No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Week  25


NOTICE TO MARINERS      No 27 of 2021


NAVIGATION - Whitaker Channel


Whitaker No 5 lighted Buoy in position:  51°40.038N, 001°03.217E  has been renamed Whitaker No 3 LT Buoy.  New light characteristic is Fl. (2) G. 5s.  Shape, colour and top mark remain unchanged.


Whitaker No 6 lighted Buoy in position:   51°39.757N,  001°03.478E  has been renamed Whitaker No 4 LT buoy.  New light characteristic is Fl. (2) R. 5s  Shape, colour and top mark remain unchanged.


Whitaker No 7 lighted Buoy has been re-established in its original position:  51°39.540N, 001°02.000E   Buoy has been renamed Whitaker No 5 LT Buoy.  New light characteristic is Fl. (3) G. 10s  Shape, colour and top mark remain unchanged.


Whitaker No 8 LT Buoy has been re-established in its original position: 51°39.351N, 001°02.000E

Buoy has been renamed Whitaker No 6 LT buoy.  New light characteristic is Fl. (3) R. 10s  Shape, colour and top mark remain unchanged.


Annual maintenance for 2021 and buoy changes are now completed in the Whitaker Channel.


NOTICE TO MARINERS      No 26 of 2021


INFORMATION


Repairs to Seawall Brandy Hole / East Hullbridge

Due to unforeseen circumstances the repair work to the seawall at Brandy Hole/East Hullbridge has been postponed until later this year.


All associated craft moored in the vicinity are scheduled to be demobilized and removed from the site on Monday 21st June.


Notice to Mariners 13 of 2021 is hereby cancelled.


NOTICE TO MARINERS      No 25 of 2021


NAVIGATION


Raysand  Buoy (Spherical Buoy)


Mariners are advised that the Raysand (yellow) Buoy has been re-established in position:


  51° 39.080N,  000° 59.284E


Cancel Notice to Mariners No 20 of 2021



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 25, 26 and 27 of 2021

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Click on the image to download.  Courtesy of Imray chart Y 17


Week  25


Diving Operations at Harwich International Port


Mariners are advised that from the 14th of June 2021 to the 18th of June 2021 diving operations will be undertaken at Harwich International Port in the vicinity of number 2 berth. The dive zone is highlighted in green opposite


An exclusion zone will be in place around the dive zone while divers are in the water.

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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2021

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Week  25


RIVER MEDWAY – CHATHAM NESS - Scotline Terminal - Dredging Operations


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are due to take place at Scotline Terminal in Rochester. Dredging will commence on or around 21st June 2021 and is expected to be completed by 25th June 2021. Operations will be focussed on the Scotline terminal berth and it’s immediate approaches and will be carried out by the water injection dredger ‘Borr’.


‘Borr’ 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. 1835 refers.


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 27 of 2021

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Week  25


Wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery - Prohibited Area


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 26 of 2021

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Week  25


RIVER MEDWAY – GILLINGHAM REACH - Chatham Lock Approaches - Dredging Operations


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are due to take place in Gillingham Reach. Dredging will commence on or around 15th June 2021 and is expected to be completed by 18th June 2021. Operations will be focussed in the approaches to Chatham Dock locks and will be carried out by the water injection dredger ‘Borr’.


‘Borr’ 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. 1835 refers.


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2021



Week  25


Depths at the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell



Mariners are hereby advised of the minimum working depths of the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell, inside the buoyed channel, based on the hydrographic surveys done on 25 May 2021.

Depths are in relation to Admiralty Chart Datum.


River Orwell

River Orwell minimum depth of the navigation channel: 5.6m


East Bank – Cliff Quay,

BLT, between Dolphins and bollard 8: 7.7m

BLT, between bollards 1 and 8: 8.0m

Grain Terminal, between bollards 8 and 12: 8.3m

East Bulk Terminal, between bollards 12 and 15: 8.4m

East Bank Container, Terminal between bollards 15 and 19: 8.5m

500 foot North, between bollards 19 and 23: 8.5m

500 foot South, between bollards 23 and 27: 8.5m

#1 Shed, between bollards 27 and 31: 8.5m

#2 Shed, between bollards 31 and 35: 8.5m

PowerStation, between bollards 39 and 46: 7.8m


West Bank

West bank North, between bollards 1 and 4: 7.0m

#1 Ro/Ro, between bollards 4 and 9: 6.4m

#2 Ro/Ro berth, between bollards 14 and 18: 6.5m

West Bank South: 6.0m


The following depth are in relation to Mean Dock Level of 6.4m

Enclosed Dock

Orwell Quay: 5.5m

Gas works: 3.53m

New Eagle Wharf: 3.53m

Old Custom House: 3.0m


All berths and river Orwell are subject to siltation.

For more information contact Orwell Navigation Services on VHF Ch 68.




Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2021

Week  25


Lowestoft Inner Harbour – Dredging and Small Barge Activities


Mariners and Port Users are advised that dredging and other Harbour bed survey activities related to the Gull Wing Construction, are scheduled to commence today 10th June, for a duration of approx. 3 weeks.


The dredging activities are anticipated to take approx. 2 weeks and will be undertaken in the yellow shaded area as indicated in the snapshot opposite.


Dredging will be undertaken via a long reach excavator working from a 20m x 12m spud leg barge ‘NEVA’, transferring spoil to 2 x small 16m x 3.5m hopper barges.


The barges will be manoeuvred between the dredge location and quay area on Riverside (South side of Lake Lothing), by work boat ‘Buster Crabb’, who will monitor VHF Channel 14 throughout works operations. The works activity will also be supported by small safety boat ‘Pioneer’. Dredging activities will take place in daylight hours only.

Once dredging has been completed, the spud leg barge will be temporarily positioned for seabed survey requirements, in the intended locations of the Bridge piers and dolphins.

Lowestoft Port Control will be able to advise if the barge is working South side or North side of Lake Lothing as indicated by red circled areas opposite.

Vessels are requested to give the dredging and survey activities as wide a berth as is safely practicable, and to pass at slow speed to reduce vessel wash.


When not working the barges will be moored alongside either the Riverside Quay, or adjacent to the Farrans construction area on North Quay berths 2/3, and will be suitably illuminated.

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



Loestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 26 of 2021

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Week  25


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

Foul Area, Establishment of light Buoy


Charts: BA 1200, BA 108, Imray Y9


Mariners are advised that the anchoring equipment lost to the north of No.1 light buoy has been located and is now marked by a yellow special mark buoy with light character Fl (5) Y 10s.


The area of designated foul ground (*) is now a circle of diameter 100m centred on the following position: 52°56.462’ N 00° 21.523’ E .


*Foul Ground is defined as “as an area of foul ground, not dangerous to surface navigation, but to be avoided by vessels anchoring, trawling etc”.


The chart symbol for foul ground is a pecked line surrounding a # symbol.


Operations to fully recover the equipment along with the buoy are scheduled to be undertaken within the week subject to weather.


Craft involved in subsequent operations to locate and recover the equipment are to be given a wide berth and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch. 14 & 16.


Please contact the Harbour Office for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 16 of 2021

Week  25


East Coast – The Wash Ports – River Nene  - Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9


Buoy Moves


Mariners are advised of the following buoy moves within the Nene Ports area of jurisdiction. Below are the new positions.


Buoy No 9  GreenCone  Fl.G.3s at 52,50.903N  000,12.828E


LNTM (003-21 Buoy Moves) is cancelled


If any further information is required, please contact the Harbour Office 01945 588059 or 07860 576685.


Port of Wisbech Authority  Local Notice to Mariners No 7 of 2021

Week  25


    Ramsgate Approaches- B 2 BUOY


Mariners are advised that the B2 Buoy (51 18.3N 1 23.9 E) has now been repaired.


Notice to Mariners No 9 is now cancelled



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2021

Week  25


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

 For week commencing 14th June 2021, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in and around the Outer Harbour. Vessels entering or exiting the harbour should call the “Kari Hege” when working, on channel 12 or harbour staff if it’s not working. All pre-arranged dredging areas are constrained by the weather and wave heights therefore operations are subject to change on a daily basis.

The Port’s dredger “Kari Hege” operates from Monday to Friday. Its normal area of work is in the main channel between buoy number 12 and buoy number 8. It works during the low water period, starting three hours after high water until three hours prior to the next high water. The “Kari Hege” will manoeuvre into its dig position, or back to its mooring, approximately half an hour before or after this time. Any larger vessels intending to pass the “Kari Hege” in the channel during digging operations or while it is manoeuvring should call the dredger up on Channel 12 to ascertain which is the safe side to pass. All material removed from the channel during dredging operation is placed on the berm which is marked by the Port hand channel buoys. Areas to be dredged are dictated by regular survey results but these areas are subject to weather constraints.



Port of Wells Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2021

Week  25


NATIVE OYSTER RESTORATION WORKS  - WEST MERSEA


Starting Monday 14th June 2021 works will commence on the Essex native oyster restoration project within a defined restoration box, of which the north-west corner is located approximately 500m offshore to the south-east of West Mersea (hereafter referred to as the ‘Restoration Box’).


The Restoration Box is approximately 2000m (west to east) by 1000m (north to south).

This work will consist of habitat restoration through the cleaning of the seabed in the North of the Restoration Box. These works are expected to be concluded by 20th June 2021 subject to satisfactory weather conditions.


Mariners are reminded that past work within the restoration box includes the deposition of shell and stone material, Mariners are therefore requested to be mindful of the raised seabed in this location. Additionally, Mariners are reminded of the deployment of spat collectors (large metal frames) within the area marked by large, yellow danger marks. This smaller marked area should not be entered.


Other activities to take place this year include Scientific Monitoring. These activities will take place between July and October 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed) and separate notices will be issued before such work commences.


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



River Blackwater Notices to Mariners

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Week  24


RIVER THAMES - GRAVESEND REACH - HIGHAM BIGHT - MOORING INSTALLATION


On or about 08th June 2021, a new mooring will be installed at Higham Bight. The installation will be undertaken by the LONDON TITAN.


Any request for vessels to pass with caution, or at slow speed will be communicated by London VTS on Channel 68, in accordance with port-wide Notice to Mariners 08/2021. The vessel is required to display the appropriate lights and shapes as per the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Any further details will be broadcast by London VTS.


The chartlet opposite shows the location of the works.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L11 of 2021

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Week  24


NAVIGATION


Whitaker Channel – Whitaker No 2 and Whitaker No 8 Buoys

Mariners are advised:


Whitaker No 2 Lighted Buoy has been permanently moved to a new position of: 51°40.250’N, 001°05.400’E.  Light characteristic (Fl R 5s) and Top Mark remain unchanged.


Whitaker No 8 Lighted Buoy in position:   51°39.351’N, 01°02.000’E is temporary off station.


Raysand Unlighted Buoy


Mariners are advised that the Raysand Buoy in position:   51° 39.080N, 00° 59.284E is temporary off station.


Swallowtail Channel

NAVIGATION

Swallowtail Channel – Swallowtail No 1 Buoy


Mariners are advised that Swallowtail No 1 Lighted Buoy has been permanently moved to a new position of:    51° 41.400’N,  001° 07.500’E.  Light characteristic (Fl. Y. 5) and Top Mark remain unchanged.


Annual Maintenance for 2021 and Buoy Changes are now complete in the Swallowtail Channel

• Swallowtail No 2 Lighted Buoy has been permanently withdrawn from position 51°41.184’N, 001°06.296’E

• Swallowtail No 3 Lighted Buoy in position 51°40.843’N, 001°04.391’E has been renamed Swallowtail No 2. New light characteristic Fl. Y. 10s. Colour, shape and Top Mark remain unchanged.

• Swallowtail No 4 Lighted Buoy in position 51°40.519’N, 001°03.487’E has been renamed Swallowtail No 3. Light characteristic unchanged Fl. (2) Y. 10s.  Colour, shape and Top Mark remain unchanged.

• Swallowtail No 1 Lighted Buoy will be moved to a new position next week. New coordinates will be promulgated on completion of the move.

Swallowtail No 4 Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that Swallowtail No 4 is temporarily off station and that all the buoys in the Swallowtail Channel are being serviced this week.

A NTM will follow shortly with updated position of Swallowtail No 1 and changes to light characteristics within the Swallowtail Channel as soon as work is completed, which is expected to be by Friday 04th June 2021.

Care should be taken by navigators whilst using the Swallowtail Channel until this work is finished


Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 23, 21, 20, 19 and 18 of 2021

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Week  24


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)  Amended 070621


All mariners are advised that the Jack-up Vessel “Wind Enterprise”, on behalf of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Ltd, will be on site from 12/06/2021 for approximately 2 weeks to carry out heavy lift operations.


As part of this work, component exchanges will take place at several locations within the Wind Farm.


Vessel: Wind Enterprise

Jack-Up Vessel Wind Enterprise has a length of 101.95m and breadth of 40.2m.

Equipment will be periodically deployed and suspended from the vessel crane during jack up operations.

Call Sign: OZTU2

MMSI: 219370000

IMO: 9578244  


Planned Locations and Restricted Access Zones

A total of four locations are to be attended:


WTG Latitude Longitude

C08  51° 35.085'N  001° 29.418'E  

J07  51° 37.681'N  001° 33.856'E  

J19  51° 40.451'N  001° 28.759'E  Addition!

L14  51° 40.114'N  001° 32.028'E  

M14  51° 40.473'N  001° 32.617'E  


A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Wind Enterprise whilst pinned on location.


If access is required to this zone for non-project vessel traffic, authorisation must be requested from the vessel master.


For additional information please contact the Duty Marine Coordinator. 01843 855 795 marinecoordinators@londonarray.com London Array Limited, Port of Ramsgate, Military Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9LG.


Date of Notice: 29th May 2021


NOTE - This should not affect Foulger's Gat.



London Array Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2021

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Week  23


RIVER THAMES - BENFLEET CREEK  - BENFLEET ROAD BRIDGE  - FULL CLOSURE

 

On or about 7th June 2021, contractors working on behalf of Essex Highways will be conducting structural works on Benfleet Road Bridge. In order to accommodate these works, scaffolding will be erected that will render the bridge fully closed to navigation.


The closure applies to all vessels, including personal and recreational craft. Vessels should not navigate between a point 50m upstream of the bridge and the Benfleet Flood Barrier downstream of the bridge. Completion of the works is expected by the end of October 2021.


All arches will be closed to navigation. They will be marked in accordance with the Port of London Authority Thames Byelaws (2012), as depicted right - by three red discs (or by night, three red lights) in an equilateral triangle apex-down.


Safety boat SEACRAFT 1 will be in attendance whilst the scaffolding is erected.


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L10 of 2021

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Week  23


RIVER THAMES - NORTHFLEET HOPE  - DREDGING OPERATIONS

 

On or about 2nd June 2021, dredging operations will commence at Robins Wharf, Northfleet. The dredge will be carried out by water-injection dredger BALDR and push-tug HAVIK. Operations will be conducted during the ebb-tide only, with expected completion around 5th June.


Any request for vessels to pass with caution, or at slow speed will be communicated by London VTS on Channel 68, in accordance with port-wide Notice to Mariners 08/2021. The vessels should display the appropriate lights and shapes as per the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Any further details will be broadcast by London VTS.


The chartlet below opposite the location of the works.


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L9 of 2021

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Week  23


Repairs to Seawall Brandy Hole / East Hullbridge


INFORMATION


Mariners are advised that marine contractors working on behalf of the Environment Agency are scheduled to commence repairs to the seawall in the vicinity of Brandy Hole/East Hullbridge in approximate position:

51⁰ 37.88’1N,  000⁰ 37.934’E

on Tuesday 01st June 2021.

Vessels and plant associated with these repairs will be arriving on Friday 28th May.

Duration of these works is expected to be between 9 and 12 weeks. (Between 08:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday).

The safety vessel ‘HUNTER’ will be in attendance whilst work is taking place and will maintain a listening watch on VHF channels 11 & 16.

Throughout this period there will be a combination of work & safety boats and a Jack-Up barge located and working in the vicinity.

All vessels navigating in the area are requested to do so at a slow speed with minimum wash and pass at a safe distance.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2021

Week  22


RIVER THAMES - YANTLET CHANNEL - SHELL HAVEN


DIVING OPERATIONS


On or around 24th May 2021, daily diving operations will commence at Shell Haven for a period of approximately 3 weeks. Diving operations will take place from the vessel FORTITUDE, which will be moored alongside the jetty. Operations will be timed around tidal windows, and any request to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made by London VTS on channel 68 in accordance with port-wide Notice to Mariners 08/2021. The vessel should display International Code Flags ‘Romeo Yankee (RY)’ and ‘Alpha (A)’ as appropriate: opposite.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L8 of 2021

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Week  22


Harwich Harbour - Maintenance Dredging


Mariners are advised that the dredger Njord R (111.30m LOA) will commence maintenance dredgingon the 30th of May 2021 within the Haven for approximately 4 weeks.


The Duke of Normandy (26.26m LOA) will commence plough maintenance dredging on the 28th of

May 2021 within the Haven for approximately 4 weeks.


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


Dates are approximate and subject to alteration.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2021

Week  22


Lowestoft - Outer Harbour – Inner North / Trawl Dock Entrance– Navigation light - Unlit


UTC ☐ BST ☒


To advise all mariners and port users that the navigation light on the Inner North / west entrance of Trawl Basin, light characteristic 2F.Y(Vert.), is unlit.


A notice will be issued when this light is restored.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2021

Week  22


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 2021 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 24 June 6.00pm

Thursday 1 July 6.00pm

Thursday 8 July 6.00pm

Thursday 15 July 6.00pm

Saturday 17 July 12 noon - British Championship

Sunday 18 July 12 noon - British Championship

Thursday 22 July 6.00pm

Thursday 29 July 6.00pm

Thursday 5 August 5.30pm

Thursday 12 August 5.30pm

Thursday 19 August 5.30pm

Monday 30 August 4.00pm - Lions Bank Holiday Gala Event

Sunday 12 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. 4 of 2021

Week  22


Special mark Turntide Jetty, Breydon


Notice is hereby given that from the 21st May 2021 a special mark in the form of a yellow post has been installed at the downstream end of Turntide jetty. This post marks the confluence of the River Waveney and River Yare to indicate where vessels need to turn to remain in the channel.


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

 

https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No. 5 of 2021

Week  22


LONDON ARRAY WIND FARM - Safe distances within the Offshore Wind farm:


A 6 monthly schedule of maintenance started on 1st May involving, inter alia, Diving facilities, diving and roping.  A number of turbines bordering Foulger's Gat and the 'dogleg' will be involved and the below exclusion zones will apply.  As up to 3 turbines may be worked on at any one times, access to Foulger's Gat may be affected.  Daily VHF 16 warnings will be broadcast and I have asked if it is possible for advance warning of those affecting Foulger's Gat.


Full details of the works can be downloaded on these two links.


 N to M 03.2021 - Dive operations rev 3.pdf Revised @ 1913 hrs on 12.05.21

N to M 04.2021 - Rope Access Operations (002).pdf



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

• A 100m exclusion zone will be in place during rope access operations.

• A 250m exclusion zone will be in place when dive support vessel moorings are deployed at WTG’s  * amendment extending zone to 250m from 12.05.21

• A 500m exclusion zone will be in place during dive operations.


A 250m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Admiral P whilst inside the wind farm.


ALL VESSELS WISHING TO TRANSIT THROUGH THE LONDON ARRAY WIND FARM SHOULD MONITOR VHF CH16 AND MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONTACT LAL VESSELS ON SITE PRIOR TO ANY ENTRY.

Stand-by moorings for dive support vessels


For periods where diving operations are not being undertaken the dive support vessels will remain at anchor at one of the following locations.

• MA001 - 51°41.185’N 001°32.322’E

• MA002 - 51°40.984’N 001°32.829’E

• MA003 - 51°35.135’N 001°24.202’E

• MA004 - 51°35.149’N 001°24.689’E


When these locations are unattended, they will be marked with a yellow marker buoy flashing orange 5s.

See chartlet for the positions of the temporary moorings.




London Array Wind Farm dated 10th May, 2021

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The Diving work affected is now has the turbines coloured magenta.


NEW - Added Week 21

All mariners are advised that the Work Vessel “Admiral P” will be onsite from 19/05/2021 undertaking Drone Survey Operations for approximately 14 days.


Call Sign: 2FVD7

MMSI: 235094496

Length: 18.5m

Breadth: 6m

Draft: 1.2m  


A 250m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Admiral P whilst inside the wind farm.


If access is required to this zone for non-project vessel traffic, authorisation must be requested from the vessel master.


Week  21


Lowestoft Inner Harbour – Oulton Rail Bridge Maintenance – Restriction to Navigation


UTC ☐ BST ☒


Mariners and Port Users are advised that the navigation beneath Oulton swing bridge (charted as Carlton swing bridge on BA1535 ) will be suspended during the following periods due to essential maintenance:-


• From 2300hrs Saturday 15th May to 0700hrs Sunday 16th May

• From 1700hrs Friday 21st May to 0900 on Saturday 22nd May

• From 1700hrs Saturday 22nd May to 0900 on Sunday 23rd May

• From 1700hrs Sunday 23rd May to 0900 on Monday 24th May


A floating pontoon will be in position beneath the bridge to facilitate this work, causing the restriction in the waterway/navigable channel.


Works will be carried out by Network Rails contractor AmcoGiffen. For further information please contact them directly:- Tel. 07435962314



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2021


Week  21


Ramsgate Approaches - B 2 BUOY

Mariners are advised that the B2 Buoy (51 18.3N 1 23.9 E) has been reported as unlit.

Ramsgate Approaches - Port Entry Signal Lights

Mariners are advised that the Port Entry signal lights are unreliable. Confirm, with Port Control, before entering or departing Ramsgate Harbour.

Ramsgate Approaches - Rear Lead Light

Mariners are advised that the rear lead light for the Ramsgate Approaches is unlit. Caution should be exercised when using the channel at night.



 Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners 2021 No. 9 of 2021


 Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners 2021 No. 11 of 2021



 Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners 2021 No. 10 of 2021

Week  20


Burnham Fairway No 2 Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Following consultation between the Crouch Harbour Authority and Trinity House Mariners are advised that the Burnham Fairway (Red) No 2 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51° 37.264’N

000° 48.862’E

has been permanently withdrawn.



Crouch Harbour Authority  Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2021

Week  20


Dredging Operations - Medway Approach Channel & Chatham Lock Approaches


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are due to take place in the Medway Approach Channel and Chatham Lock Approaches. Work will commence on 8th May 2021 with completion expected on or around 10th May 2021. Dredging operations will be carried out by the water injection dredger ‘Maas’ who will display the required signals for respective operations by day and night, all vessels are requested to pass with caution and minimise their wash.


Dredging in the Medway approach channel will be conducted over 3 tides and will be concentrated in the area to the south of the channel between No.4 and No.8 buoys. Dredging in the approaches to Chatham locks will be conducted over 2 tides.


Admiralty Chart No’s. 3683 & 1835 refer.


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 23 of 2021

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Week  19


Harwich Haven - Update: Oakley Creek – Walton Backwaters


Mariners are advised that the obstruction previously reported in Harwich Haven Authority Notice to Mariners number 15 of 2021 regarding an obstruction in Oakley Creek, mid-way between the “Gate” formed by adjacent port and starboard beacons and the first starboard hand beacon after leaving the EPC berth situated within the Walton Backwaters has now been removed.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2021

Week  19


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - New Lifting Bridge – Commencement of Construction

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that marine construction work on the new lifting bridge project will be commencing on Tuesday 4th May 2021. The first phase will involve excavation of quayside and installation of piles to form the foundation of the Western bascule pit at berth 31 (see Download for location diagram).


Piling will be undertaken from jack-up barge HAVEN SEARISER 3, which will be supplied by multi-cat vessel SHEERKHAN and flat-top barge BCDK 6464 (see Annex 2 for pictures of the vessels).

Regular vessel movements will be undertaken between the work area and berth 13B on the opposite bank. Vessels may be moored on either side of the river.


All vessels and any overside work locations will be efficiently illuminated during hours of darkness and in restricted visibility.


Mariners should maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch12 at all times, approach the area with caution, pass at the slowest safe manoeuvrable speed and keep well clear. No swinging of vessels will be permitted in the vicinity of the work area. If in doubt or if requiring further information vessels should contact Yarmouth Radio on VHF Channel 12 or telephone +44 (0)1493 335511



Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2021


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Week  19


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


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are due to take place at BP Isle of Grain No.1 jetty. Dredging will commence on or around 9th May 2021 and is expected to be complete by 14th May 2021. Operations will be focussed around the “berthing box” and will be carried out by the water injection dredger ‘Maasmond’.


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2021

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Week  19


East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to King’s Lynn  -  Removal of East Stones Light Buoy .


Mariners are advised that as a result of impact damage sustained from several vessels the East Stones Light Buoy (52° 48’.122N 00°21’.668E) has been removed from station for repairs.

Please contact the Harbour Office for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2021


Week  19


Blakeney Harbour Entrance Channel

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

Vessels entering the harbour should note the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HENRY ARCHER: 07786092405

or

NEIL THOMPSON: 07929181138

or

WILL DARBY: 07795463943



Dated 2nd May, 2021

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Week  18


North Falls Offshore Windfarm; Geophysical and environmental site investigations


North Falls Offshore Farm Limited has contracted Fugro GB Marine Limited (Fugro) to carry out a

geophysical and environmental site investigation in the North Sea for the proposed North Falls

Offshore Wind Farm (NFOW) site.


The North Falls Offshore Wind Farm site is located to the east of Felixstowe and bordering the

Greater Gabbard and Galloper existing wind farms.

Fugro Mercator


The geophysical operations at the North Falls site are expected to be carried out from the Fugro

Mercator from 10th May 2021 for approximately 8-9 weeks. Fugro Mercator will be conducting

operations across the Main Array and Export Cable Route areas >10m LAT.


Please note that the exact start and finish date will be dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and work progress.


As the Fugro Mercator will be towing survey equipment the vessel will require large turning circles and will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. All vessels operating within this area are requested to keep their distance, maintaining at least the 1,000m safety zone around the survey vessel, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.


A continuous listening watch will be conducted on VHF Channel 16.

Sam Litchfield – Vessel Project Manager (Fugro Mercator)

Mob: +44 (0) 7748 988 393, Email: s.litchfield@fugro.com

Curtis Marshall


The environmental operations at the North Falls site are expected to be carried out from the Curtis Marshall from 1st July 2021 for approximately 7 days. Curtis Marshall will be conducting operations across the Main Array and Export Cable Route areas both offshore and nearshore.


Please note that the exact start and finish date will be dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and work progress.


Important Information


As the Curtis Marshall will be deploying equipment astern of the vessel, the vessel will require large turning circles and will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. All vessels operating within this area are requested to keep their distance, maintaining at least the 1,000m safety zone around the survey vessel, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.


A continuous listening watch will be conducted on VHF Channel 16.  Survey operations will be conducted on a 24-hour basis.


Craig Barrett - Environmental Package Manager (Curtis Marshall)

Mob: +44 2392 205 558, Email: c.barrett@fugro.com


The geophysical operations on the North Falls export cable route from the 10m LAT contour inshore to the potential landfall, are expected to be carried out from the survey vessel Fugro Seeker from 15th May 2021 for approximately 10 weeks.


Please note that the exact start and finish date will be dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and work progress.


Important Information


As the Fugro Seeker will be towing survey equipment the vessel will require large turning circles and will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. All vessels operating within this area are requested to keep their distance, maintaining at least the 500m safety zone around the survey vessel, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.


A continuous listening watch will be conducted on VHF Channel 16.  Survey operations will be conducted on a 12-hour basis.

Daniel Ferguson – Project Manager & Vessel Project Manager (Fugro Seeker)

Mob: +44 (0) 7968 845551, Email: d.ferguson@fugro.com




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2021

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Week  17


RIVER THAMES - ERITH REACH  - COLDHARBOUR JETTY - CATHODIC PROTECTION REPLACEMENT


On or about the 15th April 2021, marine contractors working on behalf of Land and Water Remediation, will be undertaking cathodic protection replacement at Coldharbour Jetty. These marine works will take approximately twelve-weeks.


The works will be undertaken from LAWS1 and LAWS2 moored to Coldharbour Jetty, with the tug PROTECTOR providing support.


The works will take place following tidal patterns and may require vessels to proceed with caution or at slow speed. Such requests will be broadcast by London VTS on Channel 14, as per the requirements detailed in Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2021.


The chartlet OPPOSITE Shows the location of the working area.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L6 of 2021

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Week  17


Lowestoft Outer Harbour and Approaches – Transits of USV


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Mariners and Port Users are advised that hydrographic survey operations, at the  Greater Gabbard and Galloper Wind Farms, are scheduled to commence on Friday 16th April.


This will be conducted using an unmanned surface vessel (USV) “X-03”. The vessel is capable of working 24/7. The USV has AIS, Navigation lights and a radar reflector (see below photograph). The anticipated duration of the survey  works is approximately 3 to 4 days and is subject to favourable weather conditions.


The USV will transit to and from the survey area from the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Marina in Lowestoft Outer Harbour area. Likely transit date for departure will be 16th April, with vessel return Monday 19th April (subject to change due to weather or operational requirements). When transiting Harbour areas and approaches the USV will be escorted by safety boat “POSIEDON” or

‘PROTEUS’. The Safety Boat will be monitoring VHF Ch14 during Harbour transits.

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2021

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Week  17


The Wash - Approaches to King’s Lynn - Amendments to buoyage .


Mariners are advised that due to changes in the profile of the approach channel to King’s Lynn, the following amendments to buoyage have taken place:


1: on 13th April 2021


a) No. 10 light buoy moved approx. 160m x 130°(T) to 52° 52’.590N 00°22’.075E

b) No. 12 light buoy moved approx. 135m x 080°(T) to 52° 52’.315N 00°22’.205E

c) No. 11 light buoy moved approx. 100m x 020°(T) to 52° 52’.475N 00°21’.990E

d) No. 8 light buoy moved approx. 50m x 085°(T) to 52° 52’.850N 00°21’.765E


2: on 14th April 2021


a) No. 17 light buoy moved approx. 90m x 280°(T) to 52° 51’.700N 00°21’.195E

b) No.14 light buoy moved approx. 75m x 330° (T) to 52° 51’.720N 00°21’.430E

.

This supercedes NtM 10/2021 dated 8th April



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 10A of 2021

Week  16


Leisure vessels will be permitted to moor overnight on Ha’penny Pier pontoons from Monday 12 April 2021


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 29 March to Sunday 31 October 2021.


Ha’penny Pier is manned by Pier Master between the hours of 0800 and 0900 and 1600 and 1700 (including weekends and bank holidays). During the summer school holidays, the pier is manned between 0800 and 0900 and 1230 and 1730.


Following the Government’s Covid-19 Unlock Roadmap, leisure vessels (with members from one household aboard) will be permitted to moor overnight from Monday 12 April on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons. No fees will be charged. Toilet and shower facilities will not be available.

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

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


Fishing vessels


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


How to pay?


Leisure vessels with members of one household aboard are permitted to moor overnight from 12 April. No fees will be charged until further notice.


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


Access out of hours


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


Access to facilities


Please note that the toilet and shower facilities on Ha’penny Pier remain closed to visiting sailors. We will continue to review the situation in line with the Government’s Unlock Roadmap.


A water tap is located on the inside of the sea defence wall at the entrance of Ha’penny Pier, which is the property of Tendring District Council – 01255 686868.


Access during bad weather


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

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

 

Warnings


Harwich Haven Authority accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any vessel, its contents or injury to any person using the facility.


Vessels entering the pontoons are advised to navigate with caution – due to floating moorings – and keep to the port side when entering the pontoons.


Up to date information related to the Ha’penny Pier pontoons can be found at – https://hha.co.uk/leisure/mooring/




Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2021

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Week  16


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 to King’s Lynn, the following amendments to buoyage will take place:


1: on or about 13th April 2021


a) No. 10 light buoy to be moved approx. 160m x 130°(T) to 52° 52’.590N 00°22’.075E

b) No. 12 light buoy to be moved approx. 135m x 080°(T) to 52° 52’.315N 00°22’.205E

c) No. 11 light buoy to be moved approx. 100m x 020°(T) to 52° 52’.475N 00°21’.990E


2: on or about 14th April 2021


a) No. 8 light buoy to be moved approx. 50m x 085°(T) to 52° 52’.850N 00°21’.765E

b) No. 17 light buoy to be moved approx. 90m x 280°(T) to 52° 51’.700N 00°21’.195E


All the above works will be carried out by the buoying vessel St Edmund and all mariners are requested to pass at slow speed and give as wide a berth as is possible whilst works are being carried out. Contact the St Edmund on VHF Ch. 14 for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 10 of 2021

Week  16


Navigation restriction due to dredging works on Oulton Broad


Notice is hereby given that the Broads Authority will be undertaking dredging works, from Tuesday 03 May until Friday 10 September 2021. The site stretches along the northern reaches of the Broad, from grid ref TM508926 (Causeway) to TM520928 (Mutford Lock) and then from Broad View bend to TM517924 (Coleman Dyke) shown in red on the plan .  Access the plan at https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners


The maintenance works on the water will involve the use of floating pontoons and small work vessels. Note During the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.


Please ensure that the area is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.

 

All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. 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 2 of 2021

Week  16


Navigation restriction due to dredging works on the Upper Waveney Beccles


Notice is hereby given that the Broads Authority will be undertaking dredging works, from Monday 10 May 2021 until Friday 10 September 2021. The site stretches along the upstream end of the River Waveney, from grid ref TM394909 (Geldeston Dyke) to TM420910 (Bridge Street) shown in red on the plan extract.   Access the plan at https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners


The maintenance works on the water will involve the use of floating pontoons and small works vessels. Note during the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.


Please ensure that the area is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.

 

All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. 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 3 of 2021

Week  16


Brightlingsea Harbour will be applying Government restrictions and relaxation steps over the period of unlocking.

Not a Notice to Mariners but provides very useful guidance on access at the present.  A long illustrated guide so get access at:

https://www.brightlingseaharbour.org/news/harbour-and-covid-19-what-next/



Week  15


England – East Coast – The Wash Ports – River Nene - Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9


Buoy Moves


Mariners are advised of the following buoy moves within the Nene Ports area of jurisdiction. Below are the new positions.


Buoy No 9      Green Cone       Fl.G.3s        N52,50.896   E000,12.815

Buoy Middle  Red Can            FL(1) R 8s   N52,50.814   E000,12.690


LNTM (009-20 Buoy Moves) is cancelled


If any further information is required, please contact the Harbour Office 01945 588059 or 07860 576685.



Port of Wisbech Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2021

Week  15


England – East Coast – The Wash Ports – River Nene - Admiralty Chart 1200, Imray Y9


Mariners are advised that the Holbeach range DZ 10 is currently off station.


DZ No 10    Yellow Special Mark    Fl.Y.(2) 5s    N52,51.389   E000,13.000


Holbeach Range is currently working on redeploying the DZ 10 as soon as practically possible.


If any further information is required please contact the Harbour Office 01945 588059 or 07860 576685.



Port of Wisbech Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

Week  14


Ha’penny Pier Pontoons  Harwich Harbour


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 29 March to Sunday 31 October 2021.


Ha’penny Pier is manned by a pier master between the hours of 0800 and 0900 and 1600 and 1700 (including weekends and bank holidays). During the summer school holidays, the pier is manned between 0800 and 0900 and 1230 and 1730.


During the off season vessels may use the berths in accordance to the areas marked on the map (above) but mooring preferences will always be given to fishing vessels. Mooring is free on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons during the off season. However, vessels can only stay in the pontoon area for 24 hours in any 7 day period (requests for longer stays will be granted at the discretion of Harwich Haven Authority). During the off-season we do not provide access to our shower and toilet facilities, which are located on Ha’penny Pier. Out of hours enquiries should be made to pier.master@hha.co.uk.


Leisure vessels


Following the Government’s latest Covid-19 restrictions, leisure vessels will not be permitted to moor overnight on the pontoons and no fees will be charged until further notice.


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

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


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

Up to 5 metres LOA                                        £10.00  

Over 5 metres and up to 10 metres LOA    £15.00  

Over 10 metres and up to 15 metres LOA  £20.00  

Over 15 metres and up to 20 metres LOA  £25.00

  

Larger vessels


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


Fees for large vessels are as follows:

Embarking/disembarking passengers       £25.00  

Overnight mooring                                        £35.00  


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


Fishing vessels


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


How to pay?


Following the Government’s latest Covid-19 restrictions, leisure vessels will not be permitted to moor overnight on the pontoons and no fees will be charged until further notice.


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


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


Access out of hours


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


Access to facilities


Please note that the toilet and shower facilities on Ha’penny Pier remain closed to visiting sailors. We will continue to review the situation in line with the Government’s unlock plan.


A water tap is located on the inside of the sea defence wall at the entrance of Ha’penny Pier, which is the property of Tendring District Council – 01255 686868.


Access during bad weather

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

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


Warnings


Harwich Haven Authority accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any vessel, its contents or injury to any person using the facility.

Vessels entering the pontoons are advised to navigate with caution – due to floating moorings – and keep to the port side when entering the pontoons.


Up to date information related to the Ha’penny Pier pontoons can be found at – https://hha.co.uk/leisure/mooring/



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2021


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Week  13


Harwich Haven - Seasonal Recreational Marks


On or before the 29th of March 2021 the following seasonal recreational marks will be reinstated:  (Positions given are WGS 84):


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

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

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

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

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

Dovercourt Bay                Yellow Spherical Buoys:


51°55’.97 N 001°17’.39 E

51°55’.81 N 001° 16’.99 E

51º 55'.65 N 001º 16'.59 E

51º 55'.63 N 001º 16'.55 E

51 °55‘.40 N 001°16‘.48 E

51º 55'.18 N 001º 16'.42 E


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

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

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


Positions given are WGS 84



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2021

Week  13


The River Great Ouse, South of King’s Lynn - Islington Pumping Station, Construction Works:

Pontoon establishment and pile Cutting Operations


Notice to Mariners 26/2020 refers


Mariners are advised that additional works will be carried out associated with the construction of a new drainage pumping station with an associated outfall currently ongoing 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.


These additional works will involve the mooring of a floating modular pontoon approximately 32 metres long by 10 metres wide with associated plant on aboard moored immediately adjacent to the newly constructed outfall spillway. Operations will include dredging using the pontoon mounted excavator, together with the use of cutting and burning equipment and the pontoon mounted hydraulic crane.


All river users, including swimmers and paddlers are to keep well clear of pontoon site at all times as unusual currents or eddies may be experienced and craft MUST proceed at minimum speed when transiting this area and avoid causing a wash.


Additional Warning signs will be displayed to the north & south of the works, and the extremities of the pontoon will be marked by flashing amber lights. Some operations will require the use of


Divers and additional warning signs and restrictions will be required.


These additional works are due to commence week commencing 22nd March and last for about 6 weeks


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

NtM 26/2020 is still in force



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 9 of 2021.

Week  12


Notice 06 of 2021 dated 11th March 2021

Sandwich Fairway Buoy is returned to station following fitting of a far heavier studlink chain.  This  will make the buoy sink further into the water and make the light more visually stable.

Notice 05 of 2021 dated 11th March 2021

Mariners are advised that the Swing Bridge in Sandwich is to be closed to use for one night only on Sunday night 21:15 to 06:00 on 11 April 2021 for the first service of the bridge since the recent refurbishment works.

Notice 04 of 2021 dated 4th March 2021

Mariners are advised of a planned new line of demarkation buoys to be established by Kent Wildlife Trust on an east to west alignment in position

51°18′17″N,  extending westwards from   001°22′48″E  to the shoreline.

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Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners Nos 6, 5 and 4 of 2021

Week  11


Rock Obstruction (Harwich Harbour)


Mariners are advised that a rock obstruction has been identified in the following approximate position


51° 56.35 N 001° 18.56 E

at 14.2m chart datum;


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2021

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Week  11


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Haven Bridge Mechanical Fault


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that due to mechanical issues Haven Bridge is currently unable to lift for vessels.


Peel Ports are working with the bridge owner Norfolk County Council to resolve the issues as swiftly as possible.



Port of Great Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2021

Week  11


Lowestoft Approaches - Stanford Channel –  South Holm Buoy


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This notice is to advise Mariners, Port Users and Vessel Operators that the South Holm lighted buoy, approx. position 52° 26.700’N, 001° 47.200’E, marking the southern extreme of the Holm Sand and southern entrance to the Stanford channel, is reported to be damaged which has effected the buoys top mark .

 

Notice will be provided when the buoy has been repaired.


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



Lowestoft (ABP) Port Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2021

Week  11



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 to King’s Lynn, the following amendments to buoyage will take place on or about 8th March 2021


a) No. 21 light buoy to be moved approx. 50m x 060°(T) to 52° 50’.360N 00°21’.650E

b) No. 22 light buoy to be moved approx. 95m x 005°(T) to 52° 50’.430N 00°21’.710E

c) No. 23 light buoy to be moved approx. 190m x 000°(T) to 52° 49’.930N 00°21’.510E


All the above works will be carried out by the buoying vessel St Edmund and all mariners are requested to pass at slow speed and give as wide a berth as is possible whilst works are being carried out. Contact the St Edmund on VHF Ch. 14 for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 8 of 2021

Week  10


REQUESTS FOR VESSELS TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION OR AT SLOW SPEED


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2021

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Week  10


Bawdsey Anchorage


Mariners are advised that the anchor previously lost in the Bawdsey Anchorage in the following

approximate position.


51° 57.44 N 001° 31.15 E


Has now been recovered.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2021

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 2021.


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


PROGRAMME OF CLOSURES:


May 2021

Monday 17th May From 1020 to 1250 BST


June 2021

Monday 14th June From 0935 to 1205 BST  


July 2021

Tuesday 13th July From 0930 to 1200 BST  


August 2021

Wednesday 11th August From 0930 to 1200 BST  


September 2021

Sunday 19th September From 0625 to 1625 BST  


October 2021

Monday 25th October From 1005 to 1235 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 6 of 2021


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


Harwich Harbour & Approaches - Seasonal Recreational Buoy


On or after the 1st March 2021 the following seasonal recreational mark will be reinstated:

(Positions given are WGS 84):


Harwich Shelf


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


Positions given are WGS 84



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

Week  8


River Medway – Gillingham Reach - Wreck/Obstruction – Segas Sailing Club Moorings


Notice is hereby given that: Peel Ports have been notified of a sunken vessel on the Segas Sailing Club Moorings at the following approximate position: 51°24.017'N. 000° 33.842'E . The wreck believed to be a red motor launch/cruiser, 22-23ft long, which is occasionally visible at low water is now marked with an unlit, yellow ‘pellet’ buoy denoted “Wreck” .

When practicable an attempt to recover the vessel will be made and once complete a cancellation to this notice will be promulgated. Until the obstruction is removed all mariners should keep clear of the area.


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 18 of 2021

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Week  8


Fingringhoe Range Buoys Repositioning - River Colne


Briggs Marine Contractors are planning to reposition 4 x range marking buoys situated around the permitter of the Fingringhoe firing range to new locations marking the extremities of the range. Works are scheduled to be carried out Monday 15th February 2021, weather permitting.


The coordinates and chart location of the buoys are provided in Figure 1.


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Briggs Marine will be utilizing the vessel MV Liftmoor, operated by Whitstable Marine Services. Mobilising from the Port of Sheerness.



NOTICE TO MARINERS: 15th February 2021

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Week  7


RIVER MEDWAY – Gillingham Reach - Chatham Locks “Bullnose” Fixed Navigation Lights


Notice is hereby given that: the fixed navigation lights on Chatham Dock Bullnose have been upgraded. The lights centred at the approximate position 51°23.990N – 000° 33.210E have been converted to units with higher intensity and now have an operational range of 3 nautical miles, the height of the lights remains unchanged. Trinity House and the UKHO have been informed, any amendments to nautical publications that are required will be promulgated as soon as practicable.


Admiralty Chart Number 1835 refers.


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2021

Week  6


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - THAMES ESTUARY - SUNK PRECAUTIONARY AREA

SUNK CENTRE LIGHT VESSEL (ALL Vol A 2170, ALRS 51935).

Latitude 51° 50.100’N., Longitude 001° 46.020’E.

Amendment : Existing Light Vessel has been temporarily removed and a replacement Lighted Buoy established

in lieu, as follows:-

Pillar: Red and white vertical stripes: Mo.(A)15 seconds: Red spherical topmark.

Racon, as follows:-

Type : Agile Frequency

Code : Morse “C”

Nominal Range : 10 miles

Frequency : X band 9320 MHz to 9500 MHz

: S band 2920 MHz to 3100 MHz

Display period : On 20 seconds.

Off 40 seconds.

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Total 60 seconds.

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AIS Transmission; MMSI Number 992351034.

Mariners are advised that the transmitted message 21 will be displayed as “Sunk Centre”.

Further notice will be given when the Lighted Buoy is removed and the Light Vessel re-established.



Trinity House Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2021

Week  6


PROCEDURES IN THE THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE


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


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

PLA 4.pdf



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

Week  6


Peel Ports Group – COVID-19 UK Travel Restrictions - Guidance for Ship Owners and Operators


The UK Government has issued travel bans and restrictions for passengers arriving into the UK from a number of South American and South African countries as well as Portugal (this includes Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay,

Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe) .The travel restrictions apply to everybody, there are no exceptions for seafarers which means that if the ship left Portugal less than 10 days previous to arrival into a UK port, the crew will not be permitted entry into the country and will have remain on board for the remainder of the 10 day quarantine period provided there are no emergent cases or declared symptomatic crew. This does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household.


If required to undertake technical checks or similar tasks crew will be permitted to step ashore to complete those duties but in close consultation with the terminal staff. No visitors will be permitted to board the vessel. Any emergency requirements will continue to be met under strict protocols and will be co-ordinated by port staff.


There has been no change to the UK policy stating that we will continue to do our utmost to safely facilitate crew changes within the UK, providing that current UK travel policies are adhered to. Vessel agents are asked to keep in close contact with the local port health authority, UK Border Force and Peel Ports management team to co-ordinate any permitted crew change arrangements

Ships are reminded to submit their Maritime Declarations of Health before arrival as per current procedures and attention is drawn to Medway Notice to Mariners 6 & 7 of 2021 and NASBO 9,10 & 11 of 2021 which refer to extant COVID guidelines and pilot boarding procedures.


Latest guidance on travel restrictions can be found www.gov.uk



Great Yarmouth and Medway (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners Nos 2 and 15 (locally) of 2021

Week  6


Navigation Restriction on the River Wensum (Bishop Bridge) Norwich


Notice is hereby given that maintenance works of the quay wall adjacent to the Red Lion PH Bishopgate, will commence from Monday 1 February until Friday 2 April 2021. The site stretches along the upstream end of the River Wensum, grid ref TG 23987 09001 (shown in red on the plan extract).


The maintenance works on the water will involve the use of floating pontoons and a small work safety vessel. Note during the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.


All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. 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 1 of 2021

Download image at:  https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners

Week  6


Navigation Restriction on the River Wensum (New Mills) Norwich


Notice is hereby given that maintenance works of the quay wall adjacent to the Old BT Repeater Station (70 Westwick St, Norwich) will commence from Monday 1 February 2021 until Friday 9 April 2021. The site stretches along the upstream end of the River Wensum, grid ref TG 22647 08973 (shown in red on the plan extract).


The maintenance works will take place from scaffolding levered off the quay heading. Note during the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.


All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. 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 1 of 2021

Download image at:  https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners

Week  5


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

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

1. Notices remaining in Force

2.  Port Signal Lights

3.  Reporting Signal - Point Romeo

4.  Communication

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

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

http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/approach/notice-to-mariners/2021

 


Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 5 of 2021

Week  5


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

All mariners are advised that the charted wave buoys within London Array Windfarm have been permanently removed.


Identity                      Lat (WGS 84)   Long (WGS 84)  Light


Wave Buoy                 51° 40.826’ N    001° 31.229’ E  Fl (5) Y 20s 2nm  

Guard Buoy (North)  51° 40.884’ N    001° 31.226’ E  Fl (5) Y 20s 2nm  

Guard Buoy (South)  51° 40.775’ N    001° 31.230’ E  Fl (5) Y 20s 2nm




London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 1 of 2021

Week  3


SPORT & RECREATION ON THE THAMES - COVID-19 UPDATE – 5TH JANUARY 2021


This notice supersedes and replaces Portwide Notice No.14 of 2020


On Wednesday 6th January 2021 England enters a third period of national lockdown. The government has instructed that you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These purposes include exercise outdoors or visits to an outdoor public place. You should refer to the latest government guidelines prior to undertaking any sporting or recreational activity on the river and follow guidance from your NGB. It is for the individual to determine whether sport or recreation on the river is essential or justifiable under the current government guidelines.


Anyone considering recreational activity on the Thames must consider carefully the risks before going afloat. The Thames remains a challenging environment for recreational activity. Those taking to the water should be experienced, understand the Tideway Code and take all reasonable precautions to ensure their safety, including using the appropriate safety equipment.


During this third period of national lockdown the Emergency Services remain available to assist in the case of an incident, but the significant reduction in other river traffic means that should someone come into difficulty, it is unlikely they will be seen and/or rescued by a passing vessel.

It should also be noted that the PLA’s river patrol operations in the upper tidal Thames (Putney to Teddington Lock) are currently scaled down as resources are focused on the resilience of essential port operations.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2021

Week  3


NtM no.03 of 2021 - COVID 19 Restrictions - Recreational and Leisure Activities

INFORMATION

In light of the latest Tier 5 measures introduced by the UK Government on the 4th January 2021.

The Crouch Harbour Authority are continuing to implement contingency planning measures to separate key workers who maintain our harbour patrols, pilot services and office staff. As a result of our resilience measures, we have a reduced capability in responding to leisure incidents and enquiries. Although the Harbour Office remains closed to the public it is open for business by email and telephone. We regret that there may be delays when responding to routine enquiries.

We strongly recommend that all boat owners and crews adhere to the current guidelines https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

NtM no.02 of 2021 – Dredging Operations

INFORMATION

Please be advised that Essex Marina will be undertaking annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Essex Marina, Wallasea Island, Essex between approximately the 4th January 2021 through to the 31st March 2021.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Tug ASSASSIN who will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 and 11.

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

For additional information please contact:

Essex Marina - Tel 01702 258531

NtM no.01 of 2021 – Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2021

INFORMATION

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: 7 of 2020 Damage to Royal Burnham Yacht Club Pontoon

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

No: 37 of 2020 Raysand Unlighted Buoy

No: 47 of 2020 Dredging Operations River Crouch – Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina

All other Notices to Mariners are hereby cancelled.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 1 to 3 of 2021

Week  3


River Medway

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

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

Ntom No 03 of 2021 LNG Vessel Transit And Manoeuvres

Ntom No 04 of 2021 Pilot Transfer Arrangements And Declaration

Ntom No 05 of 2021 Garrison Point RADAR

Ntom No 06 of 2021 Maritime Declaration Of Health

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

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

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



Port of Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 11 of 2021



Week  3


 MALDON - COVID 19: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN – HARBOUR USE  (LEISURE VESSELS)


On Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in England. Through the British Ports Association, we have now heard that Government have confirmed that “boating is allowed as exercise [in England]. This covers all sailing boats/yachts as long as persons abide by the gathering limits, social distance rules and stay local rules”.


The use of kayaks, canoes and paddleboards etc, is also deemed as exercise. More information about what is and isn't allowed is available on the government’s website. Further information is available on the RYA website and Sport England website. Obviously, the intention of the regulations is to reduce the spread of Coronavirus by ensuring that only necessary and permitted activities take place within the wider rules, including local travel.


When making a decision on whether to go out on the water, please consider the risks and bear in mind that if you get into difficulty, you may be putting the lives of those come to your rescue at risk.


We would be grateful if any enquiries can be made through email at clerk@mhic.org.uk



Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners - LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS No. 1 of 2021

Week  2


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


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


1) A Person who without lawful authority,


a) Intentionally or recklessly damages -

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

(ii) Any lightship, buoy or beacon;

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

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


Commits an offence.


2) A person who, without reasonable excuse, -


a) rides by,

b) makes fast to, or

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


Commits an offence.


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


Cancel Notice to Mariners 2/2020



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

Week  2


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

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


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


Mariners are reminded that Under Rule 9 of the International Regulations for preventing collisions at sea section (b) “A vessel of less than 20 metres in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway”.


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


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


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

Cancel Notice to Mariners 3/2020



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 3 of 2021


2020 Notices for this area below


Week  53


THE CROUCH - Dredging Operations

INFORMATION

Please be advised that Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd will be undertaking their Annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, between approximately 21st December 2020 and 31st May 2021.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Motor Vessel BEAVER.

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

For additional information please contact:

Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd

Tel 01621 782150



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 47 of 2020

Week  53


RIVER MEDWAY - LNG VESSEL TRANSIT AND MANOEUVRES


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

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

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


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


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




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

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Week  53


IRIVER MEDWAY - INCIDENT UPDATE & PROSECUTION STATEMENT

 

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


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


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



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

Week  53


Navigation Restriction due to Dredging Operations on the Lower Bure confluence River Yare


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations programmed to commence from Monday 18 January 2021 until Friday 19 February 2021.


During this period, dredging will be in operation between 08:00 hours and 16:00 hours daily, excluding weekends. The works may restrict the passage of vessels, however, the navigation channel will remain open but mariners must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the works.


The works will take place at the following approximate position: TG 51949 07951 (which can be seen as https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners).



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 16 of 2020

Week  52


 The River Great Ouse, South of King’s Lynn - Islington Pumping Station, Construction Works


Notice to Mariners 11/2020 refers but now cancelled


Mariners are advised that the construction of a new drainage pumping station with an associated outfall commenced in Spring 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.


Works to this and existing outfall structures nearby will continue until the Autumn 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. Some operations will require the use of Divers and additional warning signs and restrictions may be required.


A: Works on the construction of the new pumping station outfall will continue until August 2021.

B: Works on the Eau Brink Outfall will continue until June 2021

C: The existing Straight Mile outfall will be infilled and removed, with works commencing 4th Jan 2021 with completion due October 2021


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


KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 2020.

Week  52


PORT OF WELLS - NEW BUOY POSITIONS

Due to recent movement of the channel, buoy movement has taken place as follows;

NEW BUOY POSITION

LOCATION: ENGLAND-EAST COAST-ENTRANCE TO WELLS -NEXT-THE-SEA

STATION: INNER CHANNEL

WITH EFFECT FROM: IMMEDIATE

Movement: “No.23” lighted buoy move to position Lat. 52° 58.000′ N Long. 000° 51.072′ E



Port of Wells Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2020

Week  51


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

Wreck

All mariners are advised that a known wreck lying to the south of WTG H17 has become exposed. An archaeological Exclusion Zone (AEZ) already exists to protect this known wreck. Marine users are requested to maintain a safe distance around this wreck and current AEZ. Further surveys are planned in 2021. Note : All coordinates referenced in this document relate to WGS-84 [UTM Zone 31N]



London Array Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020

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Week  51


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

Subsea Cables exposed

All mariners are advised that recent surveys indicate a number of exposed high voltage subsea cables as identified below. It is expected that these exposures will remain throughout the winter. Further surveys and updates are expected to to follow in summer 2021.



London Array Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2020


The image below shows the location of the exposed subsea cables.  Note that the cable between Turbines A15 and A14 is exposed in 8 places.   Between Turbine A15 and A14 is the logical place to head direct to and from Foulger's Gat if intending to avoid the 'dogleg'.   In theory the cable is reported is exposed between 6 and 7 metres at chart datum but you should consider the circumstances.    No cables under Foulgers Gat are exposed. I will report if there are any changes.

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Week  50


River Medway Upper Navigation  - Allington Lock Closure


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that: the Environment Agency has issued notice to mariners 11 of 2020 which advises of the following:


Beginning in October 2020 the Environment Agency will begin work on a £2.5million capital investment programme on the Upper Medway Navigation to improve the facilities and services for our river users and deliver a safer navigation, this unfortunately will mean closures and disruptions of several of our sites over the upcoming months.”


Allington lock will be closed from mid November 2020 through to March 2021, for further details on the schedule of work please use the link below.


http://allingtonlock.co.uk/attachments/File/NTM2020/Notice_to_Mariners_11_of_2020_-_Capital_Works_Programme.pdf


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


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 50 of 2020

Week  50


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that first three Harbour Entrance buoys have been altered as follows:

HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO. 1

Lighted buoy FlR(1s). - Can R. Marked 1.

Position:  N 52° 58.942’  E 000° 58.147’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 2

Lighted buoy FlG(5s) - Conical G. Marked 2.

Position:  N 52° 58.871’  E 000° 57.978’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD No. 3A

Permanently removed from service

Mariners planning to enter Blakeney Harbour for the first time should ensure that they telephone BHA ahead of entry for up to date pilotage information. Please phone either Charlie Ward - 07771597985 or Neil Thompson - 07929181138.



BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION dated 29th November, 2020

Week  49


Sandwich Fairway Buoy

The Sandwich Fairway Buoy is temporarily off station.  In its absence mariners should make their entry from about one cable due east of buoys 1 and 2 and follow the marks / buoys from there.  

Departing the river is the reverse of that described above.



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners Notice 16 of 2020 dated 19th November 2020

Week  48


Blakeney Harbour

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that the FAIRWAY BUOY (N 52° 59.225’ E 000° 58.526’) is now off-station, and will be re-positioned during Spring 2021.



Dated 14th November, 2020

Week  45


Medway Approaches - Obstructions South of the Secondary Channel


This notice replaces Medway NtoM 44 of 2020 issued 10th September 2020.


Notice is hereby given that; during a recent hydrographic survey a number of obstructions were identified to the south of the Medway Secondary Channel approximately 350m east of No.4A light buoy. The obstructions do not pose a risk to navigation, however, all information has been passed to the UK Hydrographic Office who will promulgate any information relating to new spot depths and required chart corrections via the UKHO weekly notices to mariners.


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 48 of 2020

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Week  41


No. 41 – 2020 (Updated 23.09.2020)

Medway Approach Channel - No.1 Light Buoy Off Station

 

Notice is hereby given that: Medway Approach Channel No.1 buoy: a temporary buoy with the same light characteristics has been placed on station, A cancellation notice will be issued as soon as the original No.1 buoy is back on station.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 41 to 46 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  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


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  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  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  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).

(I am attempting to get a clearer version of the image)

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  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  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  24


THE SWALE -FAVERSHAM CREEK - Abandoned Craft Wreckage  

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

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




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

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Week  20


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dated 4th May, 2020


There is a pdf Download:  


MOD Shoeburyness

Staying safe near the Range Sea Danger Area

Week  12


Landguard Beach

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

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

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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2020

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Week 5


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


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


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


Approximate position - 51 24.33N – 000 31.90E


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2020


UKHO Chart 1835 refers.


Week 1


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

Date 21st December 2019

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



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

Week 46


Kentish River Stour Estuary

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

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



Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners

Week 37


RIVER THAMES - GRAVESEND REACH LOWER

SPECIAL MARK MISSING GROYNE NO. 2

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

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

 


Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L37 of 2019

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Week 34


GREENWICH REACH OBSTRUCTION IN THE AUTHORISED CHANNEL

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

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M55 of 2019

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Week 32


LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – TOWN / CEFAS QUAY – PASSING SPEED

 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Week 30


Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

NAVIGATION

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

51˚36.206’N

000˚52.223’E

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



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2019

Week 17


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

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

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

510 23.00N 0000 40.60E

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

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

 

 


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


UKHO Chart 1834 refers.

Week 3


Unmarked Obstruction – Faversham Creek


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


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


51° 20.193‘ N 00° 54.244’ E


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


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


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


Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH


New Wreck Reported


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


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


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


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 Refers


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


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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 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


Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


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


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


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


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


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


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


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

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


Lowestoft 24 of 2017.jpg



Week 37


BLAKENEY HARBOUR

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

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



Week 36


LOWESTOFT - REPORTING OF VESSEL MOVEMENTS


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


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


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


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



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

Week 13


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.