No 17 of 2 Temporary Notices to Mariners


Temporary Notices to Mariners


Week 51


TOWER PIER TO SHORNMEAD LIGHT SUBSURFACE TOWED EQUIPMENT SURVEY

Starting on Friday 7th December 2018 survey works will be carried out along the River Thames between Tower Bridge and Shornmead Light.

The survey will be carried out by a PLA Survey vessel which will deploy subsurface towed equipment up to 200m astern of the vessel. When carrying out the survey the PLA Survey vessel will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre and will display lights and shapes in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (as amended) Rule 27 b. The vessels will maintain a listening watch on the appropriate port VHF working channel throughout the working period.

All vessels are required to proceed with caution past the survey vessel when work is underway and at all times when advised by London VTS.  The latest survey position will be updated by London VTS through the routine broadcasts made on the appropriate port VHF working channel.

Survey work is due to be completed by 21st December 2018 but this may be extended as a result of prolonged periods of unsuitable weather or other operational requirements. This notice will be cancelled on completion of the surveys.

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2018

Week 51


IRIVER CROUCH - INFORMATION  

Dredging Operations  

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 15th December 2018 and 31st May 2019.

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

Tel 01621 782150


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2018

Week 51


LOWESTOFT - REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS

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

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

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

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



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

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Week 51


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 10th December 2018, the “Kari Hege” will be engaged in dredging operations in the main channel North of number 8 buoy, between buoys 8 & 4. Vessels entering or exiting the harbour should call the “Kari Hege” when working, on channel 12 or harbour staff if it’s not working. All pre-arranged dredging areas are constrained by the weather and wave heights therefore operations are subject to change on a daily basis.

The Port’s dredger “Kari Hege” operates from Monday to Friday. Its normal area of work is in the main channel between buoy number 12 and buoy number 1. It works during the low water period, starting three hours after high water until three hours prior to the next high water. The “Kari Hege” will manoeuvre into its dig position, or back to its mooring, approximately half an hour before or after this time. Any larger vessels intending to pass the “Kari Hege” in the channel during digging operations or while it is manoeuvring should call the dredger up on Channel 12 to ascertain which is the safe side to pass. All material removed from the channel during dredging operation is placed on the berm which is marked by the Port hand channel buoys. Areas to be dredged are dictated by regular survey results but these areas are subject to weather constraints.               


Port of Wells dated 6th December, 2018

Week 51


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Amendments to Buoyage

Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel the following amendments will take place on or about 11th December 2018:

a)  No.12 light buoy to be moved 130m x 170°(T) to 52° 52’.260N 00°21’.915E

b)  No.13 light buoy to be moved 220m x 175°(T) to 52° 52’.160N 00°21’.735E

Mariners are requested to give the buoying vessel “St Edmund” a wide berth and pass at minimum speed whilst works to move the buoys are being undertaken.

For further information please contact King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2018.


Week 51



Jack-up vessel  “Ziton Wind Server”

Please be advised that the Ziton Wind Server, on behalf of Siemens Gamesa Renewables A/S, will be commencing four major component exchanges within the London Array wind farm from the 11th December 2018.  

Proposed works:   London Array – Major Component Exchange

Vessels:  Ziton Wind Server (Jack-up)    Windcat 21 (CTV)

The Ziton Wind Server jack-up vessel is 79.3m long and has a breadth of 32.3m, and has a gross tonnage 6567 tonnes.

It will jack at the following location within London Array to conduct major component exchange.

WTG  B15

 The duration of the work at this location is to be confirmed

Jack-up Vessel: Ziton Wind Server : Call Sign: OWLB2 MMSI: 219615000 Length: 79.3m Breadth: 32.3m

 Crew Transfer Vessel: Windcat 21 :  Call Sign: 2DCN9 MMSI: 235077831 Length: 17.75m Breadth: 6.1m

The Ziton Wind Server will be supported by designated crew transfer vessel Windcat 21. The CTV will operate out of Ramsgate, and transport personnel to and from the vessel and access the WTGs.      

Planned Restricted Access Zones

The works are expected to commence on the 11th December 2018 and continue until project is complete. The following location will be visited :       B15  

A 500m radius restricted zone will be put in place centered on the Ziton   Wind Server when this is located at B15 WTG. If access is required to this zone for non-project traffic, authorisation must be requested from the London Array Marine Coordinator before entry.

Enquiries regarding this notice should be directed to the London Array Marine Coordinators



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notice to Mariners 07/2018 – Revision 5 Updated - 09/12/2018


This may well have closed Foulger's Gat temporarily.  The Gat is approximately 1000 metres wide so in theory a 500 metre exclusion zone. will not have closed the Gat.   It would be prudent to call up the Windcat 21 early.


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Week 50


Harwich Harbour

Clearance of obstruction on seabed in navigational channel  

Mariners are advised that the previously reported object on the seabed has now been cleared from the navigational channel.  It is now located 5m outside the buoy line with coordinates 51° 56.9185’ N, 001° 18.1985’ E (WGS 84).

The minimum available depth above this object is 12.6m below chart datum.

 Notice 50-2018 is rescinded.

 


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 51 of 2018

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Week 50


Revised Small Craft and Yacht Notice 2018

 

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


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


Download the Notice by the button:

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


Week 49


SEA REACH OIKOS JETTY NO. 2 LIFTING ACTIVITIES

During the week commencing Monday 26th November 2018 lifting activities will take place on the jetty head at OIKOS Jetty No. 2.

The works will be carried out from the crane barge HEBO-LIFT2, which will be positioned on the outside face of the jetty. When lifting operations are in progress a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be in place and broadcasts made by London VTS on VHF Channel 68 in accordance with Permanent Notice to Mariners P4.

Vessels involved in the lifting operations will display the international code flags “Romeo Yankee” at all times when the ‘Proceed with Caution’ is in place, and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68.

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No L26 of 2018

Week 49


Harwich Harbour

New position for obstruction on seabed- reduction in charted depth.  

Mariners are advised of a new location for the previously reported object on the seabed.  The object is now located 100m on a bearing of 347° from the Grisle Buoy’s charted position, with coordinates 51° 56.942556’ N, 001° 18.258423’ E (WGS 84).

The minimum available depth above this object is 13.4m below chart datum (1.1m reduction in charted depth).


NOTE: the very different location to the earlier report!

 

 

 

 

Notices to Mariners Nos. 35-2018 and 36-2018 are rescinded.


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 50 of 2018

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Week 49


LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – HAMILTON PENINSULA BOARDING LADDER

Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the yellow boarding ladder on the SE corner of the Hamilton Peninsula cannot be used until further notice.  

At this time it is unknown to when the ladder will be fit for use and a notice will be issued at this time.  

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

In addition, Notice to Mariner No. 33 – Lowestoft Outer Harbour – Bridge Channel Steps is now cancelled.



LOWESTOFT (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 34 of 2018

Week 49


Approaches to Kings Lynn - Establishment of new Special Mark Buoy

Mariners are advised that on or about 22nd November 2018, 1 new Special Mark danger buoy will be established to indicate a newly designated Foul Ground* area on the seabed at the following locations:

• Yellow Special mark buoy "Z2" - Pillar Y, Cross Y ‘X’ topmark, Fl (4) Y 10s in position Lat 52° 54.050’N., Long 000° 16.115’E.

The area of foul Ground extends approx. 1000m to NNE and 1000m to SSW from the above position.

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

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

The attached chart extract details the location of the foul ground and associated Isolated Danger buoys.

 

 

For further information contact the Harbour Office


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 29 of 2018.

Charts: BA 1200, Imray Y9

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Week 48


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

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

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




Port of London Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2018

Week 48


WOOLWICH REACH

INSTALLATION OF GALLIONS BUOY

Further to the installation of the North Woolwich Barge Roads off Gallions Point, on the 21st November 2018 a new starboard lateral buoy will be installed in the location marked on the chartlet below.

This buoy will be known as Gallions Buoy and will display the light characteristics Fl.G.3s  

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


Port of London Notices to Mariners No M80 of 2018

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Week 48


LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – RESUMPTION OF QUAY WALL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR  

Mariners and Port-Users are advised that works to repair suspended quay support structures on the South side of the Bridge Channel, just East of the Bascule Bridge, will recommence from Monday 19th November.

The works are being undertaken by Vessel ‘Flying Hart’ with support craft ‘Cargo of Dreams’, berthed alongside the areas. All craft will monitor VHF Ch.14

Vessels wishing to transit the area should contact Port Control to obtain information and advice on works activities. Vessels should only pass the works sites once permission has been granted, should afford as wide a berth as is safe and practical, and pass at slow speed to reduce vessel wash.

Resumed works are expected to take until approx. one month to complete. Notification will be provided once works have been completed.  

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


 


LOWESTOFT (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2018

Week 48


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

Discontinuation of Aid to Navigation

East Side Ferry Landing Handrails Lighted Beacon  

Mariners are advised that the following Aid to Navigation is to be discontinued on or about 19th November 2018 :

East Side Ferry Landing Handrails Lighted Beacon – Q R with red can topmark  

Position: Lat. 52° 45.320’N, Long. 000° 23.300’E.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD - Notice to Mariners No. 28 of 2018.

Week 48


OUTER EAST MARINA BREAKWATER

PILING OPERATIONS

Mariners are advised that, commencing on Tuesday 20th November the crane barge ‘Boxer’ will be positioned close to the Eastern Breakwater, vessels wishing to access the Slipway will be required to exercise caution around low tides.

The team will be working 0700-1900. During this period, access will not be permitted. Should personnel require access to/from the Southern Breakwater during this period, then please contact Port Control VHF Ch. 14  or Tel. 0044 (0)1843 572112 for a harbour boat transfer. Personnel will need to wear their own lifejackets.



Ramsgate Port Notices to Mariners No 27 of 2018

Week 47


GRAVESEND REACH  FLOODGATE REPLACEMENT WORKS GRAVESEND CANAL BASIN

Starting on 12th November 2018 in-channel flood gate replacement works will commence on the lock for the Gravesend Canal Basin.  

The majority of the works will take place at low tide with a temporary cofferdam being installed. For this reasons a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be issued by London VTS on VHF Channel 68 asking passing vessels to minimise their wash.

Navigation through the lock will be managed by the on-site team on an ad-hoc basis.

Works are expected to last for approximately 12 weeks.

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No L25 of 2018

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Week 47


LIMEHOUSE REACH  -  TEMPORARY BARGE MOORING

Mariners are advised that on or about 14 November 2018 contractors working on behalf of the Tideway Tunnel Project will lay an additional temporary barge mooring off Deptford Wharf.

The PLA vessel LONDON TITAN will lay a barge mooring in a position south of the channel as indicated in red on the chartlet below.  

The barge mooring will be laid as a tier marked by unlit Admiralty class buoys at each end and identified as Deptford Strand Barge Moorings. It is anticipated this tier will be in place for the duration of the Tideway Tunnel workings.  

The installation works will be supported by DRIFTWOOD and other PLA craft.

Vessels are requested to be mindful of the nature of the works, their wash when passing the works and to pass at a safe distance.

6th November 2018  

Port of London Authority  London River House, Royal Pier Road,  Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BG

London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.  

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


Port of London Notices to Mariners No M79  of 2018

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Week 47


Harwich Harbour  Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches

Mariners are advised that on or about the 12th November 2018 the plough dredger FORTH DRUMMER  will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and approaches for a period of approximately 16 days.  

Mariners are also advised that on or about the 14th November 2018 the trailer suction dredger BARENT ZANEN will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and approaches for a period of approximately 14 days.  

Survey work in regard to the dredging operations will be conducted by the vessel SHAMROCK.

Material from these areas will be disposed to the new Harwich Haven disposal site.

Detailed dredger movements can be obtained from Harwich VTS on VHF Channel 71.

Lights and shapes as required by Collision Regulations will be exhibited and a listening watch on VHF Channel 71 will be maintained throughout.

Notice to Mariners 48 of 2018 is cancelled.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 49 of 2018


Week 47


Brightlingsea - Personal Water/Small Craft Pontoon

The Commissioners welcome the interest shown in its recent proposal. They have considered the responses submitted to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), the comments raised at the two Advisory Group meetings held in October and the initial response from the MMO requesting more detail.

Many views were expressed, falling into four main categories:

Increase Use – plans would encourage other jet ski’ users to the Harbour and the River.

Noise – Jet skis are noisy and would have a disproportionate impact on the peace of the Harbour, River and nearby residents.

Proposed Location – the prevailing SW winds and the tidal flows would make for substantial (and unsafe) turbulence at times.

Monitoring - How would the different responsible organisations measure and control impact within the Harbour and River? Also, where does the responsibility lie for continuing environmental impact assessments?

In light of the above, the Commissioners have decided to:

Evaluate further the demand for such a pontoon by Personal Water Craft (PWC) and small craft users. In particular, the development of the nascent PWC club.

Seek further detail from relevant manufacturers about the anticipated noise levels at specific speeds of jet ski’ engines, outboard motors, yacht and motorboat inboard engines.

Undertake a study of pontoon stability in the proposed location.

Liaise with others to ensure appropriate monitoring in the Harbour and River is maintained and enhanced.

Finally, the Commissioners remain committed to the strategy of maintaining a safe and welcoming Harbour for all users and, to this end, will continue the dialogue with stakeholders and the MMO regarding the application.



12th November, 2018

Week 47


The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn.

UKD “Cherry Sand” Dredging Disposal West Stones Disposal site HU143.

Mariners are advised that from the pm tide 20TH November 2018 for approximately 10 days UKD Vessel “Cherry Sand” will be carrying out maintenance dredging for the safety of shipping within the enclosed Docks King’s Lynn.

Each operational tide the “Cherry Sand” will depart King’s Lynn Docks 1 hour to High water and proceed to the disposal area in the vicinity of the West Stones Beacon (52° 49.7’N 000° 21.1’E).  The disposal area is marked by 2 Yellow marker buoys;-

North Buoy Fl.Y.5s         52°50.615’N 000°21.190’E.

South Buoy Fl.Y.10s       52°50.360’N 000°21.300’E.

Discharge will be carried out at approximately High Water followed by return to King’s Lynn Docks about 30 minutes after high water.

Mariners are requested to keep clear when the vessel is arriving and departing the Docks and on the disposal area as the vessel will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre, and to navigate with caution whilst these works are taking place.

The “Cherry Sand” will monitor VHF channel 14.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. - Notice to Mariners 27/ 2018.

Week 46


London Array Offshore Wind Farm  - Jack-up vessel  “Ziton Wind Server”

Please be advised that the Ziton Wind Server, on behalf of Siemens Gamesa Renewables A/S, will be commencing four major component exchanges within the London Array wind farm from the 11th November 2018.  

Proposed works:

London Array – Major Component Exchange

Vessels:  Ziton Wind Server (Jack-up)    VOS Trifaldi (CTV)

The Ziton Wind Server jack-up vessel is 79.3m long and has a breadth of 32.3m, and has a gross tonnage 6567 tonnes.   Call Sign: OWLB2 MMSI: 219615000

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It will jack at the following locations within London Array to conduct major component exchanges.  

E17, B08, G19, F19

The duration of the work across all locations is expected to be 14 days in total, although adverse weather may extend this period.

The Ziton Wind Server will be supported by designated crew transfer vessel VOS Trifaldi. The CTV will operate out of Harwich, and transport personnel to and from the vessel and access the WTGs.      

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Planned Restricted Access Zones

The works are expected to commence on the 11th November 2018 and continue for approximately two weeks. The following locations will be visited in this order:  

 E17 B08 G19 F19      

The Ziton Wind Server will move from WTG to WTG upon completion of the component exchange. A 500m radius restricted zone will be put in place centered on the Ziton Wind Server when this is located at a WTG. If access is required to this zone for non-project traffic, authorisation must be requested from the London Array Marine Coordinator before entry.

Enquiries regarding this notice should be directed to the London Array Marine Coordinators.


 


London Array Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 7 of 2018


This notice will impact upon Foulger's Gat in respect of the work on Turbine B08.  Turbine B08 is on side of the entrance at the southern end of the avenue leading to Folger's Gat proper.  The Turbine will be the second location in the work schedule.  In theory there ought to be enough space to pass close to the Turbine A10 but when you call up the LAL vessel they might discourage you.  Some sailors this season have cut between Turbines A12 and A13 to access Foulger's Gat directly.

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Week 46


WOOLWICH REACH ISLAND JETTY DECONSTRUCTION WORKS

On or about 12th November 2018, contractors working on behalf of McLaughlin & Harvey will be undertaking deconstruction works at Island Jetty for approximately 8 weeks. The works will be undertaken from the jack-up barge ‘COMMANDER’.  

The chartlet below depicts the location of the works and the limits of the navigation exclusion zone defined by the red boxed area. Only vessels engaged in the works may enter the exclusion zone.  

The jack-up barge will display the lights and shapes as prescribed in Rule 27 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, namely:  • By day, three black shapes in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are balls and the middle one a diamond. • By night, three all round lights in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are red and the middle one white.

London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.  

 

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No M77 of 2018

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Week 46


Harwich Harbour and Approaches - Seasonal recreational marks

On or after the 27th November 2018 the following seasonal recreational mark will be withdrawn:

Harwich Shelf East Cardinal Buoy - 51°56’.84N 001°18’07E

On or after the 01st November 2018 the following seasonal recreational marks will be withdrawn:

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’.460N  001°17.850’E

Positions given are WGS 84

Notice to Mariners 08-2018 and 13-2018 are cancelled



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 46 and 47 of 2018

Week 46


Ha’penny pier pontoon refurbishment works

Mariners are advised that on or about 12th November 2018 Harwich Haven Authority will carry out essential improvement works to the pontoons at Ha’penny Pier, Harwich.

The pontoon section at the centre of the mooring berth – see image below – will be removed and repaired off site. It is the intention to re-install the pontoon section on or about the 15th March 2019.

While repairs are taking place the Western section of the pontoon in the mooring facility will have no access to the shore.

Details of the works can be obtained from Harwich VTS on VHF channel 71



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 45 of 2018

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Week 46


Blakeney Harbour – 5 November 2018

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that the lights have now been reinstated on the following buoys:

 CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD BUOY NO: 7

CHANNEL MARKER PORT BUOY NO: 8



Blakeney Harbour Association November 5th 2019

Week 46


BHA WEATHER STATION at BLAKENEY QUAY

Please note that the BHA weather station, currently temporarily mounted on the Sailing Club dinghy park flagpole, will be removed tomorrow November 3rd.

From tomorrow, it will not be possible to access data from this weather station on the Internet until early December (exact date will be advised), pending it’s long term installation on the South Sands beacon, which is positioned due South of the Old Lifeboat House.

We are confident that in this position it will provide very accurate information regarding wind conditions in the Harbour.



Blakeney Harbour Association November 2nd 2019

Week 45


Harwich VTS - Completion of Long Range VHF radio antenna replacement works

Mariners are advised that the required works to the VTS Long Range VHF radio system antenna

have been completed.

This notice cancels Notice to Mariners No.42 of 2018



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 42 of 2018

Week 45


River Crouch - Sunken Vessel - NAVIGATION

River Crouch – Sunken Vessel

Mariners are advised that an 8.9 metre wooden Dragon Racing Yacht has sunk in position

                        51˚ 37.008’ N

                     000˚ 51.822’  E

clear of the Fairway.  Vessel and mast will be visible in and around the low water period.

The vessel has been marked with a small unlit buoyant can.  Mariners are asked to give the area a wide berth.

Mariners are advised that the vessel is scheduled to be lifted later this week.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2018

The position is on the Brankfleet Spit towatds the Brankfleet  RGR buoy.

Week 45


Environment Agency Sea Wall Repairs – South Bank, River Crouch, Hullbridge - AVIGATION & SAFETY

Environment Agency Sea Wall Repairs – South Bank, River Crouch, Hullbridge

(Long Reach & Short Reach)

Mariners are advised, in particular windsurfers, dinghy sailors and canoeists of a potential navigational hazard from the placement of unmarked vertical posts projecting up from the seabed in the River Crouch at Long Reach & Short Reach following repairs undertaken by the Environment Agency to install rock and brushwood rolls (please see attached photograph).

Work will commence on the 5th November 2018 to ensure that the posts are all cut to the correct height and it is anticipated the work will be completed within the week.

Mariners are requested to keep a wide berth from the embankment until the Environment Agency has completed the work.  The works will extend 3m from the bank toe and Mariners are advised that a 5 metre (16 feet) exclusion zone will be implemented.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2018

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Week 45


Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour please note:

1.  HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD BUOY NO. 2 (Fl(2)G8s) has been repositioned as follows:

 N 52° 58.867’  E 000° 58.025’

2.  The light has been temporarily removed from the following buoys:

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 7

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 8



Dated 26th October, 2018


This is a slight move to the south-west.

Week 45


Gallopher Wind Farm - Information for mariners

Safe sailing during operations

Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is now in operation, which means that the safety exclusion zone that was in place during construction is no longer in effect. Yachts and other recreational vessels are now free to sail through the wind farm site.

It is suggested that boat owners check with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or relevant marine body for recommendations related to safe passage through offshore wind farms. Galloper’s position is that maintaining approximately 100 metres between vessels and the wind farm structures – turbines and offshore substation platform – would demonstrate good seamanship. As a precaution, it is recommended that sailing vessels should have their engines turned on and in neutral whilst transiting through the wind farm to enable rapid control if it is required.




Week 44


NO. 1 RAMSGATE APPROACH BUOY

(51˚.19.56N - 001˚27.27E)

Mariners are advised that the No. 1 Ramsgate Approach buoy is currently unlit; this will be reinstated as soon as possible.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2018

Week 44


Havengore Bridge

Good afternoon,

 

I am pleased to inform you that remedial works on the bridge have been completed and it is now open to marine traffic in accordance with MOD byelaws. We thank you for your patience during this period and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

 

ENDS

(message from Qinetia)



19th October, 2018

Week 43


HALFWAY REACH DEMOLITION WORKS PHOENIX WHARF

On Tuesday 16th October demolition works at Phoenix Wharf will commence.  

The works will take place from the Jack Up Barge COMMANDER and a spud leg barge. The tug HORTON will be in attendance to position the barges as required with a separate safety boat in attendance throughout the demolition works.

These works will involve the demolition of ground moorings, timber dolphins, removal of the access walkway and loose rubbing strips to fender piles. Lifting operations will also take place with the removal of a concrete slab.

Works are expected to be completed by the end of December 2018.

All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 14. At times International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be exhibited in conjunction with a “Proceed with Caution” being broadcast by London VTS.

For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 14 or by telephone on  0208 855 0315



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L22 of 2018

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Week 43


GRAVESEND REACH  BELUGA WHALE

This notice supersedes L20 of 2018, which is hereby cancelled.

Due to the ongoing presence of a beluga whale, which is an IUCN red listed species, any vessels which are not required to operate in this area are advised to keep well clear.  

Vessels which need to operate in this area are required to keep a close lookout at all times. If the whale is sighted it should not be approached, speed should be reduced, and where possible a minimum distance of 100m from the whale should be maintained.

Further information on marine protected species can be found on the Joint Nature Conservation Council’s website.

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

Additional information on the whale can be found at http://pla.co.uk/BDMLR-and-PLA-jointpress-statement



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L23 of 2018

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Week 43


WOOLWICH REACH ISLAND JETTY GROUND INVESTIGATIONS

On or about 22nd October 2018 CMP Thames will be working on behalf of McLaughlin & Harvey and will conduct ground investigation works at Island Jetty for approximately 8 weeks. Three boreholes will be drilled into the river bed from the ‘ZEEJACK’ jack-up barge. All vessels involved will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 14.

The chartlet below depicts the location of the works and the limits of the navigation exclusion zone defined by the red boxed area. Only vessels engaged in the works may enter the exclusion zone.  

The jack-up barge will display the lights and shapes as prescribed in Rule 27 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, namely:  • By day, three black shapes in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are balls and the middle one a diamond. • By night, three all round lights in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are red and the middle one white.

London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.  

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M74 of 2018

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Week 43


Approaches to Beccles – A146 Bypass Road Bridge  

Notice is hereby given that the Highways Authority will be undertaking a principle inspection of the River Waveney Bridge, Norwich Road (A146), Beccles using underbridge equipment.  Note that vessels may be temporarily restricted and regulated in their movement in the vicinity of the bridge from 20:00 hours Tuesday 13 November 2018 until 06:00 hours Wednesday 14 November 2018.

TM420913.  Please ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.



BROADS AUTHORITY NOTICE TO MARINERS No. 6 of 2018

Week 42


Harwich VTS - Long Range VHF radio refurbishment works completed – Normal conditions restored

 Mariners are advised that the refurbishment works on the VTS Long Range VHF radio system have been completed.

 Normal working conditions have been restored and Notice to Mariners No.38 is cancelled.


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2018

Week 42


Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy - River Crouch District – Revised Position

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the latitude and longitude promulgated in Notice to Mariners No 33 of 2018 for the Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy was an approximate position.

Please note the actual position of the Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy:

051˚ 39.964 N

000˚ 59.474 E



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2018

Week 42


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH

Wreck Berth 39 Great Yarmouth River Port

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

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

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



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

Week 41


GRAVESEND REACH LOWER  RESTRICTED NAVIGATION

A restriction to non-essential operations will be in force with immediate effect south of the authorised navigation channel from Denton Wharf to Shornmead Light. This is as a result on the ongoing presence of a beluga whale, which is a IUCN red listed species, in Gravesend Reach Lower.  

This restriction is on all non-essential vessels not required to be in this area. Any vessels required to operate in this area are required to keep a close lookout at all time, keep speed to a minimum and maintain a minimum distance of 100m from the whale.

 Vessel Traffic Services will be monitoring the area throughout the restriction along with assistance from the Harbour Service Launch.  

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

 Additional information on the whale can be found at http://pla.co.uk/BDMLR-and-PLA-jointpress-statement.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L20 of 2018

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For an update on the whale see: http://pla.co.uk/BDMLR-and-PLA-joint-press-statement


Week 41


MEDWAY - CHANGES TO NAVIGATION MARKS

1.  Notice is hereby given that the following changes have been made to navigation marks within the Medway and adjacent creeks.

2.  The following Navigation Marks have been discontinued:

N05535 Wouldham Marshes Water main N; diamond topmark; yellow unlighted beacon.

N08952 Cuxton Cable Crossing E; diamond topmark; yellow unlighted beacon.  

N14746 Borstal Reach Drainage Outfall; conical topmark; green unlighted beacon.

N10541 Chatham Ness Cable Crossing W; diamond topmark; yellow unlighted beacon.

N05483 Gillingham Marina Wall; diamond topmark; yellow unlighted beacon.

3. The following navigation buoys navigational marks have had their light characteristics changed:

N05570 New Hythe Island Site Footbridge Upstream is now fixed Red.

N08441 M2 Medway Bridge Centre Pier N is now fixed Yellow.

N05410 Grain Cooling Water Outfall is now 2 synchronised vertical Green flashing 2 every 10s.

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

 



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2018


Admiralty Charts Nos. 1834, 1835, 3683 refer

Week 41


Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy - River Crouch District

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy in position:

051˚ 40.000 N

000˚ 59.000 E

is back on station.

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 38 of 2017 IS HEREBY CANCELLED



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2018

Week 41


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn -  Light Beacon“B”

Mariners are advised that the temporary lighted beacon “B” in position 52° 49.’090N  00° 21.’136E has been replaced with a new permanent light beacon with yellow conical daymark and a light characteristic of Fl. Y 2s

For further information please contact the King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14.

 Notice to Mariners Nos. 19 & 20 / 2018 are hereby revoked



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 25 fo 2018.


Please see the image of the position in Week 38

Week 40


GRAVESEND REACH LOWER  SUBSURFACE TOWED SURVEY EQUIPMENT

Starting on 3rd October 2018, a PLA Survey vessel will be deploying subsurface towed survey equipment up to 200m behind the vessel.  The vessel will run lines approximately East to West, and North to South. The operations will be in Gravesend Reach Lower, shown below. The work will continue until 30th November 2018.

When carrying out surveys both vessels will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre and will display lights and shapes in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (as amended) Rule 27 b. The vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF CH 68 throughout the working period.

All vessels are required to proceed with caution past these vessels when work is underway and at all times when advised by London VTS.        

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




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L19 of 2018

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Week 40


LIMEHOUSE REACH CONVOYS WHARF DECONSTRUCTION WORKS

On or about the 2nd October 2018, contractors working on behalf of Hutchinson Whampoa will be undertaking deconstruction works of the sunken pontoon at Convoys Wharf.  In preparation for these works the East Cardinal Mark as described in NTM M64 of 2017 will be removed.

The works will be undertaken by the Crane Barge GAVERLAND with support from the Barge DEVELOPER and an attending tug and are expected to take approximately 3 months.  An exclusion zone of 40m will be established around the works, as indicated in the chart below, and no vessels other than those associated with the works should enter this area.

Works will be undertaken on Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 18:00 and from 08:00 – 13:30 on Saturdays at which times RY flags will be exhibited by the GAVERLAND in conjunction with “proceed with caution / slow down requests” in VTS broadcasts.  The GAVERLAND will also be maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch14

Vessels are requested to be mindful of the nature of the works, their wash when passing the works and to pass at a safe distance.

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M69 of 2018

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Week 38


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - THAMES ESTUARY - MAPLIN LIGHTED BUOY

Latitude 51º 33.661’N., Longitude 001º 01.593’E

Amendment : Topmark permanently withdrawn.


No further notice will be given.



Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2018

Week 38


Range Inner Sea Area: Submerged Hazard


Mariners are advised that from 1 to 5 October, there will be a submerged hazard in the Range Inner Sea Area. The hazard will be marked by yellow illuminated marker buoys. The co-ordinates of the hazard are as below and the location is also indicated on the map attached.


Latitude/Longitude British National Grid


Lat 51.541276°, Long 0.857193°

 

Northing: 186356, Easting: 598230

 


Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE


Qinetiq dated 12th September, 2018

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Week 38


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Light Beacon“Charlie”

Mariners are advised that the lighted beacon “Charlie” in position 52° 48.’759N  00° 21.’138E has collapsed.

The area of the beacon is to be considered a Foul Area and all craft must keep well clear of the above position.

Salvage operations are scheduled to commence 11th September 2018 and decisions regarding future replacement will be made after due consultations.

For further information please contact the King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14.


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 24/2018.

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Week 37


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 2018.

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 2018

Tuesday 13th November 2018 From 0935 to 1205 GMT N Woolwich LW 1034 GMT 1.1m

December 2018

Thursday 13th December 2018 From 0945 to 1215 GMT N Woolwich LW 1047 GMT 1.0m

January 2019

Thursday 10th January 2019 From 0905 to 1135 GMT N Woolwich LW 1005 GMT 0.8m

February 2019

Monday 11th February 2019 From 1010 to 1240 GMT N Woolwich LW 1113 GMT 0.9m

March 2019

Tuesday 12th March 2019 From 0945 to 1215 GMT N Woolwich LW 1049 GMT 0.8m

April 2019

Tuesday 09th April 2019 From 0955 to 1225 BST N Woolwich LW 1100 BST 0.5m

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.

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

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

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

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

 


Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2018


NOTES:

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

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

Week 37


LONG REACH - NAVIGATOR TERMINAL DOLPHIN REPLACEMENT WORKS

Mariners are advised that construction of a new upriver dolphin at Navigator No.1 Berth will start on or around the 11th September 2018. During the works the jack-up barge ‘COMMANDER’ and various logistics barges will be in use with a tug and safety boat in attendance at all times.

A set of tubular piles required for the construction works will be rafted together and moored at Broadness Reach or St Clements Reach (subject to weather and operational conditions), and marked with an all-round white navigation light. The piles are 60m in length and have a freeboard of 600mm and will be towed up river individually to the construction site from the mooring.

 During the works the jack-up barge will be positioned immediately adjacent to Berth No.1 while piling operations are underway. Following the installation of the new dolphin the existing upriver dolphin will be removed and a new access bridge installed.

 All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 68. At times International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be exhibited in conjunction with a “Proceed with Caution’ being broadcast by London VTS.  

 These works are expected to last till the end of October 2018.   For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 68 or by telephone on 01474 560311.



Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No L17 of 2018

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Week 37


Felixstowe Harbour

Obstruction on seabed- reduction in charted depth.  

Mariners are advised of an object on the seabed located 280m due west from the North end of Felixstowe No. 8 berth. The coordinates are- 51° 57.03942’ N, 001° 18.4970’ E (WGS 84).

The minimum available depth above this object is 13.5m below chart datum (1m reduction in charted depth).



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2018



Week 34


GRAVESEND REACH WEST STREET PIER

Due to the deteriorated condition of West Street Pier, Mariners are advised that a “Proceed with Caution” is in place until further notice. Mariners should ensure they pass the pier at an appropriate speed to ensure minimum wash, in order to prevent further deterioration to the structure.

Vessels are instructed not to moor at West Street Pier until further notice.

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



Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No L14 of 2018

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Week 31


LEIGH CHANNEL  LEIGH BUOY BUOY REPOSITIONED

Mariners and recreational users are advised that the Leigh Buoy has been moved approximately 170m to the NNE of her current charted position to reflect changes in depths in the area.

The buoy is now in position 51°31.09N 00°42.72E.

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

 


Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No L13 of 2018

Week 30


LOWER HALSTOW WRECK TO THE NORTH OF LOWER HALSTOW YACHT MOORINGS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the sunken floating dock/converted barge, that has been moored to a large yellow mooring buoy to the north of the Lower Halstow Yacht Moorings has now been refloated.  

It is now made fast to 3 yellow buoys still at a position (Revised) -

510 22.90N 0000 40.36E

Further information may be obtained from Medway Navigation Service (VTS) on VHF Channel 74 (call sign “Medway VTS”) or telephone 0151 949 6656.

 


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 16 of 2018 (Cancelled)


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


Week 29


East Coast of England - The Wash  -  King’s Lynn Harbour.

Beacon “Bravo” Navigational Mark  

Temporary Mark established

Mariners are advised that on Navigational Mark Beacon “Bravo” has been replaced with a temporary mark and has a light characteristic of Fl.Y.2s.

Beacon “Bravo” position 52° 49'.090N  000° 21'.136E.

Mariners are advised to keep a good lookout in this area.  



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners 20 of 2018.

BA 1200 Y9

Week 28


East Coast of England - The Wash  -  King’s Lynn Harbour.  

Beacon “Bravo” Navigational Mark - Off Station  - BA 1200 Y9

  

Mariners are advised that on Navigational Mark Beacon “Bravo” is off station due to damage.

 Beacon “Bravo” position 52° 49'.090N  000° 21'.136E.

 Mariners are advised to keep clear of this area until damaged beacon has been recovered.  

 


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No 19/ 2018.

Week 26


 Blakeney Harbour Entrance Channel

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that three entrance channel buoys have been repositioned as follows:

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 4

Is now positioned:

N 52° 58.777’  E 000° 57.530’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO. 5

Is now positioned:

N 52° 58.755’  E 000° 57.599’

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 8

Is now positioned:

N 52° 58.528’  E 000° 57.334’


Blakeney Harbour - Notice to Mariners 14th June 2018

Week 22


INFORMATION


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


Rule 9 – Narrow Channels

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2018

Week 21


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

Amendment to No.1 Light Buoy, Pilot Boarding Area

Mariners are advised on or about 9th May 2018 the following amendments to the No. 1 light buoy in position 52° 56’.00N 00° 21’.50E will take place:

The colour of the buoy will be changed to Yellow

The character of the light will change to Fl Y 3s

The changes are to reflect the special function of the buoy as the pilot boarding area rather than as a starboard hand mark

For further information please contact King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 15/2018.

Week 20


THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE THAMES BARRIER TEMPORARY NAVIGATION LIGHTS

Mariners are advised that the works formerly promulgated in Notice to Mariners M13 of 2018 will continue on the Thames Barrier to upgrade the existing navigation lights on each of the piers. These works are expected to last approximately three months.

In order to facilitate continued safe navigation through the Thames Barrier a temporary red cross will be utilised to indicate a span that is currently closed to navigation from one or both directions.

This temporary lighting arrangement will be 1m x 1m in size and consist of five red lights mounted onto a rigid red ‘X’ as illustrated opposite:

For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 14 or by telephone on 0208 855 0315.



Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No M35 of 2018


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Week 19


Roughs Shoal – approaches to Harwich Harbour - NW Roughs Tower Light Buoy damaged

Mariners are advised that the N.W. Roughs Tower Buoy [West Cardinal YBY VQ(9)]  in position 51° 53.813’ N   01° 28.771’ E   has been reported as damaged and leaning over.

An update regarding the condition of the buoy can be obtained from Harwich VTS on VHF Ch7



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2018

Week 19


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Amendments to Buoyage

 Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of  the approach channel the following amendments will take place on or about 2nd  May 2018:

 

a) No.8 light buoy to be moved to 52° 52’.795 N 00°21’.675E  

b) No.10 light buoy to be moved to 52° 52’.560 N 00°21’.900E

c) No.12 light buoy to be moved to 52° 52’.335 N 00°21’.890E

d) No.7 light buoy to be moved to 52° 52’.825 N 00°21’.455E

e) No.11 light buoy to be moved to 52° 52’.530 N 00°21’.715E

f) No.13 light buoy to be moved to 52° 52’.275 N 00°21’.715E

See attached chart extract showing proposed changes to buoyage.

Mariners are advised that commercial shipping may be encountered outside of the buoyed channel in this vicinity until the buoys are moved.

Mariners are requested to give the buoying vessel “St Edmund” a wide berth and pass at minimum speed whilst works to move the buoys are being undertaken.

For further information please contact King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 14/2018.

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Week 19


Margate Harbour - Mark Buoy

Mariners are advised that the yellow spherical mark buoy, placed north of the temporary sculpture at Margate Harbour, will be removed for repair until further notice.



Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2018

Week 19


Navigational Aid - Unlit Beacon – Margate Harbour

Mariners are advised that the unlit beacon to the North of the Stone Pier at Margate Harbour on charted position

51˚23.5N 001˚22.77E

will be off station until further notice.  



Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2018

Week 19


NO. 6 RAMSGATE APPROACH BUOY

(51˚.19.46N - 001˚25.91E)

Mariners are advised that the issue with No. 6 Ramsgate Approach buoy has been resolved and is now lit.

Therefore NTM 09/2018 is cancelled



Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2018

Week 19


East Anglia One Scour protection vessel

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN That the Scour protection vessel Nordenes shall commence scour protection rock placement by fall pipe within the windfarm limits bounded by the EA ONE construction buoyage on the 17th March 2018 until further notice. The Nordenes can be contacted on VHF CH16 and via Guard Vessel Glomar Drifa. The Nordenes will complete rock placement at all turbine locations within EA ONE with the start location being given as:

                              52° 11' 50.7984'' N    002° 32' 1.1616'' E


East Anglia ONE Limited Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2018

Call Sign: PHOG MMSI: 244962000

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Week 19


East Anglia One Heavy Lift Vessel

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN That the Bokalift-1 shall commence works within the windfarm limits bounded by the EA ONE construction buoyage on the 24th March 2018 until further notice. The Bokalift-1 can be contacted on VHF CH16 and via Guard Vessel Glomar Drifa. The Bokalift-1 will be carrying out pile driving operations around 1200kj impact. The Silver Harvester will be noise monitoring close to the Bokalift-1.  The Bokalift-1 will commence piling operations inside the CDM area of East Anglia 1 Windfarm.

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East Anglia ONE Limited Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2018

Bokalift -1

Call Sign: 5BVH4 MMSI: 212827000

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Week 19


East Anglia One Guard Vessel  

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Glomar Drifa shall commence Guard vessel duties within the windfarm limits bounded by the EA ONE construction buoyage on the 10th March 2018 until further notice.

The Guard vessel Drifa can be contacted on VHF CH16 and VHF CH6



East Anglia ONE Limited Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2018

GLOMAR DRIFA

Call Sign: HP7331 MMSI: 355507000

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Week 17


PORT OF WELLS  - Change to Buoy on Bar End North

URGENT

There has been a change to the buoy at the Bar End North (North Outer). The red can buoy has been replaced with a yellow buoy Fl Y 2.5s. This buoy is being trialled for four months to help identify the buoy from seaward. The special mark will be positioned at the bar end and will have safe water on all sides for passing. The yellow special mark will have a flashing sequence Fl Y 2.5s.

Lat Long

North Outer Bar 52°59'.419N 000°50'.501E

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Port of Wells dated 12th April, 2018



Week 14


 Restricted Navigation Ipswich Wet Dock

Mariners and Port users are advised for a period of approximately 12 Months there is an area of Restricted Navigation around Albion Wharf in the Wet Dock. During the rebuilding of the ‘wine rack’ scaffolding will protrude 3m out above the wet dock. The area has been marked by 2 x yellow buoys as in photograph below. Please keep South of the yellow Buoys.



Associated British Ports Ipswich  Local Notice to Mariners No 3 of 2018

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Week 12


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

Temporary amendment to buoyage

Notice to Mariners No.1810 refers.

Mariners are advised that No.16 light buoy and associated mooring has been salvaged and all markers buoys removed.

A temporary yellow navigation buoy (see picture opposite) with yellow light Fl (3)Y10s has been established in position 52° 51’365N 00°21’.270E until a replacement No.16 light buoy can be established.

For further information please contact the King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14.

 


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 11/2018

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Week 11


KENTISH FLATS OFFSHORE WINDFARM UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECT

Mariners are advised that the unidentified submerged object within the area of Kentish Flats Offshore Windfarm is again unmarked after the Emergency Wreck beacon that was marking came adrift and is in need of repair.

The now unmarked submerged object is in 51° 27’ 24.093” N 001° 06’ 52.365” E

The unidentified submerged object has the following approximate dimensions:

Length 3.1m | Width 1.9m | Height 2.3m

The upper edge of the object is reported to be between 1 and 1.5m below Chart Datum.

Mariners are strongly advised to avoid the area until further notice.



Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No L4 of 2018

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Week 11


LOWER HALSTOW WRECK TO THE NORTH OF LOWER HALSTOW YACHT MOORINGS

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a report has been received that the floating dock/converted barge, that has been moored to a large yellow mooring buoy to the north of the Lower Halstow Yacht Moorings, has sunk.

It is still made fast to the buoy, but is covered at high water.

Approximate position -

510 23.00N 0000 46.00E

The owner is aware and will be dealing with the situation

Further information may be obtained from Medway Navigation Service (VTS) on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS’ or telephone 0151 949 6656.

 



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 15 (revised) of 2018

UKHO Chart 1834 refers.


Week 10


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Amendments to Buoyage

Mariners are advised that due to changes in the approach channel the following amendments will take place on or about 22nd February 2018:

No.6 light buoy to be moved to 52° 53’.040N 00°21’.635E and light character amended to Fl R 2s,

New port hand light buoy, No.8, to be established at 52° 52’.885N 00°21’.763E, with light character Fl (2) R 6s,

No.19 light buoy to be moved approx. 100m x 345°(T)

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KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2018.

NOTE:  The buoyage for the approaches to Kings Lynn have now adopted Daseley's Sled:  Always rely on the local chartlets:

http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/shipping/charts/


Week 3


FAVERSHAM CREEK  - Vessels Aground


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, due to the exceptional high tides experienced over the last few days, three vessels have grounded in the upper reaches of Faversham Creek.


The vessel ‘Revenge’ is firmly aground in the vicinity of the Sewage Treatment Works on the east side. The vessel has settled with a heavy list towards the middle of the creek. Vessels should pass with extreme caution.

Two further, smaller, vessels are well aground some distance inshore of the bank, causing no risk to navigation. These are situated on the west side, further down the creek from the ‘Revenge’.




Salvage operations will be taking place.

Admiralty Chart No. 2482 refers


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2018 (Brought forward from 2018

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 2018 (Brought forward from 2017)


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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 2018 (Brought forward from 2017)


Week 2


LOWESTOFT - NORTHEAST APPROACHES, EAST CARDINAL ‘SEWER’ BUOY -UNLIT

Mariners and Port Users are advised that the East Cardinal ‘Sewer’ Buoy, in position 52° 28.89’N, 001° 46.24’E, is unlit.

The buoy remains in position, so mariners are requested to navigate with caution in darkness in the vicinity of the unlit buoy.

Confirmation will be provided when the light has been reinstated.

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



Associated British Ports Lowestoft  Local Notice to Mariners No 37 of 2017


Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 52


APPROACHES TO LOWESTOFT – MAIN APPROACH CHANNEL DEPTHS

 Mariners & port users are advised that a recent post dredge survey of Lowestoft main approach channel, NE of the Harbour entrance, shows an improvement in channel depths. With the exception of a small area of slightly shallower water at the extreme Western side of the approach channel, (as indicated by the attached chart extract), minimum depth over the sand bar area is now 4.7m below ACD.  

Full survey charts can be obtained from Lowestoft Harbour Master if required.  

Please ensure that appropriate and current information is used when calculating minimum under keel clearance requirements in this area, taking into account effects of sea and swell, and vessel squat.

Lowestoft Harbour Authority will continue to monitor depths in this area and notify of changes as required.

Local NTM No.30 is hereby cancelled.

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2017

Week 52


East Coast of England - The Wash  

Approaches to WASH PORTS.

Race Bank WF Export Cable Burial Works.   MV ”Volantis”

 Mariners are advised that due to Race Bank Offshore Windfarm ongoing cable burial works MV “Volantis” will perform remedial Trenching operations and Survey operations between the following positions;

 1 - Lat 51° 58.568’ N Long 0° 30.157’ E.

 2 - Lat 53° 17.74292’N Long 0° 48.52082’E.

 3 - Lat 53°15’19.4” N Long 0°52’0.6” E.   

These operations will commence on 23-12-2017 and be completed on 10-01-2018.   

The vessel will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre whilst carrying out these operations and a wide berth is requested.

When working “Volantis” will monitor VHF channel 16.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 36 of 2017.

The Lat/Long is as displayed on the relevant web site but I assume No 1 is a typo and should read 52.58.586N.  If correct the place is on the Sunk Sand off Hunstanton.

No 2 and 3 are beyond the monitoring area being north of Skegness.

Week 50



CROUCH - NAVIGATION - Power Cables – River Roach, Paglesham Creek


Mariners are advised that the power cables crossing Paglesham Creek (to the south of Wallasea Island) centered on an approximate position of:


051° 36.83’N   000° 47.92’E


are reported to be ‘sagging’.


The electricity company UK Power Networks are aware and the Crouch Harbour Authority is awaiting an update of their intended action.


The cables cross Paglesham Creek in an area that has a charted drying height of 3 and therefore can only be navigated by small shallow draught craft in an around the HW period.

However, any small and in particular sailing vessels underway in the vicinity intending to pass beneath the cables should do so with extreme caution.


For further information please contact UK Power Networks on 0800 029 4285.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 41 of 2017

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Position of 'sagging' indicated by a Wpt icon.



Week 50



APPROACHES TO LOWESTOFT – NEWCOMBE SAND BUOY MOVED TO NEW POSITION

 Mariners & port users are advised that the Newcombe Sand Light Buoy has been moved approximately 0.1 nautical miles NE to new position:-

 52˚ 26.334’N, 01˚ 47.164’E

 Please ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.

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


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 34 of 2017

Week 50


Multi-Cat – Coastal Discovery

 Please be advised that the Multi-Cat “Coastal Discovery” is expected to commence operations at Galloper Offshore Windfarm circa 15th December 2017 until further notice.

 The vessel will be conducting Subsea cable works in the vicinity of Sizewell beach (approximately 300m at nearest point).

 A wide berth is requested when passing this vessel during operations

 The vessel can be contacted on VHF Channel 16 throughout for any further information.


Gallopher Wind Farm  Notices to Mariners No 47 of 2017

Week 49


LOWER POOL -  INSTALLATION OF COLLAR BARGE MOORING

 Mariners are advised that on or about 4th December 2017, contractors working on behalf of the Tideway Tunnel Project will undertake the installation a new collar barge mooring along with relocation of the Hop Pole PDC.

 Please see the chartlet opposite depicting the locations of the resultant works.

 The works will involve relocating the existing PDC on 4th December using the PLA DRIFTWOOD craft.

 Installing the screw moorings and buoying off on the 5th and 6th December using the PLA vessel LONDON TITAN.

 On the 7/8th of December the Cory Collar barge at Blackfriars will be relocated to the new mooring to be known as PLA Tunnel Mills Barge Roads, and the Blackfriars barge mooring will be dropped to the river bed.

 All vessels involved in the works will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 14.

 Vessels are requested to be mindful of their wash when passing the works and to pass at a safe distance.

London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.

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



Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No M108 of 2017

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Week 48


Blakeney - the Hjordis East buoy

The HJORDIS EAST buoy at the entrance to Blakeney Harbour is off-station until further notice.


Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should enter the harbour with caution, leaving the HJORDIS isolated danger beacon at least 200 metres to starboard, then pass the Harbour Entrance buoy No.1 close to starboard.



Blakeney Harbour Association dated 16th November, 2017

Week 48


HARBOUR BUOY - RAMSGATE HARBOUR

Mariners are advised that on 2 occasions within the last 6 weeks small craft have made contact with the Green Harbour Buoy on its charted position 51˚19’.685’N - 001˚ 25.315’E whilst entering the Port of Ramsgate at low water.


We would like to remind our harbour users to observe the practice of good seamanship when transiting in and out of the Port at low water and to follow the recommended route as per Admiralty Chart 1828.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2017

Week 46


Re-Fuelling or Bunkering fuel within the Harbour.

31.10.2017

Re- fueling within the Harbour on the pontoons or within the marina is prohibited. The Harbour has a designated fuel pontoon and designated trained staff to dispense fuel with the capability and equipment to deal with a fuel spill.

Under no circumstances are boat owners to re- fuel afloat within the Harbour.



Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2017

Week 46


LOWESTOFT HARBOUR APPROACHES – REDUCED DEPTHS – UPDATED INFORMATION


Mariners and port users are advised that recent survey data has indicated further

shoaling and depth reduction in the NE approaches to Lowestoft Harbour.


The area of least depth is centred on the following position:-

52° 28.5’N, 01° 45.9’E (bearing approx. 070° x 0.2’ from the seaward end of Jackamans Groyne)

Least Depth: 3.7m below ACD


The reduced depths are within the white sector of Kirkley Sector light, which marks the

main approach channel to Lowestoft.


Mariners and Port Users are requested to take this new information into account when

passage planning, to ensure that they allow sufficient under keel clearance for all

stages of their passage in or out of Lowestoft, accounting for any effects from sea,

swell, and vessel squat.


Dredging of this area is scheduled to commence mid November. A further notice will be

issued to advise of results from dredging activities and any restoration of channel

depth.


This notice replaces NTM No.20 2015, which is hereby cancelled.


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

information is required.


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2017

Week 46


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Navigation Byelaws


MARINERS ARE HEREBY REMINDED of their obligation to comply with Great Yarmouth Port

Authority Navigation (Haven) Byelaws 1997 (attached to this Notice) whilst navigating within the

Great Yarmouth Port area. Following reports and observations of vessels and their conduct, particular attention is drawn to the following Byelaws:


Byelaw 14 – Maximum Speed of Vessels

Byelaw 15 – Vessel to Navigate with Care

Byelaw 32 – Vessels to be lit


There have been reports of both a person being knocked over and damage caused to craft whilst

moored due to excessive wash production from passing vessels. Mariners are reminded that the

maximum speed in the port area of seven knots over the ground is not necessarily a safe speed and consideration must be given to other vessels moored within the Port, vessel specific wash generation characteristics and tidal speed and direction amongst others.


Vessels have been reported to be both unlit or insufficiently lit whilst berthed during hours of darkness and under conditions of restricted visibility therefore endangering safe navigation within the Port area.


Mariners are reminded that all vessels must be suitably lit in the aforementioned conditions. The only exceptions are vessels under 20m LOA moored at berth 21H (visitors moorings) and berth 36

(currently disused)



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2017


Download of Byelaws

Week 44


LAL Long Sand Middle Wave Buoy:


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


Please be aware that the North Guard Buoy for the Long Sand Middle Wave Buoy  has temporarily been removed.



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2017

Week 44


Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Survey


Please be advised that survey works are expected to commence at Galloper Wind Farm circa week commencing 23rd October 2017 until further notice.


Works will be conducted from the survey vessel “Spectrum 1”.


Spectrum 1 shall exhibit the correct day shapes / night lights when carrying out operations and requests a wide berth during this period.


Spectrum1 can be contacted via VHF Channel 16 throughout when underway.


Survey Vessel Spectrum 1  Call sign 2CQX3


*** Note ***


Application of Galloper Wind Farm Safety Zones During Construction


The Secretary of State has approved the Application of Safety Zones on the Galloper Wind Farm Project.


A Statutory 500m Safety Zone is in place at the location of each wind turbine, Offshore Sub Station and their foundations whilst work is being performed as indicated by the presence of construction vessels.


A Statutory 50m Safety Zone around all structures including the Offshore Sub Station whilst personnel are working on said locations.


Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 43  of 2017

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Week 43


SEA REACH - TEMPORARY SOUTH CARDINAL MARK - OIKOS JETTY No.2 EXTENSION

 

Mariners are advised that on or about 17th October 2017 as part of works to the Oikos Jetty No. 2, a temporary south cardinal mark will be installed in position 51° 30’ 20.457”N 000° 33’ 37.183”E as shown on the following chartlet.


The south cardinal will indicate the safe side to pass in relation to piling works which are currently ongoing for the extension of the existing No. 2 jetty.


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L26 of 2017

PLA L26.jpg


Week 42


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


Alteration to Buoyage


Mariners are advised that following the changes to the approach channel the following Buoy moves will take place on or about 9th October 2017.


No.19 lightbuoy to be moved 345°T x 150 metres.


No.16 lightbuoy to be moved 355°T x 70 metres.


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.   Notice to Mariners No. 34/2017.

Week 40


Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy - River Crouch District

NAVIGATION

Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy - River Crouch District

Mariners are advised that the Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy in position:

051˚ 40.000 N

000˚ 59.000 E

is off station and missing.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2017

Week 38


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 1st November 2017.


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 2017


Wednesday 08th November 2017   From 0930 to 1200 GMT  N Woolwich LW 1028 GMT 0.6m


December 2017


Thursday 07th December 2017   From 0925 to 1155 GMT  N Woolwich LW 1023 GMT 0.4m


January 2018


Monday 22nd January 2018   From 0945 to 1215 GMT   N Woolwich LW 1048 GMT 0.8m


February 2018


Tuesday 20th February 2018    From 0930 to 1200 GMT   N Woolwich LW 1035 GMT 0.6m  


March 2018


Thursday 22nd March 2018   From 0935 to 1205 GMT  N Woolwich LW 1040 GMT 0.6m  


April 2018


Thursday 19th April 2018   From 0950 to 1220 BST   N Woolwich LW 1050 BST 0.4m

  

GATE CLOSURES:


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

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


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


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

 



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2017


NOTES:

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

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

Week 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:


Lowestoft 24 of 2017.jpg



Week 37


BLAKENEY HARBOUR

A useful local chartlet and comprehensive information exists for anyone wanting to enter the harbour.

http://blakeneyharbourassociation.co.uk/for-skippers/



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 34


LIMEHOUSE REACH  - TEMPORARY BARGE MOORING

 

Mariners are advised that on or about 28th August 2017 contractors working on behalf of the Tideway Tunnel Project will lay a temporary barge mooring off Deptford Wharf.


The PLA vessel LONDON TITAN will lay a temporary barge mooring in a position south of the channel as indicated on the below chartlet.


The barge mooring will be laid as a tier marked by unlit Admiralty class buoys at each end and identified as Deptford Strand Barge Moorings. It is anticipated this tier will be in place for the duration of the Tideway Tunnel workings.


The installation works will be supported by DRIFTWOOD and other PLA craft.

Vessels are requested to be mindful of the nature of the works, their wash when passing the works and to pass at a safe distance.


London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.

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


Port of London Notices to Mariners No  M72 of 2017


PLA M72.jpg

Week 33


Port of London Authority


REPORTING INCIDENTS AND ACCIDENTS


All mariners are reminded of their duty to report accidents and incidents in the Thames in accordance with the Port of London Thames Byelaws, no. 8.


A recent survey of the Princes Channel showed a reduction to the published depth in one area, which was almost certainly caused by a vessel grounding as the result of squat.


This grounding was not reported at the time and therefore the shoal patch was not discovered until a routine survey was carried out. If the grounding had been reported at the time a check survey could have been undertaken. This would have shown the area of reduced depth, which would then have been promulgated to river users. Thankfully on this occasion the unknown shoaling did not lead to another vessel taking the ground, but certainly had the potential to do so.


Following an incident or accident a verbal report must be made immediately to the harbourmaster, either directly or through London VTS. This must be followed up with a written report as soon as is practicable and should contain sufficient detail for the Harbour Master to be able to commence an investigation without the need to clarify basic details which can often delay the investigation process and potentially increase the risk of a repeat incident before the PLA is able to react and implement new safety measures.

Failure to report an incident or accident in accordance with the Thames Byelaws is an offence and could lead to prosecution.


Port of London Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2017

Week 33


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


Alteration to Buoyage


Mariners are advised that following the changes to the approach channel the following Buoy moves will take place on or about 8th August 2017


No.6 lightbuoy to be moved 135°T x 130 metres

No.10 lightbuoy to be moved 000°T x 90 metres

No. 24 Lightbuoy to be moved 090°T x 35 metres



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No.33/2017.

Week 31


MARGATE HARBOUR

Mariners are advised that a temporary sculpture will be erected on the area known as Fulsam Rock, approximately 80m north from the sea wall adjacent to the Turner Contemporary and Rendezvous. Works are scheduled to take place between the 17th & 28th July.

It will be placed upon a new concrete foundation measuring 2.8m x 3.8m x 0.3m deep on the Old Pier Foundation on co-ordinates:

51°23.5408'N 01°22.8899'E

51°23.5274'N 01°22.8899'E

51°23.5274'N 01°22.9069'E

51°23.5408'N 01°22.9069'E

51°23.5408'N 01°22.8899'E

In Consultation with the RNLI and Ramsgate/Margate Harbour Master a yellow special mark buoy with radar reflector will be placed north of the sculpture and pier foundation (between the foundation and the tidal gauge) as a warning and instruction to mariners & leisure users.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2017

Week 28


 East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King's Lynn - Additional Navigation Aid


BA 1200


Mariners are advised that due to the changing nature of the approach channel the following lightbuoy is to be established on or around the 28th June 2017.


“R” light buoy, Red Can FLR.4S to be established;-


Position 52°49’.300N 000°21’.345E.


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.

Notice to Mariners No. 27/2017.


The local chartlet of the Board showing the position of the new buoy can be found at:  http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/shipping/charts/ (It is the 4th chartlet)

Week 25



RIVER THAMES -  LOWER DISTRICT - DISCONTINUATION OF OBSOLETE NAVIGATIONAL MARKS


Notice is hereby given that the following navigational lights are now deemed obsolete and have been removed from the Trinity House database. All marks listed below relate to jetty lights.


N18229 Clubbs Inner Jetty

N15307 Tilbury Power Station

N11554 Marsh Farm

N11558 Town Pier

N07920 Coryton No 4

N07922 & N14834 Coryton No 2

N07925 & N07924 Coryton No 1

N07927 Coryton No 3

N07934 Shellhaven M

N11591 Johnson’s Wharf

N09503 & N10506 Mulberry Wharf

N09506 Pheonix Jetty

N09510 Belvedere Power Station

N12442 Curved Jetty Dagenham


Any enquiries on the above should be sent to LowerDistrictEnquiry@pla.co.uk


Port of London Notices to Mariners No L9 of 2017

Week 25


NAVIGATION - River Crouch - No Wash Zone Buoys Established – Essex Marina

Mariners are advised of the deployment of 2 special lit ‘NO WASH ZONE’ buoys at the Eastern and Western ends of Essex Marina. Both buoys are positioned clear of the main fairway.

Eastern Buoy – Yellow Round Base – White No Wash Sign

Approx. position  51°37.447’N,  000°48.002’E

Light – Quick Yellow

Western Buoy - Yellow Round Base – White No Wash Sign

Approx. position  51°37.468’N,  000°47.730’E

Light – Quick Yellow    



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 26 of 2017

Week 24


Port of Wells - Change to navigable channel

URGENT

There has been a change to the channel at the entrance between the Outer Bar North and Number 3 buoy. All buoys have been relocated to the new channel.

New Positions

South Outer Bar - Lat 52°59'.458N Long 000°50'.851E

No 1 buoy - Lat 52°59'.394N Long 000°50'.865E

No 2 buoy - Lat 52°59'.346N Long 000°50'.890E



Port of Wells dated 31st May, 2017

Week 23


Port of Wells - Change to navigable channel

URGENT

A new navigable channel has opened up on the Run between Ben Taylors buoy and Walkers Jetty. The new channel has been cleared of moorings and all the Port hand buoys have been moved from the old channel to the new channel.

At the Southeast corner of the channel at Walkers Jetty there is a high sandbank which is marked with port hand buoys. Please do not attempt to sail over this bank.

New Position

No 16 Buoy Lat 52°57'.857N Long 000°51'.075E

 


Port of Wells Notice to Mariners dated Friday 26th May, 2017

Week 20


 Fishing Pot Markers - River Crouch


NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised of the existence of fishing pot markers in the vicinity of Buxey Edge and Swallowtail 2, 3 and 4 Buoys some of which are marked using flags, radar reflectors and lights.

Please ensure that you keep a sharp look out at all times but particularly after dusk and before dawn when navigating in this area.


Crouch Harbour Authority Notice to Mariners No 21 of 2017

Week 18


KENTISH FLATS OFFSHORE WINDFARM - UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECT

 

Mariners are advised that there is an unmarked, unidentified submerged object within the area of Kentish Flats Offshore Windfarm in the following position, as shown on the attached chartlet:

51 ͦ27’ 24.093” N  001 ͦ06’ 52.365” E

 

The unidentified submerged object has the following approximate dimensions:


Length 3.1m   Width 1.9m  Height 2.3m

 

The upper edge of the object is reported to be between 1 and 1.5m below Chart Datum.

Mariners are strongly advised to avoid the area until further notice.

 


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L3 of 2017




Week 13


River Crouch - NAVIGATION


Admiralty Chart No 1975 - Thames Estuary Northern Part


We have received a report that the Obsn 2 on the Southern edge of the Buxey Sands North of the BUXEY EDGE Light Buoy (in position Lat. 51˚ 40. 659’ N  Long. 001˚03.487’ E) has moved slightly to the South East to a new position of:


Lat.     51˚ 40. 924’ N  

Long.  001˚03.660’ E


Now believed to be a wreck of possibly up to 70 feet in length, stanchions have been sighted at low water approximately 1 metre above the water.


Mariners are advised to remain within or close to the Fairway between Swallowtail No 4 and Buxey Edge buoys when navigating in this area.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2017


See chart image and images of the wreck just below please

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.







Week 46


INSTALLATION OF A NEW NAVIGATION MARK – TOLLESBURY PIER


ADMIRALTY CHART 3741


RIVER BLACKWATER, ESSEX


WITH EFFECT NOVEMBER 2016


Be aware that Maldon District Council will be installing a new South Cardinal navigation mark within the River Blackwater, Essex during the forthcoming month  The Unlit Yellow and Black navigation buoy will carry a topmark comprising two black triangles apex down.


The unlit buoy will bear the name ‘TOLLESBURY PIER’ and has been requested by concerned river users.  Upon further investigation it is evident that part of the intertidal area has recently eroded and has exposed a section of wooden stakes that were once the legs of Tollesbury Pier.  These posts pose a danger to navigation and river traffic is advised to avoid the area between the saltmarsh and the Tollesbury Pier South Cardinal Mark for reasons of safety.


BUOY POSITION: 51⁰44.482N   00⁰51.542E



For further information contact:

Maldon District Council  River Bailiff on 01621 875837



Blackwater River Baliff Notice to Mariners 2nd November, 2016

Blackwater Tollesbury Pier.pdf


Image courtesy of Imray - Leisure Folio 2000.6

Week 21


New Buoys Established – Potton Creek, River Roach

Mariners are advised that the following new buoys have now been established in Potton Creek, River Roach.

Name   Characteristic  Light   Position

Wakering Point  Green Conical Unlighted Buoy    51° 33.893 N   000° 49.371 E

Potton Bridge      Red Can Lighted Buoy  QR            51° 34.177 N   000° 49.110 E

Potton 2                Red Can Lighted Buoy  QR           51° 34.284 N   000° 49.081 E

Potton 3                Green Conical Lighted Buoy   QG     51° 34.410 N   000° 48.941 E

Potton 4                Red Can Lighted Buoy  QR           51° 34.593 N   000° 48.894 E

Potton 5                Green Conical Lighted Buoy  QG       51° 34.650 N   000° 48.875 E

Barlinghall           Red Can Lighted Buoy   QR          51° 34.761 N   000° 48.482 E

Barling Ness         Red Can Lighted Buoy   QR          51° 35.244 N   000° 48.425 E

Crouch No 18 of 2016.pdf


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of  2016

Image courtesy of Imray chart Y17 and Meridian ID10.

Week 11


Fairway Buoys – Paglesham Reach, River Roach

Please be advised that Fairway Buoys No 1, 2 and 4 Paglesham Reach, River Roach have been moved to new positions. Buoy and light characteristics remain unchanged.

                                                                              New Position

Fairway No 1       Green Conical       Fl G 6 Sec         51˚ 35.825’N   000˚ 49.167’E

Faiway No 2        Red Can                Unlit                    51˚ 35.794’N    000˚ 49.203’E                        

Fairway No 4        Red Can               Unlit                   51˚ 35.564’N   000˚48.761’E

The repositioning has taken place in order to more clearly identify a Fairway clear of the numerous yacht  moorings in the vicinity.

Image courtesy of Imray chart Y17 and Meridian ID10

CHA9.pdf


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2016

Week 9


PORT OF WELLS - Updated position of West Cardinal

The West Cardinal has been moved today 19th February 2016.  Please find updated position of West Cardinal Buoy.

West Cardinal new position

52-59' .729N,   000-50' .518E

Port of Wells West Cardinal.pdf




PORT OF WELLS NOTICE TO MARINERS 19th February, 2016

Week 47



Harbour of Kings Lynn, Approach Channel (Daseley's Sled),Dock Point and Marsh Cut North and South

The Kings Lynn Conservancy Board have provided new surveys of the river and harbour, and the approaches from the Wash towards the River Great Ouse.  The chartlet (from 9th October)  and surveys  (from 2nd November)are access by:

Daseley's Sled:  http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/page33.html

Marsh Cut North: http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/page37.html

Marsh Cut South: http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/page38.html

Dock Point: http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/page39.html

Harbour: http://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/page40.html


King's Lynn Conservancy Board.: Port and Pilotage Authority.: King's Lynn Port


Week 44


River Roach - New Buoys Established

Mariners are advised that the following new buoys have been established in the River Roach (Upper).

Sutton Wharf No 1   51° 34.674 N,  000° 43.647 E.  Green Conical Lighted Buoy.  QG

Sutton Wharf No 2   51° 34.690 N,  000° 43.854 E.   Red Can Lighted Buoy.  QR

Sutton Wharf No 3    51° 34.799 N,  000° 44.654 E.  Green Conical Lighted Buoy.  QG

Sutton Wharf No 4    51° 34.839 N,  000° 44.784 E.  Red Can Lighted Buoy.  QR


The following buoys have been moved to new positions as follows:


Top Rochford No 7   51° 34.832 N,  000° 45.009 E.  Green Conical Lighted Buoy.  QG

Top Rochford No 8   51° 34.817 N.  000° 45.190 E.  Red Can Lighted Buoy.  QR


CHA37 combined.pdf




Crouch HA Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2015


Week 31



THAMES ESTUARY  - ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EAST MOUSE CHANNEL

 

The East Mouse Channel has been established in the Thames Estuary between the North Mouse and Mouse banks, and is marked by the repositioned Barrow 12 buoy and newly established Alice Wreck isolated danger buoy as per NTM L12 of 2015 (Admiralty NTM 3121 of 2015).

Vessels that are constrained by their draught and which are unable to use the Mouse Channel may utilise the East Mouse Channel. Vessels using the East Mouse Channel should normally navigate to the north of the Alice Wreck buoy.


Vessels intending to use the East Mouse Channel should normally enter / exit at the Alice Wreck / Barrow 12 buoy.


Outward bound vessels intending to use the East Mouse Channel should inform London VTS of their intentions when passing Sea Reach 4 buoy, or if departing the Medway Ports, on passing the wreck of the Richard Montgomery.


Inward bound vessels intending to use the East Mouse Channel should inform London VTS of their intentions when passing Barrow 10 buoy.

Further information is available from London VTS on VHF Channel 69 or by telephone on 01474 560311.

PLA L17.pdf

Image copyright of the PLA.


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L17 of 2015

Week 26


LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS


ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Walton Backwaters


Date : 11th June 2015


No. 4A buoy  Position : 51.53.930 N , 001.15.790 E .

Amendment : Temporary buoy established.

Characteristics : Red Port Hand Mark, unlighted .


Issued by : Walton and Frinton Yacht Club.


HHA21.pdf








Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners Notice No 21 of 2015