No 17 of 2 Temporary Notices to Mariners


Temporary Notices to Mariners


Week 5


Harwich Harbour - Turbidity Sensors Deployed in Harbour


3 turbidity sensors will be deployed around Harwich Harbour for monitoring purposes. The sensors will be deployed by the Tug “Jean T” in the week commencing 20th January 2020 and will be removed by end of March 2020. The equipment will be a minimum height of 1.5m from the seabed and marked with a lit IALA buoy.


Sensor Near   Sensor position  Depth (m)  Minimum depth  (m) above sensor

                                      WGS84 Lat WGS84 long


Sensor 1 Nr Fort          51 56.162082 N 001 18.868816 E       14.5        13.0

Sensor 2 Nr Pepys      51 57.796893 N 001 16.859822 E        14.5        13.0

Sensor 3 Nr Ganges    51 57.096781 N 001 16.9842 E            8.3           6.8


Details of the mooring setup opposite.


Mooring setup


The equipment consists of a mooring and bed frame equipped with a turbidity sensor and a Booner tube. An L-shaped mooring design which will consist of an IALA buoy connected to a clump weight via a chain riser. The clump weight will then connect to a bed frame via a rope ground line. The  turbidity sensor will be positioned on the bed frame at approximately 0.5m above the seabed relative to the position of the Booner tube.



Harwich Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2010


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Week 5


RIVER MEDWAY – UPNOR REACH  - ubmerged 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 5


River Crouch - Branklet Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Branklet Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51˚ 36.983’N  000˚ 52.113’E

is unlit.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2020

Week 5


LOWESTOFT - SOUTH PIER HEAD FENDER REPAIRS


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that works are schedule to commence on Saturday 18th, completing Sunday 19th January, to replace fender piles around Lowestoft South pier head. Works will mostly be in daylight hours.


The works will be undertaken from the Vessel ‘Sheerkhan’ with support craft ‘Cargo of Dreams’. All craft will monitor VHF Ch.14.


The above works have been extended due to unfavourable Swell over the weekend. Mariners and Port Users are advised that the vessel “Flying Hart” will be installing Brackets to the Fendering on the South Pier on Tuesday 21st January 2020, during Daylight hours only. The vessel Sheerkhan will be installing 1 further Fender later in the week, exact date / time TBC.


Vessels wishing to enter or leave the port should contact Port Control to obtain information and get updated information on works. Vessels should only pass the work site/piers once permission has been granted. Small vessels should be able to pass through the piers during the works, however, should afford as wide a berth as is safe and practical, and pass at slow speed to reduce vessel wash. For large vessel movements, port control will liaise with the contractor to arrange a suitable time for the work vessels to clear the worksite to allow safe vessel transit.


Timings for the works will be subject to suitable weather and tidal conditions.


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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2020

Week 5


LOWESTOFT – OUTER HARBOUR – SCOTTISH POWER PONTOONS – LIGHT CHARACTERS INCORRECT


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the navigation lights marking the Scottish Power pontoons are not flashing as per character.


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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2020

Week 5


LOWESTOFT – TRANSITS OF UNMANNED SURFACE VESSEL - FOR SURVEY OPERATIONS AT GREATER GABBARD OFFSHORE WIND FARM


Mariners and Port Users are advised that hydrographic survey operations, at the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm, are scheduled to commence on Friday 17th January 2020. These will be conducted using an unmanned surface vessel (USV) “X-06” operated by ‘XOcean’, which will be remotely controlled by a USV ‘Pilot’. The vessel is capable of working 24/7. The USV has AIS, Navigation lights a radar reflector and are painted Yellow. The duration of the survey work is approximately 2 days and is subject to favourable weather conditions.


The vessels will transit to and from the survey area from the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Marina in Lowestoft Outer Harbour area. When transiting Harbour areas and approaches the USV’s will be escorted by the “POSIEDON” acting as Safety Boat. The Safety Boat will be monitoring VHF Ch14 during Harbour transits.


Further details of the survey can be found on the attached NTM issued by SSE.

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2020

Week 5


LOWESTOFT – APPROACHES- TWINS (Sewer) BUOYS – SOUTH CARDINAL MARK – TOP MARK


Mariners and Port Users are advised that the topmark of the “Twins” (Sewer) South cardinal mark is dislodged and is not seen as vertical (as opposite:


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


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 7 of 2020

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Week 5


Great Yarmouth - Maintenance repairs various to existing quay and retired line/wall


Notice is hereby given that JBA Bentley will be carrying out maintenance work to the quay heading at Great Yarmouth. The site stretches along the downstream end of the River Bure.

The works are planned to commence from Monday 20 January 2020 until 07 March 2020.


Three types of work are being undertaken at various points along the left bank: (1) Installation of cathodic anode protection; (2) Plating works to sheet piling (3) Patch repairs to the retired concrete line.


During this period, navigation will be open, but may be restricted. Vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.


Additional works Information


When works are taking place in the vicinity of the Bure Bridge, the grid reference is TG521081. The navigation channel will be severely restricted to 8m width, with passage only available for larger vessels for one hour either side of slack low water for the duration of the works from

Monday 20 January to 07 March 2020.


Please see tide information: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/tide-information


Vessels requiring passage outside these times are requested to make arrangement in advance with JBA Bentley on 07826 520988.


Please ensure that these positions are taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.


All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restrictions.


The works will take place between the following approximate position: TG520080 – X (easting) 652093: Y (northing) 308040 and TG520088 – X (easting) 652044: Y (northing) 308831 (Shown on plan extract by) . Vessels should ensure the works are taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2020

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Week 5


Navigation Restriction - Powerboat Racing at Oulton Broad


Notice is hereby given that vessels may be temporarily restricted and regulated in their movement near the powerboat racing circuit at Oulton Broad during the 2020 summer season. Where necessary patrol boats will supervise transit between races. Please take note of advice given by officials.


Specific dates for racing are as follows:


Thursday 7 May 6.00pm

Thursday 14 May 6.00pm

Thursday 21 May 6.00pm

Sunday 24 May 12 noon - CPA British Championships

Monday 25 May 12 noon - CPA British Championships

Thursday 4 June 6.00pm

Thursday 11 June 6.00pm

Thursday 18 June 6.00pm

Thursday 25 June 6.00pm

Thursday 2 July 6.00pm

Thursday 9 July 6.00pm

Thursday 16 July 6.00pm

Saturday 18 July 12 noon - UIM GT15-OSY400 World Championships

Sunday 19 July 12 noon - UIM GT15-OSY400 World Championships

Thursday 30 July 6.00pm

Thursday 6 August 5.30pm

Thursday 13 August 5.30pm

Thursday 20 August 5.30pm

Monday 31 August 4.00pm - Lions Bank Holiday Gala Event

Sunday 13 September 12 noon - Battle of Britain*  extended course into North Bay.


For more information visit www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners or call 01603 610734



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2020

Week 5


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 20th January 2020, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in the main channel North of number 10 buoy, between buoys 10 & 6 and in 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 dated 16th January, 2020

Week 5


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that Harbour Entrance buoy no. 3 is currently off-station.

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should obtain pilotage information from the numbers below before entering the harbour, due to the constantly changing new entrance channel.

Harbour Entrance buoys no’s. 1,2 and 3 will be re-positioned as soon as the new entrance channel becomes stable.



Blakeney Harbour Association 20th January, 2020

Week 5


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


Mariners are advised that from the PM tide 21st January 2020 through until the PM Tide 31st January 2020, UKD Vessel “Cherry Sand” will be carrying out maintenance dredging for the safety of shipping within the enclosed Docks King’s Lynn.


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

The disposal area is marked by 2 Yellow marker buoys;-


 SGNW buoy Fl.Y.5s 52°50.615’N 000°21.160’E.


 SGW buoy Fl.Y.10s 52°50.360’N 000°21.270’E.


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


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


The “Cherry Sand” will monitor VHF channel 14.



Kings Lynn Conservatory Board Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2020

Week 4


PORT OF LONDON - VTS EMERGENCY EXCERCISES

 

Mariners are advised that for VTS Emergency resilience training, all TBNC operations will be conducted from Gravesend on the following dates;


• Wednesday 15th January 2020

• Tuesday 21st January 2020

• Wednesday 22nd January 2020

• Thursday 23rd January 2020

• Tuesday 28th January 2020


It is anticipated there will be no impact on operations or river users and a Securité safety alert will be broadcast on Ch.14 during the duration of the exercise. TBNC will be manned at all times.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2020

Week 4


Harwich Harbour - Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches


Mariners are advised that on or about the 14th of January 2020 the dredger Sospan Dau will

commence maintenance dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 5 days. Materials will be disposed of to the beneficial sites in the River Stour and River Orwell.


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


Lights and shapes as required by Collision Regulations will be exhibited and a listening watch on

VHF Channel 71 will be maintained throughout.


Harwich Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2010

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Week 4


RIVER CROUCH - Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2020

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: 52 of 2019 Dredging Operations River Crouch – Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina

All other Notices to Mariners are hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2020

Week 4


 RIVER CROUCH - 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 between approximately the 13th January 2020 through to the 31st March 2020.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Tug PUNISHER.

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 2 of 2020

Week 4


IPSWICH - Temporary Lock Closure


Mariners and Port Users are advised that due to essential works on behalf of ABP, Ipswich Lock will be closed for all vessels during the following period :


Tuesday 21st January from 0900hrs ~ 1500hrs .


There is a possibility that works could be completed earlier than expected, please contact Orwell Navigation Service on VHF CH 68 for the latest information.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2020

Week 3


HALFWAY REACH  - GREAT BREACH PUMPING STATION - OUTFALL & FORESHORE WORKS


Starting the week commencing 6th January 2020 equipment will be mobilised to the Great Breach Pumping Station in order to restore functionality to its outfall and carry out additional works in the vicinity.


During the works a landing craft will be utilised by contractors working on the foreshore along with a jet-float working platform anchored to the foreshore to provide safe access to the tidal flap valve. Temporary scaffolding will also be constructed adjacent to the outfall structure.


At times a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be in place and broadcasts made by London VTS on VHF Channel 14. Vessels involved in the lifting operations will display the international code flags “Romeo Yankee” at all times when the ‘Proceed with Caution’ is in place and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14.


The works are expected to last until the end of April 2020.


For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 14 or by telephone on 0203 2607711.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L1 of 2020

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Week 3


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Breydon Bridge Non-Operational


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Breydon lifting bridge is currently non-operational and is unable to lift for vessel traffic. Road traffic is unaffected.


Diagnostic testing is ongoing; however, it is not known at this time when the bridge will return to normal service.


Air draught boards are available on both sides of the bridge. Additional advice can be sought by contacting Breydon Bridge on VHF Ch12 or telephone 01493 335536 (daylight hours only).



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) No 14 of 2019

Week 3


Closure of ‘Catfield Dyke’ Hickling Broad


Notice is hereby given that the Broads Authority will be dredging Catfield Dyke. Passage to all vessels will be closed for the duration of the works. All vessels are to consider this closure when route planning and when navigating the area.


The works are planned to commence from Monday 13 January to Thursday 9 April 2020.


Mariners with vessels in Catfield Dyke are encouraged to make route arrangements prior to the works starting. All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of the closure.

The works will take place in the following approximate position: TG405217– X (easting) 640530: Y (northing) 321734 (Shown on plan extract).


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


Please contact the Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.


Rivers Engineer



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2020

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Week 1


Kings Lynn Docks.


Please be advised that due to the unsuitability for small craft and recent safety concerns the use of Riverside Quay (berths 4 and 5) by small vessels for unloading or layby will no longer be permitted.


This notice is effective immediately.



Kings Lynn (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2019

Week 1


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


Discontinuance of, and amendments to, Aids to Navigation


Mariners are advised that the following navigation buoys, which indicated historic approach channels to Kings Lynn, were permanently discontinued on 17th December 2019. Buoys and all associated mooring equipment have been removed.


a: Seal Sand, North Cardinal light buoy, 52° 56’.000N 000°20’.000E

b: Sunk, West Cardinal light buoy, 52° 56’.290N 000° 23’.400E


The designated anchorage for King’s Lynn as shown on BA1200, BA108 and Imray Y9 plus ECDIS systems remains unchanged.


Mariners are also advised that due to changes in the profile of the channel the following lightbuoys were moved on 17th December 2019:


a: No. 14 Port hand light buoy moved to, 52° 51’.685N 000°21’.475E

b: No. 16 Port hand light buoy moved to, 52° 51’.365N 000°21’.250E


For further information please contact King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF channel 14, or by telephone 01553 773411, or by email at klcb.pilots@btconnect.com


All the latest chart extracts and full lists of positions of all KLCB Aids to Navigation are available to download from our website.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.   Notice to Mariners No. 25/2019.

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 52


NORTHFLEET HOPE  - HALLS NORTHFLEET JETTY - BOLLARD INSTALLATION AND CONVEYOR WORKS


During the week beginning the 16th December works will commence at Halls Northfleet Jetty.


A crane barge will be positioned alongside the jetty for the works which are expected to last for approximately 5 days.


The works include the installation of new fenders and modifications to the new conveyor system. During lifting operations a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be broadcasted by London VTS on VHF Channel 68.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L56 of 2019

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Week 52


GRAVESEND REACH  - TILBURY2 MARINE WORKS


This notice supersedes L44 of 2019


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


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


At times during the construction works the jetty lights will not be displayed as per published nautical charts. The eastern and western limits of the works will be marked by green aids to navigation at all times. Isolated structures will be marked individually. Charts will be updated on completion of the works.


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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L55 of 2019

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Week 52


GRAVESEND REACH - LOWER THAMES CROSSING - TEMPORARY CONTROL ZONE & GROUND INVESTIGATION WORKS


This Notice supersedes Notice to Mariners L45


Following completion of marine ground investigation works within the main navigation channel and within Higham Bight the temporary control zone has now been cancelled. Investigation works will continue on the north side of the river within the area shown below around Groyne No. 3 and continue until January 2020.


A 50m exclusion zone will remain around each jack-up barge during the remaining works. Movements will be co-ordinated with London VTS on VHF Channel 68 around the slack water periods as required. Vessels must not enter the exclusion zones other than in an emergency or with the prior permission of London VTS.


Works will be suspended for approximately two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period with all jack-up barges being removed from the river to Denton Wharf during this time.


Craft involved in the works


The following craft will be involved in the works with additional craft present at times:

SKATE 3E | Jack-up barge | 19.5m x 12.2m

ARAN 120 | Jack-up Barge | 18.6m x 18.3m

Ribs will be used for crew transfers.


The tugs SEADOG, GUNDOG and CHILLIDOG will be on standby throughout the works and will be used to position the jack-up barges.


All vessels involved in the works will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68.   Both jack-up barges will be fitted with AIS and will display the lights and shapes as prescribed in Rule 27 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 namely:


• By day, three black shapes in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are balls and the middle one a diamond.

• By night, three all round lights in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are red and the middle one white.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L54 of 2019

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Week 52


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

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ‘Northern Divers’ will be conducting a hydrographic 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.


Survey work will commence 16/12/2019 and is expected to be complete 19/12/2019. Multiple survey runs will be performed at slow speed using a RIB Callsign “Sea Rover” who will be monitoring VHF Channel 74 at all times. All work will be completed from the surface, 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.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2019

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Week 4


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 13th January 2020, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in the main channel North of number 10 buoy, between buoys 10 & 6 and in 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 dated 9th January, 2020

Week 52

 

East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to King’s Lynn - Discontinuance of Aids to Navigation


Mariners are advised that the following navigation buoys, which indicated historic approach channels to Kings Lynn, are to be discontinued:


a: Seal Sand, North Cardinal light buoy, 52° 56’.000N 000°20’.000E

b: Sunk, West Cardinal light buoy, 52° 56’.290N 000° 23’.400E


Works are scheduled to commence on or about Tuesday 17th December 2019

 

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


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



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 24/2019.

Week 51


LONG REACH - TEMPORARY FENDER ARRANGEMENTS ESSO No. 1 JETTY

Following the work carried out in November to remove the failed downstream jetty fender, further works will now take place to remove the upstream jetty fender and install temporary yokohama floating fenders and backing panels.  These  works  are  due  to  take  place  from  5th December  2019 and will be  carried  out intermittently until January 2020 subject to weather conditions as follows:

5th and 6th December 2019  Diving Operations

w/c 16th December 2019  Downstream  temporary fender and panel installation

w/c 13th January 2020  Upstream existing panel removal, temporary fender and panel installation

At times lifting and diving operations will  take  place from  the  crane  barge THAMES TRANSPORTER, with assistance from the tug SILVER BEAM, during which time a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be broadcasted by London VTS.The works will also involve men working on the waterline and the safety boat GPS ALERT will be in attendance.  All vessels involved will display International Code Flags "Romeo Yankee" when the ‘Proceed with Caution’ is in place and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch 68.For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 68 or by telephone on 01474 560311



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L53 of 2019

Week 51


Blakeney Harbour


Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that the following buoys have been removed today:

    HARBOUR ENTRANCE BUOY No. 1 ( starb) positioned N 52° 58.846’. E 000° 58.323

    HARBOUR ENTRANCE BUOY NO. 2 (starb) positioned N 52° 58.867’. E 000° 58.025’

These buoys will be repositioned in the new harbour entrance channel during Spring 2020.

Vessels entering the harbour during the Winter, before the new entrance channel is fully buoyed, should refer to the Notice to Mariners issued by the Blakeney Harbour Association on 27/11/19, which can be viewed below.



5th December, 2019, Blakeney Harbour Association

Week 50


Dredging Operations

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 5th December 2019 and 31st May 2020.

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 Commissioners Notices to Mariners No 52 of 2019

Week 50


Closure of ‘Catfield Dyke’ Hickling Broad

Notice is hereby given that the Broads Authority will be dredging Catfield Dyke.

 Passage to all vessels will be closed for the duration of the works.All vessels are to consider this closure when route planning and when navigating the area.The works are planned to commence from Monday 13 January to Thursday 9 April 2020.  Mariners with vessels in Catfield Dyke are encouraged to make route arrangements prior to the works starting.  All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of the closure.

The works will take place in the following approximate position: TG405217–X (easting) 640530: Y (northing) 321734 (Shown on plan extract ).  Vessels should ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.


Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2020

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Week 50


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that a new entrance channel has now opened up from Blakeney Bar into the harbour. The entrance channel now runs WEST of the Hjordis wreck beacon (and positioned N 52° 59.018’.  E 000° 58.144’). The previous entrance channel, to the East of the Hjordis beacon, should no longer be used, due to considerable new siltation which has occurred across the entrance.

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should now head ESE from Blakeney Bar (avoiding breaking water) directly to starboard Harbour Entrance buoy No. 3 (positioned N  52° 58.866’.   E 000° 57.792’), and then follow the buoys into the harbour as previously.

Mariners should also note:

if entering the harbour for the first time, please contact Charlie Ward (01263-740377 or 07771597985) for up to date information relating to pilotage and swell conditions at the harbour entrance.

do not attempt entry more than 2.5hrs before HW to 2.5hrs after HW. Deep draft vessels should however seek advice regarding safe entry timing.

do not attempt entry at night until Spring 2020, when lit buoys will be positioned marking the new entrance channel.

Harbour Entrance buoys No’s 1 and 2 should now be ignored. They will be removed as soon as conditions allow, and repositioned in Spring 2020.

Blakeney Fairway buoy still indicates safe water anchorage for vessels waiting to enter the harbour, but should not be used as a navigation mark for harbour entry. This buoy will also be re-positioned during Spring 2020.

Blakeney Harbour Association



27th November, 2019

Week 48


ST CLEMENT’S REACH - GREENHITHE SWING BUOY - NOT TO BE USED

Greenhithe Swing buoy has been damaged and must not be used until further notice.  A temporary yellow buoy with yellow light Flash every 2.5 seconds has been placed on top of the upended buoy



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L49 of 2019

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Week 46


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that the following buoys have been repositioned:

HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO.5 BUOY

New position:

N 52° 58.732’,  E 000° 57.552’

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 6 BUOY

New position:

N 52° 58.649’,  E 000° 57.337’



Blakeney Harbour Association, October 29th 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 45


Havengore Bridge – closed to marine traffic


Due to an ongoing issue affecting automated operation, Havengore Bridge remains closed to marine traffic. We’re pleased to confirm that a series of major upgrades is being planned and should commence before Christmas. The works will rectify the current fault and improve the overall reliability and resilience of the mechanism.


In the interim, we will consider operating the bridge manually on selected weekends subject to favourable tides and significant demand. Any dates identified for manual operation will be published on our website.


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




Dated 28th October, 2019

Week 44


Maintenance repairs various to existing quay and retired line/wall - River Bure

Notice is hereby given that JB-Bentley will be carrying out maintenance work to the quay heading at Gt. Yarmouth.  The site stretches along the downstream end of the River Bure, from grid ref TG 52093 08040 (Vauxhall bridge) to TG 52044 08831 (Eurocentre).The works are planned to commence from Monday 4 November 2019 until Friday 28 February 2020. Three types of work will be undertaken at various points along the left bank: installation of cathodic anode protection; plating works to sheet piling and patch repairs to the retired concrete line. During this period, maintenance works will be in operation between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 daily, excluding weekends.  Navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.  All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restrictions. The works will take place between the following approximate position: TG520080 –X (easting) 652093: Y (northing) 308040 and TG520088 –X (easting) 652044: Y (northing) 308831 (Shown on plan extract by)      .  

Vessels should ensure the works are taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.

Please contact the Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 ThorpeRoad, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.

 


Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 31 of 2019

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Week 42


Dredging work on Hickling Broad from Whiteslea Lodge Area to Catfield Dyke

Notice is hereby given that dredging operations on Hickling Broad may restrict passage during week days from Monday 4 November 2019 until Friday 27 March 2020.

During this period dredging will be in operation between 08:00 and 16:00 daily, excluding weekends. During each period of operation delays may occur with the dredging rig taking up much of the navigational width.   Mariners must exercise great care whilst proceeding passed the works.

All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays.

The works will take place in the following approximate position:

TG418215–X (easting) 641879: Y (northing) 321543 (Shown in red on plan extract).

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

Please contact Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 28 of 2019

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Week 42


Closure of Waxham Cut at the mouth of Horsey Mere to Brograve Mill

Notice is hereby given that as part of the Broads Authority dredging programme Waxham Cut should be considered closed to marine traffic during the following period Monday 04 November to Friday 17 January 2020.

During this period, dredging will be in operation between 08:00 and 16:00 daily, excluding weekends.  Considering the limited space for manoeuvring in Waxham Cut, navigation will be closed during this period.  Mariners with vessels in Waxham Cut are encouraged to make route arrangements prior to the works starting.

All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays.The works will take place in the following approximate position:

TG447725 –X (easting) 644714: Y (northing) 322530 (Shown in red on plan extract).

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

Please contact Broads Authority,Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2019

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Week 40


Sunken Recreational Vessel & Debris

Mariners are advised that two recreational vessels of approximately 14 feet in length are lying awash in the following approximate position in the intertidal zone opposite Harwich Town Sailing Club.

51 º 56.7ˈ N 001 º 17.5ˈ E

Reports indicate that debris from the sunken vessel has also made its way onto the foreshore and there may be some afloat in the surrounding area.

Harwich Haven Authority will be working with the vessel owner and local authorities to resolve the issue.

Mariners are advised to navigate with care and caution and maintain a lookout at all times.

Any reports of floating debris should be reported immediately to Harwich VTS on VHF 71 or via telephone on 01255 243000.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2019


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Week 39


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 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


WOOLWICH REACH  -  ENVIRONMENT AGENCY -  THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES

The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 01st November 2019.

Listed below are the times between which the Thames Barrier will be closed to navigation for test purposes. During these periods navigation in the Thames Barrier Control Zone, between Margaretness and Blackwall Point, will be restricted and any movements in this area will require permission from London VTS.

PROGRAMME OF CLOSURES:

November 2019

Monday 18th November 2019 From 0955 to 1225 GMT

 December 2019

Tuesday 17th December 2019 From 1000 to 1230 GMT

January 2020

Wednesday 15th January 2020 From 1010 to 1240 GMT

February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020 From 1000 to 1230 GMT

March 2020

Thursday 12th March 2020 From 0905 to 1135 GMT

April 2020

Monday 27th April 2020 From 0950 to 1220 BST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2019


NOTES:

(1) ANY ADDITIONAL THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES FOR TEST PURPOSES WILL BE PROMULGATED BY SEPARATE NOTICES TO MARINERS ISSUED 28 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF SUCH CLOSURES.  (2) THE BARKING BARRIER WILL BE CLOSED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE THAMES BARRIER.

Week 34


GREENWICH REACH OBSTRUCTION IN THE AUTHORISED CHANNEL

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

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M55 of 2019

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Week 34


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

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

STATION: WEST OUTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dated 8th August, 2019

Week 32


Navigation Buoys on the River Orwell

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


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



Week 32


LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – TOWN / CEFAS QUAY – PASSING SPEED

 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Week 31


LOWESTOFT APPROACHES, STANFORD CHANNEL – STANFORD LIGHT BUOY UNRELIABLE

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

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

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

 


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

Week 31


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - ENTRANCE CHANNEL - PORT OF WELLS

1)REMOVED OFF STATION (Port Buoy)

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

2)NEW BUOY ON STATION (Starboard Buoy)

Station: West Outer

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

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



PORT OF WELLS Notice to Mariners 16/07/2019

Week 30


Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

NAVIGATION

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

51˚36.206’N

000˚52.223’E

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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2019

Week 30


“Mind Your Wash”

INFORMATION

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

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

Your co-operation in this matter would be appreciated.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 23 of 2019

Week 20


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mariners are advised to slow down, maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74 and navigate with caution keeping well clear when passing.

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

  



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

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Week 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 12


Navigation Restriction due to Dredging Operations on the River Waveney 2019

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

The works may restrict the access passage of vessels from the north of Stanley Carr to the A146 over Bridge.  The navigation will remain open but mariners must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the works.

All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restrictions and delays.

 


BROADS AUTHORITY - NOTICE TO MARINERS No. 06 of 2019

Week 3


LOWER HALSTOW WRECK TO THE NORTH OF LOWER HALSTOW YACHT MOORINGS

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

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

510 22.90N 0000 40.36E

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

 


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


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


Week 3


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

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

 Berth Exclusion Zone Regulations:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


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


 UKHO Chart 1834 refers.


Week 3


Unmarked Obstruction – Faversham Creek


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


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


51° 20.193‘ N 00° 54.244’ E


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


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


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


Week 3


THE SWALE - FAVERSHAM CREEK -  Vessels Aground

NOTICE REMAINS IN FORCE that, due to the exceptional high tides experienced November 2017 a vessel has been stranded in the upper reaches of Faversham Creek.

The vessel ‘Revenge’ is firmly aground in the vicinity of the Sewage Treatment Works on the east side. The vessel has settled with a heavy list towards the middle of the creek.  In 2018 the masts were removed as they were causing an obstruction to the navigable channel.  She was subsequently set on fire and remains in the same position as a metal frame wreck.  Vessels should pass with extreme caution.

Salvage operations will be taking place.

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

UKHO No. 2482 refers


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

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Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH


New Wreck Reported


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


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


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


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 Refers


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


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Week 1


LOWESTOFT - YACHT AND SMALL CRAFT WAITING PONTOON

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

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

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



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

Week 52


UPDATED PLA PUBLICATION  -  RECREATIONAL USERS GUIDE

 

(Front Cover of new Recreational Users Guide)

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

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

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

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

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2018

Week 51


LOWESTOFT - REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS

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

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

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

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



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

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



Week 50


Revised Small Craft and Yacht Notice 2018

 

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


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


Download the Notice by the button:

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


Week 48


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

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

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




Port of London Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2018

Week 45


Gallopher Wind Farm - Information for mariners

Safe sailing during operations

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

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




Week 42


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH

Wreck Berth 39 Great Yarmouth River Port

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

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

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



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

Week 22


INFORMATION


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


Rule 9 – Narrow Channels

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2018

Week 17


PORT OF WELLS  - Change to Buoy on Bar End North

URGENT

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

Lat Long

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


Port of Wells dated 12th April, 2018



Week 14


 Restricted Navigation Ipswich Wet Dock

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



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

Ipswich 3.jpg




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 37


BLAKENEY HARBOUR

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

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



Week 36


LOWESTOFT - REPORTING OF VESSEL MOVEMENTS


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


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


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


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



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

Week 13


River Crouch - NAVIGATION


Admiralty Chart No 1975 - Thames Estuary Northern Part


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


Lat.     51˚ 40. 924’ N  

Long.  001˚03.660’ E


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


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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2017


See chart image and images of the wreck just below please

Week 13


Dangerous Wreck on the Buxey Sand edge of the Swallowtail channel

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

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


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







Week 21


New Buoys Established – Potton Creek, River Roach

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

Name   Characteristic  Light   Position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crouch No 18 of 2016.pdf


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of  2016

Image courtesy of Imray chart Y17 and Meridian ID10.

Week 11


Fairway Buoys – Paglesham Reach, River Roach

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

                                                                              New Position

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of Imray chart Y17 and Meridian ID10

CHA9.pdf


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2016

Week 44


River Roach - New Buoys Established

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


CHA37 combined.pdf




Crouch HA Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2015