No No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Week  3


RIVER CROUCH

Holliwell Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Holliwell Buoy in approximate position:

51°37.432 N,  000°55.843 E

is unlit.

Outer Crouch No 4 Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Outer Crouch No 4 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°38.000 N,  000°58.000 E

is now lit.

Notice to Mariners 50 of 2021 is hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 2 and 1 of 2022

Week  3


River Medway - Saltpan Reach - BP IOG. No1 Jetty - Dredging Operations


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are due to take place at BP Isle of Grain No.1 jetty, dredging will commence on or around 15/01/2022 and is expected to be complete on 16/01/2022. Operations will be focussed around the “berthing box” and will be carried out by the water injection dredger ‘Iguazu’.


‘Iguazu’ will display the required signals for respective operations by day and night, all vessels are requested to pass with caution and minimise their wash.

Admiralty Chart No. 1834 refers.


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


Port of Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners Nos 11 of 2022

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Week  3


 Dredging Operations at Royal Harwich Yacht Club and Woolverstone Marina


Dredging operations will be undertaken in the River Orwell at Royal Harwich Yacht Club and Woolverstone Marina as follows: -


- ‘Ben Michael’ plough dredger working at Royal Harwich Yacht Club – from 4th January until approx. 17th January 2022.


- ‘CH Horn’ working at Woolverstone Marina – from 10th January until 11th April 2022.


Mariners are advised to keep a wide berth from these vessels during dredging operations & maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch. 68.




Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2022

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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  2


SEA REACH TO LONG REACH - DREDGING OPERATIONS


Between 05th and 26th January 2022 the Dredger ‘IGUAZU’ will undertake dredging operations at

various locations in the lower reaches. The work may require vessels to proceed with caution or at slow speed. Such requests will be broadcast by London VTS, as per the requirements detailed in the Port Information Guide under ‘London VTS’, Para. 4.


A provisional schedule is listed below, however, the timing of the works may be adjusted for

operational reasons and further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channels 68/69.


Start Date          Berth Area

05/01/2022 London Gateway Port 1 & 2 Sea Reach

08/01/2022 Calor Gas Terminal Sea Reach

12/01/2022 Pura Jurgens Jetty Long Reach

14/01/2022 Port of Tilbury Dock Entrance Northfleet Hope

14/01/2022 Oikos Jetty 1 Sea Reach



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L25 of 2021

Week  2


SEA REACH - DREDGING OPERATIONS


On or about 05th January 2022, the dredger ‘IGUAZU’ will commence dredging operations on behalf of DP World. The operations will include dredging of London Gateway Berths 1 & 2, as well as areas of the Sunk Deep Water Route around Dynamo and S1 buoys. The works have an expected completion date of 26th January 2022. The timing of the works may be adjusted for operational reasons and further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channels 68/69.


The work may require vessels to proceed with caution or at slow speed. Such requests will be

broadcast by London VTS, as per the requirements detailed in the Port Information Guide under

‘London VTS’, Para. 4.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L24 of 2021

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Week  2


Lowestoft – Re-Scheduled Dredging Activities


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that dredging activities have been re-scheduled for Lowestoft as follows: -


• Vessel UKD ORCA – Due at Lowestoft on or around 01/01/22. Normal working hours: 24hr. Expected duration of works: 4 days.


• Vessel UKD Seahorse - Due at Lowestoft on or around 09/01/22. Working hours: 0700-1900hrs daily. Expected duration of works: 4 days.


The dredgers will work both Inner and Outer Harbour Areas, also in Lowestoft Approach Channel. They will display lights and shapes for dredging activities as prescribed in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.


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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 58 of 2021

Week  1


GREENWICH REACH - RIVER CLOSURES - FILMING OPERATIONS


From Tuesday 28th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022, filming operations will be

conducted periodically in Greenwich Reach, commencing at 22:30 each evening with activity

complete by 0500 the following morning.


To support these operations, the river may be periodically closed to navigation between Deptford

Creek and Lovells Moorings as depicted in the chartlet below. When the closure is established,

mariners may experience delays to their passage of no more than 20 minutes and disruption to port operations will be kept to a minimum. Advance warning of closures will be broadcast by London VTS.


The river closure will be indicated by two Harbour Service Launches displaying flashing blue lights, one stationed upriver of Deptford Creek and one downriver of Lovells Moorings. No manned vessels other than emergency service vessels responding to an incident and vessels engaged in filming operations are permitted within the closure area.


All vessels are to navigate this area with caution, maintaining a continuous watch on VHF Channel 14 and follow the instructions from the Harbour Service Launches exhibiting flashing blue lights; call sign prefix ‘THAMES PATROL’.


In addition, vessels are prohibited from mooring at or approaching within 20 metres of Folly House moorings from Tuesday 28th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022 inclusive.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M51 of 2021

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Week  1


HALFWAY REACH - THUNDERER JETTY DECONSTRUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS


On or about the 14th January 2021, contractors working on behalf of Stolthaven Dagenham Ltd will commence works on the deconstruction and then construction of Thunderer Jetty. It is anticipated that the works will last up to 18-months.


The works, which will include; scaffolding around the downriver jetty, the removal of the current jetty and associated works and the construction of a new jetty in its place. To support these works, a variety of marine plant will be used, including; jack-up barges, supply barges, tugs and works boats.


Throughout these operations, Thunderer Jetty will remain operational.


In order to support these operations a temporary mooring box will be established off No. 7 (Curved) Jetty, as detailed in the chartlet opposite.


All vessels associated with the works will maintain a 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’.  Safety boat ALFIE will be on station during working hours and maintain a 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 L23 of 2021

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Week  1


Dredging Operations

INFORMATION

Please be advised that Essex Marina will be undertaking annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Essex Marina, Wallasea Island, Essex on the 4th January 2022 through to the 31st March 2022

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Tug ASSASSIN.

Please be aware that small sections of pontoon may temporarily be placed onto Essex Marina’s Swinging Moorings which at night will be marked with a fixed white light at each end.

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

For additional information please contact:

Essex Marina Tel 01702 258531



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 51 of 2021

Week  51


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 13th December 2021, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in and around 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 8. 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 Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2021

Week  50



Harwich Harbour - Dredging and Beneficial Placements


From around the 02 December 2021, for a period of about 42 days, the trailing hopper suction dredge Scald (IMO number: 9352846) will start dredging in the main channel and will use the beneficial disposal site at Mersea Harbour.


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

The dredge area is a section of the main channel known as area C2 covering the whole width of the main channel and running from about 250m east of the Platters / Pitching Ground buoys to about 1,000m west of the same buoys. (See attached sketch HHA C2) It is possible that alternative dredge areas within the main channel will be used. Mariners will be informed of alternative dredge areas if used.


The dredger will dispose only at high water and be positioned as close to the disposal site as possible (see attached sketch MH 001). Disposal will be carried out on every high water (weather permitting), day and night, by rainbow discharge over the bow or via a floating pipeline.

The dredger will sail between the dredge site and Mersea Harbour generally along the routes shown on the attached sketch map MH Routes 002.


It should be noted that some mooring and navigation buoys may need to be removed in order to complete these works. Further information and updates on buoy moves can be obtained from Mersea Harbour Protection Trust at savemerseaharbour@gmail.com


Mariners are requested to keep clear of the equipment and the site of the placement works.

The dredging is covered by the MMO licence held by Harwich Haven Authority: L/2020/00360/2.

The disposal of material at Mersea Harbour is covered by MMO licence held by the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust: L/2018/00131/3.

Capital Dredging


From around the 06 December 2021, for a period of about 35 days, the trailing hopper suction dredge Vox Amalia (IMO number: 9768588) will start dredging the deep water channel.

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

The dredge area will be in various sections of the deep water channel, seaward of no. 7 & 8 Buoys. The Vox Amalia will use the Inner Gabbard East disposal area


The dredging is covered by the MMO licence held by Harwich Haven Authority: L/2020/00360/2.


Maintenance Dredging


From around the 26 November 2021, for a period of about 20 days, the trailing hopper suction dredge Medway (IMO number: 9524152) will commence maintenance dredging within the haven. It is expected that the Medway will use the Inner Gabbard disposal area.

From around the 22 November 2021 for a period of 25 days, the work boat Forth Drummer (IMO number: 9676917) will undertake plough dredging within the harbour.


Survey Operations


From around the 17 November 2021 for a period of 28 days, the survey vessel Porthos (11m LOA) will be surveying within the haven for the maintenance dredge operations.


From around the 01 December 2021, the survey vessel Patriot (25.90 m LOA) will be surveying within the haven and approaches for the channel deepening operations.


All vessels may be subject to Harwich VTS Traffic Organisation.


Given the increased frequency of vessel movements and dredging operations mariners are reminded of the importance of regulated vessel reporting requirements and necessity to maintain a good lookout ahead and astern.


Detailed vessel movements can be obtained from Harwich VTS on VHF channel 71.




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2021

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Week  50


River Medway – Aid to Navigation Defects


Notice is hereby given that: Kingsnorth Jetty fixed green lights have been restored to normal working condition. A further cancellation to this notice will be sent as soon as Gas House beacon has been reinstated.


Notice is hereby given that: the following aids to navigation have been reported as extinguished or defective:


Long Reach


Kingsnorth Jetty Downstream end Lighted beacon (2 FG)   Both fixed green lights are extinguished.


Limehouse Reach


Gas House Point Beacon Unlighted beacon (Can R)   Beacon is leaning over with top mark missing.  


Both faults have been reported to the asset owner and an update to this notice will be promulgated once normal working conditions have been restored.


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 47 of 2021

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  50


Dredging Operations at Burnham Yacht Harbour

INFORMATION

Please be advised that Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd will be undertaking their Annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, between approximately 9th December 2021 and 31st May 2022.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Motor Vessel BEAVER.

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

For additional information please contact:

Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd

Tel 01621 782150



Crouch Harbour Authority Notice Mariners No 49 of 2021

Week  50


PORT OF WELLS

No.1 off station

Please be advised that No.1 buoy is off station and has now been removed from the channel completely.

A further update will be reported on Thursday 2nd December 2021.



Port of Wells Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2021


Week  49



Essex Police Headquarters,

PO Box 2, Springfield,

Chelmsford,

Essex. CM2 6DN

Tel.101

23rd November 2021  



Organised Crime Groups – Drugs Importation via Boats & Planes.


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


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


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


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


How can you help


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


Signs to look for


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

➢ Packages being seen thrown or dropped out of these planes

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

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

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

➢ Suspicious night-time activity

➢ General suspicious behaviour


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


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


Regards


Steve Davey

Prevent & Protect OCG Officer

Essex Police

steven.davey@essex.police.uk




Dated 23rd November, 2021 from Essex Police

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Week  48



Lowestoft – UXO Position in Lowestoft SE Approaches


Mariners and Port Users are advised that a Navigational Warning (WZ Notice), has been issued by the UKHO regarding unexploded ordnance (UXO) located in three positions off the East Coast. One of the UXO positions (circled on below WZ extract), is close to the entrance to the Stanford Channel, SE approaches to Lowestoft.

This seabed obstruction presents a potential hazard to vessels engaged in fishing activity using trawl/bottom fishing gear, and to vessels using anchors in this area.


Further information will be provided once actions regarding this UXO have been agreed by the MCA and UKHO.


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




Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 51 of 2021

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Week  48


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 13th December 2021, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in and around 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 8. 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 Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2021

Week  47



 INAPPROPRIATE USE OF VHF RADIO


On all vessels fitted with VHF radio, the Master shall ensure that VHF channels utilised by London VTS are used only for safety of navigation, emergency and urgent communications and for no other purpose.


All such VHF communications shall comply with the guidelines contained within IMO Resolution A.954(23) on the proper use of VHF channels at sea and MCA Marine Guidance Notice 324 (M+F) on the use of VHF radio and Automatic Identification Systems at sea.


Failure to comply with these guidelines may lead to offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 which, consequently, could result in the withdrawal of an individual’s Authority to Operate VHF radio equipment, the revocation of a vessels Ship Radio Licence or prosecution.

All radio communications on VHF channels utilised by London VTS are continuously monitored and recorded. Appropriate steps will be taken to track and identify those making inappropriate transmissions.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2021

Week  47



RIVER MEDWAY – CHATHAM REACH - Euro Wharf – River Works


Notice is hereby given that work on the sheet piled berth face at Euro Wharf is due to start week commencing 8th November 2021. The activity involves installing 100 flap valves along the front of the sheet piled wall.


As the flap valves are installed, any holes in the sheet piling will be repaired by welding plates in place. The flap valves will be installed by welding a backplate the sheet pile, the hole for the flap valve will then be cut through the bracket and the sheet pile wall by burning. A membrane will be installed behind the sheet pile wall to prevent backfill material from exiting the sheet pile wall. The flap will then be secured in place to complete the flap valve installation.


All work will be carried out over low water periods by the workboat “Assassin” who will maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 74 at all times. The work is expected to take approximately 3 months to complete.


All vessels are requested to navigate with caution and minimise their wash when passing Euro Wharf whilst men are working on the waterline.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.


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 46 of 2021


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Week  45


 Ha’penny Pier Pontoons


Harwich Haven Authority advise visiting sailors using the Ha’penny Pier pontoons, Harwich, that the facility will be unmanned from 1 November 2021 for the winter season. Our Pier Attendants will be back on duty at the beginning of April 2022.


Please note:


• The gate accessing the pontoons will remain shut throughout the winter, for security reasons and following incidences of vandalism and unsocial behaviour.

• Harwich Haven Authority gives priority usage of the Ha’penny Pier pontoons to local fishermen during the off season.

• Sailors should note that if the bridges connecting the pontoons are raised… it is unsafe to enter the mooring facilities.

• Ha’penny Pier and the pontoons are under 24 hour CCTV surveillance.

• Please see our 2021 Yachting Guide, which contains safety of navigation information and all emergency contact details.


The Pier Attendants’ telephone will be manned between 0900 -1600 during the winter season – 07748 154039. Alternatively, email pier.master@hha.co.uk.



Harwich Haven  Authority Notices to Mariners No 33 of  2021

Week  44



 MERSEA HARBOUR PROTECTION TRUST


 APPROACHES TO MERSEA AND TOLLESBURY


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RECHARGE OPERATIONS


MMO Marine Licence L/2018/00131/3


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2021 – APRIL 2022


Notice is hereby given that contractors working on behalf of Harwich Harbour Authority with the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust and the Environment Agency will be operating in locations at Cobmarsh Island, Packing Marsh, Old Hall and Tollesbury Wick to distribute recharge material of a mix of sand and coarse gravel to rebuild and reinforce natural wavebreaks protecting Mersea Harbour and Tollesbury between approximately 51o45.20N 00o52.50E and 51o46.30N 00o54.30E


The contractors, Boskalis NV and Van Oord will be employing a specialist shallow draft dredger “Sospan Dau”(IMO 7711062) Gr Tonnage 1,546 LOA 72.80m Dft 2.80m. Delivery will be carried out on every high water (weather permitting), day and night, either by direct pumping of material over the bow of the dredger, or via a floating pipeline. Connection of the dredger to the pipeline and positioning the placement end will be carried out by a Multicat MCS Anekke (IMO 9570905) and a workboat.


This work is commensurate with the application made to the MMO in respect of the above licence under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.


Work is programmed to take place at every High Water, weather permitting, commencing 3rd November 2021 until 15th November recommencing early January 2022 for completion by April 2022


For further information regarding this Notice contact  Mersea Harbour Protection Trust

Or email savemerseaharbour@gmail.com



NOTICE TO MARINERS  dated 25th October, 2021

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Week  43



NAVIGATIONAL NEAR MISS & INCIDENTS  - NEW WAY OF REPORTING


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


Download on the image for the full PDF



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2021

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Week  42



BARKING REACH  - BARKING RIVERSIDE PIER - CONSTRUCTION WORKS


On or about Monday 18th October 2021, McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd working on behalf of Barking Riverside Limited will commence construction works of the new Barking Riverside Pier, works are expected to last until the end of January 2022.


Jack-Up barge ADMIRAL will be moored as shown below supported by delivery barges and tugs.

A navigational exclusion zone will be established as defined by the red boxed area shown opposite. Only vessels engaged in the works may enter the exclusion zone.


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’.


Safety boat THE MOLLY will be on station during working hours and maintain a watch on VHF Channel 14.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M42 of 2021

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Week  42


APPROACHES TO MERSEA AND TOLLESBURY


Admiralty Chart 3741


RECHARGE OPERATIONS


MMO Marine Licence L/2018/00131/3


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2021 – APRIL 2022


Notice is hereby given that contractors working on behalf of Harwich Harbour Authority with the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust and the Environment Agency will be operating in locations at Cobmarsh Island, Packing Marsh, Old Hall and Tollesbury Wick to distribute recharge material of a mix of sand and coarse gravel to rebuild and reinforce natural wavebreaks protecting Mersea Harbour and Tollesbury between approximately 51o45.20N 00o52.50E and 51o46.30N 00o54.30E


The contractors, Boskalis NV and Van Oord will be employing a specialist shallow draft dredger “Sospan Dau”(IMO 7711062) Gr Tonnage 1,546 LOA 72.80m Dft 2.80m. Delivery will be carried out on every high water (weather permitting), day and night, either by direct pumping of material over the bow of the dredger, or via a floating pipeline. Connection of the dredger to the pipeline and positioning the placement end will be carried out by a Multicat MCS Anekke (IMO 9570905) and a workboat.


This work is commensurate with the application made to the MMO in respect of the above licence under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.


Work is programmed to take place at every High Water, weather permitting, commencing early or mid November 2021 until completion by April 2022


For further information regarding this Notice contact

Mersea Harbour Protection Trust on 01206 382843

Or email savemerseaharbour@gmail.com



MERSEA HARBOUR PROTECTION TRUST NOTICE TO MARINERS

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  37


Eco Reef Trial – River Crouch

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that following the deployment of the Eco Reef on 29th August 2021, please see below revised position:

51° 39.827 N,  001° 01.556E

Yellow lighted special marker buoy Fl. Y (5) Topmark x

Anchoring within 50m of the special mark is prohibited.

Notice to Mariners 32 of 2021 is hereby cancelled.




Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2021

Week  34


RIVER MEDWAY – Approaches to Sheerness  - Garrison Point – SD.10 – Installation of Mooring Buoy


Notice is hereby given that a new mooring buoy has now been laid off of the Downstream end of Sheerness No.10 berth in the following approximate position : -


51° 26.966’ N – 000° 44.884’E


The mooring buoy will be utilised by Ro-Ro vessels berthing on SD.10, when alongside, the ship’s mooring lines will create a hazard between the buoy and the vessel. When the berth is not in use the mooring lines will run from the buoy to the berth and be made fast on the downstream dolphin,  whilst the ropes are in the water they will be made more conspicuous by coloured marker buoys.

 

When ropes are running from the buoy to the berth, passage between the mooring buoy and downstream dolphin on SD.10 will not be possible. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of Garrison Point and NOT pass between the buoy and the end of Sheerness No.10 berth.

Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.


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

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Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2021 (Updated 9.8.21)

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Week  34


Blakeney Harbour Entrance

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should note the following new pilotage information:

Hijordis east starboard lateral mark has moved to

52 degrees 58.951N ,  0 degrees  58.206E

The outer port lateral mark has been removed from the channel and will remain off station until further notice.

Care MUST still be taken when entering Blakeney harbour. The wreck of the Hijordis is currently in the channel. Vessels are not advised to enter or leave 2hrs before high water or 2hrs after high water.

When entering Blakeney Harbour from the fairway mark follow a heading of 213 degrees towards Hijordis East Starboard Lateral mark Fl.G 2s leave isolated danger beacon Fl(2) 5s to starboard.



Dated 12th August, 2021

Week  31


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 2021.

 

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 2021

 

Tuesday 09th November   From 0935 to 1205 GMT

 

December 2021

 

Wednesday 08th December  From 0930 to 1200 GMT


January 2022

 

Monday 24th January   From 1030 to 1300 GMT


February 2022

 

Monday 21st February  From 0945 to 1215 GMT

 

March 2022

 

Wednesday 23rd March  From 0945 to 1215 GMT

 

April 2022

 

Tuesday 19th April  From 0930 to 1200 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.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2021


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  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  25


Wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery - Prohibited Area


The SS Richard Montgomery was a US Liberty Ship built in 1943 by the St. John's River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, USA. The ship sailed from the USA to the UK as part of a convoy in August 1944 with a cargo of 7,000 tons of munitions, of which 1,400 tons (Net Explosive Quantity [NEQ]) remains on board in the forward section of the wreck. On arrival in the Thames Estuary, the vessel was directed to anchor in the Great Nore Anchorage, off of Sheerness. However, on the next tide, the ship's anchor dragged and vessel drifted on to Sheerness Middle Sands, a bank running east from the Isle of Grain, to north of the Medway Approach Channel. Approximately half of the cargo was salvaged at the time, unfortunately, the vessel split in two and sank before the remainder of the cargo could be recovered. The wreck now lies in approximately 15 metres of water, 1.5 miles from Sheerness and the Isle of Grain and 5 miles from Southend.


The wreck is designated under section 2 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and there is a no-entry exclusion zone around it. The wreck is under 24-hour surveillance by Peel Ports London Medway. The MCA carry out regular surveys of the wreck and its environment in order to monitor its condition, to identify any changes and deterioration and to inform future management strategies.


Statutory Instrument 1973 No. 1690 identifies the prohibited area around the wreck as straight lines joining the following points:


51° 28’ 04” N; 00° 47’ 12” E - 51° 27’ 57” N; 00° 47’ 22” E

51° 27’ 50” N; 00° 47’ 11” E - 51° 27’ 58” N; 00° 47’ 01” E

The prohibited area is clearly defined with 4 yellow, special mark light buoys at the N,S,E and W corners with a further 12 orange spar buoys spaced between the special marks (3 on each side).

Signage on the 12 spar buoys clearly denotes the area as “Dangerous”


All craft, unless given authorisation by the ‘MCA Receiver of Wreck’, shall not enter the prohibited zone. If observed in the exclusion zone, masters/owners will be subject to enforcement actions and risk potential prosecution by the governing body.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2022 (Re-issued)

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Week  19


Blakeney Harbour Entrance Channel

Mariners should be aware that entry into Blakeney Harbour must be undertaken with extreme caution at the present time. The entry channel has shifted East and the wreck of the HJORDIS is currently in the middle of the channel.

Vessels entering the harbour should note the following:

Do not attempt entry outside of 1hr either side of HW

Do not attempt entry if there is breaking swell on Blakeney Bar or if the swell height exceeds 1M

 Vessels should proceed from the West heading towards the Hjordis wreck beacon in an Easterly direction, as indicated on the photo above.

Pass the Hjordis wreck beacon approx 50M to the South and continue to the first buoy (port).

Turn SSW when reaching this first port buoy and head for the second buoy (starboard).

After passing this starboard buoy, continue SSW until passing between the next port and starboard buoys (gate) and onward following the buoys into the harbour.

Vessels intending to enter the harbour for the first time are strongly advised to obtain up to date pilotage information by contacting Blakeney Harbour Association as follows:

HENRY ARCHER: 07786092405

or

NEIL THOMPSON: 07929181138

or

WILL DARBY: 07795463943



Dated 2nd May, 2021

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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:

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Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

Week  2


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.


Cancel Notice to Mariners 2/2020



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 2 of 2021

Week  2


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King's Lynn. - Narrow channels – Rule 9  -

International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea.  - VHF Reporting.


Mariners are advised that commercial vessels to and from King’s Lynn may be encountered on either side of the approach channel, keeping to the best of the water.


Mariners are reminded that Under Rule 9 of the International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea section (b) “A vessel of less than 20 metres 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”.


All vessels in the approaches to King’s Lynn must maintain a listening watch on V.H.F. channel 14. Information on the commercial traffic movements can be obtained from “King’s Lynn Harbour Radio” “King’s Lynn Pilots” or “King’s Lynn Docks” on Ch 14.


Masters are requested to report their movements on VHF channel 14 to “King’s Lynn Pilots” on departure from their Berths at King’s Lynn, or on entry when passing No.3 Lightbuoy, passing West Stones Beacon, and passing the Pylons.


“King’s Lynn Docks” on VHF ch14 must be contacted when departing berths in the Harbour or inward passing the Pylons to check it is clear to pass the Dock entrance. Commercial vessels can be encountered swinging off the Dock entrance or entering the river from about 1 hour to high water to half an hour after high water.

Cancel Notice to Mariners 3/2020



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 3 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


DEPLOYMENT OF OYSTER SPAT FRAMES - BRIGHTLINGSEA CREEK AND RIVER COLNE, ESSEX


NOTICE TO MARINERS: 29TH June 2020 – 30TH June 2021


Exo Environmental Ltd. in partnership with Richard Haward’s Oysters, the University of Essex and Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners, have scheduled to deploy Oyster Spat Frames (Figure 1) at two sites in the Brightlingsea Creek and River Colne, Essex for research purposes.


The two sites are marked by a yellow guard buoy (Pic Below). The coordinates of sites are provided in Table 1 in WGS84, and the chart locations are shown in Figure 2.


The Frames will be deployed for a period of up to 1 year, and all equipment will be removed at the end of the study.


SITE     LAT LONG                                   Easting Northing

1          51° 48′ 2.29″  1° 0′ 46.53″       609685 216206

https://maps.google.com?q=51.800635,1.012926

2          51° 48′17.87″ 1° 2′ 19.12″       607820 215635

https://maps.google.com?q=51.804964,1.038646


Figure 1:



Marking



For further information please contact:

William Coulet – Exo Environmental Ltd. M: 0770 4831 754 E: william@exo-env.co.uk

Alternatively the Harbour Office



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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  12


Landguard Beach

Mariners attention is drawn to the shoaling alongside the shoreline highlighted in the chartlet  outside the main channel south of   No9 berth.

This notice will remain extant until the shoaling is sufficiently promulgated by UKHO.

Mariners navigating in this area should always consult the most recently published, fully corrected chart.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020

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Week 5


RIVER MEDWAY – UPNOR REACH  - submerged Obstruction - Chatham Maritime Marina - Outside Waiting Pontoon


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a craft work cradle/tray has sunk at the downstream end of Chatham Maritime Marina holding pontoon. The object is approximately 22m in length and is not visible at any state of the tide. The wreck has been marked with an orange pellet buoy, the owner is aware and will be dealing with the situation.


Mariners should navigate with caution due to this submerged danger to navigation until further notice.


Approximate position - 51 24.33N – 000 31.90E


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 4 of 2020


UKHO Chart 1835 refers.


Week 1


River Stour (Kent) - New Shingle bank formed at Stonar Cut

Date 21st December 2019

Mariners are informed of the creation of a shingle bank just downstream of Stonar Cut, at the southern tip of Richborough Wharf, consequent of the Environment Agency running of the Cut’s sluices to drain the river of excess rainfall and consequent flooding of the flood plain.  The bank will be protected by a Starboard Hand (green) buoy.



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2019

Week 46


Kentish River Stour Estuary

A revised chartlet was published on 4th October, 2019 and is downloadable at:

http://www.sandwichphc.uk/page12.html



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners

Week 37


RIVER THAMES - GRAVESEND REACH LOWER

SPECIAL MARK MISSING GROYNE NO. 2

The special mark and associated post marking the northern limit of Groyne No. 2 has collapsed and is no longer visible at high water. Navigation in the area should be carried out with extreme caution.  Repairs will be carried out at the earliest opportunity.

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 L37 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 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 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 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


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


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)


Medway 25.jpg


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:


Lowestoft 24 of 2017.jpg



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.