should not be sought as an alternative to good seamanship such as the proper tending of lines and moorings in a tideway.


When London VTS has agreed to broadcast a reduction in speed:


1. The activity requiring the speed reduction will be identified in the broadcast, from which Mariners should judge the speed appropriate to the circumstances.


2. The person responsible for the request must ensure that the vessel or installation concerned is displaying the international code flags “Romeo Yankee” by day, and illuminated rigid replica by night. Failure to do so will result in the termination of the broadcast.


3. London VTS should be informed as soon as there is no longer the requirement for a speed reduction and the Romeo Yankee signal removed. The speed reduction broadcast by London VTS will also be terminated.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2021

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Week  9


WOOLWICH REACH  - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES


The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 01st May 2021.


Listed below are the times between which the Thames Barrier will be closed to navigation for test purposes. During these periods’ navigation in the Thames Barrier Control Zone, between Margaretness and Blackwall Point, will be restricted and any movements in this area will require permission from London VTS.


PROGRAMME OF CLOSURES:


May 2021

Monday 17th May From 1020 to 1250 BST


June 2021

Monday 14th June From 0935 to 1205 BST  


July 2021

Tuesday 13th July From 0930 to 1200 BST  


August 2021

Wednesday 11th August From 0930 to 1200 BST  


September 2021

Sunday 19th September From 0625 to 1625 BST  


October 2021

Monday 25th October From 1005 to 1235 BST  


GATE CLOSURES:


In addition to the full Thames Barrier closures there will be frequent closures of individual gates for maintenance and training purposes, subject to a programme issued by the Environment Agency. The closure of individual gates will change the spans available for navigation.

Information regarding these gate closures will be promulgated by London VTS on VHF Channel 14 routine river broadcasts.


A copy of the six month programme may be obtained by applying in writing to the Environment Agency, Thames Barrier, Eastmoor Street, London SE7 8LX.


During each full Thames Barrier or individual gate closure(s), illuminated red crosses will be displayed on both sides of the gate(s) indicating that the gate(s) are closed to navigation.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2021


NOTES:


(1) ANY ADDITIONAL THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES FOR TEST PURPOSES WILL BE PROMULGATED BY SEPARATE NOTICES TO MARINERS ISSUED 28 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF SUCH CLOSURES.


(2) THE BARKING BARRIER WILL BE CLOSED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE THAMES BARRIER.


Week  8


Fingringhoe Range Buoys Repositioning - River Colne


Briggs Marine Contractors are planning to reposition 4 x range marking buoys situated around the permitter of the Fingringhoe firing range to new locations marking the extremities of the range. Works are scheduled to be carried out Monday 15th February 2021, weather permitting.


The coordinates and chart location of the buoys are provided in Figure 1.


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Briggs Marine will be utilizing the vessel MV Liftmoor, operated by Whitstable Marine Services. Mobilising from the Port of Sheerness.



NOTICE TO MARINERS: 15th February 2021

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Week  7


RIVER MEDWAY – Gillingham Reach - Chatham Locks “Bullnose” Fixed Navigation Lights


Notice is hereby given that: the fixed navigation lights on Chatham Dock Bullnose have been upgraded. The lights centred at the approximate position 51°23.990N – 000° 33.210E have been converted to units with higher intensity and now have an operational range of 3 nautical miles, the height of the lights remains unchanged. Trinity House and the UKHO have been informed, any amendments to nautical publications that are required will be promulgated as soon as practicable.


Admiralty Chart Number 1835 refers.


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2021

Week  6


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - THAMES ESTUARY - SUNK PRECAUTIONARY AREA

SUNK CENTRE LIGHT VESSEL (ALL Vol A 2170, ALRS 51935).

Latitude 51° 50.100’N., Longitude 001° 46.020’E.

Amendment : Existing Light Vessel has been temporarily removed and a replacement Lighted Buoy established

in lieu, as follows:-

Pillar: Red and white vertical stripes: Mo.(A)15 seconds: Red spherical topmark.

Racon, as follows:-

Type : Agile Frequency

Code : Morse “C”

Nominal Range : 10 miles

Frequency : X band 9320 MHz to 9500 MHz

: S band 2920 MHz to 3100 MHz

Display period : On 20 seconds.

Off 40 seconds.

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Total 60 seconds.

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AIS Transmission; MMSI Number 992351034.

Mariners are advised that the transmitted message 21 will be displayed as “Sunk Centre”.

Further notice will be given when the Lighted Buoy is removed and the Light Vessel re-established.



Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2021

Week  6


PROCEDURES IN THE THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE


The procedures, initially published in the General Directions for Navigation in the Port of London 2016, will now be encompassed in this standalone Notice to Mariners.


A permanent Control Zone, encompassing the Thames Barrier, is established between Margaretness and Blackwall Point. All vessels navigating within the Control Zone are subject to the requirements of current General Directions.   This Notice contains 4 pages and includes provisions for shipping and leisure craft.  See the Download for full details:

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Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

Week  5


RAMSGATE ROYAL HARBOUR - Annual 'Bring Forward' of Standard Port Notices to Mariners

Each New Year, the Port of Ramsgate brings forward 5 standing Local Notices.  These are:

1. Notices remaining in Force

2.  Port Signal Lights

3.  Reporting Signal - Point Romeo

4.  Communication

5.   General - which includesOil Pollution, Turning Circle (Pleasure craft are reminded that their passage across the Western Ferry Terminal Turning Circle should be carried out as quickly as possible.  The hoisting or lowering of sails should not be undertaken in this area), Vessel Speed Restrictions ( "Except with the permission of the Harbour Master, and subject to the collision regulations, the master of a vessel shall not knowingly cause or permit the vessel to proceed at a speed greater than 5 knots through the water").

Full details of these standing Notices can be read in full at:

http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/approach/notice-to-mariners/2021

 


Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 5 of 2021

Week  5


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

All mariners are advised that the charted wave buoys within London Array Windfarm have been permanently removed.


Identity                      Lat (WGS 84)   Long (WGS 84)  Light


Wave Buoy                 51° 40.826’ N    001° 31.229’ E  Fl (5) Y 20s 2nm  

Guard Buoy (North)  51° 40.884’ N    001° 31.226’ E  Fl (5) Y 20s 2nm  

Guard Buoy (South)  51° 40.775’ N    001° 31.230’ E  Fl (5) Y 20s 2nm




London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2021

Week  3


NtM no.03 of 2021 - COVID 19 Restrictions - Recreational and Leisure Activities

INFORMATION

In light of the latest Tier 5 measures introduced by the UK Government on the 4th January 2021.

The Crouch Harbour Authority are continuing to implement contingency planning measures to separate key workers who maintain our harbour patrols, pilot services and office staff. As a result of our resilience measures, we have a reduced capability in responding to leisure incidents and enquiries. Although the Harbour Office remains closed to the public it is open for business by email and telephone. We regret that there may be delays when responding to routine enquiries.

We strongly recommend that all boat owners and crews adhere to the current guidelines https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

NtM no.02 of 2021 – Dredging Operations

INFORMATION

Please be advised that Essex Marina will be undertaking annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Essex Marina, Wallasea Island, Essex between approximately the 4th January 2021 through to the 31st March 2021.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Tug ASSASSIN who will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 and 11.

Caution should be taken when entering and leaving the Marina whilst Dredging Operations are in progress.

For additional information please contact:

Essex Marina - Tel 01702 258531

NtM no.01 of 2021 – Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2021

INFORMATION

No: 2 of 2015 Ship Generated Waste Notification

No: 25 of 2016 Paglesham Reach, River Roach

No: 35 of 2016 River Roach – Paglesham Boatyard

No: 17 of 2017 Buxey Edge Obstruction

No: 18 of 2017 Essex Marina – Excessive Wash

No: 41 of 2017 Power Cables – River Roach, Paglesham Creek

No: 11 of 2018 COLREGS Rule 9 Narrow Channels

No: 23 of 2019 Mind Your Wash – Newborn Seals

No: 24 of 2019 Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

No: 7 of 2020 Damage to Royal Burnham Yacht Club Pontoon

No: 33 of 2020 Increase in River Swimmers, Inflatable and Personal Watercraft

No: 37 of 2020 Raysand Unlighted Buoy

No: 47 of 2020 Dredging Operations River Crouch – Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina

All other Notices to Mariners are hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 to 3 of 2021

Week  3


River Medway

Ntom No 01 of 2021 Notices Remaining In Force (137Kb) - Brings forward old NtM which are still in force - email me for any clarification

Ntom No 02 of 2021 Isle Of Grain LNG Jetties 8 & 10 Exclusion Zone + Chart

Ntom No 03 of 2021 LNG Vessel Transit And Manoeuvres

Ntom No 04 of 2021 Pilot Transfer Arrangements And Declaration

Ntom No 05 of 2021 Garrison Point RADAR

Ntom No 06 of 2021 Maritime Declaration Of Health

Ntom No 07 of 2021 Peel Ports Group Additional Pilot Embarkation Procedures

Ntom No 08 of 2021 Peel Ports Group Open Loop Scrubbers Questionnaire

Ntom No 09 of 2021 The Swale Queenborough ATL Reduction In Speed When Passing



Port of Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 11 of 2021



Week  2


East Coast of England - The Wash.  - Approaches to King's Lynn.  - Damage to Navigational marks.


The attention of Mariners is drawn to the Merchant shipping Act 1995 section 219 which states that:-


1) A Person who without lawful authority,


a) Intentionally or recklessly damages -

(i) Any lighthouse or the lights exhibited in it, or

(ii) Any lightship, buoy or beacon;

b) Removes, casts adrift, or sinks any lightship, buoy or beacon; or

c) conceals or obscures any lighthouse, buoy or beacon;


Commits an offence.


2) A person who, without reasonable excuse, -


a) rides by,

b) makes fast to, or

c) runs foul of, any lightship, buoy or beacon


Commits an offence.


3) A person who is guilty of an offence under this section, shall, in addition to being liable for the expense of making good any damage, will also be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine.


Cancel Notice to Mariners 2/2020



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

Week  2


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King's Lynn. - Narrow channels – Rule 9  -

International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea.  - VHF Reporting.


Mariners are advised that commercial vessels to and from King’s Lynn may be encountered on either side of the approach channel, keeping to the best of the water.


Mariners are reminded that Under Rule 9 of the International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea section (b) “A vessel of less than 20 metres in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway”.


All vessels in the approaches to King’s Lynn must maintain a listening watch on V.H.F. channel 14. Information on the commercial traffic movements can be obtained from “King’s Lynn Harbour Radio” “King’s Lynn Pilots” or “King’s Lynn Docks” on Ch 14.


Masters are requested to report their movements on VHF channel 14 to “King’s Lynn Pilots” on departure from their Berths at King’s Lynn, or on entry when passing No.3 Lightbuoy, passing West Stones Beacon, and passing the Pylons.


“King’s Lynn Docks” on VHF ch14 must be contacted when departing berths in the Harbour or inward passing the Pylons to check it is clear to pass the Dock entrance. Commercial vessels can be encountered swinging off the Dock entrance or entering the river from about 1 hour to high water to half an hour after high water.

Cancel Notice to Mariners 3/2020



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2021


2020 Notices for this area below


Week  53


RIVER MEDWAY - LNG VESSEL TRANSIT AND MANOEUVRES


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: a recent near miss incident involving a small fishing boat and an LNG Vessel has highlighted an issue surrounding the movement of such ships and the proximity of small boats. LNG vessel movements are extremely sensitive for a number of reasons; the size of the vessel, the level of tug assistance required, the complexity of the berthing/unberthing manoeuvre and the very nature of the cargo they carry. When an LNG ship is transiting the River Medway or in the process of manoeuvring on/off the berth at Isle of Grain all vessels are required to keep well clear and maintain a safe distance.

The chart above shows the potential turning circle of an LNG ship and indicates the amount of sea room that needs to be kept clear for the turning manoeuvre. The area highlighted may alter depending on the size of the vessel and if the adjacent LNG berth is occupied by another ship, however, the zone marked is based on the largest LNG vessels expected (345m).

When the ship is fast alongside the established LNG berth exclusion zone and associated rules apply to all craft as per Medway NtoM 02 of 2020.


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS’ or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.




Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 56 of 2020

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Week  53


IRIVER MEDWAY - INCIDENT UPDATE & PROSECUTION STATEMENT

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT : Peel Ports London Medway is committed to providing a safe environment for all river users and reported incidents that demonstrate dangerous behaviour and serious breach of port byelaws will be investigated leading to potential prosecution. We would like to bring to your attention the following statement issued as a result of an inquiry subsequent to an accident earlier this year.


“On the 26th of April 2020 a water craft collided with another vessel causing it to sink and causing serious injury to one of the occupants. Police attended the scene and the defendant was breathalysed and found to have a levels of alcohol in his system exceeding the amount permissible for driving a vehicle on the road, resulting in his arrest. The injured party maintained that the defendant had been performing ‘doughnut’ turns around her vessel but had lost control of his vessel causing it to collide with hers.


The Port of Sheerness Ltd brought prosecution proceedings against the defendant pursuant to the Port Byelaws alleging that the defendant had failed to navigate his vessel with the requisite level of care and that he had been in charge of his vessel whilst unfit by reason of drink, contrary to byelaw’s 22 and 33 respectively. The defendant was summoned to appear before Magistrates sitting at Medway on the 10th of December 2020. At this hearing the defendant pleaded guilty to both allegations and was ordered to pay fines, compensation and costs totalling £3,950.”



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 57 of 2020

Week  52


PORT OF WELLS - NEW BUOY POSITIONS

Due to recent movement of the channel, buoy movement has taken place as follows;

NEW BUOY POSITION

LOCATION: ENGLAND-EAST COAST-ENTRANCE TO WELLS -NEXT-THE-SEA

STATION: INNER CHANNEL

WITH EFFECT FROM: IMMEDIATE

Movement: “No.23” lighted buoy move to position Lat. 52° 58.000′ N Long. 000° 51.072′ E



Port of Wells Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2020

Week  51


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

Wreck

All mariners are advised that a known wreck lying to the south of WTG H17 has become exposed. An archaeological Exclusion Zone (AEZ) already exists to protect this known wreck. Marine users are requested to maintain a safe distance around this wreck and current AEZ. Further surveys are planned in 2021. Note : All coordinates referenced in this document relate to WGS-84 [UTM Zone 31N]



London Array Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020

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Week  51


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

Subsea Cables exposed

All mariners are advised that recent surveys indicate a number of exposed high voltage subsea cables as identified below. It is expected that these exposures will remain throughout the winter. Further surveys and updates are expected to to follow in summer 2021.



London Array Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2020


The image below shows the location of the exposed subsea cables.  Note that the cable between Turbines A15 and A14 is exposed in 8 places.   Between Turbine A15 and A14 is the logical place to head direct to and from Foulger's Gat if intending to avoid the 'dogleg'.   In theory the cable is reported is exposed between 6 and 7 metres at chart datum but you should consider the circumstances.    No cables under Foulgers Gat are exposed. I will report if there are any changes.

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Week  50


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that first three Harbour Entrance buoys have been altered as follows:

HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO. 1

Lighted buoy FlR(1s). - Can R. Marked 1.

Position:  N 52° 58.942’  E 000° 58.147’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 2

Lighted buoy FlG(5s) - Conical G. Marked 2.

Position:  N 52° 58.871’  E 000° 57.978’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD No. 3A

Permanently removed from service

Mariners planning to enter Blakeney Harbour for the first time should ensure that they telephone BHA ahead of entry for up to date pilotage information. Please phone either Charlie Ward - 07771597985 or Neil Thompson - 07929181138.



BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION dated 29th November, 2020

Week  45


Medway Approaches - Obstructions South of the Secondary Channel


This notice replaces Medway NtoM 44 of 2020 issued 10th September 2020.


Notice is hereby given that; during a recent hydrographic survey a number of obstructions were identified to the south of the Medway Secondary Channel approximately 350m east of No.4A light buoy. The obstructions do not pose a risk to navigation, however, all information has been passed to the UK Hydrographic Office who will promulgate any information relating to new spot depths and required chart corrections via the UKHO weekly notices to mariners.


Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 48 of 2020

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Week  36


RIVER MEDWAY– SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain LNG Terminal,  Jetties Nos. 8 & 10 Exclusion Zones

(General Directions for Navigation)


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all mariners are to observe the exclusion zones in relation to the Isle of Grain LNG Terminal Jetties Nos.8 & 10 in Saltpan Reach. Mariners are also to note that any unauthorised infringement of the LNG Exclusion Zones may result in prosecution.

Berth Exclusion Zone Regulations:


1. When there is no LNG vessel berthed at the LNG Terminal no vessel (including pleasure vessels, PWC’s, fishing boats etc.) shall navigate within that part of the River Medway which is within an arc measuring 150 metres in any direction from the cargo transfer arms at the LNG Terminals. The cargo transfer arms are located at the following approximate position:

Terminal No.10 51° 25.9405’N 00° 42.5448’E

Terminal No.8 51° 25.9309’N 00° 42.1760’E


2. When there is an LNG vessel moored at the LNG Terminal no vessel (including pleasure vessels, PWC’s, fishing boats etc.) other than those attending the LNG terminal which are authorised by the Harbour Master or the operator of the LNG Terminal, shall enter any part of the River Medway which is within an arc measuring 250 metres (berth exclusion zone) in any direction from the cargo transfer arms of the LNG Terminal.


3. When there is an LNG vessel moored at the LNG terminal, the speed of all passing vessels navigating outside of the berth exclusion zone should not exceed 7.5 knots through the water whilst transiting.

Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS’ or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.




Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2020 (re-issue)

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Week  29


DEPLOYMENT OF OYSTER SPAT FRAMES - BRIGHTLINGSEA CREEK AND RIVER COLNE, ESSEX


NOTICE TO MARINERS: 29TH June 2020 – 30TH June 2021


Exo Environmental Ltd. in partnership with Richard Haward’s Oysters, the University of Essex and Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners, have scheduled to deploy Oyster Spat Frames (Figure 1) at two sites in the Brightlingsea Creek and River Colne, Essex for research purposes.


The two sites are marked by a yellow guard buoy (Pic Below). The coordinates of sites are provided in Table 1 in WGS84, and the chart locations are shown in Figure 2.


The Frames will be deployed for a period of up to 1 year, and all equipment will be removed at the end of the study.


SITE     LAT LONG                                   Easting Northing

1          51° 48′ 2.29″  1° 0′ 46.53″       609685 216206

https://maps.google.com?q=51.800635,1.012926

2          51° 48′17.87″ 1° 2′ 19.12″       607820 215635

https://maps.google.com?q=51.804964,1.038646


Figure 1:



Marking



For further information please contact:

William Coulet – Exo Environmental Ltd. M: 0770 4831 754 E: william@exo-env.co.uk

Alternatively the Harbour Office



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Week  29


Lowestoft Harbour and Approaches –Management of Vessel Speed and Wash

Lowestoft port has in recent months experienced incidents involving excessive speeds,and/or  close  passing distances, within the Harbour and its approaches.  These have resulted  in vessel wash and/or hydrodynamic forces effecting other port users and operations.

Mariners and Port Users are reminded that the maximum speed limit within the harbour is 4  knots.  However, this should not be regarded as  a  target  speed.  Also, at sea the wash from  a  vessel can  be  detrimental to other users when it strikes their craft or the shoreline.  Passage planning in confined waters should consider safe speed and be compliant with regulatory speed limits. During  a  passage  the  speed  of  the  vessel  should  be  closely monitored and adjusted as required.  The effects of vessel wash, and/or the magnitude of hydrodynamic forces between vessels, will depend on a complex array of factors, including, but not limited to the following:

• The speed of the passing vessel(s).

• The passing distance, (with reduced distance leading to greater hydrodynamic forces).

• The underkeel clearance and variations in depth, (the smaller the underkeel clearance the greater the hydrodynamic force).

• The design of the vessel hull.

• The relative displacement of both vessels.

• The orientation of the berth to the passing vessel.  Due  care  should  be  taken  when  passing  vessels, whether  in the approaches or in Harbour limits.  Speed  should  be  such  to  minimise the propagation of wash,whilst maintaining full control over the manoeuvrability of the vessel.  

Necessary reductions in speed should be made gradually and in good time as circumstances allow.  Mariners are advised that it is an offence to proceed at excessive speed where damage or  risk  of  damage  may  be  caused  by  wash  or  displacement.  Caution  should  be exercised when passing piers, berth/moorings, beaches, recreational activities and any other areas involving property or persons. All vessels and craft should be operated in a courteous manner with consideration being given to other mariners.

Please  contact  Lowestoft Port  Control,  VHF  Ch14,  or  Tel.  01502  572286,  if  further information is required



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2020

Week  24


THE SWALE -FAVERSHAM CREEK - Abandoned Craft Wreckage  

NOTICE IS  HEREBY  GIVEN that  due  to movement  and  deterioration  the  steel  framed remains of the vessel “Revenge” that was abandoned in Faversham Creek will be partially removed. The vessel “Liftmoor” will be on site from Monday 1st June 2020 and will be working for approximately 5 days to remove the bow section and parts of the superstructure that are causing a hazard to navigation. The operation will involve cutting/grinding of the steelwork and due to the nature of this “hotwork” passing craft are requested to navigate with caution. “Liftmoor” will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 at all times.

Further  information  may  be  obtained  from Medway  VTS on  VHF  Channel  74,  call  sign “Medway VTS’ or telephone 0151 949 6148




Medway (Peel Ports (Notices to Mariners No 27 of 2020

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Week  20


Ministry of Defence (MOD) Shoeburyness: Range Sea Danger Area


In anticipation of the lifting of the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown and a return to recreational use of local waterways, it’s timely to remind local sailing and watersports clubs and associations of the restrictions in the vicinity of the Foulness and Maplin Sands. QinetiQ operates the live weapons test and evaluation Range in Shoeburyness and on Foulness Island in Essex, known as MOD Shoeburyness. The Range is active Monday to Friday (occasionally at weekends), all year round conducting activities that involve firing and detonating live ammunition, often over long distances out to sea.


To enable the Range to work safely and ensure that hazardous activities do not present a risk to members of the public, it operates under the jurisdiction of the Artillery Ranges Byelaws 1936 and the Shoeburyness and District Military Lands Byelaws 1935 (under the Military Lands Acts 1892 to 1903). The byelaws govern the use of the land and rights of access and passage through the byelaw area. The byelaws cover an area of the Thames Estuary and the North Sea and the inner waterway that runs from Havengore Creek across to the River Roach and the River Crouch. This area comprises the Range Sea Danger Area (RSDA), unauthorised entry to this area is both prohibited and dangerous.


QinetiQ is responsible for managing access to the RSDA and ensuring that boats, yachts and personal watercraft do not stray into the area, putting themselves and their vessels at risk. In order to help monitor the RSDA whilst the Range is active, QinetiQ uses marine surveillance radar and has a Range Safety Boat which patrols the in area and advises any unauthorised vessels to leave in accordance with the byelaws and in the interests of health and safety.


To raise awareness of the location of the RSDA and help avoid incursions by unauthorised vessels, there is a section on the MOD Shoeburyness website which is dedicated to safety information for mariners. Here, mariners can find guidance on how to safely navigate in the vicinity of the Range, how to contact Range Control for advice and the meaning of the Red Flags that the Range uses to indicate the status of the Inner and Outer Sea Areas. If you or your members sail in the vicinity of the Range, we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the restrictions.


Our website also has a guide for anyone wishing to access the inner waterways via Havengore Bridge (currently closed to marine traffic), and we post status alerts on Twitter to notify when either Havengore Bridge or Potton Bridge is non-operational. Follow us @SHB_Alerts.   


We would be most grateful if you could circulate this information amongst your members and other contacts in the sailing and watersports community and where possible, create a link from your website to our Information for Mariners page (see link below). If you have any questions or suggestions for improving the information, please let me know. You may also find the information in the attached leaflet of interest which you can print and circulate amongst your members if you wish.


https://www.qinetiq.com/shoeburyness/Public-Safety#informationformariners


Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE
Careline: 0800 0560108
Email:
nuden@QinetiQ.com


Dated 4th May, 2020


There is a pdf Download:  


MOD Shoeburyness

Staying safe near the Range Sea Danger Area

Week  12


Landguard Beach

Mariners attention is drawn to the shoaling alongside the shoreline highlighted in the chartlet  outside the main channel south of   No9 berth.

This notice will remain extant until the shoaling is sufficiently promulgated by UKHO.

Mariners navigating in this area should always consult the most recently published, fully corrected chart.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020

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Week 5


RIVER MEDWAY – UPNOR REACH  - submerged Obstruction - Chatham Maritime Marina - Outside Waiting Pontoon


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a craft work cradle/tray has sunk at the downstream end of Chatham Maritime Marina holding pontoon. The object is approximately 22m in length and is not visible at any state of the tide. The wreck has been marked with an orange pellet buoy, the owner is aware and will be dealing with the situation.


Mariners should navigate with caution due to this submerged danger to navigation until further notice.


Approximate position - 51 24.33N – 000 31.90E


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2020


UKHO Chart 1835 refers.


Week 1


River Stour (Kent) - New Shingle bank formed at Stonar Cut

Date 21st December 2019

Mariners are informed of the creation of a shingle bank just downstream of Stonar Cut, at the southern tip of Richborough Wharf, consequent of the Environment Agency running of the Cut’s sluices to drain the river of excess rainfall and consequent flooding of the flood plain.  The bank will be protected by a Starboard Hand (green) buoy.



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2019

Week 46


Kentish River Stour Estuary

A revised chartlet was published on 4th October, 2019 and is downloadable at:

http://www.sandwichphc.uk/page12.html



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners

Week 37


RIVER THAMES - GRAVESEND REACH LOWER

SPECIAL MARK MISSING GROYNE NO. 2

The special mark and associated post marking the northern limit of Groyne No. 2 has collapsed and is no longer visible at high water. Navigation in the area should be carried out with extreme caution.  Repairs will be carried out at the earliest opportunity.

For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 68 or by telephone on 01474 560311.

 


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L37 of 2019

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Week 34


GREENWICH REACH OBSTRUCTION IN THE AUTHORISED CHANNEL

A recent survey in Greenwich Reach revealed an obstruction and a reduced depth.  

On 9th August 2019 a temporary lit yellow Special Mark (Fl.Y.2) will be placed on the reduced depth and will remain in place until the obstruction is removed. All vessels are to navigate in this area with caution. Please see the chartlet below for further information.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M55 of 2019

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Week 32


LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – TOWN / CEFAS QUAY – PASSING SPEED

 

Mariners and Port Users are requested that when passing vessels moored on Town Quay and Cefas Quay, that speed is kept to the minimum at which control of the vessel can be maintained, and that the moored vessels are afforded as wide a berth as is safe and practicable. These requirements are subject to the prevailing conditions, and considering the available depth and width of the navigable channel.  

This requirement is to reduce the effects of vessel wash and also interaction, the effects of which increases with size, depth, proximity and speed of the vessels involved. Excessive speed is likely to result in moored vessels ranging along the quay, overwhelming vessel mooring arrangements and increasing risk of serious incident and potential for injury.

The ports maximum speed limit is 4 knots, but passing speed should be less than this value.

In addition, a procedure is being implemented where vessel bunkering operations on Town and Cefas Quays will be suspended, or subject to a delayed start when a large vessel is scheduled to pass. Vessels taking bunkers on these quays are requested to keep a listening watch on VHF channel 14. They should also fly the red ‘B’ flag to indicate that they are engaged in bunkering operations.

Further to the above, any vessel passing Town or Cefas Quay that observes a moored vessel with slack mooring lines, are advised to inform Port Control on VHF channel 14.

 For further information please contact Lowestoft Port Control, (VHF Ch.14, Tel. 01502 572286).



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2019

Week 30


Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that we have had a report of “foul ground” (Anchorage) approximate depth LW 5m in position

51˚36.206’N

000˚52.223’E

All vessels are advised to avoid this area when anchoring in the River Roach.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2019

Week 17


RIVER MEDWAY – HALSTOW CREEK LOWER HALSTOW: SUNKEN BARGE NORTH OF LOWER HALSTOW YACHT MOORINGS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the floating dock/converted barge Westmoreland, that has been moored between two large yellow mooring buoys to the north of the Lower Halstow Yacht Moorings, has sunk.

It is still made fast to the two yellow marker buoys fore and aft but, is itself, covered at high water. The centre of the barge between the two yellow buoys is marked by floating pellet buoys. Mariners should navigate with caution due to this submerged danger to navigation Approximate position -

510 23.00N 0000 40.60E

The owner is aware and will be dealing with the situation.

Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.

 

 


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2019


UKHO Chart 1834 refers.

Week 3


Unmarked Obstruction – Faversham Creek


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a report has been received advising of an UNMARKED OBSTRUCTION in Faversham Creek close to the shore line between Buoys No.5 and No.7


The unmarked obstruction is located in Faversham Creek, the Swale in approximate position:


51° 20.193‘ N 00° 54.244’ E


Reports received have identified the obstruction as being near to the shore line and being submerged over mid to high tide times.


Further information may be obtained from Medway Navigation Service (VTS) on VHF Channel 74 call sign “Medway VTS’ or direct on telephone no. 01795 663025.


Peel Ports (Medway) Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2019 (Brought forward from 2017)


Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH


New Wreck Reported


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a new wreck has been reported inshore of Middle Acorn Moorings, Bridge Reach, Rochester, in position –


Latitude 051° 23.61”N Longitude 000° 30.26’E


A minimum depth of 1.5m at Chart Datum has been recorded. Mariners are advised to keep clear and navigate with caution In this area.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 Refers


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 7 of 2019 (Brought forward from 2017)


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Week 52


UPDATED PLA PUBLICATION  -  RECREATIONAL USERS GUIDE

 

(Front Cover of new Recreational Users Guide)

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has recently published a revised and updated Recreational Users Guide aimed at leisure users in the Port of London.

The revised guide includes; updates to Port buoyage, general improvements to the wording and layout. As such, this now supersedes all previous versions, which are no longer valid. Therefore, any remaining copies should be withdrawn.  

Copies of the new Recreational Users Guide are being distributed to all Tidal Thames Navigators’ Club (TTNC) members and should be received shortly. Please visit our leisure user’s website – www.boatingonthethames.co.uk – to enquire about joining the TTNC.

Copies of the guide are available free of charge by contacting our TTNC Administrators by emailing: TTNC@pla.co.uk, although the PLA reserves the right to charge for orders greater than six copies.

The Recreational Users Guide is also free to download from both: www.pla.co.uk – (Safety Tab – Regulations and Guidance) and www.boatingonthethames.co.uk, along with copies of the PLA Thames Byelaws, General Directions and other Codes of Practices, which can be printed or saved onto mobile devices.



Port of London Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2018

Week 51


LOWESTOFT - REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS

Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the information note for ‘Port Safety and Environmental Notice for Master’ using Lowestoft Harbour has been revised and is attached to this notice. This revision precedes all previous revisions. The new revision mainly effects the below areas; Firstly, ‘Section 10: Lifting operations’ has been added in this revision to provide a reference on how to gain authorisation for the use of mobile cranes on the port estate/quayside areas.

Secondly, ‘Section 13 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)’ has been updated as the port is enhancing its requirement for PPE to be worn when walking within the Port Estate to join / leave a vessel. This includes, Town Quay, Talismans Quay, Silo Quay, All North Quays and Shell Quay. All crew/personnel must wear the minimum PPE requirement of safety helmet and high visibility vest. There will also be a yellow plastic waterproof box at the gated entrance to North Quay and Town Quay (see attached diagram) to deposit the PPE when leaving the port estate, or to collect the PPE when entering the port estate. Boxes will be labelled “SHIPS CREW PPE”.

Thirdly, ‘Section -14 Fresh water’ has been added to inform vessels of the recently implemented changes for the supply of fresh water.

Please bring this notice and the revision of the information to the attention of all Mariners and Port-Users operating in this area.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners no 36 of 2018

Lowestoft 36 Safety-and-Environmental-Notice-2018.pdf



Week 50


Revised Small Craft and Yacht Notice 2018

 

Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the information note for Small Craft and Yachts using Lowestoft Harbour has been revised and is attached to this notice. This revision precedes all previous revisions. Please bring this notice and the revision of the Information to the attention of all Mariners and Port-Users operating in this area.


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners no 35 of 2018


Download the Notice by the button:

Lowestoft 35 Small-Craft-and-Yachts-Notice-2018.pdf


Week 48


CHANGE OF CONTACT NUMBER FOR THE THAMES BARRIER NAVIGATION CENTRE (TBNC)

Please be advised that the contact number for the above has now changed to  0203 260 7711, please refrain from using the 0208 number going forward.

If you have any issues please email Phone.Update@pla.co.uk




Port of London Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2018

Week 42


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH

Wreck Berth 39 Great Yarmouth River Port

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a small leisure craft has sunk on her moorings in approximate position 52° 35.075’ North 001° 43.750’ East (alongside the Southern mooring dolphin close West of the ‘Ocean Terminal’ reporting point).

The wreck will shortly be marked by two special marks at the NE and SE extremities lit during darkness with characteristic Fl.Y.5s. Some debris may be present and there may be lines or other hazards trailing close to the wreck.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when passing the wreck especially when vessels are moored on the opposite bank



Port of Great Yarmouth (ABBP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2018

Week 22


INFORMATION


Mariners are courteously reminded of Rule 9 [Narrow Channels] of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 [COLREGS]


Rule 9 – Narrow Channels

(b) A vessel of less than 20m in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway.

(d) A vessel shall not cross a narrow channel or fairway if such crossing impedes the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within such channel or fairway.

The latter may use the sound signal prescribed in Rule 34(d) [At least five short and rapid blasts on the ship’s whistle] if in doubt as to the intention of the crossing vessel.

(g) Any vessel shall if circumstances of the case admit avoid anchoring in a narrow channel.


All commercial ships navigating in the Burnham Fairway will have a Crouch Harbour Authority [CHA] licensed pilot onboard. They will be monitoring VHF Channel 11 whilst within the CHA district. Do not impede these vessels as they can only navigate safely within the Fairway due to amongst other factors constraint of draught.

A ship that is slowing down may not steer very well; it needs propeller action on the rudder to respond, it takes time and considerable distance to stop a ship particularly if it is in a loaded condition.

Ships in narrow channels cannot easily avoid small craft, it is best that you stay clear.

Be especially cautious and vigilant at night or in times of poor visibility, above all keep a good lookout both ahead and astern.


If you cannot see the ships wheelhouse, the ship cannot see you.



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2018


Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


Mariners and Port users are advised that the UKHO has recently published a new edition of navigational chart BA1535, Lowestoft Port and Approaches. Sounding data from this chart has been used to update the Port’s Passage Plan chart and vessel tracks.


A copy of the chart is attached indicating the tracks likely to be followed by commercial vessels entering and leaving the port of Lowestoft. Masters and Skippers of leisure craft and small vessels should use this information when planning their own passage in the vicinity of the Port of Lowestoft.


The chart is also published on the Port’s website – URL


http://www.abpmarine.co.uk/admin/content/files/Marine/Lowestoft/Lowestoft%20Passage%20Plan%20-%20V08-17%202017.pdf


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


If further information is required please contact Lowestoft Port Control on VHF CH14 or Tel. No. 01502 572286.


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notice to Mariners No 24 of 2017

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


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Week 36


LOWESTOFT - REPORTING OF VESSEL MOVEMENTS


Mariners and Port-Users are reminded of the requirement to make contact with Lowestoft Port Control, on VHF Ch14, before port arrival, port departure, and for any internal Harbour transit at Lowestoft. This requirement covers all vessels, including fishing vessels and leisure vessels.


For departures and in-harbour transits, vessels are requested to report intentions via VHF 14 before leaving any berth or area. If vessels/craft do not have VHF radio, then port control must be contacted via telephone, no. 01502 572286.


Please bring this notice to the attention of any port users or vessel owners/operators not included as a recipient of local notices.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2017

Week 13


Dangerous Wreck on the Buxey Sand edge of the Swallowtail channel

This is an 'unofficial' notice to Mariners.  I have been told by Mr Alan Bird, a local oyster dredger and yachtsman who has seen detail of the 'Obstruction' in the channel between the Swallowtail and the Buxey Sand.  Charts currently show there is an 'Obstn' drying 2m at 51.40'951N, 001.03'541E.  However, Mr Bird records the position as 51°40’924N  001°03’660E - which is further from the edge of the Buxey Sand in approximately 1.5m CD, narrowing the channel between the two sands - and believes the 'Obstn' is substantial and dangerous remains of a wreck.  It is not marked!

Mr Bird has submitted an H102 to the UKHO but kindly given me details of the wreck and a copy of the images.  I have selected the best two images of the overview.  Note that the tail end of the Swallowtail can be seen on the left of the image showing how narrow the channel is.


The waypoint symbol on the chart image shows the position recorded by Mr Bird.