No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


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


THE SWALE – FERRY REACH - KINGSFERRY BRIDGE


Lifting Restrictions 8th March to 11th March 2021


Notice is hereby given that: Peel Ports have been notified of scheduled maintenance work at Kingsferry Bridge between the above dates meaning lifting restrictions will be imposed affecting all vessels.


Work to rectify issues with the gates will result in NO bridge lifts being possible during the periods stated below.


Date            HW Sheerness 1 NO BRIDGE LIFTS From To HW Sheerness 2

08.03.21      07:40                      10:00  18:00                          20:23  

09.03.21      09:12                      11:00  19:00                          21:48  

10.03.21      10:30                      12:00  20:00                          22:55  

11.03.21      11:27                      13:00  21:00                          23:47  



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2021

Week  10


Whitaker No 3 & 5 Lighted Buoys, River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that Whitaker No 3 & 5 Lighted Buoys in approximate position:

51° 40.424’N

001° 04.719’E

and

51° 40.038’N

001° 03.217’E

are currently unreliable.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2021

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  10


Navigation Closure on Oulton Broad (Mutford Lock) Lowestoft.


Notice is hereby given that due to essential maintenance works Mutford Lock system will be closed from 08:00 Monday 08 March until 17:00 Thursday 18 March 2021.


Grid ref TM 52097 92805 (shown in red on the plan at the link opposite).

 

Signage will be in place to warn of closure.


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

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Week  10


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

 For week commencing 1st March 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 8 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  9


East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to King's Lynn – Temporary Anchorage for floating pipelines. - Viking Link Project

Charts: BA 1200, BA 108, Imray Y9

As part of the Viking Link Project 2 individual floating pipelines will be towed into the Wash and temporarily anchored for a few days until towed to the Lincolnshire coast where they will be pulled through two separate pre-drilled bores.

Each pipeline is approx. 550m long with an outside diameter of 450mm and marked in accordance with rule 24 (g) of the IRPCaS.

An anchor assembly with a buoy and marker light will be deployed by the vessel “Forth Drummer” immediately prior to the arrival of each pipeline towed by the deep-sea tug “Bestla”, who will hand over the pipeline to the Forth Drummer and depart. The Forth Drummer will moor the pipeline to the anchor assembly until the coast site is ready. The anchor assembly will be removed until next pipeline is due.

Due to the extreme length and very low profile, the Forth Drummer will act as guard vessel whilst pipeline is anchored, and all craft must remain 1000m from the anchor position, and observe any instructions from the Forth Drummer who will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch 16 & Ch 14

The anchor position will be in following position: 52° 56.100’ N 000° 20.200’E. Please see attached chartlet.

The first pipeline is scheduled to arrive on 23rd February and due to leave on 27th February 2021, with second pipeline due on 14th March and depart on 16th March 2021, all dates subject to weather.

From mid February until mid April high speed support craft will be based at King’s Lynn and will transit to / from Lincolnshire daily, end date will be subject to weather conditions.

Marine project will be co-ordinated on behalf of the contractors by Maritech International,

Project manager is Anna Salvaridou: contact +44 7713 121812.

Marine Offshore Manager is Petros Kogiamis: contact +30 6943 090377

Viking Link Project NtM 29th January 2021 refers. (access this document at:  https://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/shipping/notice-to-mariners/



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD. Notice to Mariners No. 7 of 2021

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Week  9


Havengore Bridge: Operational


I am pleased to inform you that Havengore Bridge is now operational and is open to marine traffic in accordance with MOD byelaws. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closure and thank you for your patience.


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



19th February, 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


Harwich Harbour - Maintenance Dredging


Mariners are advised that the dredger Njord R (LOA 111.30m) will commence maintenance dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 35 days.


The plough dredger Skinfaxe R (LOA 27.02m) will commence maintenance dredging in the harbour

on or around the 16.02.2021, for a period of approximately 35 days.


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


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

VHF Channel 71 will be maintained throughout.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2021

Week  8


RIVER CROUCH - Refurbishment of RBYC Pontoon

INFORMATION

Work will commence on the refurbishment of the Royal Burnham Yacht Club pontoon at Burnham-on-Crouch as of Monday 15th February 2021. The spud barge Jumbo and associated craft will be in attendance.

Any vessel navigating in the vicinity should keep clear of the workings and should pass at a safe distance at slow speed with minimum wash/ wake.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021

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 THAMES - LONG REACH - POWELL DUFFRYN / CORY WHARF - MARINE WORKS


Contractors working on behalf of Thurrock Council will be conducting marine works on Powell Duffryn / Cory Wharf on or about Monday 15th February 2021 for approximately 16-weeks.

The works will be undertaken from the jack-up barge TOPJACK and other marine plant, which involves the removal of timber fenders, removal of steel bridges and replacement ladders and navigation lights.


London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Notices to Mariners No. 1 of 2021 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L1 of 2021

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:

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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


THE SWALE – Clay Reach River Works  - Extension to existing waste water outfall.


Notice is hereby given that: work to extend an existing outfall is due to start week commencing 1st February 2021. A license has been granted to lengthen a waste water outfall adjacent to the Ridham Biomass Power Plant facility in clay reach by 10 meters. (see attached chart for location of licensed work) . All work will be carried out from the landside and will not impact on the safety of navigation. Excavation and connection is expected to be completed within two days, however, this is subject to operational and environmental changes.


Admiralty Chart Number 2572 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 (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2021

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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

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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

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Week  5


RAMSGATE ROYAL HARBOUR  - PORT LEAD LIGHTS

Mariners are advised that the Ramsgate Port Lead Light units have failed.  Work to reinstate is underway.

Mariners are requested to seek advice from Port Control on Ch.14 before entering or departing the Royal Harbour.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 6 of 2021

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  4


Works on Orwell Bridge


Mariners are advised that Highways England will be undertaking routine maintenance on Orwell Bridge commencing 1st Februrary for up to 4 weeks. This will involve work on the structure of the bridge around the pier tops.


Highways England will utilise debris netting to ensure the safety of river users and there will be no reduction to the bridge under clearance during these works. Additionally they have assessed the radiation hazard and there is no requirement to isolate vessel’s radar equipment.

Therefore navigation of the River Orwell may continue as normal during this period.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 3 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


Ntom 11 of 2021 - River Medway - Saltpan Reach - BP IOG. No1 Jetty - Dredging Operations


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations are due to take place at BP Isle of Grain No.1 jetty, dredging will commence on or around 16/01/2021 and is expected to be complete on 23/01/2021. 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.

Admiralty Chart No. 1834 refers.


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





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

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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  53


Navigation Closure due to Dredging Operations on Catfield Dyke – Hickling Broad


Notice is hereby given that Catfield Dyke will be closed to all vessels, due to dredging operations from Friday 29 January 2021 until Friday 26 February 2021.


Signage will be in place to warn of the Closure.


The closure will take place from the following approximate positions: TG 41102 21602 & TG 39962 21866 (which can be seen as https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners).

 

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

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



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 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  52


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 11th January 2021, the “Kari Hege”, Captained by Tristan Roberts, will be engaged in dredging operations in the main channel North of number 6 buoy, between buoys 6 & 2. 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 1 of 2021

Week  51


EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - THAMES ESTUARY - PRECAUTIONARY AREA -

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

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

Date: On about 17th December, 2020.

Amendment: Existing Light Vessel to be 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.

Total 60 seconds.

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 22 of 2020

Week  51


SEA REACH  -DREDGING OPERATIONS


(This notice replaces L18 of 2020 which is hereby cancelled)


On or about the 10th December 2020, the programme of maintenance dredging in Sea Reach will recommence. Dredging will take place on the ebb tide at several locations between London Gateway and Sea Reach 1 Buoys, as indicated in the chartlets opposite. The dredgers ‘VICTOR HORTA’ or ‘CHARLEMAGNE’ will undertake the works and may be interchanged at short notice. The survey vessel ‘LIBERTAS’ will continue to work in the area, in support of the operations.


The ‘VICTOR HORTA’ or ‘CHARLEMAGNE’ will be capable of re-positioning to facilitate navigation, provided sufficient notice is given. During dredging operations (on the ebb tide only), the position and identity of the dredger will be included in the routine half-hourly broadcasts by London VTS.

Whilst the VICTOR HORTA or CHARLEMAGNE are undertaking dredging operations, all vessels intending to transit the area that require the use of the main Yantlet Channel must advise London VTS of their ETA at the dredger’s location, a minimum of 30 mins in advance, to ensure effective traffic management.


Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channels 68 & 69.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L22 of 2020

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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


East Coast of England - Approaches to the Wash.  - Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm Export Cables

Area of Export Cable Exposure at Seafloor


Charts BA1200, BA108 and Imray Y9


As Competent Harbour Authority the KLCB is responsible for managing the safe operation of navigation and other marine activities in the harbour and its approaches.


Mariners are advised that the most recent survey within the port jurisdictions (KP3 to KP28.5) of the export cables of the Race Bank OWF have indicated a single possible cable exposure at seafloor on the southern export cable at KP23.295.


The possible cable exposure was identified in data collected in July 2020. The exposure was observed to be 5.8 m long and centred at the following position:


WGS UTM31N: 324,118mE, 5,875,075mN

Lat/Long (decimal degrees): N 52.99632, E 0.37918

Lat/Long (DMS): N 52° 59’ 46.766”, E 0° 22’ 45.063”


KLCB has established the following navigational buoys that is strategically placed along the cable route to mark the zone and enhance spatial awareness for mariners;


Z9 buoy, position 52° 59’.735N 00° 22'.750E Fl (2) 6s.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.  Notice to Mariners No. 25 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  49


Navigation Closure due to Essential Maintenance works on Trowse Swing Bridge River Wensum

 

Notice is hereby given that the Amco Giffen on behalf of Network Rail will be undertaking essential maintenance works on the ‘Trowse’ Swing Bridge using underbridge equipment.


River passage will be closed during the following periods.


From Monday 14 December until Wednesday 23 December 2020 and then from Monday 28 December 2020 until Friday 8 January 2021.


The closure will be positioned at the following grid reference TG245076 shown in red on the plan extract. at: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/notices-to-mariners


Please ensure that the area 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 13 of 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  48


Navigation Closure due to Dredging Operations on Waxham Cut, Horsey Mere – Brograve Mill to Bridge Farm


Notice is hereby given that dredging operations programmed to commence from Monday 4 January until Sunday 28 February 2021.


During this period, dredging will be in operation between 0800 hours and 1600 hours daily, excluding weekends.


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


The works will take place from the following approximate position: TG448235 to TG445246 (shown in red on the plan extract) which you can access at:


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


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


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



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 12 of 2020

Week  47


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 5th November 2020.


a) No. 10 light buoy to be moved approx. 60m x 035°(T) to 52° 52’.625N 00°21’.970E

b) No. 11 light buoy to be moved approx. 100m x 135°(T) to 52° 52’.430N 00°21’.955E

c) No. 12 light buoy to be moved approx. 130m x 045°(T) to 52° 52’.305N 00°22’.090E

d) No. 13 light buoy to be moved approx. 200m x 025°(T) to 52° 52’.270N 00°21’.875E


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. 24 of 2020


See the local Kings Lynn Chartlet at:


https://www.kingslynnport.co.uk/shipping/charts/

Week  46


HARWICH - Ha’penny Pier Pontoons


We advise visiting sailors using the Ha'penny Pier pontoons that the facility is now unmanned for the winter season. Our Pier Masters will be back on duty during the last week of March 2021.

The gate accessing the pontoons from Ha'penny Pier is currently under repair and will remain open for the next few days. However, for security reasons and following incidences of vandalism and unsocial behaviour the gate will remain shut throughout the winter.


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


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


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


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


Please see our 2020 Yachting Guide, which contains safety of navigation information and all

emergency contact details -

https://hha.co.uk/…/HHA-YACHTING-GUIDE-COMPOSITE-2020_FINAL…



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 29 of 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  45


Change to Marked Channel Hickling Broad Leading to Catfield Dyke


Notice is hereby given that from 1 October 2020 the start of the dredged channel from Hickling Broad to Catfield Dyke will be marked with one yellow post (North) and one yellow buoy (South). Vessels wishing to navigate to Catfield Dyke must turn between the yellow markers to remain in the channel.


The leading marks which no longer showed the dredged channel have been removed.


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 11 of 2020

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Week  44


RIVER THAMES -  LIMEHOUSE REACH - SOUTH DOCK MARINA


LOCK CLOSURE


Mariners are advised that due to essential maintenance works required to the lock gates, South Dock Marina lock will be closed to navigation from Monday 9th November 2020 until early

February 2021.


Vessels will not be able to enter or depart the marina during this time.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M48 of 2020

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Week  44


Notice 15 of 2020 dated 13th October 2020

Sandwich Fairway Buoy

Mariners please be advised that due to movements of the sand banks of the outer River Stour estuary the Fairway Buoy has been moved to a new position centred on:

51° 18.3 N     001° 24.0 E

Notice 14 of 2020 dated 13th October 2020

Sandwich River Stour swing / toll bridge major overhaul

Notice is hereby given that essential repairs are to take place to the south side abutment and will involve the use of access scaffolding.  This scaffolding will lessen the navigable width as a consequence.  A safety boat will be in attendance from which permission MUST be obtained to pass through - daylight hours ONLY.  This instruction particularly applies to beamier vessels and most notably barge traffic.  Works duration is expected to last for three weeks from the date of this NtM.

Contractor Steadline Limited contact telephone numbers are:

07879 492469 (site manager)  or office on 01622 734101


Sandwich Haven Commissioners Notices to Mariners Nos 15 and 14 of 2020



Week  41


PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY - NEW STRUCTURE


HARBOUR MASTER’S TEAM


With more challenging times ahead, we have restructured the Harbour Master’s team to create a more flexible, efficient and resilient team covering the ‘whole river’ rather than the historic focus on upper and lower districts. The accompanying organisation chart shows the new structure which was put in place on the 1 September 2020.


The upper, middle and lower districts will still exist for Vessel Traffic Services, Notice to Mariners, etc. There will continue to be a Harbour Master presence in Pinnacle House, our London office and several of the team will be based there, although there will be greater flexibility, with coverage along the river provided by all team members.


Individuals’ telephone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged and the generic Upper District hmu@pla.co.uk and Lower District lowerdistrict@pla.co.uk email addresses remain in use.


The organisation chart opposite provides the detail of the new structure.


Port of London Authority Notice to Mariners No 13 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  39


Bawdsey Anchorage

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

 51° 57.44 N           001° 31.15 E


Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2020

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Week  38


River Thurne–Meadow Dyke Closure

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



Broads Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2020

Week  37


WOOLWICH REACH - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES


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


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


PROGRAMME OF CLOSURES:


November 2020

Thursday 19th November From 0930 to 1200 GMT  


December 2020

Thursday 17th December  From 0840 to 1110 GMT  


January 2021

Monday 18th January From 1005 to 1235 GMT  


February 2021

Tuesday 16th February   From 0935 to 1205 GMT  


March 2021

Thursday 18th March   From 0925 to 1155 GMT  


April 2021

Thursday 15th April   From 0930 to 1300 BST  



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2020

GATE CLOSURES:

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


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


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


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


NOTES:


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


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


Week  37


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  34


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


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


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


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



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

Week  33


Peel Ports London Medway.  - Publication of Hydrographic Information.


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


Medway Approach Channel

River Medway Reaches – Saltpan Reach to Rochester

Chatham Lock Approaches

Faversham Creek


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


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



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

Week  33


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


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


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


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

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

Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.


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


 


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

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Week  33


River Medway – Chatham Dock Bull Nose - Fixed Upper Lights


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


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 38 of 2020

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Week  33


Sandwich Port - EA Works at Pillory Gate Wharf

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

Fairway Buoy

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

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



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

Week  33


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

Amendments to Buoyage

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

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

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

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

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



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

Week  33


Blakeney Harbour entrance channel

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

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

(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  29


Sandwich Haven

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

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



Dated 6th July, 2020

Week  28


Blakeney Harbour

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

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3A

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

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

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

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 21

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



Dated 24th June, 2020

Week  27


THE SWALE – FAVERSHAM CREEK PROPOSED AIDS TO NAVIGATION

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

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

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

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

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

Position :

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

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

Datum:       WGS84                                  Datum:WGS84

Location:    Faversham Creek                Location:Faversham Creek.



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

Week  26


UNAUTHORISED USE OF PLA MOORINGS

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 10 of 2020

Week  26


APPROACHES TO SHEERNESS  - GRAIN EDGE BUOY -

CONSULTATION ON CHANGES TO AID TO NAVIGATION

 

Notice is hereby given that:


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


Aid: N05368

Type, Character: Unlighted Buoy, Conical, G.

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

Datum: WGS84

Location: Sheerness Middle Sand

*Chart 3683-0


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


allmedwaymarinemanagers@peelports.com


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



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

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Week  25


Blakeney Harbour

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

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 1

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

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 2

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

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3

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

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



Blakeney Harbour Association dated 3rd June, 2020

Week  24


THE SWALE -FAVERSHAM CREEK - Abandoned Craft Wreckage  

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

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




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

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Week  22


LOWESTOFT APPROACHES –EAST CARDINAL ‘SEWER’BUOY TOPMARK MISSING

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

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

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 22 of 2020

Week  20


GRAVESEND REACH - ILBURY 2 NAVIGATION LIGHTS


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


Known As                  Position                                     Characteristics  

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


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


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




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L11 of 2020

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Week  20


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dated 4th May, 2020


There is a pdf Download:  


MOD Shoeburyness

Staying safe near the Range Sea Danger Area

Week  18


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


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


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

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


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



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

Week  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  9


THE SWALE – FERRY REACH  - KINGSFERRY BRIDGE


Reduction in service for leisure users.


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


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


Admiralty Chart Numbers 2482 & 2572 refer.


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


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

Week  6


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


WITH EFFECT FROM 27 JANUARY 2020


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


The works area defined under the Marine Licence is:


51°43.4854'N 00°42.8668'E

51°43.4561'N 00°43.1267'E

51°43.6246'N 00°43.2791'E

51°43.7015'N 00°43.0586'E

51°43.4854'N 00°42.8668'E


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


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

Maldon District Council River Bailiff on 01621 875837



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


ADMIRALTY CHART 3741


Week  6


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)


The following navigation lights defects are in place as listed.


Asset ID   Coordinates                               Characteristic    Defect

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

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

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

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

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


The following previously reported defects have now been rectified.


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

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



London Array Offshore Wind Farm

Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2020


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

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

Week 5


RIVER MEDWAY – UPNOR REACH  - 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 5


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


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


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



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

Week 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 34


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

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

STATION: WEST OUTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dated 8th August, 2019

Week 32


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.