to Marienrs No 52 of 2023 Gat No No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Week  30


RIVER THAMES - In the Oaze - Unexploded Ordnance


Mariners are advised that unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position: -


Latitude 51˚ 28’.80 N  Longitude 000˚ 55’.11 E


In the interests of safety, vessels are advised to keep at least 100m clear of the above position at all times. Vessels are particularly cautioned against anchoring, trawling or otherwise interacting with the seabed in the vicinity of the above position.


The chartlet below shows the general area, with the recommended 100m safety radius around the UXO position shown by the red circle: -


Further information will be broadcast, as necessary, by London VTS on VHF channel 69.


This Notice will remain published until such time as the information above is considered sufficiently promulgated or has been promulgated by other means; this Notice may then be withdrawn without further communication.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners Nos L39 of 2024

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Week  30


Harwich Haven - Temporary Deployment of Scientific Instruments – Update 2


The scientific equipment (ADCP) and special mark buoys previously deployed at Site 2 NE of Wadgate Ledge have now been recovered and are no longer in situ.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2024 (Update)

Week  30


Surveying River Orwell.

 

Mariners are advised that from: -


Wednesday 17th- Thursday 18th July 2024.


The vessel “UKD Resolution” will be conducting hydrographic surveying operations in the River Orwell.


This includes Berth boxes and Ipswich wet dock.


Mariners are advised to pass this vessel slowly and cautiously.


A listening watch on VHF Channel 68 will be maintained at all times.


Please contact ONS (Orwell Navigation Services) for more up to date information as to current areas of operation if required.



Port of Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 23 of 2024

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Week  30


Lowestoft Southern Approaches – Confirmed Report of Drifting Fishing Gear

 

Mariners and port users are advised that a sighting of drifting fishing gear – nets/lines and 4 x floats, has been confirmed in the vicinity of the Newcombe Sand Buoy, at the Southern entrance to the Stanford Channel.


Last confirmed sighting of the fishing gear was at 1700hrs, in approx. position 52˚ 26.2’N, 01˚ 47.5’N. The nets are weighted but are not anchored in position, so will drift with sea/wind/tidal influence.


The fishing gear represents a navigational hazard to vessels transiting this area. Mariners are requested to navigate with caution in this vicinity, and to maintain a good lookout. Please report any sightings of the gear to Lowestoft Port Control on VHF Ch14.


Fishermen with gear in this vicinity are requested to check that their nets/lines are accounted for, and to report to Lowestoft Port Control if the gear is believed to be theirs, or to report if it has been recovered.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3) if further information is required.


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2024

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Week  30


Crouch Northerly Cardinal Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Crouch Northerly Cardinal Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

Mariners are advised that Crouch Northerly Cardinal Lighted Buoy in approximate position.

51°37.660 N  000°56.591 E

is currently unlit.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2024

Week  29


Approaches to Sheerness – Grain Spit  - Diving Operations and Cable Laying Works


Notice is hereby given that as part of the ongoing Neuconnect Interconnector project, diving operations and associated cable laying activities will be taking place on Grain Spit. Work to connect a subsea power cable to a pre-installed HDD entry point on Grain Spit is expected to commence on or around 9th July 2024 with completion expected by 4th August 2024. The dive team will primarily be working from a “Linkflote” pontoon which will be positioned at numerous points along the cable route which runs out in a NE’ly direction from Grain Spit and across the Swatchway. Divers may also need to utilise the craft “Celtic Guardian” if diving is not possible from the pontoon, further safety and survey craft will also be in attendance whilst work is underway.


All craft will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 whilst at the worksite, all vessels transiting the Swatchway to and from the Thames are requested to keep well clear, pass with extreme caution and reduce speed/wash appropriately.

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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2024

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Week  29


Blakeney Harbour Association have made SEVERAL changes to the Aids to Navigation in Blakeney Harbour.

**** SOUTH CARDINAL ****

A South Cardinal Marker has been installed at the southern tip of Blakeney Point. It is imperative that all vessels keep south of the Cardinal marker because the submerged section of the point is incredibly shallow.

The coordinates for the South Cardinal Marker are: 52°58.091'N  0°57.477’E. The light sequence for the South Cardinal Marker is: Q(6) + LFL 15s.

**** CHANNEL AROUND POINT ****

The main channel has moved south of the point around the old mussel beds. This table lists the lateral marker positions that have changed. This Google Maps image of the tip of Blakeney Point demonstrates the new channel location and the South Cardinal Marker position.

**** OUTER HARBOUR LATERAL MARKERS****

The Lateral Markers have been relocated according to changes to the channel. This work is still under way and a further update will be sent as soon as there is suitable weather to continue to relocate the lateral markers.

No. 9 Starboard Green spar mark. Light sequence Fl.G(2.5s) has moved North west to: 52°58.822'N  0°57.538'E

No. 11 Starboard small cone mark. No light  has moved North to: 52°58.732'N  0°57.419'E

KEEP TO THE STARBOARD SIDE OF THE CHANNEL BETWEEN MARKERS 9 AND 11 UNITIL FURTHER NOTICE

No 10 still needs to be moved north west away from the west end of the point, this will be carried out ASAP weather permitting.

No.10 Port spar marker. Light sequence QFL.R Creates a gate with no. 9. Current lat and long:  52° 58.732’ N  000° 57.552’ E

DO NOT PASS CLOSE TO NO.10 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

No. 3 Starboard needs to be moves south due to a sand bank forming between no. 1 and no. 3. This will be carried out ASAP weather permitting.

DO NOT PASS CLOSE TO NO.3 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

No.3 Starboard spar mark. Light sequence Fl.G(2.5s) Current Lat and Long:  52° 58.841’ N  000° 58.106’ E



Blakeney Harbour Association Notice dated 2nd July, 2024

Week  28


RIVER THAMES - Temporary Relocation of Mid-Swatch Buoy


Mariners are advised that, on or about Monday 1st July 2024, the Mid-Swatch Buoy will be temporarily relocated from its charted position to the following position: -


Latitude 51˚ 28’.87 N  Longitude 000˚ 43’.32 E


This is being carried out to facilitate the progress of the NeuConnect electricity cable project and will be performed by PLA Marine Services vessels and personnel.


The chartlet shows the general area, with the current charted position of the Mid-Swatch Buoy circled in blue and the temporary position indicated in red:


Vessels should continue to report to VTS, as required, at the charted Reporting Point. The Mid-Swatch Buoy is expected to remain in the temporary position for approximately 12 weeks, after which it is expected to be returned to its former position. A new Notice to Mariners will be promulgated when the buoy is returned.


During the buoy relocation works, requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedures set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’ with the International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee’.


The display of these signals will be in addition to any lights or shapes required under local regulations and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.


Further details will be broadcast as appropriate by London VTS on VHF channel 68.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners Nos L38 of 2024

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Week  28


RIVER THAMES - Coldharbour Jetty Works


Mariners are advised that, on or about Monday 8th July, 2024 contractors instructed by the operator of Coldharbour Jetty will carry out works on the riverside piles. The chartlet shows the general location of the works, indicated by the red box.


These works will be carried out from Multicat “Endurance” and will involve personnel working from a mobile elevated working platform (MEWP) and will include piling operations. These works are expected to be complete within 3 days of commencement.


During these works, any requirement 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’. International Code Flags ROMEO YANKEE.


The display of these signal flags will be in addition to any signals, lights or shapes specified by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea and local regulations.

London VTS will broadcast further information, as required, on VHF Channel 14.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners Nos L37 of 2024

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Week  28


RIVER THAMES - St Clements Reach Laying Of Moorings


Mariners are advised that, on or about the 8th July during daylight hours, contractors instructed by Broadness Cruising Club will commence operations to lay two mooring buoys in the vicinity of Broadness Creek. The general location of the works are indicated by the red box.


These operations will be carried out by vessel “Bosun”. Works are anticipated to take no longer than 24hrs.


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


This Notice will remain published until such time as the information above is considered sufficiently promulgated or has been promulgated by other means; this Notice may then be withdrawn without further communication.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners Nos L36 of 2024

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Week  28


Surveyed Depths – Harwich Harbour – Update 3


Mariners are advised that recent surveys have identified reduced depths in Harwich Harbour.

The minimum depths (below chart datum) are:


15.2m - spot sounding between the Grisle Buoy and the Babergh Buoy

15.9m - spot sounding between Fort Buoy and Grisle Buoy


See survey chart extracts opposite for further information.


This notice replaces local notice to mariners No. 31 of 2024, which is now withdrawn.

For further information contact the Harbour Master Team at Harwich Haven Authority (+44 1255

243030).



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2024

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Week  28


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - LIFTING OF HAVEN BRIDGE RESUMED


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Port have reached a temporary agreement which enables the lifting of the Haven Bridge.


Haven Bridge lifts will be resumed from 01st July 2024. Mariners should note that the booking procedure has also been updated, and are advised to consult both ‘NASBO No. 2 of 2024’ and ‘Bridge Information and Booking Bridge Lifts Ver 5’ which are available in the Marine Information section of the Peel Ports Great Yarmouth website:


https://www.peelports.com/marine/our-ports/great-yarmouth


If further information is required, please contact the Harbour Office on

+44 (0)1493 335501 or gyharbouroffice@peelports.com.



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2024

Week  28


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Haven Bridge Weekly Maintenance


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Norfolk County Council will be undertaking maintenance works on Haven Bridge between 08:00 hours and 15:00 hours, from Tuesday 18th June 2024, and every Tuesday thereafter, until further notice.


Norfolk County Council confirm that the bridge will be non-operational between the hours of 13:00 and 15:00 hours, to allow for test lifts to be carried out. No passage is allowed through the bridge during this time.


Mariners are reminded to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 at all times whilst within the Port of Great Yarmouth and to advise ‘Yarmouth Radio’ of their intention to conduct any manoeuvre within the Port prior to doing so. For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF Channel 12 (callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or 01493 335511.


For further information please use contact details below:


General enquiries: 0344 800 8020

Website: www.norfolk.gov.uk



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2024

Week  28


Dover Community Regatta – 6th July 2024


Mariners are advised that the Port of Dover Community Regatta will be taking place on Saturday the 6th of July 2024 between 10:00 and 18:00 local time.


Events on the water within the recreational area will begin at 10:00hrs and will include the following: -


10:00 – 12:00 Dragon Boat racing.

12:00 – 12:30 RNLI demonstration.

12:30 – 13:00 Swimming race.

13:00 – 16:00 Dragon Boat racing


With the recreational area of the harbour being fully utilised for events throughout the day, to maintain a safe environment for all, the swim zone will be closed to swimmers from 08:30 hrs and only authorised vessels will be allowed to enter the recreational area between 09:00 hrs and 18:00 hrs on 6th of July.


To facilitate the event Mariners and Swimmers are therefore advised that the following restrictions will apply during the Regatta: -


From 09:00hrs until 19:00hrs, the recreational area of the harbour will be out of bounds to all non-authorised vessels.

From 06:00hrs until 23:00hrs, the public slipway on Marine parade will be closed.

From 08:30hrs until 19:00hrs, the swim zone will be closed to swimmers.


Dover VTS will maintain a listening watch throughout on VHF Ch 74 and all craft navigating within the area should make initial contact with Dover VTS and proceed as directed.


Should anyone require additional marine information on the day, the Duty Harbour Master/Pilot will be available on mobile: 07836 262713.





Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2024

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Week  28


Dover Rowing Club Regatta – 7th July 2024


Mariners and users of the Port’s Recreation Area are advised that on Sunday 7th July 2024 Dover Rowing Club will be hosting their annual regatta. The course will be contained within the area marked by the boundary on the chartlet below and course marker buoys will be laid within this area for the event. There will be 12 lanes for racing and the event is planned to start at 06:00 hrs.

Vessels launching from the slipway must call Dover VTS on VHF Ch74 before launching and again before entering the harbour or recreation area for recovery. Those transiting the racecourse must do so at slow speed, keeping well clear of rowers at all times.


The designated swim zone within the recreation area will be temporarily suspended from 0600 on the 7th of July until 1900 on the 7th July, during this time swimmers should exercise extreme caution and be mindful that boats may be moving at speed within the boundary of the racecourse.


There will be two safety boats in attendance throughout the event who will provide safety cover at all times.



Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2024

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Week  28



 London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary) -  Jack Up Operations

Ziton Wind Pioneer  - (Aided by support tugs Bosch and Sea Bronco)


All mariners are advised that the Jack-up Vessel Wind Pioneer provided by Ziton , supported by Tugs Bosch and Sea Bronco. Will be on site from the 05/07/2024 until 05/08/2024 to carry out heavy lift main component exchanges at various locations throughout the windfarm.


Jack-up Vessel: Wind Pioneer: has a length of 57m, breadth of 28m with a draft of 5.2m

Equipment will be periodically deployed and suspended from the vessel crane during jack up operations.

Support Tug: Bosch  has a length of 26m with a beam of 10m and a draft of 2.8m. The vessel will be engaged in towing the Jack-up Wind Pioneer to site, then remain on standby at anchor outside London Array offshore Wind farm until required by Jack up vessel to access shallow locations.


Support Tug: Sea Bronco has a length of 25m with a beam of 10m and a draft of 2.8m. The vessel will be engaged in towing the Jack-up Wind Pioneer to site, then remain on standby at anchor outside London Array offshore Wind farm until required by Jack up vessel to access shallow locations.


A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Wind Pioneer whilst pinned on location.


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



 London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2024

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Week  27


Unexploded Ordnance


Mariners are advised that unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position:


Latitude 51˚ 30’.11 N  Longitude 001˚ 02’.41 E


In the interests of safety, vessels are advised to keep at least 100m clear of the above position at all times. Vessels are particularly cautioned against anchoring, trawling or otherwise interacting with the seabed in the vicinity of the above position.


The chartlet shows the general area, with the recommended 100m safety radius around the UXO

position shown by the red circle:

When considered necessary, London VTS will manage traffic to support safe navigation in the vicinity of the UXO and associated safety zone.


Further information will be broadcast, as necessary, by London VTS on VHF channel 69.


This Notice will remain published until such time as the information above is considered sufficiently promulgated or has been promulgated by other means; this Notice may then be withdrawn without further communication.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners Nos L34 of 2024

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Week  27


River Stour & Harwich Haven Weather Stations – Update 1


Mariners are advised that Harwich Haven Authority is making the following changes to the local live weather stations (data published on www.hha.co.uk - https://hha.co.uk/live-data/).


Sensor No. 4 - located at Landguard - will be offline on 25 and 26 June 2024 for essential

maintenance work and the height will be adjusted to 11m above ground level / 15m above chart

datum.


Sensor No. 2 - located on Ganges Pier at Shotley Gate - will now be retired on 27 June 2024,

having been successfully replaced by new Sensor No.7 at Erwarton Beacon.


Additionally, in the week commencing 1 July 2024, the Harwich wind gauge on Navigation House

will be relocated from the roof of the building to the knuckle of the Harbour Master’s Pier. This is to avoid building updraft effects and improve the reading quality.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2024

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Week  27



 Diving Operations at Great Yarmouth Power Station River Intake

MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that survey and maintenance works will be conducted on the power station river intakes between berths 5C and 6 (Port Marks 91 – 96) within the Great Yarmouth River Port for three weeks between Monday 17th June and Friday 5th July 2024. The works will include diving operations undertaken by Red7 Inshore Diving Ltd between the hours of 0700 hours and 1800 hours Mon-Fri.

Divers will be working from the quay face and within the power station intakes using underwater tools and equipment. 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.

In addition, a subsurface cable will be raised and the connector placed on the quayside creating a small obstruction between 25th and 27th June. The cable will protrude no more than 2m from the quay wall.

Masters must obtain information from Yarmouth Radio on VHF Channel 12 before approaching or departing from these berths and before any movement or operation of engines or thrusters close to or adjacent to these berths when diving operations are taking place.

Masters are advised to exercise extreme caution when approaching or passing the dive 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 (Ch 12, callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or telephone 01493 335511.



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2024

Week  27


Private slipway Area at South Woodham Ferrers

INFORMATION

Please be aware that the launching of all vessels including canoes/kayaks/paddleboards/sailboards is not permitted from the private area of concrete slipway at South Woodham Ferrers, unless you are a member of the South Woodham Ferrers Ski Club or South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club or have attained permission from them to do so.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2024

Week  27


Dover Harbour - Outer Marina Inner Wave Screen navigation light extinguished

Mariners are advised that the top red light on the two fixed red navigation lights (2F.R) on the Inner Wave Screen Wall is extinguished.

Currently there is only one fixed red light.



Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2024

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Week  26


Rivers Crouch and Roach - Newborn seals – Mind your wash

INFORMATION

Mind Your Wash

Mariners are requested to be extra vigilant and reduce their speed and keep wash to as minimal as possible when passing newborn seals, particularly in the River Roach area.

The Conservation of Seals Act (1970) protects common seals during their breeding season and it is illegal to cause disturbance that may affect the newborn pups.

Your co-operation in this matter would be appreciated.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2024

Week  26


THE SWALE – FERRY REACH  - KINGSFERRY BRIDGE - CLOSURES


Notice is hereby given that: the first period of maintenance on the Kingsferry Bridge finished this morning, however, an issue has been discovered during testing today. Engineers are on site at the moment and trying to rectify the problem but until further notice, the bridge is not able to lift for any marine traffic. As soon as further detail is known an update to this notice will be published.


Notice is hereby given that: due to scheduled maintenance work, Kingsferry Bridge will be closed to all navigation. Work to replace the wire lifting ropes is due to commence 7th June 2024 with completion expected by 28th July 2024. The work will be completed in 4 phases as detailed below, navigation through the bridge will be suspended for the periods stated as “shipping” and will be for the entire period specified.


Broadcasts to alert river traffic of the closures will be made regularly by Medway VTS on VHF Ch.74 during the periods shown above. Kingsferry Bridge will be communicating the upcoming closures with river users on VHF Ch.10.


Whilst, at certain states of the tide, it will be possible for some craft to pass under the bridge it is strongly recommended that this is not tried due to the low, but present, risk of an item falling from the work area onto a vessel passing beneath.

Admiralty Chart Number 2572 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 (Recorded Lines) or from Kingsferry Bridge on VHF Channel 10.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2024 (Updated on 10th June, 2024)

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Week  26


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

Jack Up Operations (Ziton Wind)


All mariners are advised that the Jack-up Vessel “Wind” provided by Ziton, will be on site from 14/06/2024 until 30/07/2024 to carrying out Heavy lift Component exchanges at various locations throughout the windfarm.


Jack-up Vessel: Ziton Wind


Jack-Up Vessel Ziton Wind has a length of 55m, breadth of 18m with a draft of 4.8m.

Equipment will be periodically deployed and suspended from the vessel crane during jack up operations.

A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Ziton Wind whilst pinned on location.


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


The vessel will be supported by CTV’s Windcat 27, 29, 21, 36, 39 and Spectrum 2 as required during its time on site at London Array.



 London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2024 rev 2.

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Week  25


River Thames - Unexploded Ordnance - Nore Sand and Vicinity


L33


This Notice to Mariners (L29) replaces Navigation Warning issued 08/06/24 at 21:41.

Mariners are advised, unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position:

Latitude 51˚ 28.733’ N  Longitude 000˚ 44.656’ E


L29


Mariners are advised that unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position:

Latitude 51˚ 28’.72 N  Longitude 000˚ 44’.65 E


L28

Mariners are advised that unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position:

Latitude 51˚ 28’.72 N Longitude 000˚ 44’.60 E


L25

Mariners are advised that unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position:

Latitude 51˚ 29’.01 N  Longitude 000˚ 49’.20 E


In the interests of safety, vessels are advised to keep at least 50m clear of the above position at all times.


Vessels are particularly cautioned against anchoring, trawling or otherwise interacting with the seabed in the vicinity of the above position.


The chartlets shows the general area, with the recommended 50m safety radius around the UXO position shown by the red circle:



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners Nos L33, L29, L28 and L25 of 2024

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Week  25


Harwich Haven - Temporary Deployment of Scientific Instruments – Update 1


On or around 11 - 12 June 2024, scientific equipment (ADCP) will be recovered from Site 1 in the

Rough Shoals and relocated to Site 2, NE of Wadgate Ledge (see table and pictures). The

instrument will remain at Site 2 for approximately 2 months duration or until this notice is

withdrawn.


Description Equipment Latitude Longitude


Site 1 ADCP 51o 55’.106 N 001 o 30’.665 E

Site 2 ADCP 51o 56’.804 N 001 o 22’.598 E

The scientific instrument will stand approximately 2m in height above the sea bed and will be

marked with two special mark buoys, flashing a yellow light every 2.5 seconds, positioned NE /

SW either side of the instrument.


Mariners are advised to navigate with additional caution in this area and pass well clear of the

temporary buoys.


This notice replaces 21-2024: Temporary Deployment of Scientific Instruments, which is now

withdrawn.




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2024

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Week  25


Latest Survey Depths - River Stour Channel


Mariners are advised that the latest hydrographic survey (04 June 2024) for the River Stour has

identified a minimum depth of 0.6m below chart datum. See survey chart extracts (download) for further details.


This notice replaces 27-2024 Latest Survey Depths – River Stour Channel which is now withdrawn.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2024

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Week  25


Sheerness Harbour – No.2 Berth  - Quay Reinforcement Works


Notice is hereby given that a programme of work to reinforce existing structural piles underneath Sheerness No.2 berth will getting underway shortly. Work to install pile reinforcement collars is due to commence on or around 10th June 2024 with completion expected by mid-December 2024.

Scaffolding will be fixed to the underside of berth 2 to allow contractor access to the piles in the approximate area highlighted below for strengthening. The works team will be operating between 06:00 and 22:00 on a daily basis but will work to a set tidal window ie. up to 4.2m HoT on the flood tide and from 4.2m HoT down to low water. Contractors will be in daily communication with one of the following: port vessels team, Marine Management Team or Medway VTS who will brief them with details of movements on and off of Sheerness No.2 berth. Work’s staff will vacate the area under the berth during the arrival and departure of ships, when ships are either alongside and shut down or have safely departed the crew will restart operations underneath the quay. At certain stages of the work small boats will be utilised to deliver steel collar sections to the team under the berth, the collars will then be winched up into position prior to installation.

Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.


All vessels transiting Sheerness Harbour should be aware that men will be working under the berth, close to water line and conducting hazardous lifting operations. All vessels should navigate at a safe distance from No.2 berth, reducing wash appropriately.


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 31 of 2024

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Week  25


MV Reimerswaal – Ipswich Power Station Berth

 

Mariners are advised of a new vessel arriving into the Port of Ipswich.


The MV Reimerswaal will be berthing off of Ipswich Power Station berth.


The vessel will berth across the main channel during discharge operations for approximately 2 hours.


During the discharge the port will be closed for commercial movements.


Leisure craft are requested to pass well clear.


The commercial river traffic will be managed by ONS, mariners requiring more information can do so by contacting: -  Orwell Navigation Service on VHF Ch 68



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2024

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Week  23


Harwich Haven - Surveyed Depths – Harwich Deep Water Channel – Update 3


Mariners are advised that hydrographic surveys have identified reduced depths in the Harwich Deep Water Channel. The minimum available depth of water on the centreline is approx. 15.6m below chart datum, with shallower sections towards the channel edges (as per survey data).


This local notice to mariners is cumulative and replaces notice 08-2024 which is now withdrawn.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2024

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Week  23


River Medway – Saltpan Reach  - Grain LNG Jetty 10 – Maintenance Work


Notice is hereby given that a programme of maintenance work is due to take place at Isle of Grain LNG Jetty 10. Work is expected to commence on Monday 3rd June 2024 and is expected to run for a period of 4 – 5 months. The 1st phase of maintenance will be carried out Monday-Friday only, no work is anticipated at the week-ends and will include shotblasting and painting of all jetty piles from a floating pontoon and the installation of sacrificial anodes by divers. The diving operations section of the programme is expected to start in July 2024. Craft involved will be the ‘Avocet’ , ‘Storemoor’ and a small rib tender ‘Retriever’, day signals for respective operations will displayed by all craft who will maintain a listening watch on VHF 74. The 2nd phase of maintenance is expected to start in March 2025 and a further NTM shall be promulgated in due course.


All vessels passing Grain LNG Jetty 10 should navigate with caution, observe the LNG Jetty exclusion zone at all times and reduce speed and wash accordingly.


Admiralty Chart No.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. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2024

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Week  23


RIVER CROUCH - Excessive Wash

COURTEOUS NAVIGATION

Mariners are reminded of their duty to not only abide by the 8-knot speed limit where applicable but also to be mindful of the wake their vessels create when passing:

• Moored craft.

• Vessels with tenders alongside.

• Small vulnerable craft.

Please also consider and keep to a minimum your wake and wash when passing:

• Through Burnham Fairway.

• Essex Marina.

• North Fambridge swing moorings.

• All areas upriver of Brandy Hole.

• Paglesham swing moorings – River Roach.


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

SAFETY

We have been asked to publish the following safety information from QinetiQ for mariners to be aware of:

With the summer months just around the corner, it’s timely to remind local sailing and watersports clubs 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. These areas are known collectively as the Range Sea Danger Area (RSDA), unauthorised entry to the RSDA is both illegal and dangerous.

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

In recent years, there’s been an increase in vessels sailing close to the Range coastline overnight or on weekends, then becoming stranded within the RSDA, effectively leaving the vessel in an active weapons danger area when the Range resumes explosive operations. This is not only dangerous for anyone on board, but also puts the vessel at risk and can delay important Range operations. Recovery of stranded vessels can be costly and difficult with owners having to wait for the Range to authorise access, and for the right tidal conditions etc. This is one of the reasons that the Inner Sea Area is closed to all marine vessels, at all times irrespective of the status of the Range.

Skippers can find guidance on the location of the Inner and Outer Sea Areas that comprise the RSDA on the MOD Shoeburyness website where there is a section dedicated to safety information for mariners. There is also information about how to contact Range Control for advice, and the meaning of the Red Flags that are used to indicate the status of the RSDA. 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 and we post status alerts on X (formerly Twitter), to notify when either Havengore Bridge or Potton Bridge is non-operational due to mechanical failure or maintenance. Follow us @SHB_Alerts or sign up to alerts for the marine community by emailing your request to qqshbenquiries@qinetiq.com

In addition to the restrictions and prohibitions imposed by the MOD byelaws, the MOD foreshore is included in the ‘Restricted Area’ of a PWC PSPO introduced by Southend-on-Sea City Council. Fixed penalties will be issued to anyone found to be in breach of the Order.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 9 and 10 of 2024

Week  23


DOVER HARBOUR - Lighthouse refurbishment works – lights extinguished.


Mariners are advised that on or around the dates listed below the lights in the retrospective lighthouses will be extinguished due to refurbishment works.

Admiralty Pier light (Fl.7.5s) – 8th June 2024 to 30th June 2024

Southern breakwater red (Oc.R) – 3rd July 2024 to 31st July 2024

Knuckle light (Fl(4)WR) – 6th June 2024 to 15th July 2024


Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2024

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Week  22


2024 Ipswich Tidal Barrier Tests.

 

Mariners are advised that the dates and times listed below Environment Agency will be conducting routine tests and maintenance to the Ipswich Tidal Barrier. During this period the river will be closed off between the Tidal Barrier and Stoke Bridge. Upon completion of the barrier closure, the barrier will be re-opened gradually.


Vessels approaching Ipswich Lock may experience additional currents as they make their approach. Caution needs to be taken by small vessels navigating in the vicinity of the lock/barrier at the time of opening.


Vessel bound to the area upstream of the Tidal Barrier should always observe the Red/Green traffic lights at the Barrier.


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


Date of Barrier closure Day Estimated closure timeframe


22 May 2024 Wednesday 09:30 – 12:30

06 June 2024 Thursday 09:00 – 13:00

25 June 2024 Tuesday 12:30 – 15:30

09 July 2024 Tuesday 11:30 – 15:30

24 July 2024 Wednesday 12:00 – 15:00

07 August 2024 Wednesday 11:00 – 15:00

21 August 2024 Wednesday 11:00 – 14:00

04 September 2024 Wednesday 10:00 – 14:00

24 September 2024* Tuesday 09:00 – 14:00

25 September 2024* Wednesday 10:00 – 15:00

08 October 2024 Tuesday 12:00 – 16:00

22 October 2024 Tuesday 13:00 – 16:00

06 November 2024 Wednesday 11:00 – 15:00

20 November 2024 Wednesday 12:00 – 15:00

04 December 2024 Wednesday 10:00 – 14:00

18 December 2024 Wednesday 11:00 – 14:00


Note(s):


• * indicates Barrier gate inspections at low water.

• Closure time frames listed are approximate and may change as a result of particular operational requirements or due to weather or tidal influences.

• Occasionally closures may be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.

• The closure schedule provided does not include instances where the Barrier is required to be closed for tidal flood defence purposes.




Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2024

Week  22


River Crouch - Burnham - Lines attached to Commercial Buoys – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Please be aware that although there are currently no vessels moored to the commercial mooring buoys on the North shore East of Burnham-on-Crouch in positions:

51°37.285 N,  000°50.513 E

51°37.291 N,  000°50.433 E

A mooring line still exists connecting the two buoys.

Caution should be taken when navigating within this area and mariners are advised to give the buoys a wide berth.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2024

Week  21


Dover Harbour - Wick Channel Closure and Restricted Area


Mariners are advised that from the 20th May 2024 the Wick Channel and the connected basins are closed to all vessels, other than those involved in land reclamation works planned to commence later this year, or excepted craft.  Therefore, the Inner Harbour will become a restricted area to small vessels other than in case of emergency.



Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2024

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Week  21


Dover Harbour - Relocation of VTS to the Fallback Centre


Mariners are advised that Dover VTS will temporarily relocate from the current VTS building on the end of the Eastern Arm to the Terminal Control Building, for a period commencing on Monday 20th May 2024 until approximately Monday 15th July 2024.

The following VTS functions may be affected from time to time:

Visual signals at the Eastern

Weather and tidal sensors

Main radar (coverage will still be provided by Admiralty Pier and Marina infill radars)

Although this equipment outage will be kept to a minimum, Mariners should remain alert that radar coverage to the east of the port will be reduced at times.

The view from the Terminal Control building can be restricted with VTS Officers reliant upon Radars and AIS. We ask that Mariners report any vessels, especially small craft, who may not be communicating.

Stakeholders are encouraged to avoid non-essential telephone calls to VTS, and Email any non-urgent communications to the Duty Harbour Masters at Grp.DHMS@portofdover.com



Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2024

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Week  20


Ipswich Restricted Lock Ins

 

All Mariners please be informed that there will be limited access for locking in and out until further notice. Locking out will occur during odd hours, such as 1300, while locking in will be scheduled for even hours, like 1400.


This temporary restriction is a result of an unforeseen problem with the lock gates and is being implemented based on the guidance provided by the Engineering team


Mariners needing more information can do so by contacting ONS on VHF CH68.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2024

Week  19


River Thames - St Clement's Reach -West Thurrock Power Cable - North Pylon Unlit

 

Mariners are advised that the lights on the north pylon of the West Thurrock power cable are

extinguished.


The relevant authorities have been informed of these unlit lights and they advise that it may take up to 6 months to rectify this fault.


The chartlet shows the general area, with the unlit north pylon indicated by the red circle:

This Notice will remain published until such time as the information above is considered sufficiently promulgated or has been promulgated by other means; this Notice may then be withdrawn without further communication.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L22 of 2024

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Week  19


The Swale – Queenborough Harbour  - Submerged Vessel / Obstruction


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that work to recover a sunken vessel in Queenborough Harbour has been completed, however, the vessel has been towed to a location where it will be broken up and removed. The wreck now lies in the following approximate position which is in shore of and adjacent to Queenborough All Tide Landing


51° 25. 025N – 000° 44. 261 E - Admiralty Chart 2572 Refers


The remnants of the boat are submerged just below the surface at high water but are marked with a number of pellet buoys and surrounded by spill booms which will collect any debris coming from the wreck.


All vessels are requested to keep clear of the obstruction until it has been fully removed.


Further information can be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 (Callsign “Medway VTS”) or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2024

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Week  18


Nore Swatchway - River Thames - Unexploded Ordnance


Mariners are advised that unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been discovered in the following position: -


Latitude 51 28’.71 N   Longitude 000 44’.40 E


This UXO could pose a danger to vessels and persons; accordingly, vessels are advised to keep at least 100m clear of the above position at all times. Vessels are particularly cautioned against anchoring, trawling or otherwise interacting with the seabed in the vicinity of the above position.


The chartlet  shows the general area, with the recommended 100m safety radius around the UXO

shown by the red circle: -

Further information will be broadcast, as necessary, by London VTS on VHF channel 69.


This Notice will remain published until such time as the information above is considered sufficiently promulgated or has been promulgated by other means; this Notice may then be withdrawn without further communication.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L19 of 2024

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Week  18


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - GREAT YARMOUTH THIRD RIVER CROSSING WORKS


Mariners are hereby advised that BAMFARRANS will be undertaking plating works to the existing piles behind the pontoons GYTRC from Wednesday 17th April 2024 till 9th August 2024.


BAMFARRNS will be working in areas of the river shown.


The SSY Plant and Fishing Safety (BAM Safety Boat - See photo) will on the river for works being undertaken. The BAM safety boat will undertake regular movements in the immediate vicinity and may be moored/in position on either side of the river.


The works will not impede the passage of vessels or the use of the pontoons.


Mariners are reminded to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 at all times whilst within the Port of Great Yarmouth and to advise ‘Yarmouth Radio’ of their intention to conduct any manoeuvre within the Outer Harbour prior to doing so.

For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF Channel 12 (callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or 01493 335511.

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Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2024

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Week  18


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn.

Navigation buoy “T” established & buoy “B” removed.


Mariners are advised that the following buoy has been removed from station; -


“B” buoy (Fl Yellow 2s) established in position - Lat 52° 50.538’N Long 000° 21.705’E.


Mariners are advised that the following buoy has been established on station; -


“T” red can buoy (Fl. Red(2) 6s) established in position - Lat 52° 50.538’N Long 000° 21.705’E.

This notice cancels NtM 08/2024.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 11 of 2024.

Week  17


River Medway – Chatham Dock  - Temporary Suspension of Service


Following our previous notices on the temporary closure of Chatham locks, the initial investigation has been undertaken and identified a catastrophic failure of the hauling gear and gearboxes of the North Locks Outer Gate has occurred. This failure has been attributed to a vessel collision with the outer lock gate from an untraceable event.


Although we are still in the process of identifying the most appropriate route to bring the locks back into operation, we feel it is appropriate to give you the advance notification that this closure has been estimated to be for a period of up to six to nine months while the works are procured and delivered.


We appreciate your patience while these works are being undertaken and apologies for any inconvenience this is causing to the users of Chatham docks


Notice is hereby given that: due to an unforeseen issue identified with the north lock outer caisson, Chatham Docks will be closed to navigation and unable to accept any vessel movements until further notice.


The cause of the issue is currently subject to an engineering inspection, as soon as the scale of the issue is ascertained a further notice will be promulgated updating stakeholders with expected timescales for rectification.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2024 - (Updated 24th March, 2024)

Week  17


Approaches to Sheerness - Grain Spit Deployment of Current Monitoring Equipment


Notice is hereby given that; as part of the Neuconnect Interconnector project, an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP) unit will be sited on Grain Spit for approximately one month. The ADCP unit will be placed in the following approximate position marked on the chart below on or around 11th April 2024.


Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.

The ADCP will be monitoring tidal currents for approximately one month and will be attached to a ‘special mark’ buoy to notify vessels of their locations and to assist recovery. The buoy will be of minimal size to reduce risk to vessels and shall display a yellow flashing light at 5 second intervals.


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Due to the location of the buoy and it’s limited size, vessels transiting Grain Spit are requested to navigate with caution.


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2024

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Week  17


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - HAVEN BRIDGE LIFT BOOKINGS


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that owing to a health and safety concern raised by Great Yarmouth Port to Norfolk County Council, Great Yarmouth Port are unable to accept the responsibility and risk related to pedestrians and vehicles experienced during the immediate period prior to the lifting of the Haven Bridge for navigational purposes.


We have proposed an interim solution to Norfolk County Council, however this has not been progressed by them.


Therefore, Great Yarmouth Port are currently unable to accept bookings for Haven Bridge Lifts for Navigational purposes, and we advise you that any correspondence on this matter be passed to Norfolk County Council who are the owners and responsible party for the overall safety of Haven Bridge.


This restriction does not impact any vessels that are able to pass safely under the bridge, who should continue to operate in the normal manner with communication with LPS.



Port of Great Yarmouth Notices to Mariners No 23 of 2024


Week  16


RIVER THAMES - Oikos Jetty 1 Works


Issue Date: 04/04/2024

Expiration Date: 31/08/2024

District: Lower - Reach(es): Sea Reach


Mariners are advised that, on or about Monday 8th April 2024, contractors instructed by Oikos Storage Ltd. will commence works at Oikos Jetty 1, including piling operations. Work pontoons HAVEN SEABREEZE and HAVEN SEAFORTH are expected to be on location, with tugs HORTON and MERIT and workboat KING’S REACH in attendance. These works will include piling; lifting operations; use of personnel baskets and MEWPs; and persons working on the waterline. Works are planned to be carried out 0700-1900, Monday – Friday and, on occasion, 0800-1300 on Saturdays.


These works are expected to be complete by 31st August 2024 and the general location of the works is shown by the red markings in the chartlet


Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedures set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’ with the International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)':


Further details will be broadcast as needed by London VTS on VHF channels 68 & 69.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L18 of 2024

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Week  16


Off Harwich - Temporary Deployment of Scientific Equipment


In the week commencing 08 April 2024, scientific equipment will be deployed in the vicinity of the

Rough Shoals in the following position (see table 1 & picture 1) for approximately 2 months

duration:


Equipment       Lat                         Long

ADCP                 51o 55’.106 N     001 o 30’.665 E

The scientific instrument will stand approximately 2m in height above the sea bed and will be

marked with two special mark buoys, flashing a yellow light every 2.5 seconds, positioned NE /

SW either side of the instrument.


Mariners are advised to navigate with additional caution in this area and pass well clear of the

temporary buoys.


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2024

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Week  16

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East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn.

Navigation Mark “B” capsized, unlit & off station


Mariners are advised that the following buoy has been identified as capsized & unlit; -

“B” buoy (Fl Yellow 2s) established in position - Lat 52° 50.538’N Long 000° 21.705’E.


Extreme caution should be taken when navigating in the vicinity.


KLCB plan to attend the buoy for recovery and replacement as soon as possible.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 08 of 2024

Week  16



 Aids To Navigation  -  London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)


 The following navigational defects are in place as listed:


Asset ID Coordinates Characteristic Defect


H04 51° 36.183'N 001° 34.004'E  FL. Y 5s 5NM  Light Extinguished.  

J06 51° 37.452'N 001° 34.282'E  FL. Y 5s 5NM  Light Extinguished.  Fog Signal - Inoperative/Incorrect  

M20 51° 41.902'N 001° 30.042'E  FL. Y 5s 5NM  Light Extinguished.  Fog Signal- Inoperative/Incorrect  

G20 51° 39.458'N 001° 26.619'E  FL. Y 5s 5NM  Light Extinguished.  


Turbines affected indicated on the chartlet opposite.



 London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notice to Mariners 06 of 2024


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Week  15


NeuConnect UXO Investigation Works - Issue Date: 28/03/2024 - Expiration Date: 31/08/2024

District: Lower Reach(es): Thames Estuary


Mariners are advised that, on or about Friday 29th March 2024, contractors will commence unexploded ordnance (UXO) investigation works in the Thames Estuary, in connection with the NeuConnect cable project. These works are divided into the Nearshore and Offshore UXO investigation works.


Nearshore UXO Investigation Works


The Nearshore package of works will be conducted from jack-up barge SERVER 2 (LOA 48.0m), which is expected to spud down at various locations within the works area and to be moved under tow by tug DUKE OF NORMANDY from time to time. Works will include diving operations, with divers being deployed from SERVER 2; and use of a mechanical excavator mounted on SERVER 2. The Nearshore works are expected to take approximately 16 weeks from commencement.


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When diving operations are in progress, SERVER 2 is expected to display International Signal Flag “ALPHA” and the red flag specified by Thames Byelaw 33, in addition to any other lights, shapes or signals required by the IRPCS and/or local regulations.


Offshore UXO Investigation Works


The Offshore package of works will be conducted from offshore support vessels BRAVEHEART SPIRIT and 4-WINDS.


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Information applicable to both Nearshore and Offshore Works

All vessels involved in these works are expected to listen at all times to the relevant VHF channel for London VTS.  When UXO Investigations are in progress from any of the vessels identified in this Notice, a 100m Safety Zone will be in force around the vessel. No other vessel is to enter or remain inside the 100m Safety Zone except with the express prior consent of London VTS.


At particular times and at particular locations, vessels may be subject to traffic organisation and management carried out by London VTS in order to facilitate safe and efficient navigation in the vicinity of these operations. This may include implementation of one-way working and other measures.  If required for safe navigation of large and/or deep draughted traffic, the UXO investigation operations will cease, recover divers or ROVs and relocate the vessel at the request of London VTS. Masters or Pilots who consider this may be required in respect of their ship on a particular passage should communicate this to London VTS at the earliest opportunity so that it may be coordinated with the UXO investigation vessels in advance.


Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedures set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’ with the International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L17 of 2024


Below: General area of Nearshore UXO Investigation works indicated by red box. The green marks are potential UXOs to be investigated.


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These vessels can hold station by Dynamic Positioning and will conduct the investigations by deploying Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). The Offshore works are expected to take approximately 12 weeks from commencement.


Week  15


Halfpenny Pier Mooring Facilities


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 1 April to Friday 25 October 2024.


Ha’penny Pier is manned by Harwich Haven Authority personnel between the hours of 0800 and

1100  and  1300  and  1800  (including  weekends  and  bank  holidays)  during  the  period between Monday 1 April to Friday 25 October 2024.


During  the  off  season  –  between  25  October  2024  and  31 March  2025  –  the  pontoon  area is unmanned by Harwich Haven Authority personnel. Vessels are still permitted to use the berths in accordance with the areas marked on the map (below) 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 shower and toilet facilities, which are located on Ha’penny Pier.


Visiting from outside the UK?


Overseas visitors wishing to use the facilities on Ha’penny Pier should follow the advice issued by the UK Government before travelling.   In addition to notifying Border Force of your intentions to enter the UK you must also make a custom declaration to the HMRC National Yachtline +44 (0) 300 123 2012 before disembarking your vessel.


Leisure vessels


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.  Berths 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, 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.  Charges will apply (card payment only). See below.


Mooring  is  free between  the hours of 0900 and 1600  for vessels up to and  including 15 metres.


Between the hours of 0900 and 1600, vessels over 15 metres will be permitted to moor free of

charge for a period of 2 hours only, following which a fee of £10.00 will be charged.   


Outside the hours of 0900 to 1600 fees will be charged for each 24-hour period:


Up to 5 metres LOA  15.75

Over 5 metres and up to 10 metres LOA  21.00

Over 10 metres and up to 15 metres LOA  26.25

Over 15 metres and up to 20 metres LOA  31.50

How to pay?


Leisure vessels can pay mooring fees directly to the Pier Master who is located in the office next to  the café on Ha’penny Pier. Fees will be collected after 1600 and before 0900 the following

morning. Card payments only.


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 pier.masters@hha.co.uk.


Fees for large vessels are as follows:


Embarking/disembarking passengers  31.50

Overnight mooring  52.50

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.


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 is permanently closed.  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


The toilet and shower facilities located on Ha’penny Pier require a code to access, which will be

provided to you by the Pier Master on arrival.   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.

Alcohol has been identified as a contributory factor in some access accidents. Therefore, we advise users to take care when using the facility.  Persons in charge of recreational craft are advised that Harwich VTS Channel 71 is for use primarily by commercial vessels, although a listening watch can be maintained.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2024

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Week  15


Maintenance Diving Ipswich Flood Gates

 

Mariners are advised that commencing from Monday 15th April Diving works will be being conducted on the inner flood sector gates in the Ipswich Lock by the Environment Agency.


The works will be conducted between 0800 and 1700.


The lock will be open to traffic outside of this time.


The works will run from Monday 15th through to Friday 19th April.


Free flow may be limited Tuesday-Thursday due to the low neap tides and the water not making the level.  These very low tides may also necessitate hourly lock in/outs to maintain sufficient water in the wet dock.


ONS will monitor VHF CH68 and can advise on revised free flow timings based upon any tidal cuts or surges being experienced.





Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 07 of 2024

Week  15


Lowestoft – Gull Wing Construction – Temporary Suspension to Navigation – 5th Update – Gull Wing Channel Restriction Lifted + Operational Protocol


Mariners and Port Users are advised, that as of today, 28th March 2024, the temporary suspension to Navigation in Lake Lothing, imposed by Suffolk County Council under their principal powers (granted in the scheme Development Consent Order 2020), has been lifted. Navigation through the Gull Wing Construction site can be resumed, subject to vessels and leisure craft following strict protocol listed below.


Bridge Testing/Commissioning Phase Protocol


• Any vessel requesting to transit the Gull Wing Channel must provide a minimum of 40 minutes notice to Lowestoft Port Control on VHF 14. This is to allow the contractor to ensure the Bridge is in a safe condition to allow the transit to take place. This applies even when the Bridge is in the fully raised position.

• Vessels with a confirmed maximum air draft that does not exceed 10m will be permitted to pass under the bridge if it is closed.

• If a vessel air draft is over 10m, or if there is any doubt about the air draft exceeding 10m, then the Bridge will need to be in the fully raised position to allow the vessel transit.

• The bridge traffic lights will not be operational during the commissioning phase, so for the above scenarios, permission to transit the Gull Wing Channel will be subject to permission from Lowestoft Port Control on VHF Ch14.

• Published Small Boat opening times will be adhered to, but for vessels requiring both bridges to be raised for their transit there may be some deviation on the timings of the lift for one or both bridges, to allow for transit time between the Bridges.

• Under no circumstances will a vessel be permitted to transit the Gull Wing Bridge while it is being lowered or raised.


Bridge Testing/Commissioning Phase – Logistics


• Daily 1830hrs to 0730hrs the Bridge will be locked up/open in the fully raised position.

• Daily 0730hrs to 1830hrs the Bridge will be operated by the contractor for testing purposes. This may require for the Bridge to be lowered/raised on numerous occasions, or for the bridge to be in the lowered/closed position for unspecified durations.

• When Bridge transits are required, the contractor will need to first confirm that the Bridge is in a safe condition – lowered or raised – before Lowestoft Port Control can authorise the transit.


The Contractor will monitor VHF Ch14, and will have marine craft spotters available during bridge lowering/raising operations to identify any vessels that have not communicated their requirements.

• For any small craft between the two bridges, that is waiting to transit the Bascule Bridge or the Gull Wing Bridge, the new waiting pontoon on the SW side of the Silo turning basin can be used.

If any works or testing on the Gull Wing Bridge are required between the hours of 1830hrs and 0730hrs, a NTM will be issued to advise of any specific details or requirements.


The commissioning/testing phase for the Gull Wing Bridge is expected to continue for a minimum of 5 weeks. Further updates will be provided once time scales are known.


Lowestoft NTM No.11 is hereby cancelled.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3) if further information is required.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2024

Week  15


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn.  - Extinguished Navigation Mark


Charts BA 108 & 1200


Mariners are advised that the navigation lighted beacon on the Hunstanton outfall shoreside dolphin Fl.R.3s. in position Lat 52° 55.900’N Long 000° 28.800’E.  is now operational



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD .Notices to Mariners No. 07 of 2024.

Week  14


RIVER THAMES -  SEA REACH  - CALOR GAS CANVEY JETTY WORKS


Mariners are advised that, from Wednesday 20th March 2024 onwards, contractors instructed by the operators of the Calor Gas Canvey terminal will re-commence works to the jetty. These works will include use of scaffolding, operatives working on the waterline and lifting operations. A safety boat will be in attendance at times during the works. These works are expected to be complete by 31st October 2024 and the general location of the works is shown by the red markings in the chartlet


Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedures set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’ with the International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’, which are displayed.


Further details will be broadcast as needed by London VTS on VHF channels 68 & 69.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L16 of 2024

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Week  14


RIVER THAMES -  WOOLWICH REACH - CRANE OPERATIONS EXCLUSION


On or about Monday 25th March 2024, contractors from Ballymore will be conducting crane operations over the water at Deanston Wharf. These works will take place between the hours of 0730 and 1800 and are expected to take approximately 8 weeks.


As part of these works a man basket will be used low over the water. To facilitate these works, between 0730 and 1800, all vessels shall keep well clear of the area marked on the chartlet .

 

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


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M31 of 2024

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Week  14


HARWICH HAVEN - Seasonal Recreational Marks


On or around 25 March 2024 the following seasonal recreational marks will be reinstated:


Pennyhole - Yellow Cone Buoy - 51º 53'.55 N 001º 18'.00 E


Cork Ledge Racing Mark - Yellow Can Buoy - 51º 54'.50 N 001º 23'.40 E


Armada Racing Mark - Yellow Can Buoy - 51º 52'.83 N 001º 22'.19 E


Fox’s - Yellow Conical Buoy - 51º 54'.00 N 001º 21'.00 E


Cobbolds Point Buoy - Green Conical Buoy - 51º 57'.64 N 001º 22'.16 E


Dovercourt Bay - Yellow Spherical Buoys


51° 55’.97 N 001° 17’.39 E

51° 55’.81 N 001° 16’.99 E

51º 55'.65 N 001º 16'.59 E

51º 55'.63 N 001º 16'.55 E

51° 55‘.40 N 001° 16‘.48 E

51º 55'.18 N 001º 16'.42 E


Shotley Horse - Yellow Pillar Buoy - 51º 57’.32 N 001º 17’.46 E


Speed Limit Marker Buoy - Yellow Spherical Buoy - 51º 56’.48 N 001º 07’.24 E


Beacon Hill - Yellow Can Buoy - 51° 56’.46 N 001° 17’.85E


Positions given are WGS 84 datum



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2024

Week  14


HARWICH HAVEN - Dredging Operations – Update 1


Mariners are advised that dredging operations are taking place as follows:


Medway (IMO: 9524152) – currently carrying out trailing suction hopper dredging operations

in Harwich harbour and Felixstowe berths – now extended until approx. 11 April 2024.


C-Force (IMO: 9850305) – currently carrying out plough dredging operations in the main

channel near the Cross buoy and around the Beach End area. Expected to continue until

approx. 1 April 2024.


MTS Valour (IMO: 9407299) – expected to commence plough dredging operations on or

around 30 March 2024, working around Harwich Harbour and Felixstowe berths, the River

Stour and Mistley for approx. 3 weeks.


Sospan Dau (IMO: 7711062) – will commence trailing suction hopper dredging on approx.

15 April 2024 for around 3 - 4 days. Maintenance dredging will be taking place in the Harwich

Haven and around the Port of Felixstowe, with material disposed to the beneficial sites in

the River Stour and Orwell (see diagram below).


This dredging notice is cumulative and replaces notices No. 13 and No. 12 of 2024, which are now withdrawn.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 16 of 2024

Week  14


HARWICH HAVEN - Surveyed Depths – Harwich Harbour


Mariners are advised that recent surveys have identified reduced depths in Harwich Harbour.


The minimum depth is now 15.0m below Chart Datum in the harbour area between the Grisle Buoy and the Babergh Buoy. See chart (download) for further information.


Maintenance dredging works are currently underway to restore the navigable depth and a further

notice will be issued once this work has been completed.


This notice replaces local notice to mariners No. 11 of 2024, which is now withdrawn.


For further information contact the Harbour Master Team at Harwich Haven Authority (+44 1255

243030).



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2024

All sounding are still substantial for leisure craft.  Download the chartlets for full details.

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Week  14


River Medway – Saltpan Reach  - Aids to Navigation Consultation.


Notice is hereby given that: Peel Ports London Medway are opening a consultation period in relation to proposed changes to some of the Aids to Navigation in Saltpan Reach. It has been identified that the current characteristics of Z1, Z2 and the Isolated Danger mark in Saltpan Reach are, in certain circumstances, inconspicuous due to other AtoN and background lighting. The following changes are being proposed and you are invited to submit any comments on this matter for the next 30 days to the following address:


AllMedwayMarineManagers@peelports.com


Z1 Isolated Danger Light Buoy


Current Characteristics – Isolated Danger Light Buoy Fl W (2) 10s – TH No. N09387 51’25.792N 000’41.630E

Proposed Characteristics - Isolated Danger Light Buoy Fl W (2) 5s.


Timber Hulk Isolated Danger Light-buoy


Current Characteristics - Isolated Danger Light-Buoy Fl W (2) 5s - TH No N14724 – 51’25.564N 000’40.890E

Proposed Characteristics - Isolated Danger Light-Buoy Fl W (2) 10s.


Z2 North Cardinal Light-buoy


Current Characteristics - North Cardinal Light-buoy Q Fl - TH No N09388 – 51’25.622N 000’41.629E

Proposed Characteristics - Preferred Channel to Starboard Light-Buoy Fl R (2+1)

Admiralty Chart No. 1834 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2024

Week  14


Sheerness Docks – No.11 Berth Tug Moorings Reduced Speed & Wash When Passing.


Notice is hereby given that: a recent incident occurred where 2 tugs that were moored at SD.11 berth parted their mooring lines and broke free. A contributing factor was found to be excessive wash caused by an outbound passing vessel. Both vessels were manned and the situation was managed swiftly and professionally, however, there was potential for the incident to have greater implications had circumstances been different.


Whilst there is not a speed restriction on this section of the river it has been historically accepted that passing ships and craft show consideration when passing the tug moorings due their exposed location and their need to berth 2 or 3 abreast.


All vessels are reminded to reduce their speed and wash accordingly when passing Sheerness No.11 berth


Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2024

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Blakeney Harbour

Maintenance work has been carried out on the channel markers leading into Blakeney Harbour for the 2024 season.

OUTER CHANNEL MARKERS

The harbour entrance has continued to grow in an easterly direction, therefore the following changes have been made to the outer channel marks:

Fairway Marker

Positioned as of 20th March 2024 Position N 52° 59.230’ E 000° 58.538’ Bearing to no. 1 Starboard channel marker 189º T Distance to no. 1 Starboard channel marker 0.35nm

NEW Light sequence L Fl.10s

No. 1 Starboard marker

Repositioned further to east New Position N 52° 58.907’ E 000° 58.458’ Bearing to fairway marker  9º T

Distance to Fairway Buoy is 0.35nm Light sequence Fl.G(2s)

No.3 Starboard marker

Repositioned south east New Position N 52° 58.863’ E 000° 58.262’ Light sequence Fl.R(2.5s)

No. 5 Starboard marker

Remained in position Position N 52° 58.871’ E 000° 57.978’ Light sequence Fl.G(5s)

All subsequent outer harbour channel markers positions have remained unchanged.

END OF BLAKENEY POINT

The end of Blakeney Point has lost a significant amount of height and moved further south across where the channel was in 2023. Care should be taken to stay within the marked channel to avoid grounding on the end of the point as it is submerged at HW. A withy is currently marking the end of the point. No. 21 Starboard and No. 22 port have been repositioned south according to the current channel around the end of the point.

No. 21 starboard marker

New position N 52° 58.034’ E 000° 57.376’ Light sequence Fl.G(2)8s

No. 22 port marker

New position N 52° 58.054’ E 000° 57.473’ Light sequence QFl.R(1s)

INNER HARBOUR MARKERS

Minor changes have been made to the channel markers inside Blakeney Point.

The South Sands starboard beacon, marker 31 and final channel marker, has been reinstated.


The weather station is active again on the South Sands beacon. https://holfuy.com/en/weather/730



Dated 21st March, 2024

Week  13


RIVER THAMES - HALFWAY REACH - DIVING OPERATIONS

On or around 18th March 2024, marine contractors working on behalf of City of London Corporation will commence diving operations at the upriver end of Hanson No. 4 Jetty in Halfway Reach. Diving operations will take place around the times of slack water.


Works are expected to last approximately 3 days. Diving Operations will take place from the Multi-Cat “Emilia D”, and works will include, but not be limited to, lifting operations and removal of grouting lines using underwater burning equipment.


Requests for vessels to ‘proceed with caution’ or ‘pass at slow speed’ will be made by London VTS on VHF Ch.14, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, Section 4. When diving is taking place the dive platform will display International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’, ‘Alpha (A)’ and a red flag in accordance with Byelaw 33 as appropriate:

 

The Chartlet Shows location of works:


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L15 of 2024

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Week  13


RIVER THAMES -  SEA REACH - OIKOS JETTY NO. 1 WORKS


Mariners are advised that, on or around 15th March 2024 contractors instructed by Oikos Storage Ltd. will commence works at Oikos No. 1 Jetty. The general location of the works is indicated by the red box on the chartlet .


The works comprise of reinstating a component to the Marine Loading Arm, by use of a crane on the jack-up barge ‘TOPJACK’ alongside the jetty face.


Any requirements for passing vessels to Proceed with Caution or At Slow Speed will be made in accordance with the procedures set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’ with the International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee’.


The display of these signals will be in addition to any lights or shapes required under local regulations and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.


Further details will be broadcast as appropriate by London VTS on VHF channel 68 and/or 69.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L14 of 2024

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Week  13


River Medway – Chatham Dock  - Temporary Suspension of Service


Notice is hereby given that: due to an unforeseen issue identified with the north lock outer caisson, Chatham Docks will be closed to navigation and unable to accept any vessel movements until further notice.


The cause of the issue is currently subject to an engineering inspection, as soon as the scale of the issue is ascertained a further notice will be promulgated updating stakeholders with expected timescales for rectification.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2024

Week  13


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Bathymetric Survey Works - Outer Harbour


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED Survey Vessel RS 11 will be conducting bathymetric survey activity within Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour 18/03/2024.


Due caution should be exercised by all vessels operating within the Outer Harbour by maintaining safe distance. RS 11 can be contacted on VHF Ch12.


Mariners are reminded to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 at all times whilst within the Port of Great Yarmouth and to advise ‘Yarmouth Radio’ of their intention to conduct any manoeuvre within the Outer Harbour prior to doing so. For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF Channel 12 (callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or 01493 335511.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2024

Week  13


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Herring Bridge not fully operational


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Herring Bridge, owned and operated by Norfolk County Council, is not fully operational. All river users are advised to contact Herring Bridge Control for further information if a river transit is required. This Notice to Mariners will be updated on confirmation from Norfolk County Council that the bridge is fully operational.


Contact details: Telephone: 01493 448448


Email: bookings@herringbridge.com

VHF CH 12



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2024

Week  13


Maintenance Works Ipswich Lock

 

Tuesday 19th March 2024.


Work will be undertaken between 0800 and 1700 on the East Inner Lock Gate.


The work being undertaken is to change the East Inner lock Gate hydraulic cylinder.


During this time the lock will be restricted to a 1 gate operation.


ONS will always monitor VHF CH 68 and can provide updates as requested.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2024

Week  13


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn.


Alterations & additions to Buoyage: Nos 21, 22, 23 & “B” buoys.


Mariners are advised that due to changes in the approach channel the following alterations to buoyage has been completed on 18.03.24.


No 22 (Fl Q. Red) Light buoy moved to - Lat 52° 50.419’N Long 000° 21.716’E.

No 21 (Fl(2) G 4s) Light buoy moved to - Lat 52° 50.391’N Long 000° 21.724’E.

No 23 (Fl G 3s) Light buoy moved to - Lat 52° 50.225’N Long 000° 21.758’E.

“B” buoy (Fl Yellow 2s) established in position - Lat 52° 50.538’N Long 000° 21.705’E.




 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2024.

Week  12


RIVER THAMES - HALFWAY REACH - WHITE MOUNTAIN BOLLARD & FENDER WORKS


Mariners are advised that, on or about 12th March 2024, contractors instructed by the operators of White Mountain Roadstone terminal will commence works to replace mooring bollards and renew wooden fendering on the quay wall. The general location of the works is indicated by the red box on the chartlet shown.


These works will be conducted between 0700 and 1700, Monday to Friday; and will involve lifting operations, construction materials delivered by barge and personnel working on the waterline; tugs and safety boats may be in attendance. These works are expected to be complete within 7 weeks from commencement.


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


The display of these signals will be in addition to any lights or shapes required under local regulations and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.


Further details will be broadcast as appropriate by London VTS on VHF channel 14.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L13 of 2024

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Week  12


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Haven Bridge - Update to NtM 14 2024


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Haven Bridge is now operational.


Bridges

Vessels will be grouped together on lifts whenever possible. When craft are to transit the bridge in opposite directions, those vessels going ‘with the tide’ will be given priority.


Haven Bridge

Bookings 01493 335522


Please refer to Peel Ports Great Yarmouth website for further details on making bookings and bridge opening times.


The Bridge is only staffed ten minutes before a lift.


Mariners are reminded to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 at all times whilst within the Port of Great Yarmouth and to advise ‘Yarmouth Radio’ of their intention to conduct any manoeuvre within the Port prior to doing so. For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF Channel 12 (callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or 01493 335511.


Notice to Mariners PPGY NTM 14 23/02/2024 is now cancelled.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2024

Week  12


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - REMOVAL OF PONTOON AT BERTH 16 TRINITY QUAY

 

MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that decommissioning & removal of the Gardline – Trinity Quay pontoon is due to commence from 08:00 on 07th March 2024 of a period of 2 days.


Olympic Civil & Marine will be decommissioning the pontoon with contractors working close to the water line directly from the quay side on berth 16 with each pontoon modular and link bridge lifted ashore by crane.


Masters are advised to exercise extreme caution when approaching or passing the work site, to keep well clear of the work area and to pass at the slowest safe manoeuvring speed.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 16 of 2024

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Week  12


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary) - Jack Up Operations (Ziton Wind)

All mariners are advised that the Jack-up Vessel “Wind” provided by Ziton, will be on site from 20/03/2024 until 30/04/2024 to carrying out Heavy lift Component exchanges at various locations throughout the windfarm.

 

Jack-Up Vessel Ziton Wind has a length of 55m, breadth of 18m with a draft of 4.8m.

Equipment will be periodically deployed and suspended from the vessel crane during jack up operations.

A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Ziton Wind whilst pinned on location.


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


The vessel will be supported by CTV’s Windcat 27, 29, 21, 36, 39 and Spectrum2 as required during its time on site at London Array.



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2024

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Week  12


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary) - Jack Up Operations (Ziton Wind Server)

All mariners are advised that the Jack-up Vessel “Wind Server” provided by Ziton, will be on site from 20/03/2024 until the 30/04/2024 carrying out heavy lift component exchanges at various locations throughout the windfarm.

 

Jack-Up Vessel Wind Server has a length of 79.6m and breadth of 32.3m with a draft of 4.5m

Equipment will be periodically deployed and suspended from the vessel crane during jack up operations.

A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Wind Server whilst on location.

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


The Vessel will be supported by CTV’s Windcat 27, 29, 21, 36, 39 and Spectrum 2 as required during its time on site at London array.



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2024

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Week  11


Harwich Shelf – East Cardinal Mark


Mariners are advised that on or around 1 March 2024 the following mark will be reinstated in Harwich Haven:


Harwich Shelf:  East Cardinal at 51°56’.84N 001°18’.07E


For further information contact Harwich VTS (VHF 71).



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2024

Week  11


RIVER THAMES -  HALFWAY REACH - DIVING OPERATIONS


On or around 5th March 2024, marine contractors working on behalf of City of London Corporation will commence diving operations at the upriver end of Hanson No.4 Jetty in Halfway Reach. Diving operations will take place around the times of slack water.


Works are expected to last approximately 3 days. Diving Operations will take place from the Multi-Cat “Emilia D”, and works will include, but not be limited to, lifting operations and installation of grouting lines.


Requests for vessels to ‘proceed with caution’ or ‘pass at slow speed’ will be made by London VTS on VHF Ch.14, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, Section 4. When diving is taking place the dive platform will display International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’, ‘Alpha (A)’ and a red flag in accordance with Byelaw 33 as appropriate: .

 

The Charlet shows location of works:


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L12 of 2024

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Week  11


 Dover - Dredging Works – Outer Marina


Mariners are advised that from the 5th March until the 8th March, The David Church will be dredging in the Outer Marina between the times of 0830 and 1500.


No vessels will be permitted to pass near the dredger without express permission directly from the dredger Master.

All vessels wishing to transit the dredging area are to contact ‘David Church’ on VHF Channel 12 and obtain permission and passing arrangements prior to transit.



Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 05 of 2024

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Week  10


RIVER THAMES -  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 08 May 2024.


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               08/05/2024  0755 - 1025  

June              10/06/2024  0940 - 1210  

July               09/07/2024  0935 - 1205  

August          08/08/2024  0950 - 1220  

September   09/09/2024  1050 - 1320  

October       06/10/2024  0930 - 1930  


All times are approximate


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 P02 of 2024


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 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.


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Week  10


RIVER THAMES - LOWER POOL  - BOMBAY WHARF EXCLUSION ZONE


With immediate effect a 30 METRE EXCLUSION ZONE has been established adjacent to Bombay Wharf in the Lower Pool.


A large portion of the crane structure has become unstable and poses a significant risk to any vessels navigating below.


The circular exclusion zone, as shown below, has a 30-metre diameter centred on the river wall immediately below the crane.


All vessels are NOT to navigate within this zone.


Further information will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M19 of 2024

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Week  10


River Medway - Saltpan Reach  - London Thamesport Diving Operations and CP Installation Works Underneath the Quay.


Notice is hereby given that a programme of work including diving operations is due to commence at London Thamesport Terminal. The work is the next phase of cathodic protection (CP) installation to the existing tubular piles supporting the London Thamesport quay deck.


Work will commence on or around 29/02/2024 with an estimated completion date of 04/03/2024, all works will be carried out by a small workboat and/or a floating work platform which will be lifted in/out daily by quayside crane. The works team will liaise daily with the terminal supervisors who will advise them of expected vessel movements. The dive supervisor will monitor VHF channel 74 at all times and notify Medway VTS when divers enter and exit the water, call-sign for the divers is “Ocean Kinetics Divers”

All vessels arriving/departing London Thamesport should confirm the status of diving ops prior to berthing/unberthing.


All passing ships and leisure craft should navigate with caution and reduce their wash appropriately.


Admiralty Chart No. 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. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2024

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Week  10


 Sheerness Docks – No.4 Berth - Survey Operations


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that survey work is due to commence in the vicinity of Sheerness No.4 berth. The UXO survey work is due to commence 26th February 2024 and will take approximately 2-3 days. Survey operations will be conducted by the vessel “Shoreline” who will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 at all times. The survey work will be focussed around the approximate footprint represented in the chart extract shown.


All vessels passing the Sheerness No.4 Berth are requested to navigate with caution reducing their speed and wash accordingly.


Admiralty Chart 3683 Refers.


Approximate survey area and vessel “Shoreline”


Further information can be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 (Callsign “Medway VTS”) or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2024

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Week  10


River Medway – Saltpan Reach  - Saltpan No.11 Mooring Buoy - Out of Commission.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Saltpan No.11 mooring buoy which is now semi-submerged, has been deemed unsafe to use and thus taken out of commission. The buoy is still afloat but less conspicuous to river users due to it’s position in the water. The buoy remains in it’s charted position but is now unoccupied, all river users are reminded to exercise caution when navigating in this area until the buoy is removed/recovered.


Admiralty Chart 1834 Refers


Further information can be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 (Callsign “Medway VTS”) or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2024

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Week  10


RNLI 200th Year Celebrations

 

Mariners are invited to join in celebrating 200 years of the RNLI operating and assisting mariners around the UK coast.


Mariners are asked to sound a continuous long blast on the ships horn of approximately 30 seconds.


This is to be done at 1200 on Monday 4th March.



East Anglia ABP Ports Notices to Mariners No 02 of 2024

(includes Lowestoft)

Week  10


Prohibition to Navigation


Temporary installation of frame assembly at Colne Barrier Storm Surge Barrier

Colne Estuary, Essex


Bam Nuttall who are working on behalf of the Environment Agency are scheduled to lift our mitre floodgate of our storm surge barrier this year and to do so, we need to assemble our frame structure at the Colne Barrier.


Installation of the frame will be completed on the Southern side of the barrier on the 11th of March and shall remain in place until Summer 2024.


The frame would only slightly protrude into the watercourse past the floodgate meaning this would be the item that needs to be considered and the risk of this can be managed by adding sufficient lighting and beacons to the frame to aid river users in avoiding the structure while navigating through the flood barrier.

Table 1 Location of frame assembly Site  Lat (DDM)  Long (DDM)  NGR  


Site 1     51° 51' 7.63" N  0° 57' 45.78" E                                                TM0414321208  


For more information please contact: Jonathan Russell, Environment Agency

Email contact: StourandcolneAP@environment-agency.gov.uk

Environment Agency Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60




Environment Agency Notice to Mariners: 28th February – 19th August 2024


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Week  10


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

 Oil Exchange project  


All mariners are advised that the MMS Supreme will be on site approximately from the 01/03/2024 for the summer period. They will be carrying out oil exchanges to wind turbine generators at various locations within the London Array windfarm


Whilst the MMS Supreme is in operations within the windfarm a 500m exclusion zone will be placed around the vessel.

A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the MMS Supreme whilst operating within the windfarm.


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

For additional information please contact the Duty Marine Coordinator. 01843 855 795 londonarraymarinecoordinators@rwe.com London Array Limited, Port of Ramsgate, Military Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9LG.



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 03 of 2024

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Week  09


2025 AIDS TO NAVIGATION REVIEW

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) will be undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) provision around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland during 2024. The Review will be published in 2025 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following five year period.

The GLA provide a comprehensive and sustainable network of AtoN for General Navigation and are responsible for the Superintendence and Management of Local AtoN provided by Local Lighthouse Authorities.

The SOLAS Convention requires the provision of “such Aids to Navigation as the volume of traffic justifies and the degree of risk requires”. The 2025 review will consider all AtoN on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland, both individually and as AtoN systems.

The GLA consider good quality user input to be an essential component of this review. Users of Marine AtoN are invited to contribute to the review by commenting on:

    The usefulness and usability of existing AtoN provided by the GLAs.

    Any proposed requirement for the provision of new AtoN.

    The mix of AtoN provided including lighthouses, buoys, beacons, Racons and AIS AtoN.

    The benefit to users of providing additional data from AtoN such as meteorological data.

    The effectiveness of systems used to promulgate information relating to AtoN.

    Any other AtoN related issues.

Comments regarding AtoN provision around England, Wales and the Channel Islands should be addressed to navigation @trinityhouse.co.uk before 31st May 2024.



Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2024

Week  09


RIVER THAMES -  SEA REACH - DREDGING OPERATIONS


On or around the 25th February 2024 the vessel MEUSE RIVER will commence trailer suction dredging at London Gateway Port Berth 4, Sea Reach. The vessel will discharge using a floating pipeline to the east of Berth No 4. Dredging will take place 24/7 with expected completion to be around 3rd March 2024.


The MEUSE RIVER is required to remain a minimum 75m clearance from vessels berthing or departing at No 3 berth and will display lights and signals as per the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea and maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 68


Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 68.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L11 of 2024

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Week  09


RIVER THAMES -  SEA REACH - LONDON GATEWAY PORT 100-METRE EXCLUSION ZONE & SPEED RESTRICTION - QUAY CRANES UNLOADING

 

On the 18th of February 2024, quay cranes for London Gateway Port will be delivered by the vessel Zhen Hua 26. Upon delivery, the crane booms will be in the lowered position, extending over the ship's side.


Upon arrival active local traffic control will be in place while the vessel manoeuvres and shifts along the berth. Traffic will be held until the ship is clear of the channel.



The unloading process will take place over a period of 6 days, and the cranes will arrive fully erected. During the offloading process, there will be a 100-metre exclusion zone from the vessel. Additionally, a speed restriction of 8 knots will be imposed whilst cranes are being offloaded. Vessels must proceed with caution.


The chartlet below shows the approximate location of the exclusion zone:


Speed restriction when in place will be included on river & estuary broadcasts by London VTS on VHF channel 68 and 69.


Further information can be obtained by contacting London VTS by telephone 01474 562215.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L10 of 2024

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Week  09


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - PILE SURVEY WORKS GREAT YARMOUTH PORT LIMITS


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED The Artemis (See Annex 3) will transit under Haven Bridge at Low water on Wednesday 21st February and under a Pile Survey in front of the Southern pontoon in front of Berth 31D. The Artemis will then moor at 31E, 14A or 24 overnight.


The survey will continue on Thursday 22nd February and depart to allow the Artemis to transit through Haven bridge, Acle and Vauxhall Bridges at Low Water. There are no restrictions on the timing of the activities.


During the survey works, the works are not thought to restrict the passage of vessels, the navigational channel remains open, but if deemed necessary by the Marine Operators from the Port Authority, the survey activities will be temporarily relocated to allow safe passage.

Regular movements of these vessels will be undertaken in the immediate vicinity and they may be moored/in position on either side of the river.

Mariners are reminded to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 at all times whilst within the Port of Great Yarmouth and to advise ‘Yarmouth Radio’ of their intention to conduct any manoeuvre within the Port prior to doing so. For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF Channel 12 (callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or 01493 335511.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2024

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Week  09


Diving Operations Ipswich Lock

 

Red 7 divers will be undertaking diving inspections of the Ipswich Lock gates on: -


Thursday 22nd February.


This work will be undertaken between 0830 and 1630.


During this time the lock will be closed to all traffic, mariners wishing to transit the lock should do so before or after these times.


ONS will monitor VHF CH 68 at all times and can provide more detail as requested.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2024

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Week  09


Marine Aggregate Industry Survey Notification

Please be advised that from 28 April 2023 companies of the Anglian Offshore Dredging Association (AODA) will be undertaking seabed sampling surveys and geophysical survey of aggregate dredging areas in the Anglian Dredging region, from the sites shown in Figure 1. The seabed sampling survey will deploy a grab sampler at each of these sites and recover a seabed sample for processing onboard the vessel for further analysis.


Geophysical survey works will be completed by personnel from Manor Renewable Energy from the survey vessel Manor Venture. Vessel details are presented below in Table 1. The work is expected to take approximately 4-6 weeks in suitable weather conditions, although adverse weather conditions may mean that the total estimated survey time is spread over a longer period.


This notification is intended for circulation to all interested parties responsible for navigational safety or undertaking activities in the vicinity of the planned survey works. Further details regarding the surveys can be obtained by contacting the Liaison Programme Coordinator using the contact details at the head of this communication.

Aggregate Industry Liaison Programme Coordinator:   Email: Rob.Langman@erm.com, Telephone: 07814008610

At present, the following vessel will be used in the survey works. Further updates regarding vessels that will undertake the surveys may be provided during survey operations if required.

 

Survey vessel : MV ‘Manor Venture’ Official Number: 9828558 Vessel Call Sign: MAW16 Gross Tonnage: 159 tons MSI Number: 232007444 Length Overall: 27m


Vessel Contact Details: +44 (0)7407 35854



Dated 2nd February, 2024

Survey Location

The areas within which the planned seabed survey works will take place are shown in Figure 1 below. Survey operations will take place within the blue boundary region for this survey.


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Week  09


Dover Harbour Navigation Risk Assessment - Consultation


Notice is hereby given that the Port of Dover Navigation Risk Assessment, made in accordance with Port of Dover Marine Safety Code, is to be reviewed subject to consultation.


As part of our policy of continual assessment and improvement, a review of the Navigation Risk Assessment has been carried out in line with the Guide to Good Practice on Port Operations in conjunction with the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).


The reviewed Navigation Risk Assessment has been attached to the distribution of this Local Notice to Mariners and consultation is open to all interested parties until the 14th of March 2024.

If you would like to provide any input, comment or raise any concerns, please email Tom Shearman (Duty Harbour Master) at tom.shearman@portofdover.com

This Notice to Mariners self-cancels 14th March 2024.



Dover Harbour Board Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2024

Week  09


Ramsgate Approach Channel No.1

Mariners are advised that the Ramsgate Approach Channel No.1 buoy, ( 51⁰ 19’ . 56N   001⁰ 27’.29E) is now unlit.

East Bank Royal Harbour

Mariners are advised that the water depths of the East Bank may be unreliable due to the recent poor weather. Water depths, of those recorded, in the last full survey of September 2023, may be less than that indicated and Mariners are asked to proceed with caution and at low speed.

A new survey of the East Bank will be carried out within the next few weeks, and if required, dredging of the East Bank will be commenced in April 2024.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners Nos 9 and 6 of 2024

Week  08


The Swale – Queenborough Harbour  - Diving Operations & Vessel Recovery Work


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that work to recover a sunken vessel in Queenborough Harbour is due to take place on 19th February 2024 between 08:00 and 20:00. Diving operations and the subsequent boat recovery will be performed from the multi-cat vessel “Medway Hunter” who will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 at all times.


Operations will take place in the approximate location highlighted below, all vessels transiting Queenborough Harbour are requested to pass with extreme caution and reduce their speed and wash accordingly.


Admiralty Chart 2572 Refers


Further information can be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 (Callsign “Medway VTS”) or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 09 of 2024

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Week  08


Surveyed Depths – Harwich Deep Water Channel – Update 2


Mariners are advised that hydrographic surveys have identified reduced depths (minimum 15.6m

below chart datum) in the Harwich Deep Water Channel.


See the survey data on the  download link for further information.


This local notice to mariners is cumulative and replaces notice 07-2024 which is now withdrawn.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 08 of 2024

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Week  08


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH


Haven Bridge Non Operational - Update to NtM 07 2024


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Haven Bridge has developed a malfunction and is now out of service until further notice.


Peel Ports are working with the bridge owner Norfolk County Council to resolve the issues as swiftly as possible



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 09 of 2024

Week  08


London Array Offshore Wind Farm -  Jack Up Operations - Ziton Wind Server  

The Wind Server has finished worked and has departed.  NTM cancelled




Dated 12.02.204

Week  08


Sunken Vessel - River Crouch


Mariners are advised that the sunken vessel known locally as “The Beach Hut” has been recovered and placed ashore.


NOTICE TO MARINERS 5 of 2024 IS HEREBY CANCELLED.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 6 of 2024

Week  07


RIVER THAMES -  LOWER HOPE REACH TO SEA REACH - CIENTIFIC SAMPLING OPERATIONS


Mariners are advised that, on or about 6th February 2024, contractors instructed by the Environment Agency will undertake works to obtain samples of material from the bed of the Thames in 5 separate locations.


These works will be carried out by vessel THAMES GUARDIAN, a 14.5m LOA workboat which will display, or be marked with, the word ‘SURVEY’ while working in the Thames. The works are expected to be complete no later than 2 weeks after commencement.


The locations of the sampling operations are as follows:


Site Latitude Longitude

1  51° 27.83’ N  000° 26.90’ E  

2  51° 29.71’ N  000° 27.90’ E  

3  51° 30.17’ N  000° 36.49’ E  

4  51° 29.83’ N  000° 43.45’ E  

5  51° 28.70’ N  000° 52.88’ E  


The samples will be recovered by grabbing equipment, and THAMES GUARDIAN is expected to remain no more than 20 minutes in each location for a sampling session.


THAMES GUARDIAN is required to not impede any Reporting Vessel in any Fairway and/or the Authorised Channel during these works.

During these works, any requirement 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’. International Code Flags ROMEO YANKEE, illustrated below, will be displayed whenever a requirement to proceed with caution or at slow speed is in force.


The display of these signal flags will be in addition to any signals, lights or shapes specified by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea and local regulations.


London VTS will broadcast further information, as required, on VHF Channels 68 & 69.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L09 of 2024

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Week  07


RIVER THAMES - SEA REACH -  DREDGING OPERATIONS


Mariners are advised that, on or around 8th February 2024, the vessel ‘JENNY D’ will commence dredging operations at Calor Gas Jetty, Sea Reach. Operations will include Water Injection and Plough dredging on the ebb tide only.


The vessel is required to display lights and signals as per the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 68.


Further details will be broadcast as needed by London VTS on VHF Channel 68.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L07 of 2024

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Week  07


RIVER THAMES -  GREENWICH REACH  - TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE


Mariners are advised, on SATURDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2024, a private fireworks display for the Chinese New Year, will be held opposite the Royal Naval College, Greenwich Reach. The fireworks are due to begin at or around 22:15 and will last for approximately 7 minutes.


An EXCLUSION AREA will be established at 22:10, to the extent seen below. The fireworks will be fired from vessel Scheldemond, which will manoeuvre into a position approximately 100 to 150 meters from the south bank, in front of the Royal Naval College, for the duration of the display.

The exclusion zone will be removed at 22:25, after the completion of the fireworks.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M15 of 2024

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Week  07


The Swale – Ferry Reach - Sheppey Crossing  - Fender Repair Works


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that work to repair damaged wooden fenders on the Sheppey Crossing bridge pillar is due to take place Thursday 8th & Friday 9th February 2024. The work will take place between Pier 9 & Pier 10 [main shipping channel, Isle of Sheppey side] and will be carried out from the vessel “Liftmoor”. Liftmoor will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 at all times and be in contact with the Kingsferry Bridge.


Work will cease for commercial vessel transits and “Liftmoor” will move to a safe position out of the main navigable channel. All vessels passing through the Sheppey Crossing are still requested to navigate with caution and maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 74.

Admiralty Chart 2572 Refers


Further information can be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 (Callsign “Medway VTS”) or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 08 of 2024

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Week  07


Ipswich -  New Cut Tidal Barrier Closures

 

The Environment Agency’s upcoming maintenance of the Ipswich Tidal Barrier is scheduled for


Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of February 2024.


The Tidal Barrier gate will be fully raised to coincide with periods of low water/slack water between the hours of:


07:30 and 14:00 on Tuesday 13th February

08:00 and 14:00 on Wednesday 14th February

08:30 and 14:00 on Thursday 15th February


The navigable channel in the New Cut through the Tidal Barrier will be closed during these periods.


The timings listed are approximate, the barrier will be removed expeditiously once routine maintenance and inspections are completed.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 02 of 2024

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Week  07


London Array Offshore Wind Farm -  Jack Up Operations - Ziton Wind Pioneer and Tug Dian Kingdom  


 All mariners are advised that the Jack-up Vessel Wind Pioneer provided by Ziton , supported by the Tug Dian Kingdom is estimated to be on site from 03/02/2024, the vessel will remain under Tow outside the Wind Farm waiting suitable Tidal conditions until around the 7th February, they will then enter site to carry out Wind Turbine major component exchanges at C18.

The estimated period of work is estimated to be 10 days, weather dependant.


Jack-up Vessel: Wind Pioneer


Jack-Up Vessel Wind Pioneer has a length of 57m, breadth of 28m with a draft of 5.2m

Equipment will be periodically deployed and suspended from the vessel crane during jack up operations.


Support Tug: Dian Kingdom


Tug Dian Kingdom has a length of 30.66m with a beam of 10.5m and will be engaged in towing the Jack-up Wind Server to site, then remain on standby at anchor outside London Array offshore Wind farm.

Planned Locations and Restricted Access Zones  - location to be attended:


WTG Latitude (WSG 84) Longitude (WSG 84)

C18  51° 37.369'N  01° 25.191'E  


A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Wind Pioneer whilst pinned on location.


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

Turbine C18 is close to but not lining Foulger's Gat.  AIS currently shows the Wind Server in positon.  Foulger's Gat is probably free but call up any work vessel before entering.


London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 02 of 2024

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Week  06



RIVER THAMES -  GRAVESEND REACH TO NORTHFLEET HOPE


DREDGING OPERATIONS


On or around 30th January 2024 the vessel JENNY D will commence plough dredging operations at Tilbury 2 CMAT, Gravesend Reach and Tilbury Grain Terminal, Northfleet Hope. Dredging will take place on the ebb tide only, with expected completion around 12th February 2024.


The vessel is required to display lights and signals as per the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 68.


Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 68.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L05 of 2024

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Week  05


RIVER THAMES - LOWER POOL  - FREE TRADE WHARF – EXCLUSION ZONE AND SPEED REDUCTION

This notice is a reissue of M66-23

 

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has been informed by the owner of Free Trade Wharf that the timber structures referred to as Charrington Jetty and Newcastle Jetty are structurally unsound and there is the potential for a catastrophic failure of the structures, which could put persons at risk of harm.


Accordingly, mariners are informed that, effective immediately, the PLA establishes an Exclusion Zone in the vicinity of Free Trade Wharf. The boundaries of the Exclusion Zone are indicated in red on the charlet .


No vessel is to enter inside, or remain within, the Exclusion Zone except (i) vessels permitted by the PLA to make use of the Stone Stairs barge moorings; or (ii) vessels with the express prior permission of London VTS. The attention of Vessel Masters is drawn to General Direction 17.1(a) of the General Directions for Navigation in the Port of London 2021.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M07 of 2024

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Week  05


Reduced Depth – River Stour – Update 1


Mariners are advised that a recent survey has identified reduced depths, minimum depth now 0.6m below Chart Datum, in the approaches to Mistley in the River Stour. See chart extract for details.


Maintenance dredging works are currently underway (see notice 74-2023) to restore the channel

depth and a further notice will be issued once this work has been completed



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 03 of 2024

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Week  05


Port of Ramsgate - North Quern

Mariners are advised that the North Quern, ( 51⁰ 19’ . 41N   001⁰ 26’.15E) in the Ramsgate Approach Channel is now unlit.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 07 of 2024

Week  04


RIVER THAMES - LOWER POOL- KING EDWARD MEMORIAL PARK CONSTRUCTION WORKS


Mariners are advised of the continuing Tideway Tunnel Project temporary cofferdam deconstruction works at King Edward Memorial Park, near Shadwell Basin, including mobilisation of a crane barge on 15th January 2024. Works will take approximately 7 months.


At times a 500t barge may be moored outside the works area marked on the chart. The chartlet below shows the maximum extent at which this barge may be moored (in red). In addition, project barges will be using the Stone Stairs Barge Tier, which is leased for the duration of these works.

Works involve excavation, pile removal, dredging, diving and laying of scour protection using a variety of crane barges, jack up barges, supply barges, dredgers, tugs, work boats and multicat vessels. The vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 14.


At times, requests for vessels to proceed with caution or pass at slow speed will be made by London VTS on VHF ch.14, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, section 4. International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’ will be displayed accordingly.


Vessels are requested to be mindful of the nature of the works, to be aware of vessels proceeding to and from the works, and of their wash when passing, particularly during crane lifting operations.


In addition, if diving operations are underway, International Code Flag ‘Alpha (A)’ and a red flag in accordance with Byelaw 33 will be display as appropriate:


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M05 of 2024

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Week  04


RIVER THAMES -  BLACKWALL REACH - TEMPORARY EXCLUSION ZONE & LOCAL TRAFFIC CONTROL

 

Local traffic control area on page 2 changed from Primrose Wharf to Bay Wharf.  

Owners and operators are reminded that no vessels are permitted within the exclusion zone.


However, the channel will remain open to one way working along the northern bank of the channel, subject to Local Traffic Control.


Local Traffic Control will be undertaken from a PLA Harbour Service Launch in vicinity of the exclusion area. All vessels intending to navigate between Blackwall Point and Bay Wharf must call ‘BLACKWALL CONTROL’ on VHF Channel 14 as follows:


• Inbound at Blackwall Point

• Outbound at Bay Wharf

• Prior to leaving a berth or mooring between Blackwall Point and Bay Wharf


Further information will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M04 of 2024

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Week  04


Reduced Depth – River Stour


Mariners are advised that a recent survey has identified reduced depths (minimum depth 0.4m

below Chart Datum) in the approaches to Mistley in the River Stour. See chart extract for

details.


Maintenance dredging works are currently underway (see notice 74-2023) to restore the channel

depth and a further notice will be issued once this work has been completed.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 02 of 2024

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Week  03


RIVER THAMES -  HALFWAY REACH - BARKING POWER STATION DECOMMISSIONING


On or about Friday 5th January 2024 contractors from GPS Marine & Civil Services Ltd will be commencing the decommissioning of two cooling water tunnels in the vicinity of East Jetty and Thunderer Jetty. These works will take place 24 hours per day and are expected to last up to 6 weeks.


As part of these works a jack up barge and associated crane barges, tugs and other small vessels will be positioned as shown:


Vessels using nearby berths should have full appreciation for the location of these works and plan accordingly.


Requests for vessels to proceed with caution or pass at slow speed will be made by London VTS on VHF ch.14, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, section 4. When this is applicable, ‘RY’ signals will be displayed.


Masters of passing vessels should have due regard for the effects of their wash including the possibility of rebound from the river wall and the combined effect of wash from other vessels.

A Safety Boat will be in attendance throughout these operations and will maintain a listening 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 M03 of 2024

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Week  02


Royal Harwich Yacht Club Dredging

 

Mariners are advised that commencing 3rd January 2024- February 2024 annual dredging will take place at Royal Harwich Yacht Club for the removal of silt and sediment.


This work will take place using a plough dredger.


The vessel undertaking the works is the “Ben Michael”.


“Ben Michael” will maintain a listening watch at all times on VHF CH68 however mariners wishing for more information should contact ONS Ipswich on VHF CH68.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 41 of 2023

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Week  01


Orwell Bridge Light Failures.

 

Mariners are advised that 2 Navigational lights are extinguished under the Orwell Bridge on the North Side.


The Lower light is still in operation marking the navigational channel.


The Extinguished Lights are the upper lights Port and Starboard Side.


The Channel remains marked by 6 navigation lights.


Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and report any further defects to ONS on VHF CH 68.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 40 of 2023

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Week  52


Harwich Halfpenny Pier – Pontoon Bridges


Mariners are advised that from the week commencing 18 December 2023 the Harwich Ha’penny

Pier pontoon connection bridges will be raised until January 2024.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 72 of 2023

Week  52


2024 Kings Lynn Fisher Fleet Flushes

 

Mariners are advised that fisher fleet flushes are scheduled for the following dates in 2024.


Flushes will take place 3 hours after AM High Water for approximately 4 hours.


Thursday 11th January - Monday 15th January

Saturday 10th February – Wednesday 14th February

Saturday 9th March – Wednesday 13th March

Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April

Tuesday 7th May – Saturday 11th May

Tuesday 4th June – Saturday 8th June

Monday 22nd July – Friday 26th July

Wednesday 21st August – Sunday 25th August

Wednesday 18th September – Sunday 22nd September

Thursday 17th October – Monday 21st October

Friday 15th November – Tuesday 19th November

Saturday 14th December- Wednesday 18th December


All Masters of Fishing vessels in the Fleet are instructed to ensure that adequate lines are used as normal during spring flush tides. Flushes will be carried out with an approx. dock level of 7.0M.



Kings Lynn (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2023

Week  51


2024 Ipswich Tidal Barrier Tests.

 

Mariners are advised that the dates and times listed below Environment Agency will be conducting routine tests and maintenance to the Ipswich Tidal Barrier. During this period the river will be closed off between the Tidal Barrier and Stoke Bridge. Upon completion of the barrier closure, the barrier will be re-opened gradually.


Vessels approaching Ipswich Lock may experience additional currents as they make their approach. Caution needs to be taken by small vessels navigating in the vicinity of the lock/barrier at the time of opening.


Vessel bound to the area upstream of the Tidal Barrier should always observe the Red/Green traffic lights at the Barrier.


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


Date of Barrier closure Day                                   Estimated closure timeframe


13 December 2023         Wednesday                      10:00 – 12:00  

02 January 2024            Tuesday                             12:00 – 16:00  

16 January 2024            Tuesday                             13:00 – 16:00  

01 February 2024          Thursday                           12:00 – 16:00  

14 February 2024*        Wednesday                       08:00 – 13:00  

15 February 2024*        Thursday                           08:30 – 13:30  

12 March 2023               Tuesday                            10:00 – 14:00  

27 March 2024               Wednesday                      10:30 – 13:30  

10 April 2024                  Wednesday                      10:30 – 14:30  

24 April 2024                  Wednesday                      10:30 – 13:30  

08 May 2024                   Wednesday                      10:30 – 13:30  

22 May 2024                   Wednesday                      09:30 – 12:30  

06 June 2024                   Thursday                          09:00 – 13:00  

25 June 2024                   Tuesday                            12:30 – 15:30  


 



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2023


• * Indicates Barrier gate inspections at low water.

• Closure timeframes listed are approximate and may change as a result of particular operational requirements or due to weather or tidal influences.

• Occasionally closures may be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.

• The closure schedule provided does not include instances where the Barrier is required to be closed for flood prevention purposes.

Week  51


Dredging Operations at Burnham Yacht Harbour

INFORMATION

Please be advised that Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd will be undertaking their Annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, between approximately 8th December 2023 and 31st May 2024.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Motor Vessel BEAVER.

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

For additional information please contact:

Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd

Tel 01621 782150



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 52 of 2023

Week  51


Blakeney - South Sands weather beacon

The south sands beacon is currently lying on the sand and the area should be avoided. Boats should stay towards the north side of the channel marked by port Marker 32 ‘To my Darling Sea Shanty’ to avoid colliding with the beacon.

The weather station and beacon will be recovered as soon as possible and reinstated before Spring arrives.



Dated 11th December, 2023

Week  50


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Breydon and Haven Bridges - Update


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Breydon Bridge and Haven Bridge are now fully operational.

Bridges


Vessels will be grouped together on lifts whenever possible. When craft are to transit the bridge in opposite directions, those vessels going ‘with the tide’ will be given priority.


Haven Bridge


Bookings 01493 335522  BridgeBookings@peelports.com


Call sign “Haven Bridge” VHF Channel 12


The Bridge is only manned ten minutes before a lift and vessels waiting for a lift should seek advice from the Bridge Master if in any doubt.


Breydon Bridge


Bookings 01493 651275   BridgeBookings@peelports.com


Call sign “Breydon Bridge” VHF Channel 12


Lifts for weekends should be booked by 16:00 on Friday or on the previous working day in the case of Public Holidays.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2023

Week  50


RAMSGATE - Approach Channel Buoy No 5

Mariners are advised that the Ramsgate Approaches Channel buoy No 5, ( 51⁰ 19’ . 56N   001⁰ 25’.91E) in the Ramsgate Approach Channel is now unlit.



Ramsgate Royal Harbour Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2023

Week  49


Sheerness Harbour – No.1 Berth  - Piling Operations and Associated Works.


Notice is hereby given that a project to remove the existing piles and fenders from Sheerness No.1 berth and then install new berth face piles and associated fendering will be getting underway shortly. The project is expected to commence 27th November 2023 with expected completion by the end of February 2024. New piling will be installed along the entire face of Sheerness No.1 Berth with the majority of work being carried out by the crane barge “GPS Boxer” and work boat “GPS Felucca”. The piles will be brought to site by tug and barge, offloaded and installed as the programme of work dictates. Some diving operations will also be required to clear debris at individual piling positions and to check work as it progresses, diving operations will be carried out from the “GPS Felucca” who will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 at all times and inform Medway VTS when diving commences and finishes.


During critical stages of the works (Diving, Heavy Lift Operations, Men working on the waterline) all passing vessels will be required to pass with caution and reduce their speed and wash accordingly. Vessels arriving and departing on adjacent Sheerness berths are advised to check the status of diving operations prior to manoeuvring.

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 or 0151 949 6650. (Recorded Lines)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 40 of 2023

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Week  49


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Herring Bridge Commencement of Operation


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that the Herring Bridge will be brought into operation for vessel traffic at 0700 hours Monday 27th November 2023.


Note: The bridge will remain closed to road traffic.


This will affect all vessels who wish to transit from seaward through to the berths to the North of the Herring Bridge and the Norfolk Broads; and in the opposite direction from the Norfolk Broads and berths to the North of the Herring Bridge, through to the South of the new bridge or to sea.

Further information on the bridge, Scheme of Operation, opening procedure guidance, bookings and other useful guidance can be found on the Norfolk County Council Website:

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/major-projects-and-improvement-plans/great-yarmouth/third-river-crossing/herring-bridge-operations


A brief overview is provided below;


Herring Bridge will be operated 24hours, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Bookings must be made by all vessels regardless of size and whether they believe a bridge lift will be required or not.


Timescales for booking;


New Bookings – must be made at least 2 hours in advance of transit time through the bridge, please refer to procedure referred to below to ensure details provided align with requirements.

Booking revisions – booking revisions should be made as soon as possible, but no later than 30 minutes before the original booking time.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2023

Week  48


Ramsgate - North Quern Buoy

Mariners are to note that the NORTH QUERN BUOY has shifted during the recent poor weather and is presently off station by 185m NW of it’s charted position of 51° 19.458’N 001° 26.151’E.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2023

Week  47


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Breydon and Haven Bridges


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Breydon Bridge and Haven Bridge are now fully operational.

Bridges


Vessels will be grouped together on lifts whenever possible. When craft are to transit the bridge in opposite directions, those vessels going ‘with the tide’ will be given priority.


Haven Bridge


Bookings 01493 335522

greatyarmouthoperations@peelports.com


Call sign “Haven Bridge” VHF Channel 12

The Bridge is only manned ten minutes before a lift and vessels waiting for a lift should seek advice from the Bridge Master if in any doubt.


Breydon Bridge


Bookings 01493 651275

greatyarmouthbreydon.bridge@peelports.com


Call sign “Breydon Bridge” VHF Channel 12

Lifts for weekends should be booked by 16:00 on Friday or on the previous working day in the case of Public Holidays.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2023

Week  44


Depth in River Stour (Update 4)


Mariners are advised that the minimum depth in the River Stour has now been restored to 0.7m

(below Chart Datum) based on the latest survey data (19 October 2023).


This channel remains subject to future siltation and for the latest information contact Harwich VTS (VHF 71)

.

This notice replaces 63-2023 Reduced Depth in River Stour – Update 3 which is now withdrawn.

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Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 65 of 2023

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Week  43


Reduced Depth – River Stour – Update 3


Mariners are advised that a further survey now indicates the minimum depth is 0.4m (below Chart Datum) in the vicinity of No. 15 buoy in the River Stour. See chart extracts for details.


Maintenance dredging works are currently underway (see notice 57-2023 and 59-2023) to restore the channel depth and a further notice will be issued once this work has been completed.


This notice replaces 62-2023 Reduced Depth in River Stour – Update 2 which is now withdrawn.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 60 of 2023

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Week  43


River Medway Approaches  - Grain Spit – Nearshore Works


Notice is hereby given that the first phase of the “nearshore” works has been completed as per the schedule below. The first HDPE duct installation has taken place as part of the HDD nearshore works. The duct end is currently exposed at location 51° 27.945N – 000° 42.945E, which is located in the 'Excavation Area' illustrated in the accompanying Figure. The duct end is approx. 6 meters long from where it exits the ground and lies on the seabed at low water. The pipe is buoyant and floats during high tide.


A “Grippiale Grippy Light Buoy” will be attached to the pipe to alert mariners of the potential obstruction. Information from the manufacturer states that the light characteristics of the buoy relate to the battery power left in the unit and should exhibit as:


100% Battery - 75% 4 WHI TE FLASHES , 75% - 50% 3 WHI TE FLASHES’

50% - 25% 2 WHI TE FLASHES, 25% - 5% 1 WHI TE FLASH, < 5% RED 5


The pipe end will be buried in approximately 1 month when all of the finalisation works have taken place, if no further obstruction remains, the marker buoy will be removed.

Read in conjunction to the original notice below (scroll down)



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 31 of 2023 (Updated 11.10.23)

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Week  42


Leisure Users Advice- Safety of Navigation on the River Orwell

 

All mariners and leisure users are to familiarise themselves with the below document and the contents contained within. This document can be found in full on the Ipswich Beacon Marina website at the top of the Notice to Mariners page as well as on the regular ABP Ipswich website under Notice to Mariners.


This will also be printed and available from the Ipswich Beacon Marina Office.


https://www.beaconmarinas.co.uk/our-marinas/ipswich-beacon-marina/notice-to-mariners/


https://www.abports.co.uk/locations/ipswich/


Or download the notice on the right.


Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2023

leisure-users-advice-safety-of-navigation-on-the-river-orwell.pdf


Week  41


Ramsgate - East Brake Buoy

Mariners are advised that the East Brake Light, ( 51⁰ 19’ . 45E 001⁰ 29’.16E) in the Ramsgate Approach Channel is now unlit.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2023


Week  40


RIVER THAMES - 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 2023.


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  02/11/2023  0915 - 1145  

December  04/12/2023  1030 - 1300  

January  15/01/2024  0950 - 1220  

February  13/02/2024  0935 - 1205  

March  14/03/2024  0940 - 1210  

April  11/04/2024  0940  


All times are approximate


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 P14 of 2023

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 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.


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Week  40


 PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH


Vessel sunk River Yare


Mariners are advised that the derelict vessel Mako, has sunk in position Great Yarmouth Pilot Station 52°36’N 001° 43.8’E, berth 41 – 42.


All vessels are advised to keep a wide berth (at least 5m) and report any sightings of debris to Great Yarmouth Harbour Office.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2023

Week  35


Burnham Fairway No 5

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that a temporary green light has been placed on the base of the damaged Burnham Fairway No 5 Lighted Buoy.

Light characteristic QG.

The buoy is expected to be replaced during September 2023.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 42 of 2023

Week  30


Raysand – Buoyage and Crossing for Small Leisure Craft - NAVIGATION

Following assessment of the latest survey data in the vicinity of the Raysand and Raysand Middle buoys, slightly deeper depths of water were identified to the East of the buoys current positions.

After consultation with Trinity House, the Raysand and Raysand North buoys have been re-located to reflect this information.

New position of Raysand 51º 39.84’ N. 001º 00.57’ E - Characteristic remain unchanged.

New Position of Raysand North 51º 40.81’N 001º 00.57’E - New characteristic – Special Mark-Yellow Unlighted Pillar Buoy

*Note the Raysand Middle buoy has been permanently withdrawn.

See Chartlets – NOT to be used for Navigation

Chartlet 1 NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION

Chartlet 2 NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION

The Raysand and Raysand North yellow ‘special mark’ buoys are not marking a safe-water route merely the best water available in the location for shallow draught vessels at certain states of tide.

Crossing the Raysand should only be undertaken by mariners with local knowledge after due consideration has been given to

• Rise of tide

• Weather conditions

• Passage ideally undertaken on a flood tide only

if in any doubt owners and master’s of vessel crossing to and from the River Blackwater to the River Crouch should do so via the Spitway route further to the East marked by the Swin Spitway and Whitaker Spitway light buoys.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 38 of 2023

CTTE Chartlet has been updated to show the position of the new buoyage.  See the Download page (scroll down).


Week  28


London Array Wind Farm - Foulgers Gat Safe passage marker buoys

Long Sand Outer  51°34.61’ N  001°28.33’ E  Iso. 2 sec – top mark Missing –reported to  Trinity House.




Dated 18th June, 2023

Week  26


THAMES ESTUARY  - KNOCK JOHN SECONDARY CHANNEL


Mariners are advised that new secondary channels have been established to the North and South of the Knock John Channel. In accordance with Admiralty Chart Correction 1830(P)/23 this channel should now be shown on all Admiralty and PLA chart products.


The minimum depth within the new secondary channels is 9 metres and vessels which can safely navigate outside of the main Knock John Channel are encouraged to utilise this route, to deconflict from traffic using the main Knock John Channel.


It should be noted that the provisions of General Direction 17 (Navigational Restrictions and Exclusions) still apply to traffic navigating in the secondary channel.

NOTE the UKHO NtM in week 25 videe No 1830(P) in Week 22 for an alternative chartlet.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L21 of 2023


Week  22



RIVER THAMES - LOWER POOL - KING EDWARD MEMORIAL PARK CONSTRUCTION WORKS


Mariners are advised that on or about 18th May 2023, Tideway Tunnel Project deliveries will commence for works to remove the temporary cofferdam wall at King Edward Memorial Park, near Shadwell Basin. Works will take approximately 12 months.


The area of works is shown in red on the chartlet.


Works may involve excavation, pile removal, dredging and laying of scour protection using a variety of crane barges, jack up barges, supply barges, tugs, work boats and multicat vessels. The vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 14.

At times, requests for vessels to proceed with caution or pass at slow speed will be made by London VTS on VHF ch.14, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, section 4. International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’ will be displayed accordingly.


Vessels are requested to be mindful of the nature of the works, to be aware of vessels proceeding to and from the works, and of their wash when passing, particularly during crane lifting operations.


Separate Notices will be issued for any diving operations taking place as part of these works.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M54 of 2023

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Week  17


Blakeney Harbour - Hjordis East Marker - Updated

The harbour entrance channel has moved further east and the Hjordis East marker is therefore no longer required and will not be relaid. The wreck of the Hjordis lies 250 metres west of the harbour entrance channel. The isolated danger beacon remains in place on the wreck and all vessels should maintain a safe distance from the beacon.

Hjordis wreck isolated danger beacon latitude and longitude:

N 52° 59.018’  E 000° 58.144’

Hjordis wreck isolated danger beacon light sequence::  Fl(2) 5

Please continue to follow the channel marked by green spar buoys numbered 1, 3, and 5 to navigate beyond the bar. Do not attempt to cross the bar more than 3 hours before high water or more than 3 hours after high water.  

Up to date positions and light sequences of the channel markers can be found on the BHA website.



Dated 14th April, 2023

Week  03


RIVER MEDWAY -  NOTICES REMAINING IN FORCE


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following Local Notice to Mariners issued by Peel Ports London

Medway remain in force, all others have been cancelled with effect from today.


NtoM 02 of 2022 – Isle of Grain LNG Jetties 8 & 10 exclusion zone + chart

NtoM 03 of 2022 – LNG Vessel Transit and Manoeuvres

NtoM 04 of 2022 – Pilot Transfer Arrangements & Declaration

NtoM 07 of 2022 – The Swale – Queenborough ATL – Reduction in speed when passing

NtoM 08 of 2022 – Wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery – Prohibited Area

NtoM 17 of 2022 – Peel Ports London Medway – Department for Transport Statement

NtoM 58 of 2022 – Dredging Operations – BP IOG Jetty No.1

NtoM 59 of 2022 – The Swale – Kingsferry Bridge – Period of Restricted Operation


Copies of current Notice To Mariners may be obtained from the Peel Ports website at -


https://www.peelports.com/marine-information?port=london-medway


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 1 of 2023


SCROLL DOWN FOR PRE-2023 LOCAL NOTICES


Week  48


River Stour (Kent)

When approaching the Fairway Buoy from seaward, keep to the North of the buoy as there is a large sandbank forming south of the buoy.Buoys 2, 4 and 6 are also affected by a second bank of sand .  Care should always be taken when navigating the fairway.

Further information is available through the Sandwich Harbour Master.



Sandwich Harbour Master

Week  44


BARKING CREEK - FRESH WHARF - SUNKEN VESSEL


Mariners are advised that a sunken vessel has collapsed further into Barking Creek, and during periods of high fluvial flows and/or at high water, will be semi-submerged.


The location of the sunken vessel is detailed in the chart extract


Mariners are advised that there is no passage inshore of the sunken vessel until it has been salvaged. All mariners navigating in this area should do so with caution and ensure that this sunken vessel is considered within their passage plan.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M66 of 2022

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Week  21


Crouch Harbour Authority  - Polite Notice

INFORMATION

Following several reports of inappropriate and improper mooring.

Mariners are courteously reminded that:

• Except for emergency purposes anchoring in the Fairway or Main Channel on the Rivers Crouch and Roach is prohibited.

• Whilst at anchor all vessels must display the appropriate day and night-time signals.

• Mooring to Navigation buoys and marks including racing markers is forbidden.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2022


Week  16


Broadstairs Slipway - Unlighted Beacon in position Lat. 051° 21.503’ N Long. 001° 26.798’ E

Mariners are advised that the unlit beacon which marks the end of the slipway at Broadstairs Harbour is missing.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2022

Week  3


Annual Bring Forward


Certain Authorities carry or bring forward a number of standard 'Permanent' Notices to Mariners


Week  3


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.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Standing Notice to Mariners No.1 of 2022

Week  3


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/

 


Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 5 of 2022

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 9 of 2022



Week  50


Lowestoft Harbour – Revised Small Craft and Yacht Information Notice


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the information notice for Small Craft and Yachts using Lowestoft Harbour has been revised and is attached to this notice. This revision precedes all previous documents issued.


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


This notice supersedes notice No.35 2018, which is hereby cancelled.


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



ILowestoft  (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 54 of 2021

Week  49



Essex Police Headquarters,

PO Box 2, Springfield,

Chelmsford,

Essex. CM2 6DN

Tel.101

23rd November 2021  



Organised Crime Groups – Drugs Importation via Boats & Planes.


The purpose of this letter is to raise awareness of an issue relating to Organised Crime Groups and the importation of controlled substances.


Essex Police are aware that criminals around the Tendring coastline are using boats and small planes to drop off drugs on the mud banks. These packages are then collected by the criminal gangs and brought ashore and thus avoiding the chances of being stopped by Customs at a port and losing their shipments. These controlled drugs are then distributed and sold within the community of Essex and beyond.


As part of our commitment to tackling organised crime, we are writing to the local Marinas and boating community to ask for your support in identifying potential suspicious behaviour so that we can work together to protect our Community.


You will undoubtedly be aware of the detrimental effects, misery and harm that drugs bring, not only to our wider communities but, in particular, to those vulnerable individuals within society.


How can you help


There are a number of signs to look for which may be indicators that these criminal activities are taking place.


Signs to look for


➢ Light aircraft making several slow passes over the same strip of coastline

➢ Packages being seen thrown or dropped out of these planes

➢ Mid-sized or small boats approach stretches of the coastline and drop packages over the side

➢ Suspects are seen with binoculars looking out in the same areas where the planes or boats have been visiting

➢ Small boats are launched near to these locations from the back of a trailer or small boats leave local marinas about the same time as the small planes and boats are seen as above.

➢ Suspicious night-time activity

➢ General suspicious behaviour


Police will always look to work with the boating community, and we are grateful for your support.


Should you have any suspicions or concerns please report them to Essex Police via “101”. You can also report anonymously to CrimeStoppers at crimestoppers-uk.org on 0800 555 111.


Regards


Steve Davey

Prevent & Protect OCG Officer

Essex Police

steven.davey@essex.police.uk




Dated 23rd November, 2021 from Essex Police

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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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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  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  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  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:

PLA 4.pdf



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 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  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 2022 (re-issue)

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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 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 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 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 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.