No 17 of 2 Temporary Notices to Mariners


Temporary Notices to Mariners


Week 7


Harwich Harbour (Stour, Harbour, Medusa , Cork Sands to Bawdsey) Pipeline towage operation

Mariners are advised that between 22:00 hrs on Monday 4th February 2019 and 02:00 hrs on Tuesday 05th February 2019 the remaining pipeline moored on the temporary mooring installation in the River Stour (Reference Notice to Mariners No 17 of 2018) will be taken off the temporary mooring and towed to sea.

Mariners are reminded that the pipeline is approximately one kilometre in length. Traffic management restrictions will apply during the towage operation.   

All vessels must declare their intention to navigate between the temporary moorings in the River Stour and Landguard Point to Harwich VTS between 21:30 hrs on Monday 4th February 20219 and 01:00 hrs on Tuesday 5th February 2019 via VHF channel 71 or telephone 01255 243000.

The temporary moorings are positioned in the River Stour between the following approximate positions. 51 ̊   56.96 N       0001 ̊  12.00 E          to           51 ̊   56.93  N       0001 ̊   12.93 E

It is anticipated that the towage operation will follow the track highlighted opposite;

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

The following vessels will be involved in the towage operation: Duke of Normandy, Forth Warrior, and the Celtic Guardian.

The temporary moorings in the River Stour (Reference Notice to Mariners No 17 of 2018) should be removed from the site by the 9th of February 2019.

 

Notice to Mariner No.5 of 2019 is cancelled.




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Marienrs No 6 of 2019

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Week 7


GRAVESEND REACH SEACON TOWER WHARF TIMBER FENDER REFURBISHMENT

Works will commence on Monday 4th February 2019 on refurbishment of timber fenders on the main jetty at Tower Wharf.

The spudleg barge, GPS BOXER, will be positioned on the outside of the jetty during the works and a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be broadcasted by London VTS on VHF Channel 68. Works will be managed around shipping movements at which time all marine craft will be clear of the berth.

The safety boat, MOLLY G, will be on site throughout the works and will be maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 68. The tug, HORTON, will be in attendance when required to reposition the GPS BOXER as the works progress along the wharf.

Works are expected to last 8 weeks.

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 L3 of 2019

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Week 7


LIMEHOUSE REACH -  CONVOYS WHARF -  DECONSTRUCTION WORKS - OBSTRUCTION

 

On completion of works at Convoys Wharf and the departure of the GAVERLAND on 1st February 2019, a PLA Driftwood vessel will position an East Cardinal Mark off the deconstructed jetty. The East Cardinal Mark will display a white light with characteristics VQk Fl(3) every 5 seconds

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M8 of 2019

Week 7


RIVER MEDWAY – MEDWAY APPROACH CHANNEL

 

SS RICHARD MONTGOMERY WRECK

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from 19th January 2019 to 28th February 2019, EGS International Ltd. will be undertaking, on behalf of the MCA and Receiver of Wreck, a detailed sonar survey of the SS Richard Montgomery wreck and have obtained permission to enter the prohibited area.  All survey work will be carried out by the EGS Watchful (callsign MAQK4; MMSI 232006596; fitted with AIS Class A) who will be keeping a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 & 74.

As part of the survey, EGS Watchful will also be operating within the restricted sector to survey and check the oceanographic recording equipment that is located on the seabed just outside the Wreck Exclusion Zone in position 51° 28.086’N 000° 46.914’E.

Mariners are reminded this equipment consists of a seabed Lander marked by 3 red buoys and remains deployed NW of the Wreck Exclusion Zone until 1st June 2019.

All mariners are requested to keep a minimum of 4 cables clear by navigating outside the area bounded by the sector marked above based on Admiralty chart 3683 – Sheerness and Approaches.  They should also be mindful that due to the nature of her work, EGS Watchful is restricted in her ability to manoeuvre as required by the Rules and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of other vessels.  Mariners are advised to slow down, maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 and navigate with caution keeping well clear when passing.   

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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2019

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Week 7


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 4th February 2019, 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 31st January, 2019

Week 7


Havengore Bridge Update (01.02.19)


Work to re-build and replace the faulty component is progressing but is not yet complete. The contractor will be providing a progress update next week when we will issue further details.  



Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE



1st February, 2019

Week 6


WEST LEIGH BUOY - TEMPORARY EMERGENCY WRECK - MARKING BUOY

A vessel has sunk in position 51° 30.586458N 000°38.728122E in the vicinity of the W Leigh

Middle Buoy.


While measures are put in place to recover the vessel a temporary Emergency Wreck

Marking Buoy has been placed to warn mariners.


The buoy is fitted an alternating blue and yellow flashing light with a nominal range of 4

nautical miles where the blue and yellow 1 second flashes are alternated with an interval of

0.5 seconds.


Attempts to recover the vessel will be carried out as soon as possible.


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 L2 of 2019

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Week 6


Harwich Harbour Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches

Mariners are advised that on or about the 26th January 2019 the dredger Sospan Dau will commence maintenance dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 4 days. Materials will be disposed of to the beneficial sites in the River Stour and River Orwell.

 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.

 


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2019

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Week 6


Oceanographic Waverider Buoy - Harwich Harbour and approaches

Mariners are advised that the Felixstowe Waverider Buoy, in charted position 51°56'.30 N, 001°23'.64 E is unlit and out of position.

 The latest reported position of the buoy is   51° 56’ 28 N, 001° 23’.59 E  (bearing approximately 235° x 50m from the charted position)


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2019

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Week 6


LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – SSE PONTOON DE-MOB AND REMOVAL, WAVENEY DOCK

Mariners and Port Users are advised that the SSE pontoon at the South side of Waveney Dock, adjacent to berth No.2, is scheduled to be de-mobbed and moved to a temporary berth in the Inner Harbour area as follows:-

Monday 28th January – Pontoon disconnected from shore access ramps and moorings then moved alongside Waveney No.2 berth. Tuesday 29th January – Pontoon furniture and fittings removed then pontoon towed to Lay By berth at Shell Quay, Inner Harbour.

Works will involve crane operations – lifting heavy structures, also works from a suspended basket. Vessel ‘Jumbo’ will assist in these works and will tow the pontoons to the lay by berth on completion of the pontoon de-mob.

Vessels are requested to transit Waveney Dock at slow speed and to not to pass close to the works area to minimise affects of vessel wash.

The works are subject to favourable weather conditions and timings may vary.  

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch 14, Tel. 01502 572286, if additional information is required.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2019

Week 6


NO. 1 RAMSGATE APPROACH BUOY (51˚.19.56N - 001˚27.27E)

Mariners are advised that the issue with No. 1 Ramsgate Approach buoy has been resolved and is now lit.

Therefore NTM 25/2018 is cancelled



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 7 of 2019

Week 5


GENERAL LIGHTHOUSE AUTHORITIES 2020 AIDS TO NAVIGATION REVIEW

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The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) will be undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation provision around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland during 2019. The Review will be published in 2020 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following five year period.

The GLAs currently provide a comprehensive network of Aids to Navigation for general navigation i.e. navigation outside harbour authority areas, commensurate with the degree of risk and volume of traffic. This usually excludes close inshore areas where navigation is not encouraged.

Marine users of Aids to Navigation are invited to contribute to the review by commenting on:

- The usefulness and usability of existing aids to navigation provided by the GLAs

- Any proposed requirement for the provision of new aids to navigation

Comments regarding Aids to Navigation provision around England, Wales and the Channel Islands should be addressed to navigation.directorate@thls.org before 15th March, 2019.



Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2019

Week 5


LOWESTOFT APPROACHES – POSSIBLE SHOALING EAST OF HARBOUR ENTRANCE

Mariners and Port Users are advised of an area of suspected shoaling approx. 350 metres East of Lowestoft Harbour entrance, centred on approx. position 52˚ 28.260’N, 001˚ 45.700’E.   This shoaling has yet to be confirmed, but may have resulted in depth reduction of between 0.5m and 1.0m. This area is shown on the chart extract opposite.    

Mariners and Navigators are requested to navigate with caution when in Lowestoft Harbour approaches, using all means available to check and verify vessel position to ensure that the required under keel clearance is available.

The area of concern would appear to be within the occulting red sector of the port entry light. This light is an aid to navigation but should not be solely relied upon for an indication of vessel position.  A survey of this area will be arranged to verify depths. The results of this survey will be promulgated once available.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch 14, Tel. 01502 572286, if additional information is required.



 Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2019



Week 5


East Coast of England - The Wash  - River Great Ouse – A47 Bridge Inspections

Mariners are advised that inspections and investigations are to be carried out on the A47 Bridge that crosses the River Great Ouse at King’s Lynn on the following dates and times.

 Phase 1,   31-01-19, 1 overnight shift 2000hrs to 0600hrs.  Phase 2,   W/C 25-02-19, 3 weeks, overnight shifts, 2000hrs to 0600hrs, Mon to Fri only.

An under bridge inspection platform will be deployed for these operations which will be fully illuminated and can be manoeuvred to allow passage if required.  

A dedicated lookout will be on the platform to maintain a safe watch for any marine traffic.

Mariners are requested to navigate with caution in the vicinity when these operations are underway



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 6 of 2019.

Week 4


Dredging at Woolverstone Marina

 On behalf of Woolverstone Marina (MDL), Mariners and River Users are advised that construction and dredging  works are due to commence at  Woolverstone Marina on or around the 14th January 2019. These works are scheduled to last for approximately 6 weeks. The vessels involved with these works are: -

Buffalo   - Spud legged barge with deck crane

Hurst     - Split hopper barge

Stour     - Workboat

The Split hopper Barges will be depositing material in the disposition area in Buttermans Bay & Long Reach (TH 034) in accordance with their own Marine Licenses issued by the Marine Management Organisation. All vessels will be monitoring VHF Channel 68 and showing International Signals for a vessel engaged in Dredging.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2019

Week 4


Navigation Restriction due to Dredging Operation on the River Bure and Fleet Dyke

Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are programmed to commence from Monday 4 February until Friday 31 May 2019, during the hours of 0800 hours and 1600 hours daily, excluding weekends.  

The works may restrict access to South Walsham Broad via Fleet Dyke and the passage of vessels from the south of Acle Bridge (Marsh Farm) to ‘Oby Mill’.

The navigation will remain open but mariners must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the works.  All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restrictions and delays.



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2019

Week 4


DREDGING CAMPAIGN - Ramsgate

Mariners are advised that the Water Injection Dredger ‘Jetsed’ will be undertaking a dredging campaign within the Turning Circle and approach to the  Breakwaters at the Port of Ramsgate from:

w/c 31 st December for 4 weeks.

 The dredger will be monitoring VHF Ch.14

Vessels are requested to pass at low speed.

 


Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2019

Week 3


Port of London - River Thames   - NORTHFLEET HOPE DOLPHIN REPLACEMENT WORKS TILBURY LANDING STAGE

Starting on 8th January 2019 works will commence on the replacement of the inner dolphin on the downstream end of the Tilbury Landing Stage.

The works will be carried out from the jackup barge COMMANDER which will be positioned on the end of the stage. The works will see the removal of the current structure and replacement with a new dolphin structure. The works involve lifting and piling operations.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the works.

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.

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 L1 of 2019

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Week 3


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


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Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY– SALTPAN REACH Isle of Grain LNG Terminal,  Jetties Nos. 8 & 10 Exclusion Zones   (General Directions for Navigation No.13)

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

 Berth Exclusion Zone Regulations:

 1. When there is no LNG vessel berthed at the LNG Terminal a vessel shall not navigate within that part of the River Medway which is within an arc measuring 150 metres in any direction from the cargo transfer arms at the LNG Terminals.  The cargo transfer arms are located at the following approximate position:

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

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

2. Whilst an LNG vessel is moored at the LNG Terminal no vessel greater than 50 metres LOA, other than service craft attending the LNG vessel which are authorised by the Harbour Master or the operator of the LNG Terminal, shall enter any part of the River Medway which is within an arc measuring 250 metres in any direction from the cargo transfer arms of the LNG Terminal (‘the Berth Exclusion Zone’) or pass the Berth Exclusion Zone at a speed greater than 7.5 knots through the water.

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

 

 


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2019


 UKHO Chart 1834 refers.


Week 3


Unmarked Obstruction – Faversham Creek


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


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


51° 20.193‘ N 00° 54.244’ E


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


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


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


Week 3


NOTICE REMAINING IN FORCE - GARRISON POINT TRAFFIC WARNING LIGHTS

NOTICE remains in force that until further notice the Traffic Warning Lights situated on Garrison Point Fort in the following approximate position are inoperative:

51° 26.80´  N                 000° 44.64´  E

The Traffic Warning Light is positioned to assist vessels in complying with General Direction No. 10, Navigation of Vessels of more Than 130 Metres length Overall Between Sunset and Sunrise and in Restricted Visibility.   

The Traffic Waring Light is a white light that flashes every seven seconds and is normally exhibited by day and by night as follows;

• When an inward bound vessel of more than 130 metres Length Overall is underway in the buoyed channel between the Medway Buoy and Darnett ness the lights are exhibited in an upriver direction. • When an outward bound vessel of more than 130 metres Length Overall is underway in the buoyed channel between Darnett Ness and the Medway Buoy the lights are exhibited in a seaward direction.

Medway VTS operate a Traffic Organisation Service and will continue to notify mariners of vessel movements.

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



Peel Ports (Medway) Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2019

Week 3


THE SWALE - FAVERSHAM CREEK -  Vessels Aground

NOTICE REMAINS IN FORCE that, due to the exceptional high tides experienced November 2017 a vessel has been stranded 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.  In 2018 the masts were removed as they were causing an obstruction to the navigable channel.  She was subsequently set on fire and remains in the same position as a metal frame wreck.  Vessels should pass with extreme caution.

Salvage operations will be taking place.

Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS’ or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0156.  

UKHO No. 2482 refers


Peel Ports (Medway) Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2019

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Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH


New Wreck Reported


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


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


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


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 Refers


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


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Week 3


LOWESTOFT BRIDGE CHANNEL – NEW NAVIGATION LIGHTS

Mariners and Port Users are advised that new Navigation lights have been established at the Bridge Channel, Lowestoft Bascule Bridge, to mark the alignment of the Bridge ‘cut’ as follows:-

• NE Bridge - Isophase yellow 5sec, Lat. 52° 28.375'N, Long. 001° 44.994'E

• NW Bridge - Isophase yellow 5sec, Lat. 52° 28.375'N, Long. 001° 44.980'E

• SW Bridge - Isophase yellow 5sec, Lat. 52° 28.360'N, Long. 001° 44.974'E

• SE Bridge - Isophase yellow 5sec, Lat. 52° 28.360'N, Long. 001° 44.989'E

The light flashing sequences are synchronized to ease identification and clarity. They will only be exhibited during the hours of darkness.

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



 Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2018

Week 3


Blakeney Harbour

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should note that CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD BUOY 13 is temporarily ‘off station’ until further notice.



NOTICE TO MARINERS – Blakeney Harbour – 4th January 2019


Week 3

 

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

Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel the following amendments will take place on or about 7th January 2019:

a)  No. 21 light buoy to be moved 85m x 360°(T) to 52° 50’.340N 00°21’.605E

b)  No. 22 light buoy to be moved 45m x 025°(T) to 52° 50’.375N 00°21’.690E

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. 05 of 2019.

Week 3


BRADWELL POWER STATION


MAGNOX BRADWELL OUTFALL PIPE CUTTING AND FLUSHING

RIVER BLACKWATER, ESSEX


Marine licence L/2018/00436/1- Pipe Cutting

Marine licence L/2018/00434/1 – Flushing of         Pipelines


EFFECTIVE 14th January 2019


Notice is hereby given that contractors working on behalf of Magnox Limited will commence preparation work in connection with surface water pipelines from the East culvert adjacent to the Magnox Bradwell site to the outfall structure.


Once the pipeline work has been completed, the works will be flushed using clean water to remove any silt (to a maximum of .1m3 in volume).


This work is commensurate with the application made to the MMO in respect of the above licences and is likely to take less than one week to complete.  Dependant on weather.



For further information regarding this Notice to Mariners contact:

Maldon District Council River Bailiff on 01621 875837



Maldon District Council dated 4th January, 2019

Admiralty Chart 3741

Week 2


WOOLWICH REACH (UPPER) - ISLAND JETTY - DECONSTRUCTION WORKS IN PROGRESS - OBSTRUCTION

Mariners are advised that on the 28th December 2018 a PLA Driftwood vessel will position a South Cardinal Mark off the piles at the deconstructed Island Jetty. The South Cardinal Mark will display a white light with characteristics Q(6)+LFl.15s. See the chartlet opposite depicting the location of the South Cardinal Mark.  

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No M90 of 2018

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Week 1


LOWESTOFT - YACHT AND SMALL CRAFT WAITING PONTOON

Mariners and Port-Users are advised the waiting pontoon in the east end of the Trawl Dock is out of action and cannot be used by any vessels until further notice.  

Any yachts or small craft who require a berth to wait for a bridge opening are advised to contact the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht club on VHF Ch. 80 or by phone on 01502 566726.

A further notice will be produced when the pontoon can be used again.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2018

Week 1


Havengore Bridge

"As you are already aware during this month’s maintenance inspection, our contractor identified a fault with the hydraulic mechanism of the bridge which prevents the bridge from closing fully after lifting and therefore, compromises the use of the roadway.

Our contractor is currently sourcing a replacement component and will now be back on site w/c 31 December. We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause with the bridge being closed to marine traffic during the holiday period and we will notify you of progress sometime during that week."


Coral Sleightholm - Jones
LTPA Secretariat & Community Relations Manager



Dated 21st December, 2018

Week 52


UPDATED PLA PUBLICATION  -  RECREATIONAL USERS GUIDE

 

(Front Cover of new Recreational Users Guide)

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

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

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

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

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2018

Week 52


 Ipswich - Temporary Lock Closure

Mariners and Port Users are advised that due to essential works on behalf of ABP and the Environment Agency , Ipswich Lock will be closed for all vessels during the following period : Thursday 20th December from 2230hrs ~ 0630hrs Friday 21st. There is a possibility that works could be completed earlier than expected, please contact Orwell Navigation Service on VHF CH 68 for the latest information.



Associated British Ports Ipswich  Local Notice to Mariners No 18 of 2018

Week 52


Norfolk Broads - Haddiscoe Cut – Between Reedham and St. Olaves

Notice is hereby given that BAM Nuttall will be carrying out repair work to the gabion baskets in the ‘Haddiscoe Cut/New Cut’ between 7 January 2018 and 5 April 2019.  Where works are being undertaken the channel will be restricted to 10 metres. The navigation will remain open but boaters must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the works.  Any vessels requiring greater width to navigate safely must notify Broads Control in advance on 01603 756056 to arrange for passage during this time.   TG434007.  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. 09 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 3


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 7th January 2019, 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 3rd January, 2019

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


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 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 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


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


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 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 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


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 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 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 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


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 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 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 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


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


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

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Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


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


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


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


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


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


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


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

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


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Week 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 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 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 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 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 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