Gat No No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Week  49



UPPER POOL AND BLACKWALL REACH  - LOCAL TRAFFIC CONTROL - FILMING OPERATIONS


Filming operations are being conducted for a Netflix production with marine contractors support as detailed below overnight between Monday 12th December 2022 until Thursday 15th December 2022.


To support these operations a Port of London Authority (PLA) Harbour Service Launches will be in the vicinity to provide Local Traffic Control, when required. When Local Traffic Control is established mariners may experience delays to their passage for no more than 20-minutes and we will endeavour to ensure disruption to port operations is kept to a minimum.


Limehouse Reach


Filming activity will commence between Shadwell Basin and West India Dock Pier from 18:00 daily and will not impede the safe navigation of vessels navigating through this area. Barges with lighting equipment will be positioned at the locations as detailed in the chart extract.

Local Traffic Control will be established at the following times:


Monday 12th December 2022 at 21:30 until Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 05:30

Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 21:30 until Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 01:30

Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 21:30 until Thursday 15th December 2022 at 02:00

A PLA Harbour Service Launches, positioned at Greenland Pier and Wappingness, displaying flashing blue lights. All vessels intending to navigate between Greenland Pier and Limehouse Marina are to call ‘LIMEHOUSE CONTROL’ on VHF Channel 14 as follows:


• Inbound at Greenland Pier

• Outbound at Wappingness

• Prior to leaving a berth or mooring between Greenland Pier and Wappingness.


Upper Pool


Barges with lighting equipment will be positioned at the locations as detailed in the chart extract

Local Traffic Control will be established at the following times;


Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 01:30 until Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 05:30

Thursday 15th December 2022 at 02:00 until Thursday 15th December 2022 at 05:30


A PLA Harbour Service Launches, positioned at London Bridge and Wappingness, displaying flashing blue lights. All vessels intending to navigate between London Bridge and Wapping Police Pier are to call ‘TOWER CONTROL’ on VHF Channel 14 as follows:


• Inbound at Wapping Police Pier

• Outbound at London Bridge


Prior to leaving a berth or mooring between Wapping Police Pier and London Bridge.

All vessels on the river are to navigate with caution and are to maintain a continuous watch on VHF Channel 14, following instructions from the attending Harbour Service Launches.

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M76 of 2022

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Week  49


Harwich Harbour & Approaches  - Seasonal Recreational Mark – Harwich Shelf


On or after the 24th November 2022 the following seasonal recreational mark will be withdrawn:


(Positions given are WGS 84): Harwich Shelf  - East Cardinal Buoy  51°56’.84N  001°18’07E  



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 71 of 2022

Week  49


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project:  Dredging with backhoe dredger Goliath and Barges:


From around 23 November 2022 and for a period of about five weeks, the backhoe dredger Goliath (IMO number 8342260) will be dredging in the main channel, working with the self-powered split-hopper barge Pieter Caland (IMO number 9516662) and supported by the tug Buzzard (IMO number 9524528).


The dredger will be operating at various locations in Dredge Areas A, B, C and D (See attached sketch).


The backhoe dredger Goliath is fitted with three spud legs for holding position and will excavate material to load into the split-hopper barge Pieter Caland moored alongside. When full, the barge will sail to the Inner Gabbard East disposal site for disposal of dredge material.

Where required, the backhoe dredger will move out of the channel to facilitate safe passing of vessels. Moves (out of the channel or repositioning between cuts) will be assisted by the tug Buzzard.


The following traffic organisation measures will apply when working in the main channel in areas B, C and D:


• The Goliath must be clear of the Deep-Water Channel before any vessel greater than 310m LOA is committed. This applies to vessel arrivals and departures.

• One way passing will be in effect where the available navigable width in the Deep-Water Channel has been reduced due to the Goliath.


The dredging contractor is the Boskalis Westminster / Van Oord Joint Venture appointed by Harwich Haven Authority to carry out the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.


With the increased frequency of vessel movements and dredging operations, mariners are reminded of the regulated vessel reporting requirements, the requirements to maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 71 and also to maintain a proper lookout at all times.


For detailed vessel movements or information regarding the location of the dredging plant, please contact Harwich VTS on VHF 71 and listen to the daily Channel Deepening VHF broadcasts.

All vessels may be subject to Harwich VTS Traffic Organisation.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 70 of 2022

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Week  49


RIVER MEDWAY – Gillingham Marina to Hoo Marina.  - Hydrographic Survey of Gas Pipeline


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ‘Northern Divers’ will be conducting a hydrographic and “walk-over” survey of the River Medway between Gillingham Marina and Hoo Marina. The survey will be concentrated over the sub-sea gas pipeline running between the two locations.(See below)

Survey work will commence 28/11/2022 and is expected to be completed by 02/12/2022. Multiple survey runs will be performed at slow speed over the low water periods using a RIB Callsign “Northern Divers Sea Rover” who will be monitoring VHF Channel 74 at all times. All work will be completed from the surface and across the mudflats at low water, NO diving will be undertaken.


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, reduce their wash when passing and maintain an appropriate safe distance.


Admiralty Charts : 1835 & 2482 refer.


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 52 of 2022

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Week  49


Buxey No 1 Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Buxey No 1 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°39.178 N  001°01.130 E

is now lit.

Notice to Mariners 46 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.


Inner Whitaker Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Inner Whitaker Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°40.757 N  001°08.400 E

Is lit.

Notice to Mariners 47 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notice to Mariners 48 and 49 of 2022

Week  49


Lowestoft Harbour and Approaches – Continuation of Transits of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs)

 

Activity – Operation of remotely piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) X-03 and X-09 (or substitute vessel of same type) – transiting to and from a survey area off the Norfolk Coast from Lowestoft.


 Vessel Details as follows:-


Name: X-03 UNCREWED Name: X-09 UNCREWED

MMSI: 232019976 MMSI: 232027632

Length: 4.5 m Length: 4.5 m

Beam: 2.2 m Beam: 2.2 m

Speed: 3.5 kts Speed: 3.5 kts

Draught: 1.0 m Draught: 1.0 m


Dates – From Tuesday 22nd November until approx. the end of December, timing subject to suitable weather conditions for survey requirements. Transits of each USV will vary subject to operational requirements. They will mobilise from the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club. The chart extract below shows the proposed transit route. A support vessel will escort the USVs for transits in the Harbour and in the Approaches to the Port, monitoring VHF Ch14.

Although the vessels are unmanned, they are managed throughout each 24hour operation, piloted remotely using 360° cameras and are equipped with other navigational aids/markings, including AIS, Navigation Lights & sound signal, Active radar reflector, Superstructure painted yellow.


Vessels are requested to give the USVs a wide berth where safe and practical to do so.

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 51 of 2022

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Week  48


Rock Obstruction (Harwich Harbour)


Mariners are advised that a new rock obstruction has been identified in the following approximate position at 14.15m below chart datum:


51° 56.41 N 001° 18.62 E


The Authority is arranging for the new obstruction to be removed by the back-hoe dredger Goliath on or around the 23rd November 2022.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 69 of 2022

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Week  48


Harwich Harbour - Dredging Operations – Sospan Dau


Mariners are advised that on or about the 20 November 2022 the trailing suction hopper dredger Sospan Dau (IMO: 7711062 ) will commence maintenance dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 4 days.


Materials will be disposed to the beneficial sites in the River Stour and River Orwell.


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


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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 67 of 2022

Week  48


Walker Buoy – Out of Assigned Position


Mariners are advised that the Walker Buoy is reported out of position as follows:

- 51⁰ 53.85’ N 001⁰ 33.90’E (new location)


This is approximately 109m North and 8m West of the charted position.

A notice will be published when it is back in the assigned position.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 67 of 2022

Week  48


Blakeney Harbour - Fairway marker

The Fairway marker has now been removed from its station and taken ashore for the winter. It will be repositioned in the spring and new coordinates will be provided at that time.



Blakeney Harbour Association, 16 November 2022

Week  48


East Coast of England - The Wash - Port of King’s Lynn

Bed Levelling Operations


Mariners are advised that due to recent changes to shoal heights in King’s Lynn Harbour, bed levelling and prop washing operations will be undertaken by the work boat St Edmund in the area immediately opposite the Docks entrance.


The works will be undertaken over each high-water period from approx. 1½ hours before High water to approx. 4 hours after high water from the am tide on Tuesday 22nd November 2022 until the am tide on Thursday 24th November 2022.


The St Edmund is restricted in her ability to manoeuvre and will display appropriate lights and shapes. All vessels wishing to transit the area are requested to contact the St Edmund on VHF ch 14 to establish a safe passage plan.


Please contact the Harbour Office, for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 23 of  2022

Week  48


River Stour (Kent)

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

Further information is available through the Sandwich Harbour Master.



Sandwich Harbour Master

Week  47


RIVER THAMES -  GRAVESEND REACH  - DENTON WHARF DIVING OPERATIONS


On or about Friday 18th November 2022 until Friday 16th December 2022, diving operations will be taking place on the piles of Denton Wharf. Diving operations will be conducted from the vessel SCAFF FLOAT, and will be timed around low and high water periods. The chartlet below indicates the locations of the diving operations:


Mariners berthing at Denton Wharf should do so with cuation around the diving operations and should pay attention for where the diver has entered the water, which will be marked by a red entry flag.


Requests for vessels to proceed with caution or pass at slow speed will be made by London VTS on VHF Ch. 68, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, section 4.


SCAFF FLOAT will display International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’, ‘Alpha (A)’ and a red flag in accordance with Byelaw 33 as appropriate: RY:  A:  Diver’s point of entry to water:  




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L21 of 2022

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Week  47


Lowestoft Harbour and Approaches – Transits of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs)

 

Activity – Operation of remotely piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) X-03 and X-09 (or substitute vessel of same type) – transiting to and from the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm from Lowestoft to complete survey operations. Vessel Details as follows:-


Name: X-03 UNCREWED Name: X-09 UNCREWED

MMSI: 232019976 MMSI: 232027632

Length: 4.5 m Length: 4.5 m

Beam: 2.2 m Beam: 2.2 m

Speed: 3.5 kts Speed: 3.5 kts

Draught: 1.0 m Draught: 1.0 m


Dates – From Saturday 29th October until approx. 18th November, timing subject to suitable weather conditions for survey requirements. Transits of each USV will vary subject to operational requirements. They will mobilise from the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club. The chart extract below shows the proposed transit route. A support vessel will escort the USVs for transits in the Harbour and in the Approaches to the Port, monitoring VHF Ch14.

Although the vessels are unmanned, they are managed throughout each 24hour operation, piloted remotely using 360° cameras and are equipped with other navigational aids/markings, including AIS, Navigation Lights & sound signal, Active radar reflector, Superstructure painted yellow.


Vessels are requested to give the USVs a wide berth where safe and practical to do so.

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



Lowestoft  (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 49 of 2022

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Week  47


Buxey No 1 Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Buxey No 1 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°39.178 N,  001°01.130 E

is unlit.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 46 of 2022

Week  46


RIVER THAMES - HALFWAY REACH - WHITE MOUNTAIN WHARF - DREDGING OPERATIONS

 

On or about 7th November 2022, marine contractors will be undertaking plough dredging operations at White Mountain Wharf, which will take approximately one week.


The EMILIA D will undertake plough dredging on the approach channel to White Mountain Wharf. All dredge activity will be undertaken on the inside of the line of Thunderer and No. 4 Jetties. Dredge operations will take place during daylight hours only.


The chartlet indicates the approximate footprint of the marine works.


The dredge vessel will display lights and signals as per the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea (27).


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


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


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L20 of 2022

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Week  46


RIVER THAMES - BUGSBY'S REACH - VICTORIA DOCK BARGE ROADS LOWER RELOCTION

 

On or about the 14th of November, Victoria Dock Barge Roads Lower will be relocated away from the zone of the Silvertown Tunnel to a position which retains access to Peruvian Wharf.


The PLA vessel TITAN will install a new lower mooring in the position indicated on the chartlet.


Once installed, Mariners are to cease using the existing mooring in order that the TITAN has unhindered access to remove it before the end of November 2022.

TITAN and any attending PLA craft will maintain a watch on VHF Channel 14.


Further details can be obtained by contacting London VTS.


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M70 of 2022

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Week  46


Harwich Harbour - Dredging Operations – Barney


Mariners are advised that on or about the 9 November 2022 the agitation dredger Barney (IMO no. 9740938) will commence agitation dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 2 weeks.


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


Barney is 30.02m LOA with a draft of 1.8m



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 66 of 2022

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Week  46


Harwich Harbour - Survey Operations – Cerys Line


Mariners are advised that from around 3 November 2022 and for a period of approximately 4 weeks,


the Survey vessel Cerys Line will be carrying out survey operations in the Sledway, Shipway and

Roughs areas (as illustrated on the diagram below in blue). The survey vessel is owned and

operated by A-2-Sea. The vessel will monitor VHF 71 and VHF14 as applicable for the area of

operation at that time.


The Cerys Line is 27.5m LOA with a draft of 2.1m



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 65 of 2022

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Week  46


THV Galatea – Helicopter Operations


Mariners are advised that the THV Galatea will be carrying out helicopter training operations in the Cork Hole area on the 8th and 9th November 2022.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 64 of 2022

Week  45


RIVER THAMES -  BUGSBYS REACH - TRINITY BUOY WHARF PIER - PILING OPERATIONS

 

On or about the 7th November 2022 marine contractors working on behalf of Thames Clippers will be undertaking piling operations at the upriver end of Trinity Buoy Wharf Pier.


These works will be conducted from GPS BOXER, which will be berthed in the works area as denoted on the chart extract below. The works will take approximately three-weeks to complete and working hours will be 07:00 to 17:00 daily.


The works will be supported by the Tug GPS INDIA, which will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 14.

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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M68 of 2022

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Week  45


Harwich Harbour & Approaches- Seasonal Recreational Marks


On or around the 26th of October 2022, the following seasonal recreational marks will be withdrawn (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  as at:

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  


Please note that Harwich Shelf East Cardinal Buoy will remain in position (WGS 84):


Harwich Shelf


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




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 62 of 2022



Week  45


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Timber sections – Hazard to Navigation


MARINERS ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that some large sections of timber have broken free from the ‘skeleton trestle’ structure close to the river port mouth, and will continue to drift with the tidal flow.


The timbers are substantial and pose a significant hazard to smaller craft and those with hulls of non-steel construction.


Mariners are advised to exercise additional caution when navigating within the Port of Great Yarmouth, the inland waterways and the seaward areas close to Great Yarmouth; to maintain an enhanced lookout; and to report any sightings of floating hazards to HM Coastguard and ‘YARMOUTH RADIO’ on VHF Ch12.



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2022

Week  44


BARKING CREEK - FRESH WHARF - SUNKEN VESSEL


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


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


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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M66 of 2022

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Week  43


Buxey Edge Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Buxey Edge Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°40.659 N,  001°03.487 E

is now lit.

Notice to Mariners 43 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.


Sunken Buxey Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Sunken Buxey Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°39.595 N,  001°00.765 E

is now lit.

Notice to Mariners 42 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 45 and 44 of 2022

Week  42


RIVER THAMES - WOOLWICH REACH  - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY  - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES


The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 01st November 2022.


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:


2022


November  Monday 14th  09:35 to 12:05  

December  Wednesday 14th  09:50 to 12:20  

2023


January  Thursday 12th  09:45 to 12:15  

February  Thursday 9th  09:00 to 11:30  

March  Monday 13th  09:50 to 12:20  

April  Tuesday 11th  10:30 to 13:00  


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


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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2022

GATE CLOSURES:


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


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


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


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


NOTES:


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

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



Week  40



RIVER THAMES -  SEA REACH  - LONDON GATEWAY BERTH 4 QUAY WALL PILING OPERATIONS


On or around the 26th September 2022 plant will start to mobilise in readiness for the London Gateway extension works which are due to start in early October. A bubble curtain will be deployed to mitigate noise from piling works followed by piling works commencing on the eastern end adjacent to berth 3. This will form a new retaining wall as part of the 430m extension to the west.


The works will be utilising the “BUZZARD” 43m x 30m Jack-Up Barge (JUB) equipped with a 600T crawler crane to assist with lifting operations. A second flat top delivery barge “SPRUCELIGHT” will be utilised to assist in the storage of materials adjacent to the crane barge. All barge movements will be carried out by the multi-cat vessel “ANNEKE” with supporting vessel “FELIX”. A safety boat “SCHULPEGAT” will also be in attendance.


A 100m exclusion zone around the JUB will be in place, except when a vessel is

moored, departing or Berthing at No. 3 berth at which time that vessel and any assisting tugs will be permitted to be within 75m of the jack-up barge. Works are expected to last until August 2023

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.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L14 of 2022

Week  40


Blakeney Harbour

Updated buoyage information and interactive map


Mariners should be aware of recently updated buoyage information with some coordinates changing.  Buoys have been renumbered in line with IALA standards. All the starboard markers are odd numbers and all port markers are even numbers. There is a spare marker number pair north of the gap (number 7 and 8) and number 19 is yet to be installed, otherwise the odd Starboard side is complete and the even port side assumes the closest even number.  You can view the details of these changes on the buoyage page here along with an updated interactive map.

If you have any queries regarding this, please email us for further information.



Blakeney Harbour Association

23 September 2022

Week  35


Updated Information for Leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK


Masters of leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK are reminded of the following updated requirements:


- Leisure vessels are to display an International Code of Signals ‘Q’-flag, when entering the 12 nautical mile limit.

- You must seek immigration clearance before disembarking the vessel, by calling the local Border Force office. For Ipswich and Lowestoft that is +44(0)300 072 4322. You do not have to call if you have existing rights to enter or remain (incl Settled Status), or when only briefly exiting the 12 nautical mile limit.

- When arriving direct from outside the UK you must phone the National Yachtline on

+44(0)300 123 2012. You will need to inform the Yachtline if any of the following apply:


• UK VAT has not been paid on the vessel

• you have on board goods which are to be treated as surplus stores as per Notice 69A.

• you have any prohibited or restricted goods

• there is any notifiable illness on board

• there are any people on board who need immigration clearance

• any repairs or modifications, other than running repairs, have been carried out since the vessel last left the UK

• you have any goods for personal use on which you need to declare and pay UK tax or duty and cannot do so via the online service.

- To support notification requirements there is now an active on line web portal that can be used to submit notifications. This can be found at https://www.spcr.homeoffice.gov.uk Incoming yachts need to create an account which can be accessed for all future travel and to check the status of declarations that have been submitted.

- Waste contaminated with food and Food Waste, e.g. food and wrapping materials that have been abroad, are now classed as International Catering Waste should be disposed of in an appropriate manner.



East Anglia Ports (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2A of 2022

Week  35


River Colne - Large Speed Buoy Markers


Please be advised that Brightlingsea Harbour have laid two speed marker buoys at the following locations;


1. 51° 47’ .75 N   001°00’ .80 E

 

2. 51° 48’ .43 N   001°00’ .01 E

 

They will be in place annually from May 1st until October 1st.


The speed buoys mark the point at which the speed is unlimited, South of 1 or North of 2.

Vessels navigating between these buoys must strictly adhere to the speed limits in place.


For further information, please contact Brightlingsea Harbour Office on 01206 302200 or mail@brightlingseaharbour.org



Brightlingsea Harbour Speed Limit is 4 knots




Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners Notice dated 9th August, 2022

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Week  21


Crouch Harbour Authority  - Polite Notice

INFORMATION

Following several reports of inappropriate and improper mooring.

Mariners are courteously reminded that:

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

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

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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2022


Week  17


Experimental Lighted Buoy


With reference to Trinity House Notice to Mariners number 19 of 2022


On or about 20 April 2022 an experimental lighted buoy will be temporarily established for

approximately 9 - 12 months, as follows:-


Position:


Latitude 51° 53.500’N., Longitude 001° 25.000’E.


Characteristics:


Pillar: Yellow: Fl.(5) Y 20s: Y ‘X’ topmark.


Mariners are advised that the lighted buoy has no navigational significance.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2022

Week  16


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

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



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2022

Week  16


Ha’penny Pier, Harwich


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 28 March to 31 October 2022.

Ha’penny Pier is manned by a pier attendant between the hours of 0800 and 1100 and 1300 and

1800 (including weekends and bank holidays).


During the off season – between 1 November 2022 and 27 March 2023 - the pontoon area is

unmanned by Harwich Haven Authority personnel. Vessels may use the berths in accordance to

the areas marked on the map (download) but mooring preferences will always be given to fishing

vessels. Mooring is free on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons during the off season. However, vessels

can only stay in the pontoon area for 24 hours in any 7-day period (requests for longer stays will be granted at the discretion of Harwich Haven Authority). During the off-season we do not provide access to shower and toilet facilities, which are located on Ha’penny Pier.


The Notice is lengthy and includes instructions, rules, costs etc.  Use the button right to download the PDF.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2022

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Week  11



River Orwell – Pond Ooze Buoy Out of Position


Mariners are advised the Pond Ooze buoy is temporarily out of position.


It is presently located in the following position: - 52o 01.374’N 001o 10.096’E


Admiralty Chart 2693



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2022

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Week  5


Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2022

INFORMATION

Please be advised that the following Notice to Mariners remain in force:

No: 2 of 2015 Ship Generated Waste Notification

No:25 of 2016 Paglesham Reach, River Roach

No:35 of 2016 River Roach – Paglesham Boatyard

No:17 of 2017 Buxey Edge Obstruction

No:18 of 2017 Essex Marina – Excessive Wash

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

No:11 of 2018 COLREGS Rule 9 Narrow Channels

No:23 of 2019 Mind Your Wash – Newborn Seals

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

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

No:12 of 2021 Withdrawal of Burnham Fairway No 2 Lighted Buoy

No:16 of 2021 Mind Your Wash – Newborn Seals

No:28 of 2021 Buoy Changes in Swallowtail and Whitaker Navigation Channels

No:36 of 2021 Eco Reef Trial – River Crouch

No:39 of 2021 Repairs to Seawall Brandy Hole / East Hullbridge

No:43 of 2021 Raysand Channel

No:49 of 2021 Dredging Operations Burnham Yacht Harbour

No:51 of 2021 Dredging Operations Essex Marina

All other Notices to Mariners are hereby cancelled.

Please refer to the Ports Website www.crouchharbour.uk for details of Notices.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2022

Week  3


Annual Bring Forward


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


Week  3


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


Damage to Navigational marks.


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

1) A Person who without lawful authority,

a) Intentionally or recklessly damages -

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

(ii) Any lightship, buoy or beacon;

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

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


Commits an offence.


2) A person who, without reasonable excuse, -

a) rides by,

b) makes fast to, or

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


Commits an offence.


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



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

Week  3


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

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

1. Notices remaining in Force

2.  Port Signal Lights

3.  Reporting Signal - Point Romeo

4.  Communication

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

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

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

 


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

Week  3


River Medway

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

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

Ntom No 03 of 2021 LNG Vessel Transit And Manoeuvres

Ntom No 04 of 2021 Pilot Transfer Arrangements And Declaration

Ntom No 05 of 2021 Garrison Point RADAR

Ntom No 06 of 2021 Maritime Declaration Of Health

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

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

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



Port of Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 9 of 2022



Week  50


Lowestoft Harbour – Revised Small Craft and Yacht Information Notice


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


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


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


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



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

Week  49



Essex Police Headquarters,

PO Box 2, Springfield,

Chelmsford,

Essex. CM2 6DN

Tel.101

23rd November 2021  



Organised Crime Groups – Drugs Importation via Boats & Planes.


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


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


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


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


How can you help


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


Signs to look for


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

➢ Packages being seen thrown or dropped out of these planes

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

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

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

➢ Suspicious night-time activity

➢ General suspicious behaviour


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


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


Regards


Steve Davey

Prevent & Protect OCG Officer

Essex Police

steven.davey@essex.police.uk




Dated 23rd November, 2021 from Essex Police

Marina letter_.pdf



Week  43



NAVIGATIONAL NEAR MISS & INCIDENTS  - NEW WAY OF REPORTING


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


Download on the image for the full PDF



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2021

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Week  40




NEW PLA PUBLICATION  - PORT INFORMATION GUIDE


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


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

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


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

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


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




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2021


Week  31


Kentish River Stour Estuary Chartlet

This is available from the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners at

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


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



Week  10


REQUESTS FOR VESSELS TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION OR AT SLOW SPEED


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2021

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Week  6


PROCEDURES IN THE THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE


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


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

PLA 4.pdf



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021


2020 Notices for this area below


Week  53


RIVER MEDWAY - LNG VESSEL TRANSIT AND MANOEUVRES


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

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

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


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


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




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

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Week  53


IRIVER MEDWAY - INCIDENT UPDATE & PROSECUTION STATEMENT

 

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


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


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



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

Week  36


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

(General Directions for Navigation)


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

Berth Exclusion Zone Regulations:


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

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

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


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


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

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




Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2022 (re-issue)

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Week  29


Lowestoft Harbour and Approaches –Management of Vessel Speed and Wash

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

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

• The speed of the passing vessel(s).

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

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

• The design of the vessel hull.

• The relative displacement of both vessels.

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

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

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



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

Week  24


THE SWALE -FAVERSHAM CREEK - Abandoned Craft Wreckage  

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

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




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

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Week  20


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dated 4th May, 2020


There is a pdf Download:  


MOD Shoeburyness

Staying safe near the Range Sea Danger Area

Week 30


Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

NAVIGATION

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

51˚36.206’N

000˚52.223’E

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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2019

Week 3


Unmarked Obstruction – Faversham Creek


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


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


51° 20.193‘ N 00° 54.244’ E


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


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


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


Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH


New Wreck Reported


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


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


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


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 Refers


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


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Week 51


LOWESTOFT - REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS

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

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

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

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



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

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



Week 22


INFORMATION


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


Rule 9 – Narrow Channels

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2018


Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


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


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


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


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


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


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


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

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


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Week 36


LOWESTOFT - REPORTING OF VESSEL MOVEMENTS


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


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


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


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



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

Week 13


Dangerous Wreck on the Buxey Sand edge of the Swallowtail channel

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

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


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