No 17 of 2 Temporary Notices to Mariners


Temporary Notices to Mariners


Week 35


ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH - ROCHESTER - NEW ROAD BRIDGE: RE-FURBISHMENT WORKS & SPAN CLOSURES.


Phase 2: Has now commenced and will last for approx. 6 months.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that major engineering refurbishment works are scheduled to begin on or around 8th May 2019 and are due to continue for a period of 18 months on the Rochester New Road Bridge located in the following approximate position: 51 0 23.54'N 0000 30.04'E.


It is intended to carry out the work in 3 main phases:


Phase 1: Strood &Old Ship Passage Spans - gap between New and Old Road bridges to have safety netting fitted and hanging scaffolding fitted until works complete then removed.  Span closure required


Phase 2: Rochester Span - hanging scaffolding fitted until works complete then removed.  Span closure required.


Phase 3: Main Span - works to be carried out in two parts so that half of the span remains

open to navigation. Hanging scaffolding fitted until works complete then removed. Headroom

reduced under the area scaffolded.


Phase 1 is due to commence on or around 8th May 2019 and last for approximately 4 months. Due to the long term nature of the works, this Notice will be updated at the commencement of each phase so as to reflect current span closures and other navigational safety information.

During this period, regular navigational closures while hanging scaffolding is constructed underneath the spans will take place. All river users are advised that the workboat "Prowler" will be operating in the area to assist as a safety boat when required at such times when people are working over the side of the bridge outside of safety zones. She will be maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 throughout. Once safe areas of work are complete, there is no requirement to have a safety boat since re-furbishment works will be undertaken from the bridge at road level.


The appropriate day and night signals will be displayed in accordance with Medway Ports River

Byelaws 1991 Part II Section 9, which states: "When the arch or span of a bridge is closed to navigation the person in control of the bridge shall suspend the following from the center of that

arch or span;


• by day, three RED discs 0.6 metres in diameter at the points of an equilateral triangle of

length of side 1.8 metres with the apex downwards and the base horizontal.

• by night three RED lights in similar positions to the discs exhibited by day.


When the head room of an arch or span of a bridge is reduced from its usual limits, but that arch or span is not closed to navigation, the person in control of the bridge shall suspend from the centre of that arch or span by day a bundle of straw or suitable alternative as agreed by the harbour master large enough to be conspicuous and by night a WHITE all-round light."


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 on current restrictions and safety information may be obtained from Medway vrs on VHF Channel 74, call sign "Medway VTS" or telephone 0151 9496148 or 0151 949 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 16 of 2019 (Updated)

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Week 35


Outer Crouch No 2 Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that Outer Crouch No 2 Lighted Buoy in position:

51˚ 38.622’N

000˚ 59.200’E

is unlit.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 31 of 2019

Week 35


Sunken Buxey Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that Sunken Buxey Lighted Buoy in position:

51˚ 39.595’N

001˚ 00.765’E

is now back on station.

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 16 OF 2019 IS HEREBY CANCELLED.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2019

Week 35


River Crouch - Temporary Meter Deployments

INFORMATION

We have been requested to publish the following information:

As part of the Anglian Water Coastal Modelling System Upgrade, Intertek has subcontracted Partrac Ltd to deploy ten seabed mounted acoustic monitoring devices around the East Anglian Coast. Weather permitting, these will be deployed during the period 19th to 24th of August 2019.

Please see attached information.

Notice to Mariners – Current Meter Deployments

As part of the Anglian Water Coastal Modelling System Upgrade, Intertek has subcontracted Partrac Ltd to deploy ten seabed mounted acoustic monitoring devices around the East Anglian Coast. Weather permitting, these will be deployed during the period 19th to 24th of August 2019.

The devices will remain in the water for a period of 35 days. An update will be made to the Notice to Mariners prior to the device’s recovery or extension of this period.  

This NTM pertains to one device being deployed in the approaches to the Crouch estuary, at the following location: -

Site   Easting   Northing   Lat           Long        Lat              Long               Depths (LAT)

BM8 606900 198650       51.6486 0.9893   51°38.916 00°59.358      7.0m

Positions are in WGS84.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2019

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Week 35


LOWESTOFT – TRANSITS OF UNMANNED SURFACE VESSEL - FOR TESTING / SURVEY OPERATIONS

Mariners and Port Users are advised the unmanned surface vessel (USV)  ‘Intrepid Barracuda’ (see photo 1) will be tested and undergo hydrographic surveys between Happisburgh and Harwich. The vessel will be only operating during daylight. The USV has AIS, navigation lights and a radar reflector. The vessel will transit to and from the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Marina in Lowestoft Outer Harbour area. The USV will be escorted by the vessel ‘Clarissa’ (see photo 2) The RIB will be monitoring VHF Ch14 during Harbour transits.

The schedule of the works are as follows: 23rd  August, Transit from Shotley to Lowestoft.  Moor at Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club Marina (see attached routes). 24th  August, motor from Lowestoft North and North East to intercept pipelines, survey to North West, and return to Lowestoft (see attached routes). 25th  August, Survey to South East 26th  August, return to Shotley. 27-30th  August, contingency days.

The schedule of works 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 23 of 2019

Week 35


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 19th August 2019, the “Kari Hege” will be engaged in dredging operations in the main channel North of number 10 buoy, between buoys 10 & 6 and the Outer Harbour. Vessels entering or exiting the harbour should call the “Kari Hege” when working, on channel 12 or harbour staff if it’s not working. All pre-arranged dredging areas are constrained by the weather and wave heights therefore operations are subject to change on a daily basis.

The Port’s dredger “Kari Hege” operates from Monday to Friday. Its normal area of work is in the main channel between buoy number 12 and buoy number 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 15th August, 2019

Week 35


Havengore Bridge Update (19.08.19)


Our contractors will be on site from 2-4 September to repair the current hydraulic fault. Assuming the works go ahead as scheduled and no additional issues are encountered, we expect the bridge to re-open to marine traffic by 5 September.


We will issue a further update if there are any changes to this information.


Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE


Dated 19th August, 2019

Week 34


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 2019.

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 2019

Monday 18th November 2019 From 0955 to 1225 GMT

 December 2019

Tuesday 17th December 2019 From 1000 to 1230 GMT

January 2020

Wednesday 15th January 2020 From 1010 to 1240 GMT

February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020 From 1000 to 1230 GMT

March 2020

Thursday 12th March 2020 From 0905 to 1135 GMT

April 2020

Monday 27th April 2020 From 0950 to 1220 BST

The closures will be confirmed and promulgated by London VTS from 24 hours in advance of the operation by VHF radio on routine river broadcasts.

From the start of each closing procedure until completion of the opening procedure vessels will be prohibited from transiting the Thames Barrier. Most closures are for approximately 2½ hours over the respective low waters.

No vessel is to pass Margaretness inward bound or Blackwall Point outward bound once a Thames Barrier closure has commenced unless authorised by London VTS.

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 13 of 2019


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


UPPER POOL AND SEA REACH TO THE OUTER ESTUARY CLIPPER – AROUND THE WORLD RACE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF RACING YACHTS This notice is also published as M56 of 2019

THURSDAY 22nd AUGUST 2019 – UPPER POOL As a part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 11 yachts will proceed inbound, line astern and under power from sea to the St. Katharine Dock. The yachts will arrive in the Upper Pool for a 17:45 lock in at St. Katharine Dock, escorted by the Harbour Service Launch.

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 – UPPER AND LOWER POOL The yachts will depart St. Katharine Dock between 15:00 and 15:45 and form up in the Lower Pool. The yachts will navigate inbound from Limehouse into the Upper Pool for a 16:00 Tower Bridge lift. The yachts will stem the tide on the south side of the channel for approximately 30 minutes, before swinging to proceed outward bound, passing through Tower bridge at 16:30.

In order to support this event, Local Traffic Control will be conducted in the Upper Pool from the attending Harbour Service Launch, call sign Prefix ‘THAMES PATROL’. The Harbour Service Launch will be monitoring VHF channel 14 providing Local Traffic Control as required between Tower Bridge and London Bridge.   

All vessels are to navigate in this area with caution, maintaining a continuous watch on VHF Channel 14 and follow the instructions from the attendant Harbour Service Launch exhibiting flashing blue lights.

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

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 – SEA REACH TO OUTER ESTUARY

The yachts will anchor in the Southend Small Ship Anchorage overnight from 21:00 in preparation for the start of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Vessels are advised to navigate the area with caution.

MONDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2019 – SEA REACH TO OUTER ESTUARY

At 08:00 the yachts will weigh anchor in preparation for the race start at 10:00 off Southend Pier. The Race Start line will be approx. 0.25Nm in length and will be marked by a committee vessel anchored due South of Southend Pier in approximate position 51°30.620N, 000°43.407E as depicted in the chartlet below. All vessels not connected with the race are requested to keep clear of the start area during this time.    

Following the start, the race course will then take the fleet east from Southend Pier into the Estuary and out to the English Channel. All participating vessels will be instructed to adhere to local regulations as well as the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972.     

Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 68/69.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L33 of 2019

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Week 34


LOWER HOPE REACH LOWER HOPE POINT REINSTATEMENT OF THE REVETMENTS

Due to the severe erosion of the revetments at Lower Hope at Cliffe Marshes emergency repair works will commence on Monday 12th August 2019 and will continue for up to 4 months.

Works will involve the replacement of rip rap armour stone and additional cohesive material which will be brought to site by flat top barge with mounted excavator. During the works the crane barge “BOXER” will be held in position on spud legs and will act as a mooring station for the barges delivering material. Additional vessels will be involved in these works including various GPS Tugs for the movement of barges and the safety boat DIVECO5.

Temporary lights and markers will be positioned to aid the movement and positioning of barges.

At times during the works a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be issued by London VTS on VHF Channel 69 in accordance with Permanent Notice to Mariners P4. All vessels involved in the works will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 and display the international code flags “ROMEO YANKEE” at all times when the “Proceed with Caution” is in place.

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 L34 of 2019

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Week 34


LOWER HOPE REACH PASSIVE DRIFTWOOD COLLECTOR DEPLOYMENT TRIAL

 

The deployment of a passive driftwood collector (PDC) will be trialled in Lower Hope Reach in a position due north of the Cliffe Pumping Station as shown above and will swing freely with the tide on its mooring.

The PDC will be moored, initially on a temporary basis, for an evaluation trial of approximately 6 months.  If the trial is successful it may remain in this position on a permanent basis.  Confirmation of this will be advised in a future Notice to Mariners.

The PDC will be marked with a flashing yellow light displaying the light characteristics Fl.Y.2s.  

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 L35 of 2019

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Week 34


GREENWICH REACH OBSTRUCTION IN THE AUTHORISED CHANNEL

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

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M55 of 2019

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Week 34


MORTLAKE REACH TO GREENWICH REACH  -  ADVANCED NOTICE OF RIVER CLOSURE -  REGATTA LONDON

This notice is also published as U21 of 2019

On Sunday 29th September 2019 a mass participation rowing and paddling event supported by the Tideway Tunnel project is planned to take place from Chiswick Bridge to the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The event has been named ‘Regatta London’ and will coincide with the annual Thames Barrier closure.  

This Notice provides advanced notice to river users, operators and agents that on 29th September 2019 between 06:30 and 12:45 hours, the river will be closed to navigation between Chiswick Bridge and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.  

The specifics details of this closure including the duration in specific locations will continue to be developed to ensure the closure is kept to a minimum.

Only those vessels participating in or supporting the event will be permitted to navigate during the river closures and navigation will be controlled and marshalled.

When finalised, further details will be advised in a subsequent Notice to Mariners.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M54 of 2019

Week 34


OSEA ISLAND - RIVER BLACKWATER, ESSEX


Admiralty Chart 3741


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATE - AUGUST 2019


Notice is hereby given that a temporary floating jetty measuring 56.7mtrs in length has been installed alongside the Osea Pier on the south side of the Island.  

The Jetty which does not extend beyond the existing structure, sits within the line of the pier which is lit at night. The jetty is not for public use and mariners are advised to give the structure a wide berth owing to the nature of the mooring anchors that secure it in place.  This will be removed by 14th August 2019.


You are further notified that four temporary causeway markers have been installed along the course of the Osea Causeway.  These are not lit at night and are marked by mooring buoys at high tide.  These will be removed from site by the 13th August 2019. Exercise caution when navigating through this area.


For further information regarding this Notice to Mariners contact:

Maldon District Council River Bailiff on 01621 875837





DATE: 6th August 2019

Week 34


Orwell Bridge Pier 10 Cathodic Protection Scheme

On behalf of Highways England, Mariners and Port users are advised commencing on or around 27th August 2019 and for duration of around 10 days work will be carried out at the base of Pier 10 of the Orwell Bridge for the cathodic protection scheme on the sheet pilings. These works will be carried out two hours either side of the Low Water both AM and PM. A Safety boat will be operating in the vicinity and further information is available from Orwell Navigation Service on VHF Channel 68.         All vessels are requested to pass these operations at slow speed to avoid any wake or wash. Thank you for you cooperation.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2019

Week 34


ENGLAND-EAST COAST-ENTRANCE TO WELLS -NEXT-THE-SEA - NEW BUOY POSITIONS

Due to recent movement of the Northern end of the Wells entrance channel, buoy movements have taken place as follows with immediate effect on 8th August 2019;

STATION: WEST OUTER

POSITION LAT 52.59’.417N / LON 000.50’.463E

CHARACTERISTICS: YELLOW SPECIAL MARK BUOY FL(Y).EV03S

Starboard buoy, Station 1, Position LAT 52.59’.312N / LON 000.50’.565E, Characteristics FL(G).EV03S

Port buoy, Station 2, Position LAT 52.59’.278N / LON 000.50’.613E, Characteristics FL(R).EV03S

Starboard buoy, Station NEW BUOY 3a, Position LAT 52.59’188N / LON 000.50’.562E, Characteristics FL(G).EV03S

Starboard buoy, Station 3, Position LAT 52.59’.100N / LON 000.50’.508E, Characteristics FL(G).EV03S

Port buoy, Station 4, Position LAT 52.59’.041N / LON 000.50’.510E, Characteristics FL(R).EV03S

Starboard buoy, Station 5, Position LAT 52.58’.992N / LON 000.50’.478E, Characteristics FL(G).EV03S

****SPECIAL NOTICE: The Wells Starboard Hand North Outer has been discontinued with immediate effect*****



Dated 8th August, 2019

Week 34


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should proceed from the Fairway Buoy directly towards the green unlit buff buoy in position N 52° 58.849’.  E 000° 58.311’, passing at least 75M East of green Harbour Entrance buoy No. 1.

After reaching the green unlit buff buoy, immediately turn SW and head directly towards Harbour Entrance buoy No.2 and onward following the buoys as previously.

The harbour entrance channel is changing almost daily at the moment. Mariners intending to enter the harbour for the first time are therefore strongly advised to call 07771597985 for up to date pilotage information before entering.



Dated 11th August, 2019

Week 33


SEA REACH LEIGH DEPOSIT BUOY OFF STATION

 

Notice is hereby given that the Leigh Deposit Buoy, charted position 51°30.268”N 0°40.134”E, light characteristic Fl.Y.15s (highlighted in the chartlet opposite), is off station until further notice.  

Mariners will be advised via a further Notice once the Buoy has been reinstated


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L30 of 2019

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Week 33


River Crouch - Forthcoming Sailing Events

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised of the following sailing events:

Royal Corinthian OTTER Week

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club will be hosting and running the annual Otters Week sailing/racing event between Sunday 04th August and Sunday 11th 2019. The majority of racing will take place between the entrance to Bridgemarsh Marina and the River Roach, courses to be set on the day dependant on weather conditions.

A one- off longer race may take place outside this area but again only if weather permits.

Organisers have been requested to keep the courses outside of the main fairway and NOT use Fairway Buoys as racing marks.

River users are requested to keep a sharp and diligent lookout and navigate in a considerate manner, keeping their vessels wash to a minimum in the vicinity of these races particularly as some of the participants are likely to be young and relatively inexperienced.

Safety vessels will be in attendance.

Corinthian Otters 24 Hours Sailing Event – Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th August 2019

At 11:00hrs on Saturday 11th August 2019 a 24-hour sailing event will begin.

The race will comprise of a “LOOP-COURSE” between a marker to be placed in the vicinity of Rice and Coles and a second marker off of the Town Hard.

Participating vessels will NOT enter the Fairway or use Fairway Buoys as racing marks.

All craft including safety vessels will display lights in accordance with COLREGS Part C Lights and Shapes.

In addition to safety ribs, two cruisers will also be in attendance moored on buoys in an appropriate location.

Mariners are again requested to keep a good lookout and avoid passing through Burnham Moorings during this event if possible. Finish time 11:00hrs Sunday 11th August 2019.

Royal Burnham CADET Week

The Royal Burnham Yacht Club will be running and hosting their annual Cadet Week between Sunday 11th August and Friday 16th August 2019.

Race courses will be set on the day depending on weather conditions between Cliff Reach racing mark (western end) and Holliwell race mark (eastern end).

As with Otter Week organisers are being requested not to set courses that encroach upon the Fairway and NOT to use Fairway Buoys as racing marks.

Mariners are requested to pay heed when navigating as stated for Otter week.

Your attention to this matter is appreciated.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 28 of 2019

Week 33


LOWESTOFT WAVENEY DOCK – FISH MARKET AREA -  CANOPY REMOVAL

Mariners and Port Users are advised that from Monday 5th August 2019, work will commence to remove the canopy over the West Quay wall in Waveney Dock. This work is being undertaken as a safety measure and is expected to take up to 2 weeks to complete.

Mariners are advised that this works will cause some restrictions on berthing and working in this area. The contractors have been requested to work with vessel owners and operators to minimise disruption where possible.  

Please ensure that the contractors are made aware of vessel requirements, such as landing fish or re-fuelling, as they may be able to adjust their works, or working area, to accommodate such activities.

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

 


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2019

Week 33


OCRDA POWERBOAT EVENT LOWESTOFT SOUTH ROADS 3rd and 4th AUGUST 2019

Mariners and Port Users are advised that a powerboat racing event is scheduled to be held in the Inshore Southern approaches to Lowestoft (off Lowestoft South and Pakefield Beaches), on Sat 3rd and Sun 4th August 2019. Timings of racing may vary due to weather or other circumstances, but are currently scheduled to take place between approx. 11:30 and 13:00hrs on Sat 3rd, and 12:00 and 13:30hrs on Sun 4th August.  

Races will be marshalled and monitored by numerous safety craft. A flag system will be used to support VHF and other means of communications between the safety craft and competitors.

The proposed race course is as per the chart extract included in this notice.  This is subject to change or variation depending on weather or other circumstances that may affect the event.

Mariners are requested to avoid this area during the race events, and to navigate with caution in this area both before and after race events, taking into consideration the number of competitor craft and support vessels that will be transiting to and from the area. Also there will be numerous temporary racing marks deployed to mark the course circuit, provisional positions as follows:-

1 52.28.14  1.45.38  Orange Laid Mark  Port

2 52.28.20   1.45.11 Orange Laid Mark Port

3 52.27.98   1.44.95 Orange Laid Mark  Port

4 52.27.88   1.44.99 Orange Laid Mark  Starboard

5 52.27.38   1.44.59 Orange Laid Mark  Port

6 52.27.08   1.45.06 Orange Laid Mark  Port

7 52.27.46   1.44.91 Orange Laid Mark  Starboard

Mariners are also requested (subject to maintaining the navigational safety of their own craft), to adhere to any instructions given to them by the event organisers or safety craft, which are likely to be for the benefit of the mariner’s safety or the safety of the competitors.

Anticipated Course layout opposite  

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2019

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Week 32


RIVER BLACKWATER - New Obstruction on St Peter's Flat

The remains of a vessel has been found by Mr Alan Bird, Oyster Dredger, Yachtsman and Historian.  The obstruction is an engine and associated structure with height of approximately 1 metre and length of about 3 metres.

When using the One degree meridian to pass down tor up to the Ray Sand, care should be taken to avoid cutting the edge of St Peter's Flats.


Dated 29th July, 2019

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Week 32


WOOLWICH REACH  ROYAL WHARF BRIDGE INSTALLATION

On or about 7th August 2019 Ravestein BV will be working on behalf of McLaughlin & Harvey to install the bridges at Royal Wharf. The crane barge SKYLINE BARGE 21 will be moored on spud legs and positioned outside the Authorised Channel.  

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. It is expected the works will take approximately two weeks.

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.  

Safety boat JOEL will be on station throughout operations and all vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14.  

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M53 of 2019

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Week 32


Navigation Buoys on the River Orwell

Mariners and Port users are reminded that the Navigation Buoys located on the River Orwell are vital aids to Navigation. They should not be tampered with or used for any other purposes such as diving platforms or attaching boats for fishing etc. We were very recently advised of 3 young persons seen climbing on the Mulberry Buoy (as per photo below), this is highly dangerous. The second photo shows what is lurking under the water including razor sharp muscles, barnacle’s and weeds. Please report any  sightings of this type of behaviour to Orwell Navigation Service. Thank you for you cooperation.


Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2019



Week 32


LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – TOWN / CEFAS QUAY – PASSING SPEED

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



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

Week 31


GRAVESEND REACH TILBURY2 MARINE WORKS - This notice supersedes L26 of 2019

Work continues on the development of two new RoRo berths and a CMAT berth on the former Tilbury Power Station Jetty site.

The following works are currently underway:

 Creation of 8 new berthing dolphins on the downriver end of the former Tilbury Power Station Jetty which will form the new CMAT terminal. Works consist of piling from marine plant.

 Creation of 7 new berthing dolphins upriver of the former power station jetty to create a new RoRo berth. Works consist of piling from marine plant.

 Removal of Marsh Farm Jetty and upriver mooring dolphin to allow the creation of the new RoRo berths with associated pontoon and link span. The work will be carried out by the jack-up barge HAVEN SEARIDER or similar jack-up barge.

The following works are expected to commence shortly:

 The new berthing dolphins will be capped with concrete tops that will be towed to site, from Tilbury Dock, and lifted into position. This work is expected to commence w/c 22nd July 2019.

GENERAL INFORMATION Marine Plant involved in these operations includes the 75m flat top barge NEPTUNE equipped with a 320T crawler crane and two transfer & storage barges. All barge movements will be carried out by either the multi-cat vessel SEADOG or SHAKEDOG, with the safety boat EOL1 in attendance.

Throughout the works periods there will be a requirement for vessels to ‘Proceed with Caution’ with this being broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 68 in conjunction with marine craft displaying International Code flags “Romeo Yankee”.

At times the jetty lights will not be displayed as per published nautical charts while the various constructions works are carried out. At all times the eastern and western limits will be marked by green aids to navigation. Isolated structures will be marked individually. Charts will be updated on completion of the works.

All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous 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 Authority Notices to Mariners No L28 of 2019

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Week 31


WOOLWICH REACH THAMES REFINERY INNER JETTY PARTIAL DECONSTRUCTION WORKS

On or about 29th July 2019, contractors working on behalf of Tate & Lyle will be undertaking deconstruction works at Thames Refinery Inner Jetty for approximately 4 weeks. The works will be undertaken from the crane barge ‘DAVE GIBSON’.  

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.  

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 M46 of 2019

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Week 31


MEDWAY - CHANGES TO NAVIGATION MARKS

1. Notice is hereby given that the following change has been made to    navigation marks within the Medway and adjacent creeks.   2.  The following Navigation Mark has been discontinued:

       Aid: N16410    Blackstakes Racing Marker               

        Type, Character:  Unlighted Buoy | Can Y

         Position  - Latitude   : 051 ° 25.566 N   - Longitude: 000 ° 42.805 E     Datum: WGS84

         Location: Saltpan Reach

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

 4.  Admiralty Charts Nos. 1834, 1835, 3683 refer.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2019

Week 31


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

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 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.   

Marine operations will be running from around the 1st August 2019 with expected completion by the 4th September 2019 (weather dependant). 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

“Watchful” will undertake a comprehensive survey of the entire wreck and the seabed within the survey area defined as a polygon bounded by the following coordinates:

51˚ 27.75604' N 000˚ 46.71516' E

51˚ 28.254 09 N 000˚ 46.75512' E

51˚ 28.23601' N 000˚ 47.47680' E

51 ˚ 27.73201' N 000˚ 47.43138' E  

Please, be advised that during survey operations the vessel will be restricted in it’s ability to manoeuvre, and other vessels are requested to be mindful of the nature of the works, their wash when passing and to maintain an appropriate safe distance.

During survey operations the vessel will display the appropriate day shapes/signals and lights as required by the IRPCS

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 23 of 2019

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Week 31


Wallasea [CROSSRAIL] Commercial Jetty – Decommissioning and Removal

NAVIGATION

Mariners are reminded of Notice to Mariners No 18 of 2019 dated 12th June 2019.

Work on Wallasea [CROSSRAIL] Commercial Jetty in approximate position: 051˚ 37.041N – 000˚ 50.800E is scheduled to commence on Monday 22nd July 2019. The works are estimated to last for approximately 5 weeks.

All vessels navigating in the vicinity and passing the operation are requested to do so at a safe distance and with minimum wash and at a speed no greater than 8 knots.

Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2019

Week 31


LOWESTOFT APPROACHES, STANFORD CHANNEL – STANFORD LIGHT BUOY UNRELIABLE

Mariners and Port Users are advised that the Stanford Port hand light buoy, approx. position 51˚ 27.37’N, 001˚ 46.68’E, is currently unreliable. The light character is reported as irregular.

Mariners are requested to navigate with caution in this area. Notice will be issued when the light has been reinstated.

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

 


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2019

Week 31


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - ENTRANCE CHANNEL - PORT OF WELLS

1)REMOVED OFF STATION (Port Buoy)

Station: Outer South  52.59'.320N 000.50'.744E

2)NEW BUOY ON STATION (Starboard Buoy)

Station: West Outer

Position LAT 52.59'.320N  LONG 000.50'.642E

Characteristics: Green Starboard  FL (3).G.3s



PORT OF WELLS Notice to Mariners 16/07/2019

Week 31


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

Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel the following amendment will take place on or about 23rd July 2019:

No. 11 light buoy to be moved 145m x 140°(T) to 52° 52’.465N 000°21’.800E

Mariners are requested to give the buoying vessel “St Edmund” a wide berth and pass at minimum speed whilst works to move the buoy 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. 16 of 2019.

Week 30


Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

NAVIGATION

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

51˚36.206’N

000˚52.223’E

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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2019

Week 30


“Mind Your Wash”

INFORMATION

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

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

Your co-operation in this matter would be appreciated.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 23 of 2019

Week 30


NAVIGATION WARNING

Blakeney Harbour Entrance

The entrance channel to Blakeney Harbour, in the vicinity of the HJORDIS wreck, is changing rapidly. Currently the primary channel remains as buoyed, but the entrance channel between the Bar and Harbour Entrance buoy number 3 is becoming very narrow and can be extremely hazardous in times of moderate to heavy swell.

Those Mariners familiar with Blakeney Harbour Entrance may now prefer to enter and leave the harbour using the new channel (currently not buoyed) which is opening up from Harbour Entrance buoy number 3  heading out WNW, running South and West of the HJORDIS wreck. Great care and local knowledge is required to safely navigate this channel, ensuring a route is taken where the swell isn’t breaking.

We are monitoring this situation closely, and suggest that for the time being Mariners entering the harbour for the first time should first obtain up to date pilotage information by phoning CHARLIE WARD on 01263-740377 or 07771597985.



Dated 8th July, 2019

Week 28


Lowestoft - PORT TRAFFIC SIGNAL LIGHTS  

Mariners and Port Users are advised due to a technical fault Port Control are currently unable to change port traffic signals at harbour entrance and RNSYC yacht basin. The lights will remain set as follows:

Harbour entrance – On south pier - will be fixed to 3 fixed vertical red lights for inbound and 3 vertical green – white – green for outbound.

Yacht Basin – RNSYC – 3 fixed vertical red lights.

Regardless of direction of transit, all vessels shall contact Lowestoft Port Control to gain permission for entry/exit.

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

 


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notice to Mariners No 16 of 2019

Week 26


NOTICE TO MARINERS [UPDATE]

NATIVE OYSTER RESTORATION – SPAT COLLECTOR FRAMES & MARKER BUOYS

WEST MERSEA


In June, works will continue for the Essex native oyster restoration project within a defined restoration box, of which the north-west corner is located approximately 500m offshore to the south-east of West Mersea (hereafter referred to as the ‘Restoration Box’). The Restoration Box is approximately 2000m (west to east) by 1000m (north to south) (demarcated by red line on chart below).


The works will include the deployment of six spat collectors. These are A-frame structures that are approximately 1 metre wide, 2.4 metres long and 1.2 metres tall. The location of the spat collectors will be marked by six yellow marker buoys with a flashing yellow light. The total area will be approximately 75m x 95m.

Coordinates of the spat collectors and marker buoys

The works will be carried out from the vessel ‘Jean T’ (17m x 5m).


The deployment of the spat collectors is dependent on water temperatures. The works are anticipated to start 19th June 2019 or soon thereafter. It is anticipated that the installation works will be complete before 31st July 2019. During the works, mariners are requested to keep clear and avoid any unnecessary wash. On completion of the works, the six spat collectors will remain on the seabed and the six marker buoys will remain on the surface in the Restoration Box.


Mariners are therefore requested to be mindful of these above water and underwater structures in this location.


Should you have any queries about the works, please contact EssexNativeOyster@zsl.org



ZSL London Zoo dated 14th June, 2019

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Week 26


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn - Disposal Area:  Limit Buoyage

Mariners are advised that on or about 19th June 2019 two yellow special mark light buoys will be deployed as follows to indicate the western limits for the disposal area in preparation for the upcoming dredging operations at ABP King’s Lynn Docks.

a:  “SGNW”, position, 52° 50.615’N, 00° 21.160’E, Fl Y 5s

b:  “SGW”, position, 52° 50.360’N, 00° 21.270’E, Fl Y 10s

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



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2019.

Week 24


GRAVESEND REACH  FLOODGATE REPLACEMENT WORKS - GRAVESEND CANAL BASIN

 This notice supersedes L25 of 2018.

Works that started on 12th November 2018 for the in-channel flood gate replacement works, will continue on the lock for Gravesend Canal Basin until the end of August 2019.  

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.

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 L22 of 2019

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Week 24


HALFWAY REACH FISHERIES RESEARCH HALFWAY ANCHORAGE &  SOUTHERN OUTFALL JETTY

In June, August and October 2019 the ‘Zoological Society London’ will be carrying out fisheries research in conjunction with the Environment Agency to update statistics gathered in previous surveys in 1987 and 2011.  

The research will be carried out by deploying three FYKE nets in the vicinity of the Southern Outfall Jetty and Halfway Anchorage. The nets will be deployed subject to tidal conditions for approximately 24 hours at a time within the following dates:

3rd June – 14th June 19th August – 30th August 14th October – 25th October

London VTS will broadcast when the nets have been deployed as anchoring in Halfway Anchorage will not be possible at these times. The nets will not impede the main navigational channel.

The nets will sit on the river bed with a height of approximately 50cm and marked with temporary buoys to indicate their position. The nets will be anchored in position to align with the tidal flow at a length of up to 75m.

The Environment Agency’s boat ROKER (a 6m aluminium, rigid buoyance workboat) will be in attendance at times to deploy and recover the nets. ROKER will be listening on VHF Channel 14 throughout their operations.

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 L21 of 2019

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Week 24

 

East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to King’s Lynn - Re-instatement of Light Beacon “Charlie”

Mariners are advised that a replacement lighted beacon “Charlie” has been established in position 52° 48.759’ N, 000° 21.138’E.  

The beacon is coloured yellow with a yellow cone topmark.

The light character is:  Yellow, 3 flashes every 10 seconds, height of light at 10.5m above dock sill.

This beacon is erected upon the western stone training wall which dries to a minimum of 4.0m above dock sill and extends in a southerly direction from West Stones Beacon  (52° 49.697’N 000°21.131’E) to Kings Lynn and all craft should avoid crossing the Wall in the vicinity of any beacon.

Mariners are reminded of NtM No.1/2019 and are asked to note it is an offence to damage any Aid to Navigation and are also liable for all costs associated with making good any damage.

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

NtM No.24 / 2018 is now withdrawn.

 

 


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2019.

Week 23


London Array Wind Farm

A short term 500-meter exclusion zone has been implemented around C17 - (51° 37.132'N     01° 25.641'E) this location stands in the Foulgers Gat channel and a wide approach is requested.

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Notice 470

Week 22


GRAVESEND REACH TILBURY2 MARINE WORKS

This notice supersedes L18 and L17 of 2019

Numerous marine works are underway as part of the TILBURY2 development. Current activities and activities due to commence shortly are summarised below. This notice will be superseded as new works commence or if there are changes to the works noted below.

PILING WORKS (Underway and due for completion in October 2019) Piling works continue for the creation of 8 new berthing dolphins totalling 40 tubular piles on the downriver end of the former Tilbury Power Station. 7 new berthing dolphins totalling 35 tubular piles are also being installed up river of the jetty to create two new RoRo berths. Two additional restraining piles are also being installed for the RoRo pontoon.

Marine Plant involved in these operations includes the 75m flat top barge NEPTUNE equipped with a 320T crawler crane and two transfer & storage barges. All barge movements will be carried out by the multi-cat vessel SEADOG, with the safety boat EOL1 in attendance.

WATER INJECTION DREDGING (Due to commence on 18th May 2019) From Saturday 18th May 2019 the water-injection dredger MAASMOND will commence dredging operations for the new upriver RoRo and CMAT berth boxes. Water-injection dredging will take place over 14 low tide periods.  

TRAILER HOPPER SUCTION DREDGING (Due to commence on 7th June 2019) Starting on or around 7th June the trailing suction hopper dredger SHOREWAY will commence further dredging operations. These will run 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week for approximately 2 weeks, with the vessel spending approximately 1 to 3 hours dredging the RoRo and CMAT berth boxes followed by a period of transit to the approved disposal site outside port limits before returning to repeat the process.

GENERAL INFORMATION Dredgers will display the lights and shapes required by the collision regulations and operate within the marked ‘Area of Operation’ shown above.

Movements of dredgers and other marine plant can be obtained from London VTS on VHF Channel 68.

At times International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be exhibited by the vessels involved in conjunction with a “Proceed with Caution” being broadcast by London VTS.  

All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous 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 Authority Notices to Mariners No L20 of 2019

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Week 22


Blakeney Harbour

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should note that a temporary green buff buoy (unlit) has been positioned today between Harbour Entrance buoys numbers 1 and 2, to mark the Eastern end of a new sand spit. This buoy is positioned as follows:

 N 52°58.858’.  E 000°58.276’

After passing the starboard Harbour Entrance buoy number 1, vessels should pass close to this buoy (leaving it to starboard), and then turn and head for the starboard Harbour Entrance buoy number 2.



Dated 15th May, 2019

Week 22


FIREWORK DISPLAYS - BROADSTAIRS HARBOUR

Mariners are advised that Firework Displays will take place from the Viking Bay Beach on:

Wednesday 17th July

Wednesday 24th July

Wednesday 21st August

Fireworks firing between 21:45 & 22:00 hrs

End of event 22:30 hrs

Tuesday 5th November - End of event 21:30 hrs



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2019

Week 21


RIVER MEDWAY- SHEERNESS HARBOUR – SHEERNESS DOCKS – NEW “ROYAL BRIDGE” PONTOON – NAVIGATION LIGHTS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Retracting RoRo Pontoon between Sheerness No. 1 & No. 2 berths known as the “Royal Bridge” has been replaced with a new Fixed RoRo Pontoon.  The existing  navigation lights consisting of 2 Fixed red lights in a vertical line in position:

51°26.58’N 000° 44.59’E

 has been removed and replaced by 2 sets of 2 Fixed red lights in a vertical line marking the upstream and downstream corners that extend out into the River Medway of the new fixed pontoon, as this extends approximately 10m further out from the berth frontage than the old pontoon. Approximate positions are:

Upstream corner –       51° 26.58’N   000° 44.57’E  [ AtoN N05406

Downstream corner -  51° 26.59’N   000° 44.58’E  [ AtoN N19739]

Chart 3683 refers

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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2019

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Week 21


Blakeney Harbour Entrance

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that significant changes are currently occurring at the harbour entrance.

Mariners should note the aerial photo below of the harbour entrance looking North at LW, taken today May 5th 2019. If the photo is expanded, harbour entrance buoys number 1, 2, and 3 are marked.

Vessels should pass close to Harbour Entrance buoy number 1 (starboard) and continue heading SE for approx 50M before turning SW to Harbour Entrance buoy number 2 (starboard). This buoy should be passed closely either to port or to starboard and then head directly towards Harbour Entrance buoy number 3 (starboard), and onward following the buoys heading South.

We are closely monitoring changes in this area and will keep Mariners advised of further changes as they occur.

Mariners entering the harbour for the first time are strongly advised to seek pilotage information by phoning 07771597985.



Dated 5th May, 2019

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Week 20


ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH - ROCHESTER NEW ROAD BRIDGE: RE-FURBISHMENT  WORKS & SPAN CLOSURES.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that major engineering refurbishment works are scheduled to begin on or around 8th May 2019 and are due to continue for a period of 18 months on the Rochester New Road Bridge located in the following approximate position:

It is intended to carry out the work in 3 main phases:

Phase 1: Strood & Old Ship Passage Spans – gap between New and Old Road bridges to have safety netting fitted and hanging scaffolding fitted until works complete then removed.  Span closure required Phase 2: Rochester Span - hanging scaffolding fitted until works complete then removed.  Span closure required. Phase 3: Main Span – works to be carried out in two parts so that half of the span remains open to navigation. Hanging scaffolding fitted until works complete then removed. Headroom reduced under the area scaffolded.

Phase 1 is due to commence on or around 8th May 2019 and last for approximately 4 months

Due to the long term nature of the works, this Notice will be updated at the commencement of each phase so as to reflect current span closures and other navigational safety information.

During this period, regular navigational closures while hanging scaffolding is constructed underneath the spans will take place.  All river users are advised that the workboat “Prowler” will be operating in the area to assist as a safety boat when required at such times when people are working over the side of the bridge outside of safety zones.  She will be maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 throughout. Once safe areas of work are complete, there is no requirement to have a safety boat since re-furbishment works will be undertaken from the bridge at road level.

The appropriate day and night signals will be displayed in accordance with Medway Ports River Byelaws 1991 Part II Section  9, which states:  “When the arch or span of a bridge is closed to navigation the person in control of the bridge shall suspend the following from the center of that arch or span; • by day, three RED discs 0.6 metres in diameter at the points of an equilateral triangle of length of side 1.8 metres with the apex downwards and the base horizontal. • by night three RED lights in similar positions to the discs exhibited by day.

When the head room of an arch or span of a bridge is reduced from its usual limits, but that arch or span is not closed to navigation, the person in control of the bridge shall suspend from the centre of that arch or span by day a bundle of straw or suitable alternative as agreed by the harbour master large enough to be conspicuous and by night a WHITE all-round light.”

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 on current restrictions and safety 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 16 of 2019

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Week 18


NATIVE OYSTER RESTORATION WORKS – COMMENCEMENT OF ACTIVITIES

WEST MERSEA


Starting on 29th April 2019 works will commence on the Essex native oyster restoration project within a defined restoration box, of which the north-west corner is located approximately 500m offshore to the south-east of West Mersea (hereafter referred to as the ‘Restoration Box’). The Restoration Box is approximately 2000m (west to east) by 1000m (north to south).

 

The works will include the deployment of shell and stone onto the seabed in six locations (approximately 10m x 20m, and 30cm in height) in the south-west corner of the Restoration Box (approximately 500m x 700m area). The works will be carried out from the Dredger Earn (80ft x 21ft) and Tug Edgar (40ft) and are expected to be concluded before week commencing 13th May 2019 subject to satisfactory weather conditions. During the works, mariners are requested to keep clear and avoid any unnecessary wash. On completion of the works, the deposited shell and stone will remain permanently in place on the seabed. Mariners are therefore requested to be mindful of the raised seabed in this location.


Other activities to take place include deposition of spat collectors (to be the subject of a separate Notice to Mariners) and restoration management. These activities will take place in June, July and August 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed). Restoration management will take place from a dredging (fishing) vessel.


Should you have any queries about the works, please contact EssexNativeOyster@zsl.org



Zoological Society of London dated 23rd April, 2019

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Week 18


London Array Wind Farm - Safe distances within the Offshore Wind farm:

 

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

• A long term 500-meter exclusion zone has been implemented around D20 - (51° 38.024'N       01° 24.612'E) as a precaution until further notice due to a damaged blade.

• A short term 500-meter exclusion zone has been implemented around C17 - (51° 37.132'N     01° 25.641'E) this location stands in the Foulgers Gat channel and a wide approach is requested.  

• The MPI Adventure will move from WTG to WTG, spending approximately 36-48 hours at each location. When located at a WTG, a 500-meter exclusion zone will be put in place centered on the MPI Adventure.

• Short term 200-meter exclusion zones will be in place at various locations while MPI Dulcinea is carrying out rope access works.

• The Bokabarge 82 will move from WTG to WTG carrying out cable maintenance works. Whilst operational, and in transit, a 750-meter exclusion zone will be put in place centered on the Bokabarge 82.



London Array Wind Farm dated 23rd April.


NOTE from CTTE:  D20 is well clear of Foulger's Gat.  C17 is on the west side of Foulger's Gat  and in consequence needs to be kept well clear.  Call a LAL vessel before entering the Wind Farm if possible is their request.

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Week 17


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

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

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

510 23.00N 0000 40.60E

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

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

 

 


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


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Week 17


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners are advised that starboard Channel Marker buoy number 13 (FlG4s) has been reinstated in position:   N 52 degrees 58.089’ E 000 degrees 57.581’  



Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association APRIL 14th 2019

Week 16


RA BUOY - TOP MARK MISSING

Mariners are advised that the top mark to the RA buoy, on charted position

51°.19’.59N - 001°30’.80E, is currently missing.

Rectification works are presently underway.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2019

Week 16


YACHT RACING MARKS

Mariners are advised that the following yacht race marks, all unlit yellow spherical buoys, have been placed and will remain in the following positions:

Ivor Thomas Amusements - 51°.17’.72N - 001°28’.15E

Stonar - 51°.19’.12N - 001°24’.58E

RTYC Nav School - 51°.18’.90N - 001°25’.35E

Icom - 51°.17’.72N - 001°26’.35E

Rally Design - 51°.16’.53N - 001°24’.55E

Euromarine Insurance - 51°.18’.76N - 001°26’.35E

Northrop Sails - 51°.18’.76N - 001°28’.15E



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2019

Week 15


Ha’penny Pier- The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 1 April to 27 October 2019

Ha’penny Pier is manned by a pier master between the hours of 0800 and 0900 and 1600 and 1700 (including weekends and bank holidays).  During the summer school holidays, the pier is manned between 0800 and 0900 and 1230 and 1730. During the off season – between 28 October 2019 and 30 March 2020 - the pontoon area is unmanned by Harwich Haven Authority personnel. Vessels may use the berths in accordance to the areas marked on the map (below) but mooring preferences will always be given to fishing vessels. Mooring is free on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons during the off season. However, vessels can only stay in the pontoon area for 24 hours in any 7 day period (requests for longer stays will be granted at the discretion of Harwich Haven Authority). During the off-season we do not provide access to our shower and toilet facilities, which are located on Ha’penny Pier. Out of hours enquiries should be made to pier.master@hha.co.uk

Leisure vessels

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

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

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

Up to 5 metres LOA 10.00

Over 5 metres and up to 10 metres LOA 15.00

Over 10 metres and up to 15 metres LOA 20.00

Over 15 metres and up to 20 metres LOA 25.00

Larger vessels

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

Fees for large vessels are as follows:

Embarking/disembarking passengers 25.00

Overnight mooring 35.00

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

Fishing vessels

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

How to pay?

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

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

Adhering to notices

Please adhere to the warning signage in the pontoon area at all times. Do not remove temporary No Mooring signs in any circumstances. The re-fuelling area – marked on the map – is for the exclusive use of the area’s fishing vessels. Mooring in the area is strictly prohibited at all times.

Access out of hours

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

Access to facilities

The Toilet and shower facilities located on Ha’penny Pier require a code to access, which will be provided to you by the Pier Master on arrival.  A water tap is located on the inside of the sea defence wall at the entrance of Ha’penny Pier, which is the property of Tendring District Council – 01255 686868.

 Access during bad weather

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

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

Warnings

Harwich Haven Authority accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any vessel, its contents or injury to any person using the facility. Vessels entering the pontoons are advised to navigate with caution – due to floating moorings - and keep to the port side when entering the pontoons.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2019

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Week 13


Harwich Harbour and approaches – Seasonal recreational marks

On or after the 1st April 2019 the following seasonal recreational marks will be reinstated.

(Positions given are WGS 84):

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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2019

Week 12


Navigation Restriction due to Dredging Operations on the River Waveney 2019

Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are programmed to commence from Monday 15 April until Friday 30 August  2019, during the hours of 0800 hours and 1600 hours daily, excluding weekends.  

The works may restrict the access passage of vessels from the north of Stanley Carr to the A146 over Bridge.  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 - NOTICE TO MARINERS No. 06 of 2019

Week 11


Harwich Harbour and approaches – Seasonal recreational marks

On or after the 1st March 2019 the following seasonal recreational mark will be established.

(Positions given are WGS 84):

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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2019

Week 10


Navigation Lights at Ipswich Tidal Barrier

Mariners and River Users are advised that the following IALA approved Navigation Lights are now in operation at the Ipswich Tidal Barrier in the new Cut. On the Western side marking the Northern and Southern ends of the Barrier we have two pairs of all round Red lamps located 2m above MHWS. There are two pairs of Green Lights  marking the Eastern side of the Barrier North and South.

When the Barrier is raised and closed for Navigation, this is marked by 3 red Lights in a vertical line one set at the Southern side and another set at the Northern side of the Barrier. These lights are illuminated as soon as the barrier starts to move.  The official opening of the Tidal Barrier is scheduled for Friday 8th February 2019. Harbour Master 5th February 2019.



Port of Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2019

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 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 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


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


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 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 52


UPDATED PLA PUBLICATION  -  RECREATIONAL USERS GUIDE

 

(Front Cover of new Recreational Users Guide)

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

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

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

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

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2018

Week 51


LOWESTOFT - REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS

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

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

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

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



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

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



Week 50


Revised Small Craft and Yacht Notice 2018

 

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


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


Download the Notice by the button:

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


Week 48


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

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

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




Port of London Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2018

Week 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 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


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


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 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 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

Port of Wells Yellow Buoy.jpg


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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Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


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


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


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


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


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


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


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

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


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Week 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 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 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 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