No 17 of 2 Temporary Notices to Mariners


Temporary Notices to Mariners


Week  40


NtM no.42 of 2020 Paglesham Fairway No 1 Lighted Buoy, River Roach

NAVIGATION

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

51° 35.825’N, )00° 49.167’E

is off station for repairs.

NtM no.41 of 2020 Removal of Power Cables, River Roach, Rochford

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that there will be a Temporary Unlit Yellow Special Marker Buoy laid on the 18th September 2020 in approximate position:

51° 34.778’N,  000° 44.546’E

in conjunction with NTM No 39 of 2020.

When navigating in the area Mariners are kindly requested to proceed with extreme caution.

NtM no.40 of 2020  Crouch Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

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

51° 37.660’N,  000° 56.591’E

is back on station.

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 38 OF 2020 IS HEREBY CANCELLED



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 40, 41 and 42 of 2020

Week  40


LOWESTOFT APPROACHES – SHOALING NORTH EAST OF HARBOUR ENTRANCE


Mariners and Port Users are advised of an area of shoaling approx. 700 metres North East of Lowestoft Harbour entrance, approx. position 52˚ 28.4’N, 001˚ 45.9’E. Least recorded depth in this area is 3.6m below Admiralty Chart Datum.


The area of shoaling is within the white occulting sector of the Port Entry Light (PEL). This light is an aid to navigation but should not be solely relied upon for an indication of vessel position. Deeper water is available in the Eastern side of the approach channel keeping within the white sectors of the approach PEL.


It is planned to address this shoaling over the current dredging campaign. Depths will then be verified via a post dredge survey. Notice will be provided once depths have been restored.

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


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


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2020

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Week  40


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 21st September 2020, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in the main channel North of number 13 buoy, between buoys 13 & 5. 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 6 of 2020

Week  40


Blakeney Harbour Entrance

Due to constantly shifting sand banks, the following changes should be noted regarding entry into Blakeney Harbour:

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD BUOY NO: 1:

Buoy now repositioned as follows:  N 52° 58.942’, E 000° 58.147

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD BUOY NO. 2:

Buoy now removed.

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD BUOY NO. 3:

Buoy now removed.

Vessels entering the harbour should head SSE leaving the HJORDIS WRECK BEACON to port, and then pass close to HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD BUOYS NOs. 1 and 3A, before turning SSW and heading for buoys 4 and 5 at ‘THE GAP‘.

The safe window for entry remains 2hrs either side of HW.

Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour for the first time should always phone ahead and obtain latest pilotage advice. Call Charlie Ward on 07771 597985 or Neil Thompson on 07929 181138.



Blakeney Harbour dated 15th September, 2020

Week  39


AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGES - Lower River Thames


The Port of London Authority, as the Local Lighthouse Authority, has consulted with Trinity House (the General Lighthouse Authority) and agreed the following changes to Aids to Navigation (AtoN). These changes will have immediate effect.


Due to the removal of the structure, the following AtoN are discontinued:


N11559 Ferry Pier West Street Lower Lighted Beacon (2.F.R vert)

in position Lat. 51° 26.746' N Long. 000° 22.114' E

N11559 Ferry Pier West Street Lower Lighted Beacon (2.F.R vert)

in position Lat. 51° 26.746' N Long. 000° 22.114' E


The following AtoN has been established for Shellhaven M. Jetty Lower as seen opposite:


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L15 of 2020

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Week  39


LOWESTOFT – DREDGING ACTIVITIES


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


Grab Dredger UKD Cherry Sand – 12 days between 8th and 20th September inclusive

Trailing Suction Dredger UKD Orca – 5 days between 5th and 10th October inclusive

Plough Dredger UKD Seahorse – 5 days between 10th & 14th October inclusive


Note that the advised timings are subject to variation due to weather and other operational delays.


The dredgers will be working in both Lowestoft Inner and Outer Harbour areas, also in Lowestoft Approach Channel (UKD Orca and UKD Seahorse only). They will display lights and shapes for dredging activities as prescribed in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. The vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch 14. Vessel movements will be co-ordinated via Lowestoft Port Control. Mariners and Port Users are requested to afford the dredgers a wide berth while they are undertaking dredging operations


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




Lowestoft (ABP ports) Notices to Mariners No 35 of 2020

Week  39


PONTOON INSTALLATION IN TRAWL DOCK AND ASSOCIATED VESSEL MOVEMENTS


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that commencing on or soon after 15th September, Piling and Pontoon Installation works will commence in the Trawl Dock, South West side, as an extension onto existing pontoons. Works will be conducted under Marine Licence L/2020/00263.

The works will be undertaken by Humber Workboats using vessel ‘Rebecca M’. Mobilisation for these works will take place from the end of the Hamilton Peninsular.


The Rebecca M will be working during daylight hours only, with piling activities between 0900hrs and 1600hrs Monday to Friday. The vessel will monitor VHF Ch14 while operational, and Lowestoft port control will advise traffic of vessel movements/activities.


Vessels are requested to provide the Rebecca M a wide berth and pass at slow speed during mobilisation from Hamilton Peninsular, and for pontoon/piling operations in the Trawl Dock.

The duration of the works is not expected to exceed one week, but will be subject to weather and any operational delays.


Notification will be provided once the works have been completed.


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



Lowestoft (ABP ports) Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2020

Week  39


OSEA ISLAND, RIVER BLACKWATER

Effective September 2020

Notice is hereby given that two temporary poles are to be installed in the River Blackwater to the South of Osea Island, upriver of the Pier and adjacent to the cottage during the last week of September and removed by the second week of October2020.  At this time, no Lat or Long has been provided by the contractor.  Caution should be exercised when navigating this area.  

The poles, which form part of ongoing works in that area, will be installed at the low water Mark and will be lit at night by equi-phase green flashing lights.  The poles will be clearly visible at high water.

All equipment will be removed by 14th October, 2020.

For further information regarding this Notices to Mariners contact: Maldon District Council River Bailiff on 07818 013723.

 


Dated 8th September, 2020

Week  39


MEDWAY APPROACHES - REPORTED OBSTRUCTION SOUTH OF THE SECONDARY CHANNEL


Notice is hereby given that: An unknown obstruction has been identified to the south of the Medway secondary channel, east of No.4A navigation mark. The obstruction sits approximately 1 meter above the seabed and is located in the area marked on the chart below. Diving/survey contractors will be mobilised to ascertain the exact nature of the obstruction and further information will be promulgated in updates to this notice. Until accurate details are known mariners are requested to keep clear of this area.

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 or 0151 949 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 44 of 2020

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Week  39


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


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EGS International Ltd. will be undertaking, on behalf of the MCA and Receiver of Wreck, a detailed sonar survey of the SS Richard Montgomery wreck and have obtained permission to enter the prohibited area.


Marine operations will be running from around the 15th September 2020 with expected completion by the 27th September 2020 (weather dependant). All survey work will be carried out by the EGS Watchful (callsign MAQK4; MMSI 232006596; fitted with AIS Class A) who will be keeping a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 & 74.

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


51˚ 27.75604' N 000˚ 46.71516' E

51˚ 28.254 09 N 000˚ 46.75512' E

51˚ 28.23601' N 000˚ 47.47680' E

51˚ 27.73201' N 000˚ 47.43138' E


The survey work will be carried out in the proximity of the wreck within the prohibited area and extend to the surrounding seabed and a section of the dredged shipping channel to the south of the wreck location.


Please be advised that during survey operations the vessel will be restricted in it’s ability to manoeuvre and other vessels are requested to pass with caution and minimise their wash. During survey operations the vessel will display the appropriate day shapes/signals and lights as required by the IRPCS


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.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 43 of 2020

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Week  39


Bawdsey Anchorage

 Mariners are advised that an anchor has been lost in the southern part of the Bawdsey Anchorage in the following approximate position;

 51° 57.44 N           001° 31.15 E


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2020

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Week  39


SAFETY


Removal of Power Cables, River Roach, Rochford


Mariners are advised that work is scheduled to commence on the 14th September 2020 to remove three redundant 33kV electricity cables which are laid across the River Roach at Rochford.


(Please see attached Plan for information).  NB Click on the image to download the PDF


The estimated duration of the works is two weeks.  


When navigating in the area Mariners are kindly requested to proceed with extreme caution and to take advice from any personnel working on site.

  


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2020

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Week  38


River Thurne–Meadow Dyke Closure

Notice is hereby given that the Broads Authority will be dredging on Horsey Mere. River passage will be closed for the duration of the works from 01 October to 31 December2020 between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00 daily, excluding weekends. Vessels requiring passage outsidethese times are requested to arrange in advance with the Broads Authority 01603 610734.The grid reference is between TG434208 - TG445218. All vessels are to take this into consideration when route planning and navigating the area.



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2020

Week  37


WOOLWICH REACH - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES


The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 01st November 2020.


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 2020

Thursday 19th November From 0930 to 1200 GMT  


December 2020

Thursday 17th December  From 0840 to 1110 GMT  


January 2021

Monday 18th January From 1005 to 1235 GMT  


February 2021

Tuesday 16th February   From 0935 to 1205 GMT  


March 2021

Thursday 18th March   From 0925 to 1155 GMT  


April 2021

Thursday 15th April   From 0930 to 1300 BST  



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2020

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  37


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 06/09/2020 and is expected to be complete 08/09/2020, operations will be focussed around the “berthing box” and will be carried out by the water injection dredger ‘Jetsed’.


‘Jetsed’ 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 6650.


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 40 of 2020

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Week  37


Medway Approach Channel  - No.1 Light Buoy Off Station

 

Notice is hereby given that: Medway Approach Channel No.1 buoy has now been recovered, a replacement buoy will be delivered and reinstated ASAP. A cancellation notice will be issued as soon as No.1 buoy is back on station.


Notice is hereby given that; until further notice Medway Approach Channel No.1 buoy (Starboard Hand Lateral Mark – Fl G 2.5s ) is off station and currently listing. The light characteristic may be unreliable and, at worst, not visible under certain conditions.


Medway No.1 Light Bouy - Starboard Lateral Mark – ATON No. N08054

Position – 51° 28.552 N - 000° 50.502 E


All mariners are further reminded to pass with care and caution.


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 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 41 of 2020

Week  37


Sandwich River Stour swing / toll bridge major overhaul

Notice is hereby given that the works to refurbish the Sandwich Toll Bridge have been rescheduled to commence on 21st September for a period of 11 weeks.  The start of works notification from Kent County Council (KCC) includes their detailed arrangements for the use of a shuttle bus to transport pedestrians around the diversion as required.

During  this 11 week period the bridge deck will be completely removed and transported to a yard so mechanical and electrical components can be replaced.  The opportunity will also be taken to clean and repaint the bridge deck.  During the period the bridge deck is removed various upgrades and refurbishments will continue at the bridge site.

Unfortunately, there will be a short period at the start of the works and during final commissioning when the contractors will be unable to open the bridge to river traffic.  The exact date for the bridge to be lifted off will need to be confirmed but it is expected that river traffic will be hindered / prevented between 21st September  and early week commencing 28th September at the latest.  It is difficult to provide the exact date for the bridge to be lifted back on again at this time but KCC currently expect this to be around 27th November with river traffic being prevented / hindered for up to about a week following the date the bridge is lifted back on.

KCC will continue to liaise with the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners who  will be issuing Notices to Mariners.  KCC will also keep the normal telephone number for booking bridge swings up to date with the latest information regarding the need and availability to open the bridge if you need to plan a journey past the bridge.

More information from KCC here.

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


Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners No 13 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 2020 (re-issue)

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Week  36


Navigation Restriction due to Dredging Opera&ons on the River Yare – Trowse Eye to Trowse Swing Bridge


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are programmed to commence from 17

August until 30 September 2020.


During this period, dredging will be in opera#on between 0800 hours and 1600 hours daily,

excluding weekends.


The works may severely restrict the passage of vessels; however, the navigation channel 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.

The works will take place from the following approximate position: TG 245076 to TG251079

(shown in red on the plan extract which can be seen at hpps://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners).


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.



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2020

Week  35


LONG REACH  - NAVIGATOR TERMINAL BERTH 1 - DREDGING OPERATIONS & DOLPHIN REPLACEMENT WORKS


On or about 17th August 2020 works will commence at Navigator Terminal Berth 1 to replace and upgrade the existing downstream dolphin and increase the depths of the dredge box around the berth.


The dolphin replacement works will involve a variety of barges and support vessels including jack-up barge SEA7, flat-tops NEPTUNE, DEVELOPER & SEAVOYAGER, safety vessel DIVECO 5 and various tugs. The works will involve the removal of the existing downstream dolphin structure and replacement with a new structure, including heavy lifting operations.


In addition, dredging operations will be conducted over the low water period by excavator from the spud leg pontoon GPS BOXER assisted by tug GPS IBERIA working in the approximate area indicated in the chartlet below.


London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.

Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 68 as required.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L14 of 2020

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Week  35


Raysand Unlighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the original old Raysand unlit yellow mark in position:

51° 39.080’N

000° 59.284’E

has been damaged beyond repair.

A temporary substitute buoy with the following characteristics has been placed in the same position (as above). Yellow cylindrical base with large white sign atop with legend RAYSAND.

Pinto Lighted Buoy, River Crouch

NAVIGATION

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

51° 37.081’N

000° 52.609’E

is

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 32 OF 2020 IS HEREBY CANCELLED



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notices to Mariners Nos 35 & 36 of 2020

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Week  35


New Cut East River Wall Repairs, Ipswich

Mariners and Port Users are advised that commencing on or around 2nd September 2020 works are being undertaken to repair the River Wall in the vicinity of the old lock entrance in the New Cut.All works, including piling will be carried out from the landside.

These works are expected to continue until around the end of November 2020.  

Please contact Orwell Navigation Service, VHF Ch 68, or Tel. 01473211066.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2020

Week  34


Swallowtail No 2 Lighted Buoy, River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that Swallowtail No 2 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51° 41.184’N   01° 06.296’E

is back in operation.


Increase in River Swimmers, Inflatable and Personal Watercraft

INFORMATION

During the past few months, the volume of river swimmers, persons using inflatable canoes, paddle boards and personal watercraft has risen enormously within the CHA District and in particular on the upper reaches of the River Crouch.

The CHA has also received reports recently from other Harbour Authorities as well as inland waterway operators that this seems to be a widespread trend post Covid-19 lockdown.

The fact that you can enter the water from any part of accessible sea wall and do not require more formal launching arrangements makes policing of those taking part in these activities extremely difficult.

Regrettably, many taking up these sports for the first time are inexperienced, particularly in tidal waters and are not familiar with robust safety, seamanship, and good manners in not compromising other river users and staying close in toward the riverbanks.

A Sailing Club has reported near miss incidents that took place over the weekend of Sunday 01st August 2020 involving their sailing fleet and a considerable number of swimmers and canoeist.

Could we please ask all river users to keep a good look out at all times, report any cases of near misses, poor behaviour and disregard of others to the Harbour Office providing as much detail as possible.

It is further recommended that if Clubs are not already doing so that they include a section within their event risk assessments to cover this matter.

Your cooperation is appreciated, thank you.



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notices to Mariners Nos 34 & 33 of 2020

Week  34


The Swale – Queenborough Harbour (ATL)  - Temporary Reduction in Speed When Passing


Notice is hereby given that: Due to recent work carried out on the Queenborough All Tide Landing (ATL) a problem currently exists with the connection between the two sections of the ATL resulting in unsafe movement caused by passing vessels. Until a permanent resolution is reached all vessels are requested to pass the ATL with caution and reduce speed and wash to a minimum.


Queenborough ATL. Centred at Approx. position: 51 25.070 N – 000 44.185 E


Admiralty Chart No’s 2572 & 3683 refer.


Further information may be obtained from Queenborough Harbour on VHF Ch.8 or by contacting Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 call sign “Medway VTS’ or direct via telephone on 0151 649 6148 / 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 39 of 2020


Week  34


LOWESTOFT - PORT APPROACHES – KIRKLEY SECTOR LIGHT RE-ALIGNMENT


Mariners and Port Users are advised that the Kirkley Sector light, position 52° 27.71’N, 001° 44.54’E, will be re-aligned on Thursday 6th August 2020 to show the original light characteristics /sectors as below and as per Chart 1535.


Green 222°- 223° Occulting 8s + 2s

Green 223°- 224° Flashing 0.5s + 1.5s

White 224°- 225° Flashing 0.5s + 1.5s

White 225°- 228° Occulting 8s + 2s

White 228°- 229° Flashing 0.5s + 1.5s

Red 229°- 230° Flashing 0.5s +1.5s

Red 230°- 232° Occulting 8s + 2s


The works will commence from 0900. During the changeover the light will be extinguished for a brief period of time, which should be restricted to daylight hours only.


A notice will be issued once the works have been completed and the light has been verified.


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


This notice cancels No. 12a – 2020.



Lowestoft (ABP ports) Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2020

Week  34


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


Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel the following amendment took place on 7th August 2020:


a) No. 8 light buoy moved 1100m x 050°(T) to 52° 52’.835N 00°21’.730E


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



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 22 of 2020.

Week  33


LIMEHOUSE REACH - CANARY WHARF - PIER MAINTENANCE WORKS

Constructex will undertake maintenance works on Canary Wharf Pier.The works have been organised  in  collaboration  with Class  V services  to  Canary  Wharf  Pier  and  the  service  will not be interrupted.  A requirement to proceed at slow speed will be in effect from 17th to 20th August and 8th to 11th September between 08:00 and 17:00 in order to accommodate the works.

London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described   in   Permanent   Notices   to   Mariners  4  of  2014 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.  The  ASSASSIN  will  be  on  station  throughout  the  works  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 M31 of 2020

Week  33


Peel Ports London Medway.  - Publication of Hydrographic Information.


Notice is hereby given that: Peel Ports London Medway is now publishing it’s hydrographic survey information pertaining to the following areas:


Medway Approach Channel

River Medway Reaches – Saltpan Reach to Rochester

Chatham Lock Approaches

Faversham Creek


The survey charts are now visible on the Peel Ports website (London Medway – Marine Information – Hydrographic Information) using the link below and will be updated with the latest edition once new surveys are completed.


https://www.peelports.com/marine-information?port=london-medway



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2020

Week  33


Sheerness Harbour – SD.10 Berth  - Drilling Rig Lay-up


Notice is hereby given that: The second rig “Borr Ran”will be arriving at Sheerness 30.07.2020 – Please note the amendment to the rigs’ final position and alignment.


Notice is hereby given that: Two ‘Jack-up’ drilling rigs are due to be towed to Sheerness where they will be “laid up” alongside No.10 Berth for approximately six months. The ‘Prospector 1’ is expected to arrive on Saturday 16th May 2020 and the ‘Prospector 5’ is currently due in August 2020. Once in position the rigs will intrude into part of the navigable channel adjacent to Sheerness No.10 berth and will partially obscure vision around Garrison Point into Sheerness Harbour, mariners should navigate with caution in this vicinity.


Please see diagram opposite showing the rigs’ orientation and approximate positions:

Once in their final positions the overall footprint occupied by both structures will cover the approximate area shown on the chart extract opposite.

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 or 0151 949 6650.


 


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2020 (Updated 28.7.20)

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Week  33


THE SWALE – FERRY REACH  - KINGSFERRY BRIDGE


Reduction in service for leisure users.


This notice is hereby cancelled: Network Rail have now restored mains power to the Kingsferry Bridge, lifting operations have returned to normal with no restrictions to leisure craft.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020 (Updated 3.8.20)

Week  33


River Medway – Chatham Dock Bull Nose - Fixed Upper Lights


Notice is hereby given that: The upper fixed red and upper fixed green lights on the Bullnose at Chatham locks are temporarily extinguished. Until further notice only the lower red and green lights are visible, the fault has been reported and an update to this notice will be promulgated once all Bull Nose lights are restored to normal conditions.


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 38 of 2020

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Week  33


Sandwich Port - EA Works at Pillory Gate Wharf

Users of the river at this point are now informed of completion of the works.  Notice No 10 is therefore cancelled.

Fairway Buoy

Notice is given that the Sandwich Fairway Buoy having been repaired and overhauled, is returned to station.

Mariners tempted to creep in on the early tide should be aware of wandering sandbanks in the vicinity.



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners Nos 12 and 11 of 2020

Week  33


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

Amendments to Buoyage

Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel the following amendments will take place on or about 30th July 2020:

a)  No. 19light buoy to be moved 200m x 200°(T) to 52° 51’.260N 00°21’.005E

b)  No. 16light buoy to bemoved 220m x 200°(T) to 52° 51’.245N 00°21’.190E

c)  No. 22light buoy to be moved 15m x 080°(T) to 52° 50’.375N 00°21’.700E

Mariners are requested to give the buoying vessel “St Edmund” a wide berth and pass at minimum speed whilst works to move the buoys are being undertaken.For further information please contact King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF 14.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 20/2020.

Week  33


Blakeney Harbour entrance channel

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should be aware that a new sandbank is developing between Harbour Entrance buoys number 2 and 3.

Vessels entering the harbour should proceed with caution between buoys 2 and 3, in order to clear any breaking shallow water to the South (see aerial photo opposite).

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The continuous line shows the primary (deepest) channel into the harbour.

 The dotted line shows an alternative route into the harbour, which is safe to use by shallow draft vessels up to 2hrs either side of HW



Dated 30th July, 2020

BLAKENEY HARBOUR ENTRANCE AT LW ON SUNDAY JULY 19 2020

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Week  31


Port of London - River Thames  - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGES


Following a previous review of navigation lights, the Port of London Authority, as the Local Lighthouse Authority, has consulted with Trinity House (the General Lighthouse Authority) and agreed a number of changes to Aids to Navigation (AtoN). These changes will have immediate effect.

The following AtoN are discontinued:

N07900 “Leigh deposit” buoy formerly in position Lat. 51° 30.435'N Long. 000° 40.193'E  


N07933 ”Shellhaven M Jetty Lower” lighted beacon in position Lat. 51° 30.409’N Long. 000° 31.078’E  


N07935 “Shellhaven L Jetty Lower” lighted beacon in position Lat. 51° 30.389’N Long. 000° 30.942’E  


N14031 “Jet Petroleum Jetty Lower Dolphin” lighted beacon in position Lat. 51° 27.780’N Long. 000° 27.173'E  


N11563 “L.C.D. Railway Pier Lower” lighted beacon in position Lat. 51° 26.754'N Long. 000° 21.888'E  


N11592 “Greenhithe Johnsons Jetty Upper” lighted beacon in position Lat. 51° 27.315'N Long. 000° 16.507'E  


N14842 “Purfleet Terminal Main Jetty Upper” lighted beacon in position Lat. 51° 28.638'N Long. 000° 14.238'E  


The following AtoN’s light character is amended:

N09488 “Rainham Waste Transfer Jetty” lighted beacon Q.G in position Lat. 51° 29.410’N Lat. 000° 10.976’E change to Fl.G.3s

 

The following AtoN have been established:

“Rainham Phoenix Jetty Outer (Topmark)” unlighted beacon with green conical topmark in position Lat. 51° 30.455’N Long. 000° 10.327’ E  


“Rainham Phoenix Jetty Inner (Topmark)” unlighted beacon with Cross Y “X” topmark in position Lat. 51° 30.465’N Long. 000° 10.330’E  




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L13 of 2020


Images are included in the download.


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Week  31


Navigation Restriction due to Dredging Operations on the River Yare – Trowse Eye to Trowse Swing Bridge


Notice is hereby given that dredging opera#ons are programmed to commence from 17

August until 30 September 2020.


During this period, dredging will be in opera#on between 0800 hours and 1600 hours daily,

excluding weekends.


The works may severely restrict the passage of vessels; however, the navigation channel 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.  The works will take place from the following approximate position: TG 245076 to TG251079


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 6 of 2020

Week  29


NEAR MISS REPORTING CAMPAIGN


At the end of 2019 the PLA released a safety bulletin relating to the importance of Near Miss Reporting. This was initially released due to a downward trend in Near Misses being reported on the Thames.


This trend has continued into 2020 so in support of this and Maritime Safety Week, the PLA have now released a Near Miss Safety Campaign to encourage and support better reporting of Near Misses.


Chief Harbour Master Bob Baker said – “Safety is the heart of everything we do at the PLA. There is no greater priority for us.  In line with our Marine Safety Plan targets, we have seen a continuing downward trend in the number of serious incidents on the river since 2016. But there is no room for complacency. Over the same period, we have also seen a decline in the reporting of instances where there was a close call or 'near miss'.

 

Carefully recording all such incidents is essential to ensure the river is a safe place for everyone who uses it, for work or pleasure.   That's why we need river users to get in touch with us, whenever near misses occur. This can be done via our VTS radio network, by phone, by email or via our app – it really couldn't be easier”.


The PLA App can be downloaded via the Apple App Store or Google Play (for Android phones) – see image (as shown in the Apple App Store)


Included in the campaign are a series of posters that are free to download. Please utilise these around your organisations to encourage the reporting of near misses. For more information on the campaign and to download the posters please use this link: http://www.pla.co.uk/Safety/Near-Miss-Reporting


For more information on the positive impact of Near Miss reporting view our safety bulletin here.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2020

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  29


Sandwich Haven

Mariners are advised that due to the Coronovirus  no annual spring checking of river marks has as yet taken place.

Accordingly extra care is needed when navigating the river, especially when passing Stonar Cut where it is known that a new mud bank has formed, consequent of the Environment Agency running all  six sluices during the period of the heavy rains.  A temporary starboard hand buoy has been laid pending the EA removal of this obstruction.



Dated 6th July, 2020

Week  28


Blakeney Harbour

Vessels entering and leaving Blakeney Harbour should note that a new buoy has been positioned in the harbour entrance channel as follows:

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3A

Lighted buoy: FlG(1s). Conical G. Marked 3A

Position: N 52° 58.900’  E 000° 57.998’

Please also note that the following buoy has been re-positioned:

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 21

New position:  N 52° 58.161’   E  000° 58.356’



Dated 24th June, 2020

Week  27


THE SWALE – FAVERSHAM CREEK PROPOSED AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Notice is hereby given that it is proposed to Position the following aids to navigation within the Medway and adjacent creeks:  

Faversham Creek, Wreck Revenge.  Position 51° 19’.453 N –000° 54.471 E.

Permanently position an Upstream and Downstream Beacon to mark the outer limits of the remaining wreckage.

Aid:  Unlighted Beacon,  Pole Red.     Aid:  Unlighted Beacon, Pole Red.

Type, Character: Can Red Type,           Character: Can Red.

Position :

Position : -Latitude: 51° 19’.454 N       Latitude: 51° 19’.457 N

                    Longitude: 000° 54’.463E   Longitude: 000° 54’482 E

Datum:       WGS84                                  Datum:WGS84

Location:    Faversham Creek                Location:Faversham Creek.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No  30 of 2020

Week  27


Border Health Control Measures -Application to Marine Leisure Users

Following the recently announced Border Health Control Measures, this notice is to provide guidance to Marinas and recreational sailors on how the guidance should be applied to their operations and activities.  Rules have been introduced by the UK Government for all international arrivals, other than those travellers from the Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man (Common Travel Area/CTA). These rules apply to marine leisure users as well as those travellers arriving in the UK via rail, ferry or aviation.To summarise, the rules include the following requirements:-

•  Completion of a mandatory digital health contact form - People arriving via recreational craft from outside of the ‘CTA’ will be expected to have completed the digital form prior to arrival,or if not possible, on arrival in the UK.

•  To quarantine for 14 days after their arrival– People arriving via recreational craft from outside of the ‘CTA’ will also have to quarantine.  Prior isolation at sea is not considered as contributory towards the 14 day quarantine requirement.  If a person arriving on a yacht is unable to quarantine at a UK residence, then in theory they could be permitted to quarantine on their vessel in a UK port or marina, subject to local rules.  Please check with your marina/facility beforehand.  

The UK Border Force will enforce the arrangements on those arriving, either by being notified of such an arrival, or via random checks.This is a UK wide requirement. Details, list of exempt people,and access to the digital health contact form can be found @ the government website as follows:https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk  

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 26 of 2020

Week  26


UNAUTHORISED USE OF PLA MOORINGS

The  PLA  provides  a  number  of  moorings  for  river  users  either  on  a  short-term  temporary arrangement or long-term agreement.  Unauthorised use of any PLA mooring not only causes an inconvenience to those who have permission to  moor  but  may  present  a  danger  to  other  river  users,  impede  safe  navigation and prevent the PLA from undertaking essential maintenance.Use of a PLA mooring is by prior permission only and all enquiries should be directed in the first  instance  to  the  PLA  Marine  Services  Department  either  by  phone  01474  562421  or email to marine ervices@pla.co.uk. Out of hours,short notice enquiries can be made through London VTS via the Duty Officer at TBNC  on  0203  2607711  (VHF  ch.14)  or  the  Duty  Port  Controller  at  Gravesend  on  01474 562215 (VHF ch.68 or 69)Availability  and  charges  vary  depending  on  length  of  stay,  location, size  or  number  of vessel(s) etc.  With effect from 1 July 2020, the PLA is introducing a minimum charge of £500 per vessel, per occurrence for the unauthorised use of a PLA mooring.  Please be advised that the PLA also has the right to remove any such vesseland recover all associated costs of doing so from the owner of that vessel.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2020

Week  26


HALFWAY REACH - AMEY’S (No. 4) JETTY CONVEYOR INSTALLATION

On or about 29th June2020 contractors working on behalf of Hanson Aggregates will begin installation works for a new conveyor from the lower end of the jetty, which are anticipated to take approximately three weeks.  The chartlet below depicts the location of the works:

The  works  will  be  undertaken in  a  number  of  stages  using the  spud  leg  crane  barge GPS BOXER with  other  craft  in  attendance.  During  the  works, the existing  walkway will  be removed, followed by the installation of a new pile.New steelwork will be installed on top of the  existing piles and  finally the  new  conveyor  system,  hoppers and walkways will be installed.  

London  VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect. Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14 as required.


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L12 of 2020

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Week  26


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: REVISIONS TO THE USAGE OF THE MOORING FACILITIES ON HA’PENNY PIER TO MANAGE THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS

To manage the current Covid-19 virus outbreak we have revised the mooring usage on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons. With immediate effect, and until further notice, leisure-type vessels are not permitted to berth on the Ha’penny pontoon facilities.

This action has been taken to protect our employees and aligns to current Government guidance to stay at home if possible. The revised usage notice does not apply to registered fishermen who can  continue to use the pontoons.

We can be contacted on communications@hha.co.uk  Notice to Mariners No. 13 of 2020 is rescinded.

 


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2020

Week  26


APPROACHES TO SHEERNESS  - GRAIN EDGE BUOY -

CONSULTATION ON CHANGES TO AID TO NAVIGATION

 

Notice is hereby given that:


Peel Ports London Medway is exploring the feasibility of altering the Grain Edge Unlit Buoy to a Lit East Cardinal Lightbuoy ( exact light characteristic TBC).


Aid: N05368

Type, Character: Unlighted Buoy, Conical, G.

Position Latitude : 51° 27‘.620 N Longitude: 000° 45‘.466 E

Datum: WGS84

Location: Sheerness Middle Sand

*Chart 3683-0


The above-mentioned proposal will be subject to a consultation period that will run until 8th July 2020. Comments and queries should be sent to:


allmedwaymarinemanagers@peelports.com


Following the consultation period all comments received will be assessed, the Port of Sheerness (as the Local Lighthouse Authority) will make it’s decision and any proposed change will be promulgated by a further Notice to Mariners.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No  29 of 2020

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Week  26


Information Relating to Harbour Use During Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

Mariners and Port Users are advised that ABP Ipswich has been working with the Government, other harbours regionally and national associations, to allow a phased return to the water without increasing risk to public health and placing extra burden on our emergency services, including Coastguard Rescue Teams and RNLI.  

Subject to ongoing clarification, which is being sought from the Government, the harbour is maintaining its statutory open port policy by continuing to facilitate use of the harbour by commercial and now leisure vessels that comply within the COVID-19 restrictions.  For leisure vessels at yacht clubs and marinas, please check with your mooring provider before leaving home for access restrictions. If you are planning to use your craft in Harbour areas or at sea, please make extra effort to ensure that all maintenance and pre-season checks are completed.

Please don’t put additional strain on our emergency services by risking a coastguard response or lifeboat call-out.  Please ensure that government guidelines relating to social distancing are followed when accessing craft and when afloat. Mariners should be aware that the Police have issued fines to individuals not adhering to the law on social distancing or public gatherings.

Please contact Orwell Navigation Service, VHF Ch68, or Tel. 0147321106



Ipswich Port (ABP Ports) Notices to Marienrs No 6 of 2020

Week  25


Fairway No 5 Lighted Buoy, River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that Fairway No 5 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51° 37.200’N

000° 49.670’E

is back in operation.

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 22 OF 2020 IS HEREBY CANCELLED



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2020

Week  25


River Stour, Kent

Notice 10 of 2020 dated 3rd June 2020 - EA Works at Pillory Gate Wharf

Masters of vessels navigating through the area of Pillory Gate Wharf are notified that the Environment Agency (EA) are placing a steel work barge at this location.  The barge will extend 8 meters into the fairway.

The EA will have two vessels acting as Guard Boats, which should be contacted to arrange safe passage through the area.  Vessels should be prepared to stop if instructed.

Notices will be displayed advising mariners to make contact on VHF Ch 08 or by mobile phone on the number given on the notices.The barge will display an all round ‘Special Mark’ flashing yellow light at all times.

Duration of The Works is expected to be around 4 weeks from the date of this Notice.


Notice 09 of 2020 dated 3rd June 2020 - Sandwich Fairway Buoy off station.

Information.

The Sandwich Fairway Buoy has been recovered and is found to have suffered damage to it’s underwater balance weights structure.  It is now under repair and will be back on station as soon as parts for its repair are received and fitted.



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners Nos 9 and 10 of 2020

Week  25


Blakeney Harbour

The followings buoys have today been positioned to mark the new entrance channel into Blakeney Harbour.

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 1

FlG(5s)   N 52° 59.039’  E 000° 57.800’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 2

Fl(2)G8s   52° 59.025’  E 000° 57.952’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3

FlG(4s)  N 52° 58.976’  E 000° 58.030’

Mariners should note that sand banks are building in the area between HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3 buoy and HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 4 buoy. Vessels should therefore keep well East of a transit line between these buoys in order to avoid shallow water.



Blakeney Harbour Association dated 3rd June, 2020

Week  25


London Array Wind Farm

This weeks routine work schedule shows that the 'short-term' 500m exclusion zone around turbine C17 is no longer included.  Ergo, the temporary exclusion zone partially blocking Foulger's Gap has gone.



London Array Wind Farm dated 8th June, 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  22


COVID - Updates by Local Ports

Link or PDF Download

London - Port of London Authority

Ipswich

The Broads

Wells



Week  22


River Medway –Port of Rochester Bridge Reach -Obstruction

Notice is hereby given that: during a recent hydrographic survey of the Port of Rochester an unknown obstruction, possibly a wreck has been identified in Bridge Reach. The obstruction ismarked with an unlit, yellow‘can’buoy denoted “Wreck” .

The depth above the obstruction at chart datum is approx. 0.3m, mariners transiting Bridge Reach should navigate with extreme caution. When available, divers will be deployed to ascertain the nature ofthe object which will assist with the Port Authority’s subsequent actions.

Approximate Position of Obstruction -51 23’.718 N, 000 30’.336 E

Admiralty Chart No.1835 refers.Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 call sign “Medway VTS’ or direct via telephone on 0151 649 6148 / 6650.


Dated 1.06.2020

Due to technical issues withsalvage craft theplanned diving operation detailed below is postponeduntil further notice. An update to this notice will be issued as soon as new dates are confirmed


Medway (Peel Ports (Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2020


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Week  22


LOWESTOFT APPROACHES –EAST CARDINAL ‘SEWER’BUOY TOPMARK MISSING

Mariners and Port Users are advised that the top mark on the East Cardinal ‘Sewer’ buoy, position 52° 28.89’N, 001° 46.24’E, is missing.  

Please take this into consideration when navigating in this area.  Notification will be provided once the topmark has been re-instated.

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 2020

Week  20


GRAVESEND REACH - ILBURY 2 NAVIGATION LIGHTS


New navigation lights have been established at the Tilbury 2 site in the following positions:


Known As                  Position                                     Characteristics  

RoRo Upper Arm      51°27'05.8"N 0°22'48.1"E       2 Fixed Green Lights at 2 metre vertical centres with 2Nm visibility  


Cmat Lower Arm       51°27'07.8"N 0°23'32.3"E      2 Fixed Green Lights at 2 metre vertical centres with 2Nm visibility  


RoRo Pontoon          51°27'05.0"N 0°23'02.3"E       2 Fixed Green Lights at 2 metre vertical centres with 2Nm visibility  




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L11 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  18


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


Mariners are advised that Beacon B, (52°49.’090 N 00° 21.136 E) has collapsed following collision by a vessel and is no longer operational.


An area of 10 metres radius centred on the above position is foul and unmarked.

Mariners are requested to give this area a wide berth until works to remove the debris and replace the beacon are completed


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



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 14 of 2020.

Week  15


Ipswich - Installation of New Lock Gates now postponed


Due to the many issues surrounding Covid -19 (Coronavirus) , unfortunately we have had to postpone the installation of our New Lock Gates. Therefore Local Notice to Mariners No4 - 2020 is cancelled and the Lock is operating normally. We will promulgate further information via Local Notice to Mariners as and when we have new information.



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

Week  14


Harwich Harbour & Approaches - Seasonal Recreational Marks


On or after the 23rd of March 2020 the following seasonal recreational marks will be reinstated.

(Positions given are WGS 85)


Pennyhole  Yellow Cone Buoy  51º 53'.55 N 001º 18'.00 E

Cork Ledge Racing Mark  Yellow Can Buoy  51º 54'.50 N 001º 23'.40 E

Armada Racing Mark  Yellow Can Buoy  51º 52'.83 N 001º 22'.19 E

Fox’s  Yellow Conical Buoy  51º 54'.00 N 001º 21'.00 E

Cobbolds Point Buoy  Green Conical Buoy  51º 57'.64 N 001º 22'.16 E

Dovercourt Bay  Yellow Spherical Buoys

51°55’.97 N 001°17’.39 E

51°55’.81 N 001° 16’.99 E

51º 55'.65 N 001º 16'.59 E

51º 55'.63 N 001º 16'.55 E

51 °55‘.40 N 001°16‘.48 E

51º 55'.18 N 001º 16'.42 E

Shotley Horse  Yellow Pillar Buoy  51º 57’.32 N 001º 17’.46 E

Speed Limit Marker Buoy  Yellow Spherical Buoy  51º 56’.48 N 001º 07’.24 E

Beacon Hill  Yellow Can Buoy  51°56’.460N 001°17.850’E


Please note that Harwich Shelf East Cardinal Buoy remains in position.


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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2020

Week  14


ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH - ROCHESTER NEW ROAD BRIDGE: RE-FURBISHMENT WORKS & SPAN CLOSURES. Phase 3


Phase 3: Has now commenced and will last for approx. 5 - 6 months.   Please see the planned schedule of work for Phase 3 below.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that major engineering refurbishment works are scheduled to begin on or around 8th May 2019 and are due to continue for a period of 18 months on the Rochester New Road Bridge located in the following approximate position:  51° 23.54’N 000° 30.04’E


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

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

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


Phase 3: Main Span – Scaffolding will start to be removed from the Strood span to be used on the main span. Initially 50% of the Strood span will be taken down and used on the main span, once the Strood span is completely clear the main span will be fully scaffolded. Hanging scaffolding will be fitted until works are complete then removed. Headroom will be reduced under the area scaffolded and additional temporary Nav. Lights will be installed to aid navigation.


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 rrefurbishment 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 2020

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Week  13


 East Coast of England –  The River Great Ouse, South of King’s Lynn

Islington Pumping Station, Construction Works


Mariners are advised that the construction of a new drainage pumping station with an associated outfall will be undertaken during 2020 on the West Bank of the River Great Ouse at Islington, between the Smeeth Lode and Mill Basin outfalls, approximately 1000m north of the St Germans Bridge.


There will also be additional works to the existing outfall structures nearby, some of which will continue until the summer of 2021.


These works will involve operations on the riverbank and for a short distance out into the river with large plant and machinery. All river users, including swimmers and paddlers are to keep well clear of the construction site at all times as some of the works may be covered at high tide and unusual currents or eddies may be experienced.


Warning signs will be displayed to the north & south of the works, and any temporary obstructions in the river will be marked by marker buoys.


Works on the construction of the new pumping station outfall will commence on 31st March 2020 and continue until 31st December 2020.


Works on the Eau Brink Outfall will commence on 1st June 2020 and continue until 30th August 2020


For further information please contact Balfour Beatty Project Manager on 07967 578420.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2020.

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  12


LOWESTOFT - PORT APPROACHES – KIRKLEY SECTOR LIGHT RE-ALIGNMENT


Mariners and Port Users are advised that following trials in reference to NTM no. 12, Kirkley Sector light, position 52° 27.71’N, 001° 44.54’E, now displays light characteristics which are different to those shown on Chart 1535. These light characteristics will remain until further notice.


The new characteristics for the light are as follows and shown on the below diagram:


Oc G 10s 222˚-225˚ (3˚)

Fl G 2.5s 225˚-226˚ (1˚)

Fl W 2.5s 226˚-227˚ (1˚)

Oc W 10s 227˚-229˚ (2˚)

Fl W 2.5s 229˚-230˚ (1˚)

Fl R 2.5s 230˚-231˚ (1˚)

Oc R 10s 231˚-232˚ (1˚)



Lowestoft ( ABP Ports Lowestoft) Notices to Mariners No 12a of 2020

Week  11


RIVER MEDWAY – KETHOLE REACH  - Removal of Mooring Buoy Numbers 22 & 24


Notice is hereby given that mooring buoy numbers 22 and 24 in Kethole Reach have been permanently removed from service with immediate effect.


Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 call sign “Medway VTS’ or direct via telephone on 0151 649 6148 / 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2020

Admiralty Chart No. 1834 & 2482 refers.


Week  10


Ramsgate - Several Notices:

Notice 7 - OUTER WEST MARINA BREAKWATER PONTOON

Mariners are advised that the southernmost pontoon section of approximately 10m in length has been removed for maintenance.

The navigational lights (2 vertical greens) remain on the southernmost pile. Mariners should not transit between the remaining breakwater pontoons and the southernmost pile.

Notice 8 -  RAMSGATE NO. 5 BUOY

Mariners are advised that the No. 5 buoy is currently off station (by radar observations) by 120 metres, bearing 037.5 T (51.19.619N - 001.25.977E) from its charted position 51.19.557N - 001.25.918E).

Notice 11 -  RAMSGATE HARBOUR

Mariners are advised that the

OUTER WEST MARINA BREAKWATER PONTOON

is currently not available for berthing

Notice 12 - WEST QUERN BUOY

(51.18.98N - 001.25.39E)

Mariners are advised that the West Quern  buoy is currently missing from its charted position.

Notice 13 - PORT CONTROL - TRAFFIC CONTROL LIGHTS

Mariners are advised that we are currently experiencing intermittent faults with the Ramsgate entry / exit traffic control lights.  

Rectification works are underway, however, in the meantime please contact Port Control on VHF Channel 14 or 68 when entering or leaving the Harbour.

 



Ramsgate Port

Week  9


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 May 2020.


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:


May 2020

Monday 11th May 2020 - From 1010 to 1240 BST

June 2020

Tuesday 09th June 2020 - From 0950 to 1220 BST

July 2020

Wednesday 08th July - From 0935 to 1205 BST  

August 2020

Thursday 06th August 2020  - From 0925 to 1155 BST  

September 2020

Monday 07th September 2020 - From 1025 to 1255 BST  

October 2020

Sunday 04th October 2020 - From 0905 to 1905 BST  


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 2 of 2020


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  9


THE SWALE – FERRY REACH  - KINGSFERRY BRIDGE


Reduction in service for leisure users.


Notice is hereby given that Network Rail have informed Peel Ports London Medway that due to ongoing technical issues the Kingsferry Bridge will be operating a reduced service for leisure users. Network Rail have stated that the bridge can be lifted when there is a fitter on site, this is usually 6am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Outside these hours, leisure craft will only be allowed through when commercial vessel movements are planned.


The above arrangements will be in place until further notice although it is hoped that permanent repairs will be completed in approximately 3 weeks.


Admiralty Chart Numbers 2482 & 2572 refer.


Further information, including planned shipping movements, may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650 or from Kingsferry Bridge on VHF Channel 10.


Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020

Week  9


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 24th February 2020, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be continuing the emergency works in the Inner Harbour and resuming dredging 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 20th February, 2020

Week  6


SALTMARSH MANAGEMENT WORKS - NORTH-WEST NORTHEY ISLAND RIVER BLACKWATER, ESSEX


WITH EFFECT FROM 27 JANUARY 2020


Be aware that Marine Licence L/2019/00422/1 has been granted to the Natural Trust to undertake placement of marine sediment as part of saltmarsh conservation management to the north west of Northey Island.


The works area defined under the Marine Licence is:


51°43.4854'N 00°42.8668'E

51°43.4561'N 00°43.1267'E

51°43.6246'N 00°43.2791'E

51°43.7015'N 00°43.0586'E

51°43.4854'N 00°42.8668'E


A temporary (mobile) quay will be placed at the site to facilitate the works. Vessels are advised to exercise caution and should avoid the above area for the duration and to allow safe access/egress of plant in connection with the works. Works may be undertaken at any time.


The above works are due for completion by 13 December 2029.  For further information contact:

Maldon District Council River Bailiff on 01621 875837



Maldon District Council River Bailiff, date:27/01/2020


ADMIRALTY CHART 3741


Week  6


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)


The following navigation lights defects are in place as listed.


Asset ID   Coordinates                               Characteristic    Defect

A10         51° 34.715'N  001° 27.455'E  Fl. Y 5s 5NM       Lights 1 second out of sync  

D20         51° 38.024'N  001° 24.612'E  Fl. Y 5s 5NM       Light dim, not synchronised with adjacent towers  

G20         51° 39.458'N  001° 26.619'E  Fl. Y 5s 5NM         Lights not synchronised  

J20          51° 40.681'N  001° 28.332'E   Fl. Y 5s 5NM         Lights not synchronised  

Met Mast 51° 35.640'N 001° 23.138'E  Mo (U) 15s 10M  Lights extinguished  


The following previously reported defects have now been rectified.


F01 51° 34.679'N   001° 34.143'E  Fl. Y 5s 5NM  Incorrect characteristic – operating as Fl. Y 2.5s 5NM  

M20 51° 41.902'N   001° 30.042'E  Fl. Y 5s 5NM  Light dim, not synchronised with adjacent towers  



London Array Offshore Wind Farm

Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2020


Note:  A10 is at the  first turbine at the  couth entrance of the dog-leg avenue.

G20 and J20 are the mid-way turbines on the edge of the Black Deep

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


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


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


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 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 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

 

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 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 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 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


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

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Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


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


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


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


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


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


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


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

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


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Week 37


BLAKENEY HARBOUR

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

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



Week 36


LOWESTOFT - REPORTING OF VESSEL MOVEMENTS


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


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


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


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



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

Week 13


River Crouch - NAVIGATION


Admiralty Chart No 1975 - Thames Estuary Northern Part


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


Lat.     51˚ 40. 924’ N  

Long.  001˚03.660’ E


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


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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2017


See chart image and images of the wreck just below please

Week 13


Dangerous Wreck on the Buxey Sand edge of the Swallowtail channel

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

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


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







Week 21


New Buoys Established – Potton Creek, River Roach

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

Name   Characteristic  Light   Position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crouch No 18 of 2016.pdf


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of  2016

Image courtesy of Imray chart Y17 and Meridian ID10.

Week 11


Fairway Buoys – Paglesham Reach, River Roach

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

                                                                              New Position

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of Imray chart Y17 and Meridian ID10

CHA9.pdf


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2016

Week 44


River Roach - New Buoys Established

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


CHA37 combined.pdf




Crouch HA Notices to Mariners No 37 of 2015