Gat No No 17 of 2 Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Local Authority Notices to Mariners


Week  40



RIVER THAMES -  SEA REACH  - LONDON GATEWAY BERTH 4 QUAY WALL PILING OPERATIONS


On or around the 26th September 2022 plant will start to mobilise in readiness for the London Gateway extension works which are due to start in early October. A bubble curtain will be deployed to mitigate noise from piling works followed by piling works commencing on the eastern end adjacent to berth 3. This will form a new retaining wall as part of the 430m extension to the west.


The works will be utilising the “BUZZARD” 43m x 30m Jack-Up Barge (JUB) equipped with a 600T crawler crane to assist with lifting operations. A second flat top delivery barge “SPRUCELIGHT” will be utilised to assist in the storage of materials adjacent to the crane barge. All barge movements will be carried out by the multi-cat vessel “ANNEKE” with supporting vessel “FELIX”. A safety boat “SCHULPEGAT” will also be in attendance.


A 100m exclusion zone around the JUB will be in place, except when a vessel is

moored, departing or Berthing at No. 3 berth at which time that vessel and any assisting tugs will be permitted to be within 75m of the jack-up barge. Works are expected to last until August 2023

All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 68.


For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 68.



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L14 of 2022

Week  40


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project: Temporary buoy moves:


On or around 17 September 2022 several navigation buoys will be moved to temporary positions approximately 50m outside their assigned positions to allow for channel dredging. The approximate temporary positions for the buoys to be moved are shown in the table below:


The table below shows the approximate location of all buoys temporarily moved from their

assigned positions:


Buoy Name: Direction moved: Latitude: Longitude:


Harwich Approach       0°            51° 56.799’ N 01° 30.664’ E

Southwest Shipwash   90°          51° 54.750’ N 01° 34.283’ E

North Threshold 250°  51°         54.497 N 01° 33.426 E



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 55 of 2022

See also NtM No 52 in week 35 which reports other temporary buoy moves.

Week  40


Blakeney Harbour

Updated buoyage information and interactive map


Mariners should be aware of recently updated buoyage information with some coordinates changing.  Buoys have been renumbered in line with IALA standards. All the starboard markers are odd numbers and all port markers are even numbers. There is a spare marker number pair north of the gap (number 7 and 8) and number 19 is yet to be installed, otherwise the odd Starboard side is complete and the even port side assumes the closest even number.  You can view the details of these changes on the buoyage page here along with an updated interactive map.

If you have any queries regarding this, please email us for further information.



Blakeney Harbour Association

23 September 2022

Week  39


Dredging Operations – Rotterdam and Vox Amalia


From around the 19 September 2022, the trailing hopper suction dredgers Vox Amalia and

Rotterdam will be dredging in areas F,G and H (as shown below). They will be disposing of

material at the Inner Gabbard East disposal area.

The dredging contractor is the Van Oord / Boskalis Westminster Joint Venture appointed by

Harwich Haven Authority to carry out the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.

All vessels may be subject to Harwich VTS Traffic Organisation.


For detailed information regarding the location of the dredging plant, please contact Harwich

VTS (VHF 71) or listen to the daily Channel Deepening VHF broadcasts (VHF 11).


Given the increased frequency of vessel movements and dredging operations mariners are

reminded of the importance of regulated vessel reporting requirements and necessity to maintain a listening watch on channel VHF 71 and maintaining a good lookout ahead and astern.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 54 of 2022

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Week  39


Dredging Operations – Barney


Mariners are advised that on or about the 13 September 2022 the agitation dredger Barney (IMO

no. 9740938) will commence agitation dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 4

weeks.


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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 53 of 2022

Week  39


APPROACHES TO SHEERNESS  - GRAIN SPIT – GEOTECHNICAL SURVEY

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that: a nearshore geotechnical survey will be performed by Lankelma on Grain Spit in the approximate location shown below. The multi-cat vessel “Bulldog” will tow the Jack-up barge “Sandpiper C-5” into position on or around 17th September 2022. Sandpiper will then be conducting core sampling work between 17th and 30th September 2022, whilst in position the jack-up platform will be manned and illuminated accordingly.

Due to the restricted manoeuvrability of the vessels and equipment during the survey works passing vessels are requested to maintain an appropriate and safe distance of at least 500 meters around the work vessel and Sandpiper C-5 Platform.


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 44 of 2022

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Week  39


RIVER MEDWAY – SHEERNESS HARBOUR  - GARRISON POINT RADAR REINSTATED


Notice is hereby given that the RADAR at Garrison Point in the following approximate position has now been replaced and returned to normal working conditions.


Garrison Point Radar 51 26.82 N - 000 44.65 E


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 / 6650.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 45 of 2022

Week  39


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


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EGS International Ltd (EGSI) will be undertaking, on behalf of the MCA, a “full survey” of the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery. EGS will undertake a comprehensive survey of the entire wreck and the seabed within the survey area defined as a polygon bounded by the following coordinates:


51˚ 27.75604' N 000˚ 46.71516' E

51˚ 28.25409' N 000˚ 46.75512' E

51˚ 28.23601' N 000˚ 47.47680' E

51˚ 27.73201' N 000˚ 47.43138' E


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


Survey operations will commence on or around the 26th of September 2022 with expected completion by the 2nd October 2022 (weather dependant) and will be conducted by the vessel EGS Watchful (MMSI 232006596; Call Sign MAQK4)

Please be advised that during survey operations “Watchful” will be restricted in it’s ability to manoeuvre and other vessels are requested to pass with caution and minimise their wash.

During survey operations the vessel will display the appropriate day shapes/signals and lights as required by the IRPCS


Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 46 of 2022

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Week  38



RIVER THAMES - HALFWAY REACH - DREDGING OPERATIONS


On or about 24th September 2022, marine contractors working on behalf of Fords will be undertaking plough dredging operations at Fords Jetty Dagenham, which will take approximately six-weeks.


SOPHIA-D will undertake plough dredging in the dredge area as detailed below in the chart extract. Dredge operations will take place during daylight hours for approximate six hours per day on the ebb tide, which is subject to change due to operational requirements and tidal windows.


The dredge vessel should display lights and signals as per the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea (27).


Requests for vessels to proceed with caution or pass at slow speed will be made by London VTS on VHF ch.68, in accordance with the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, section 4. During times where this is applicable, the vessels involved in the operation should display ‘RY’ signals.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L13 of 2022

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Week  38


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Third River Crossing Construction Update (5)


MARINERS ARE ADVISED that works remain ongoing at both bridge cofferdams.


The walkway access on the West cofferdam is expected to be removed around mid–September 2022. During the removal a workboat will be operating in the vicinity of the West cofferdam. Mariners are advised to exercise caution and maintain an efficient lookout; and pass at a safe speed to avoid risk to persons and property. The workboat will maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch12 while work is underway.


The East cofferdam walkway will remain in place, and will be lit by downward floodlighting during hours of darkness and restricted visibility.


Mariners should contact ‘Yarmouth Radio’ on VHF Ch12 or tel. +44 (0)1493 335511 for further information.

 


Port of  Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2022 (Update)

Week  38


Lowestoft – Outer Harbour - Sladdens Pier – Piling Operations from Jack Up Barge

 

Mariners and port users are advised that construction activity – piling operations – are scheduled to commence around Sladdens Pier, commencing on or shortly after Tuesday 6th September. Duration of works for this phase of the construction is approximately 3 weeks.

Working hours are anticipated to be Mon – Fri 0700hrs to 1900hrs, with options for Saturdays 0700hrs to 1300hrs.


Works will be carried out using the Jack up barge Haven Seariser 3 assisted by tugs Taska 1 and TM Star for movements and barge positioning. The barge will be undertaking piling work along the entire seaward face of the Pier.


During working hours pontoon barge ‘Seastabler’ will be moored outboard of the jack up. On most days, outside of working hours, the Seastabler will return to it’s mooring on the South loadout berth, former SLP site. If the Seastabler is to be moored outboard of the Jack up barge overnight, the barge will be suitably illuminated.


The barge working positions, provides sufficient space in the navigational channel for smaller commercial, fishing and leisure vessels to safely navigate past. Should a large commercial vessel movement be anticipated close to the works area, then the barge will be moved as required.


Figure 1 shows the area of works, figure 2 shows planned positions of the barges during works. This is the first phase of the works. A new notice will be issued detailing works and barge positions when the next phase of works is planned.


Notices 38b/2022 and 44/2022 are hereby cancelled.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control – VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3), if further information is required.



Port of  Lowestoft  (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 45 of 2022

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Week  38


LONDON ARRAY WIND FARM - Survey in progress


The Geosurveyor XI will be conducting survey operations along the Export cable and into the field as per Notice to Mariners Blue transmission London array NtM001 issued 30/08/2022, for approximately 7 days



Dated 30th August but in current use on 12th September, 2022

Week  37


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project: - Temporary buoy moves: North Threshold move now Postponed

02 September 2022


The temporary move of the North Threshold buoy has now been postponed until further notice.


The table below shows the approximate location of all buoys temporarily moved from their assigned positions:


Buoy Name: Distance moved:  Direction moved:  Latitude: Longitude:


Harwich Approach         50m       0°                           51° 56.782’ N 01° 30.666’ E

Southwest Shipwash     50m       90°                         51° 54.748’ N 01° 34.255’ E

North Threshold             65m       270°                      51° 54.497 N 01° 33.426 E


Buoy Name: Distance moved:  Direction moved:  Latitude: Longitude:


Beach End Buoy            50m       205°                      51°55.644'N 001°19.231'E

Cliff Foot Buoy              50m.      66°                        51°55.706'N 001°18.501'E

Deane Buoy                   50m.      3°                           51°55.343'N 001°19.270'E

Fort Buoy                       50m.       270°                      51°56.206'N 001°18.916'E

Landguard Buoy           30m.       322°                      51° 55.440’N 001° 18.817’E

Inner Ridge Buoy          50m.      356°                      51°55.357'N 001°20.204'E

North-West Beach Buoy 50m.   247°                      51°55.897'N 001°18.913'E

Pitching Ground Buoy 50m.       352°                     51°55.410'N 001°21.051'E

Platters Buoy                50m.       158°                     51°55.671'N 001°20.952'E

Rolling Ground Buoy   50m.      177°                      51°55.577'N 001°19.752'E

South Shelf Buoy          50m.      95°                         51°56.165'N 001°18.465'E

No. 1 Buoy TEMP          50m       0°                           51°56.162'N 001°27.058'E

No. 2 Buoy TEMP          50m        180°                      51°55.886'N 001°27.320'E

No. 3 Buoy TEMP          50m        0°                          51°56.074'N 001°25.536'E

No. 4 Buoy TEMP          50m        180°                     51°55.804'N 001°25.833'E

No. 5 Buoy TEMP          50m        0°                          51°55.989'N 001°24.013'E

No. 6 Buoy TEMP          50m       180°                      51°55.720'N 001°24.347'E

No. 7 Buoy TEMP          50m       356°                      51°55.905'N 001°22.487'E

No. 8 Buoy TEMP          50m       180°                      51°55.639'N 001°22.858'E

Cross Buoy                    50m.      9°                           51°56.203'N 001°30.471'E

Haven Buoy                   50m.      211°                      51°55.738'N 001°32.541'E

Harwich Approach      50m       0°                           51° 56.782’ N 01° 30.666’ E

Southwest Shipwash   50m       90°                          51° 54.748’ N 01° 34.255’ E


The buoys will be moved back to their designated positions once the dredging is completed.

A separate Notice to Mariners will be issued when the buoys are relocated.


For detailed information regarding this operation, please contact Harwich VTS (VHF 71) or

listen to the daily Channel Deepening VHF broadcasts (VHF 11).



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 52 of 2022

Week  37


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project: Dredging with backhoe dredger Goliath and Barges:


From around 30 August, for a period of about seven weeks, the backhoe dredger Goliath (IMO

number: 8342260) will be dredging in the main channel together with the self-powered, split-hopper barges, Pieter Caland (IMO number: 9516662) and Cornelis Lely: (IMO number: 9516674).


The dredger will be supported by the tug, Buzzard (IMO number: 9524528).  The dredging contractor is the Boskalis Westminster / Van Oord Joint Venture appointed by Harwich Haven Authority to carry out the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.  The dredger will be operating in a number of locations in Dredge Areas B, C and D within the main

channel from the Fort Buoy out to No.1 and No.2 Buoys.


For detailed information regarding the location of the dredging plant, please contact Harwich

VTS or listen to the daily Channel Deepening VHF broadcasts.


The backhoe dredger is located with three spud legs and will excavate strips along the channel,

loading material into a split-hopper barge moored alongside. When full, these barges will sail to the Inner Gabbard East disposal site and discharge. If required, the backhoe dredger will move out of the channel to facilitate passing vessels and will wait outside the channel or in the Platters anchorage. Moves out of the channel or between cuts, will be assisted by the tug, Buzzard.


The following traffic organisation measures will apply when working in the main channel in areas B, C and D:


• The Goliath must be clear of the Deep Water Channel before any vessel greater than 310m LOA is committed. This applies to vessel arrivals and departures.

• One way passing will be in effect where the available navigable width in the Deep Water Channel has been reduced due to the Goliath.  


The split-hopper barges, the Pieter Caland and Cornelis Lely, will be disposing material in the Inner Gabbard East disposal site.


Given the increased frequency of vessel movements and dredging operations mariners are

reminded of the importance of regulated vessel reporting requirements and necessity to maintain a listening watch on channel 71 and good lookout ahead and astern.

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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 51 of 2022

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Week  37


Paglesham Jetty – River Roach

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that the seaward outer section of Paglesham Jetty complete with fixed green light in approximate position:

51°35.613N   000°48.754E

has been reinstated.

Please note that Paglesham Jetty/pontoon is privately owned and is currently not available to the public for mooring, landing, or access purposes without permission from the operator.

NTM No 20 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.

Swallowtail West Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Swallowtail West Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°39.956 N  01°02.369 E

is back on station.

Notice to Mariners 37 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.

Bathymetry Survey – Rivers Crouch and Roach

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that a Bathymetry Survey of 27 cross channel transects within the rivers Crouch and Roach is scheduled to take place between 5th and 9th September 2022 (daylight hours only).

Survey work will be undertaken by the vessel “UKD RESOLUTION” marked “SURVEY” which will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 and 11 throughout operations.

All vessels navigating in the vicinity of the survey work are requested to pass UKD Resolution at a safe distance, not impede her track and with minimum wash



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No s 41,  40 and 38 of 2022

Week  36



Approaches to King’s Lynn – Hunstanton and North Beach Heacham.  - Water Ski Event.


Mariners are advised that on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2022 Hanseatic Ski Race Ltd are running an offshore water ski event at Hunstanton Ski Club, South Beach Road, Hunstanton


The course will be marked by 3 Orange high visibility buoys positioned in a triangular shape and will be in place from Saturday AM until Sunday PM.


Mariners are requested to keep a sharp lookout and avoid the area whilst the races are taking place and maintain a watch on VHF CH 16/14.


Safety boats will be in attendance during racing.


For further information contact race organiser Jason Russell - 07884 001786



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No 18 of 2022

Week  36


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

Buoy Moves


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


Buoy BOB Red Can L FL R 5s N52,52.092 E000,14.730


Buoy East Knock BYB East Cardinal VQ(3)5s N52,52.174 E000,14.726

 

Please cancel LNTM 006-22


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



Port of Wisbech Authority Local Notice to Mariners No 8 of 2022

Week  36


Ramsgate Harbour - Green Harbour Buoy, East bank Buoy and No 4 Ramsgate Channel Buoy

Mariners are advised that the Green Harbour Buoy, on the approaches to the Royal Harbour has been repaired as has the East Bank Buoy in the Royal Harbour and the No 4 Channel Buoy on the approaches to the Harbour. All these buoys are now lit.

Notice to Mariners No 16 and 17 are now cancelled



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2022

Week  35


Removal of Town Pontoon, Burnham-on-Crouch

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that the damaged Maldon District Council owned Town Pontoon at Burnham on Crouch in approximate position:

51° 37.45 N

000° 49.110 E

will be removed, along with shore to pontoon access ramp. Works are scheduled to commence Monday 15th August 2022.

The associated fixing piles will remain in situ.

Please note the outer most/seaward pair of piles previously securing the hammerhead will now be marked with a QUICK FLASH GREEN LIGHT and not with a fixed green light as previously advised.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No s 34 (Amendment of 33) of 2022

Week  35


Updated Information for Leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK


Masters of leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK are reminded of the following updated requirements:


- Leisure vessels are to display an International Code of Signals ‘Q’-flag, when entering the 12 nautical mile limit.

- You must seek immigration clearance before disembarking the vessel, by calling the local Border Force office. For Ipswich and Lowestoft that is +44(0)300 072 4322. You do not have to call if you have existing rights to enter or remain (incl Settled Status), or when only briefly exiting the 12 nautical mile limit.

- When arriving direct from outside the UK you must phone the National Yachtline on

+44(0)300 123 2012. You will need to inform the Yachtline if any of the following apply:


• UK VAT has not been paid on the vessel

• you have on board goods which are to be treated as surplus stores as per Notice 69A.

• you have any prohibited or restricted goods

• there is any notifiable illness on board

• there are any people on board who need immigration clearance

• any repairs or modifications, other than running repairs, have been carried out since the vessel last left the UK

• you have any goods for personal use on which you need to declare and pay UK tax or duty and cannot do so via the online service.

- To support notification requirements there is now an active on line web portal that can be used to submit notifications. This can be found at https://www.spcr.homeoffice.gov.uk Incoming yachts need to create an account which can be accessed for all future travel and to check the status of declarations that have been submitted.

- Waste contaminated with food and Food Waste, e.g. food and wrapping materials that have been abroad, are now classed as International Catering Waste should be disposed of in an appropriate manner.



East Anglia Ports (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2A of 2022

Week  35


River Colne - Large Speed Buoy Markers


Please be advised that Brightlingsea Harbour have laid two speed marker buoys at the following locations;


1. 51° 47’ .75 N   001°00’ .80 E

 

2. 51° 48’ .43 N   001°00’ .01 E

 

They will be in place annually from May 1st until October 1st.


The speed buoys mark the point at which the speed is unlimited, South of 1 or North of 2.

Vessels navigating between these buoys must strictly adhere to the speed limits in place.


For further information, please contact Brightlingsea Harbour Office on 01206 302200 or mail@brightlingseaharbour.org



Brightlingsea Harbour Speed Limit is 4 knots




Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners Notice dated 9th August, 2022

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Week  34


Removal of Town Pontoon, Burnham-on-Crouch

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that the damaged Maldon District Council owned Town Pontoon at Burnham on Crouch in approximate position:

51° 37.45 N  000° 49.110 E

will be removed, along with shore to pontoon access ramp. Works are scheduled to commence Monday 15th August 2022.

The associated fixing piles will remain in situ.

The outer most/seaward pair of piles previously securing the hammerhead will be marked with a fixed green light.

Inner Crouch Safe Water Mark – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Inner Crouch Safe Water Mark in approximate position:

51°37.189 N  000°55.087 E

is now lit.

Notice to Mariners 28 of 2022 is hereby cancelled.

River Crouch Survey Findings

INFORMATION

The Port of London Authority have on behalf of the CHA recently undertaken Survey Operations on the River Crouch and Approach in areas of particular interest to deeper draught vessel as follows:

• In the vicinity of the Swallowtail West Cardinal Light Buoy

• Between Buxey No 1 Southerly Cardinal Light Buoy and Buxey No 2 Northerly Cardinal Light Buoy

• In the vicinity of the Crouch Northerly Cardinal Light Buoy

This information is available to view on the links below. It will further be incorporated in a new addition of Admiralty Chart 3750 [Rivers Crouch and Roach] scheduled for publication within the next few months by the UK Hydrographic Office [UKHO].

A further survey of the Raysand Channel has been commissioned for later this year.

The CHA will promulgate these findings and any alterations [if necessary] to the buoyage once completed. However, until then we would remind mariners of NTM No 43 of 2021 less water reported and re-emphasis that caution should be taken when using this route.




Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No s 33, 32 and 31 of 2022


Survey detail downloads:

Buxey Buoys

Crouch Buoy

Swallowtail West

Week  34


River Medway - Saltpan Reach


Grain LNG Jetty Inspections


Notice is hereby given that programmed summer maintenance of Grain LNG Jetties 10 & 8

will take place on/around Wednesday 17th August and continue for approximately 4 weeks.

Works will include fender maintenance, pile inspections and cathodic protection checks all of which will be carried out on the waterline.


Craft carrying out the work will be ‘Renate II’ , ‘Liftmoor’ and the ‘Avocet’ who will all maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 74 at all times.


Medway VTS will be contacted prior to works starting every day and a reduction in speed will be required whilst craft access areas along and beneath the jetties. All passing vessels are requested to navigate with caution and reduce their wash appropriately.


Grain LNG Jetties centred at the following approximate positions:


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

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


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.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 42 of 2022

Week  33


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project:  Plough / Bed levelling Tug Operations:


On or around the 9 August 2022, the Anchor Handling Tug Lev Twister (IMO: 8302088) will begin plough / bed-levelling operations in the Deepwater channel.


The Lev Twister (details below) has been fitted with a stern A-Frame and a 20m wide heavy levelling beam which will be towed on the seabed immediately behind the tug, running East-West and North-South, to remove high spots.


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


The Lev Twister will operate throughout the deep-water channel, but will initially work in dredge areas B, C and D. (See sketch HHA B/C/D)


Due to the nature of the rigging and towing arrangements, vessels should not come alongside the Lev Twister during bed-levelling operations.


For detailed information regarding the location of the dredging plant, please contact Harwich VTS (VHF 71) or listen to the daily Channel Deepening VHF broadcasts (VHF 11).



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 48 of 2022

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Week  33


River Medway – Chatham Dock  - Temporary Suspension of Service


Notice is hereby given that: due to component supply difficulties beyond our control repair work to the South Lock at Chatham Dock has been delayed. It is now expected that completion will be during calendar week 32 of 2022.


Work to resolve issues with the North Lock is ongoing.


Notice is hereby given that: following a recent vessel allision that led to significant damage, Chatham docks will be closed to navigation and unable to accept any vessel movements for a period of approximately 8 -12 weeks commencing 24th March 2022 in order to complete required repairs.


North Lock


As a consequence of a vessel allision, the North Lock will be closed indefinitely to undergo necessary repairs. Further updates on timescales and completion dates will be issued in due course.


South Lock


The South Lock inner & outer motors are currently being replaced as part of an ongoing refurbishment programme. The work is expected to be completed in approximately 8 - 12 weeks.

Updates on the status of locks will be promulgated via an amendment to this notice.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2022 (Amended)

Week  31



London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

Diving Operations


All mariners are advised that between June and September 2022 diving operations will be undertaken throughout the Wind Farm. Three dive vessels and several support vessels will be utilised during the works.


Shallow Draft Dive Support Vessel (SDSV): Alpha

Dive Support Vessel (DSV): Katabatic

Dive Support Vessel (DSV): MV C-Odyssey

Support Vessel (Tug): MV Hazel

Crew Transfer (CSV): Dalby Tees

Crew Transfer (CSV): Dalby Trent

Crew Transfer (CSV): Spectrum 3


The Dive vessels will be conducting diving works associated to the cable protection system using, subsea installation tools and divers within the London Array Wind Farm.


Shallow Dive Support Vessel: RIB Alpha


The SDSV will undertake mooring deployment and diving operations within 50m of the assigned WTG.

Dive Support Vessels


The DSV will undertake mooring operations and diving operations within 125m of the assigned WTG.

Support Vessels


For the duration of the work the dive vessels will be supported by three support vessels. These vessels will be conducting the following tasks:

• Crew transfers between Ramsgate and the Offshore Wind Farm

• Deployment of moorings


Planned Diving Locations and Restricted Access Zones


The work commenced on the 15th of June 2022 and continue for approximately 3 months. During this period diving locations will be selected based on tidal and environmental conditions. A total of three locations could be operational at any one time. Information about what location is presently being worked on will be transmitted over VHF, informing all local vessels of restrictions.



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Noticew to Mariners N0 5 of 2022 (Revision V4)

Illustration and details of locations, craft and mooring arrangements can beound in the full Notice which is available on the download.

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Week  30


East Coast of England - The Wash


Approaches to King’s Lynn  - Amendment 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 was carried out on 14th July 2022:


No.16 light buoy moved approx 105 metres x 195° to 52° 51’.340N 000°21’.110E


Works were carried out by the work boat “St Edmund”.


Please contact the Harbour Office, for further information.



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 16 of  2022

Week  30


River Crouch - Outer Crouch - Re-Location of Swallowtail West Lighted Buoy

NAVIGATION

Re-Location of Swallowtail West Lighted Buoy.

Following a recent survey of the Swallowtail Bank undertaken by the Port of London Authority on behalf of the Crouch Harbour Authority, mariners are advised that the Westerly Cardinal light buoy Swallowtail West has been re-located today 18/07/2022 to a new position of:

51° 39.956N

001°02.369E

Light sequence and top-mark remain unchanged.


Whitaker No 3 Lighted Buoy – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Whitaker No 3 Lighted Buoy in approximate position:

51°40.038 N

001°03.217 E

is now lit.


Inner Crouch Safe Water Mark – River Crouch

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Inner Crouch Safe Water Mark in approximate position:

51°37.189 N

000°55.087 E

is unlit.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No s 30, 29 and 28 of 2022

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Week  30


London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary)

NOS Northern Wave


All mariners are advised that the Multipurpose DP2 Platform supply ship “Northern Wave” will be on site from 18/07/2022. They will be carrying out personnel transfers at Sub-station 1 and Sub-station 2 using a walk to work transfer system. This will involve the vessel extending a large gangway out to the location while maintaining position using a Dynamic positioning system. The vessel will be restricted in ability to maneuver during these operations.


Vessel: Northern Wave - Northern Wave has a length of 83m and breadth of 19.7m.  

 Call Sign: OXDR2 - MMSI: 219812000 - IMO: 9186601.  Vessel type: Multipurpose DP2

Platform supply ship - Operator: Northern Offshore Services  


Planned Locations and Restricted Access Zones


location to be attended: WTG  Latitude (WSG 84)  Longitude (WSG 84)  

SS1  51° 37.815'N  01° 26.209'E  

SS2  51° 36.148'N  01° 32.085'E  


A 500m radius restricted zone will be in place, centred on the Northen Wave whilst at SS1 and SS2.


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



London Array Offshore Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2022

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Week  28


The Wash.  - Approaches to the Wash – Chart BA 108.

Navigational marks – Buoy W2 off station.


All mariners are advised that W2 buoy, position 52° 54’.942N 000° 16’.003E, is off station.

Reports have notified that the buoy is adrift in a position approximately 4.0 NM in a SE’ly direction from Gibraltar Point.


KLCB buoyage vessel “St Edmund” will depart King’s Lynn at 1730 hrs today (29th JUne)  to recover the buoy back to port.


Any mariners who sight the W2 buoy should navigate with caution and report the position to St Edmund on VHF CH 14/16 or to the KLCB Harbour Office on 01553 773411.



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 13 of 2022

Week  27


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Third River Crossing Construction Update (4)


MARINERS ARE ADVISED that works remain ongoing on both bridge cofferdams. Commencing June 2022 platforms will be attached to both cofferdams in order to provide access for concrete pouring works on the bridge structures. The work is expected to continue until end September 2022. Personnel will be working close to water and vessels should be aware and pass at a safe speed to avoid risk to persons and property. Platforms will be lit by downward floodlighting during hours of darkness and restricted visibility.


Mariners should contact ‘Yarmouth Radio’ on VHF Ch12 or tel. +44 (0)1493 335511 for further information.



Port of  Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2022


Week  27


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East Coast of England - The Wash, King’s Lynn Harbour.

River Great Ouse – A47 Bridge inspections, testing & cleaning.


Mariners are advised that inspections, testing and cleaning operations are to be carried out on the A47 Bridge that crosses the River Great Ouse at King’s Lynn on the following dates and times.


• W/C 27-06-22 until 05-08-22.

• Works to be carried out daily between 2000hrs & 0500hrs.


An under bridge work platform will be deployed for these operations.

A dedicated safety vessel “SBS Guardian” will be on the river at all times to maintain a safe watch for any marine traffic. SBS Guardian can be contacted on VHF CH 14 & 16.


Mariners are requested to navigate with caution in the vicinity when these operations are underway and contact SBS Guardian prior to passing the area.


 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 12 of 2022


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Week  26


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project: Temporary buoy moves:


On 16 June 2022 the Landguard Buoy will be moved to a temporary position, approximately 30m

outside its assigned positions to allow for channel dredging.


The approximate temporary position for the buoy is shown in the table below:


Buoy Name: Approximate distance:  Latitude: Longitude:

Landguard Buoy 30m. 51° 55.44009’N 001° 18.8168’E


The table below shows the location of all buoys temporarily moved from their assigned positions:

Buoy Name: Approximate distance :  Latitude: Longitude:

Beach End Buoy 50m. 51°55.64418'N 001°19.23095'E

Cliff Foot Buoy Not Moved / /

Deane Buoy 50m. 51°55.34323'N 001°19.26958'E

Fort Buoy 50m. 51°56.20582'N 001°18.91671'E

Landguard Buoy 30m. 51° 55.44009’N 001° 18.8168’E

Inner Ridge Buoy 50m. 51°55.35724'N 001°20.20422'E

North-West Beach Buoy 50m. 51°55.89696'N 001°18.91345'E

Pitching Ground Buoy 50m. 51°55.40955'N 001°21.05143'E

Platters Buoy 50m. 51°55.67157'N 001°20.95219'E

Rolling Ground Buoy 50m. 51°55.57728'N 001°19.75186'E

South Shelf Buoy 50m. 51°56.16522'N 001°18.46530'E

No 7 Buoy 500 m 51°55.90236' N 001°22.91569' E

No 8 Buoy 500m. 51°55.68833' N 001°23.29737' E


The buoys will be moved back to their designated positions once the dredging is completed.

A separate Notice to Mariners will be issued when the buoys are relocated.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2022

Week  26


Refurbishment Works to Bridgemarsh Marina – River Crouch

INFORMATION

Mariners are advised that work on the refurbishment of Bridgemarsh Marina has now commenced. Port Flair’s workboat Jean T and Piling Barge will be arriving on site soon.

The Marina have kindly requested that unless mariners are a customer of Bridgemarsh Marina to please avoid Althorne Creek as there will be limited moorings available and parking facilities.

Work is likely to be completed around mid-September 2022.

Your co-operation in this matter would be appreciated.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 26 of 2022

Week  25


Lowestoft Southern Approaches – Exposed Subsea Cable Position


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the single orange marker buoy deployed at a section of subsea cable off Pakefield detailed in the previous NTM No. 24-2022, has now been removed.

The subsea cable is still exposed along the route as shown in the chart / table.

Fishing, dredging, anchoring and all other sea bed activities are prohibited 500m North and South of this line/route.


The guard vessels Shannon and CRC Loadstar are currently in the vicinity and are monitoring VHF ch 14 and 16.


Cable route positions - east to west 52 27.06 N  001 44.24 E  


52 26.63 N  001 46.14 E  

52 26.20 N  001 47.07 E  

52 26.10 N  001 42.02 E  


This notice replaces NTM No. 24 / 2022 which are hereby cancelled.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3), if further information is required.



Port of  Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2022

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Week  25


River Crouch - Buxey No 2

General Information

Mariners are advised that less water has been reported inside Buxey No 2 Lighted buoy in position:

51°39.076 N

001°00.234 E

Mariners are advised to navigate outside of the Fairway in this area with extreme caution.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 25 of 2022

Week  25


Blakeney Harbour

Oyster Farm

Mariners should be aware of the established oyster farm to the east of Stiffkey freshes. The farm is now marked by a large buoy labelled oyster farm and care should be taken when navigating close to the area.



Dated 8th June, 2022

Week  25


Port of Ramsgate - Dredging Camapign

Mariners are advised that the Grab Dredger ‘Wyre Sand’ will be undertaking a capital dredging campaign in the Commercial Port, around berth 4 and 5, commencing 13th June 2022, for up to 4 weeks.


The dredger will be monitoring VHF Ch.14 Vessels are requested to pass at low speed.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2022

Week  24


RIVER THAMES - LIMEHOUSE REACH - TEMPORARY BOOM LIMEKILN DOCK


On or about Thursday 9th June 2022, the Port of London Authority will be conducting works on the river walls at the entrance of Limekiln Dock in Limehouse Reach.


Works will be undertaken by a PLA DRIFTWOOD vessel over the high-water period. During these

works a proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedure set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’.


Towards the end of June 2022, a temporary debris boom will be installed across the entrance of

Limekiln Dock and will remain in place until further notice.


The PLA DRIFTWOOD when on station will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14.

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M33 of 2022

Week  24


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project: Boulder Removal Operations:


From around 4 June 2022, the tug Kingfisher (IMO: 9548885) will commence boulder fishing

operations in the Deep-Water Channel. The tug (details below) will be fitted with a heavy wire and chain fishing net for these operations.


The dredging contractor is the Van Oord / Boskalis Westminster Joint Venture appointed by

Harwich Haven Authority to carry out the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.


The work areas are sections of the Deep-Water Channel known as area B, C and D covering the

whole width of the main channel and running from No 1 & 2 Buoys to the Fort Buoy. (See sketch

HHA: D/C/B.


The tug will carry out boulder removal operations over 24 hrs per day, by pulling the net along the seabed immediately behind the tug, running East-West along the channel.


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

VHF Channel 71 will be maintained throughout.


All vessels may be subject to Harwich VTS Traffic Organisation.


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


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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 33 of 2022

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Week  24



PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Diving Operations at Great Yarmouth Power Station River Intake


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that survey and maintenance works will be conducted on the power station river intakes between berths 5C and 6 (Port Marks 91 – 96) within the Great Yarmouth River Port between Monday 13th June and Friday 1st July 2022. The works will include underwater diving operations undertaken by Red7 Inshore Diving Ltd between the hours of 0700 hours and 1800 hours daily.


Divers will be working from the quay face and within the power station intakes using underwater tools and equipment. The International Code flag ‘A’ will be exhibited when dive operations are taking place and red flags will be exhibited marking the extremities of the works.


Masters must obtain information from Yarmouth Radio on VHF Channel 12 before approaching or departing from these berths and before any movement or operation of engines or thrusters close to or adjacent to these berths.


Masters are advised to exercise extreme caution when approaching or passing the dive site, to keep well clear of the works area and to pass at the slowest safe manoeuvring speed. Swinging of vessels will not be permitted anywhere within the works area mentioned above.


For further information please contact Great Yarmouth LPS on VHF (Ch 12, callsign ‘Yarmouth Radio’) or telephone 01493 335511.



Port of  Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2022


Week  24


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Haven Bridge Mechanical Fault - Update


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Norfolk County Council (the owner of Haven

Bridge) has released a public information update on the progress of upgrade works, which is

appended to this notice.

Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth – Upgrade Programme Update


The major mechanical and electrical upgrade of the 92-year-old Haven Bridge is ongoing

with a number of key milestones in the complex upgrade now completed including the

building and factory testing of the bespoke control system for the lifting bridge. Until the

essential project is complete the bridge will not be able to lift for river traffic, however the

road over the bridge remains open to vehicles and pedestrians as normal.


We are working closely with all the specialist contractors involved in the project and the

whole supply chain, to bring the bridge back into normal operation as soon as possible.

However, there have been a number of significant delays due to several factors

throughout the project.


Three key issues have impacted the Haven Bridge project.


1. The specialist contractor delivering works went into administration last summer, halting the project until a replacement could be appointed. This saw the expected completion pushed back to March 2022.

2. Four separate flooding events over winter caused by exceptionally high tides incurred further delays pushing the completion date to May 2022.

3. Well publicised pressures and delays and shortages in national and international supply chains have significantly impacted the construction industry, including the Haven Bridge upgrade. This has meant that the major project will now be completed during Summer 2022.


This means that we now expect work on the bridge to be completed this summer with necessary testing and commissioning work being carried out during this period. The bridge will then be brought back into normal operation for both road and river traffic.


We are very aware of the disruption being caused to mariners with the bridge out of operation for a prolonged period, and apologise to all river users and businesses who have been affected.


This comprehensive upgrade will resolve many of the issues caused by the lifting bridge’s

ageing equipment, and improve reliability for residents and businesses in and around

Great Yarmouth.


For Further Information

Contact: highways@norfolk.gov.uk



Port of Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 12 of  2022

Week  24


PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH  - Flood Defence Works – Berth 22U


MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that flood defence improvement works will be undertaken at Berth 22U (Grist Mill, Cobholm), situated on the West bank of the river Yare between Haven and Breydon bridges (approximate position 52°36’50N 001°43’20”E). The work, being undertaken on behalf of the Environment Agency, will commence on the 6th June 2022 and continue for approximately four months.


At the start of the works (approximately 2 weeks), pontoons will be anchored extending up to 20m into the channel, and floating plant will be working to recover historic obstructions.


Personnel will be working at the waterline, and workboats may be manoeuvring.


Piling works will then commence, with cranes and other plant working overside, and small modular pontoons for access deployed along the pile line.


Vessels should approach the area with caution and at slowest safe speed, and pass the work location giving a wide berth.



Port of  Yarmouth (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 11 of  2022

Week  24


Lowestoft Inner Harbour – Gull Wing Construction Site Temporary Channel Restriction


This notice is to advise Mariners, Port Users and Vessel Operators of the following works activity in Lowestoft Inner Harbour Area:-


Location – Inner Harbour in Vicinity of Gull Wing Construction Site, Lake Lothing (as indicated)

 

Activity – Temporary Barge Moves/Positioning between 0800hrs and 1800hrs daily, Monday 6th June to Thursday 9th June. At times barges will be positioned on South side of main Navigation Channel between North and South Pier Cofferdams. During these times channel width will be restricted to approx. 16m width, so only suitable for small craft transits.


A tug will remain connected to the barge, which can be moved if reasonable notice is provided – a minimum of 40 minutes is requested to restore channel to normal navigable width of 32m.

The below plan indicates the anticipated position of the barge when channel width is restricted.

During this time requests for Bascule Bridge lifts, which will require a transit of the Gull Wing construction site, should be made by providing at least 40 minutes notice to Lowestoft Port Control.


Mariners are requested to navigate with caution when transiting this area – barge position/status can be provided by Lowestoft Port Control.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3), if further information is required.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 29 of  2022

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Week  23



London Array Offshore Wind Farm (Outer Thames Estuary) -   Diving Operations - DSV: ALPHA


All mariners are advised that the Shallow Draft Dive Support Vessel (SDDSV) “Alpha” will be onsite from 15/06/2022 for approximately 3 months to carry out diving operations.

This vessel will be supported by the ”Spectrum 3” carrying out support operations. Works are to take place at various locations across the London Array wind farm.

The vessels will be conducting diving works associated with the cable protection system, using subsea installation tools and divers within the London Array wind farm.


Dive Support Vessel: RIB Alpha


The SDDSV Alpha is an Atlantic-75 classed RIB with length of 7.38m and breadth of 2.65mm. The SDDSV Alpha uses a three-point mooring system (one stern, two forward lines). The SDDSV will undertake mooring deployment within 100m of the assigned WTG.

Support Vessels


The Shallow Draft Dive Support Vessel will be supported by one vessel for the duration of the works.

Planned Diving Locations and Restricted Access Zones


The work is expected to commence on 15th June 2022 and continue for approximately 3 months. During this period diving locations will be selected based on tidal and environmental conditions. A total of two locations could be operational at any one time. Information about the location(s) where work is currently taking place will be transmitted over VHF informing all local vessels of restrictions.

The Shallow Draft Dive Support Vessel will be moored using a stern clump weight(s) and lines connected directly to the WTG. These moorings will be positioned as required to avoid known obstruction and expected current flows but will be within a 75m radius of the WTG. Once deployed a 100m exclusion zone will be placed around the WTG.


The mooring will consist of up to two 50kg gravity anchors connected directly to the stern of the vessel. The moorings will be recovered when the vessel departs.


Prior to commencing diving operations, notifications will be transmitted by the SDDSV via VHF channel 16 to all local traffic, informing them of the following:

• Location where works will commence

• Implementation of Exclusion Zone


During diving operations, this exclusion zone will be increased to 500m as detailed in Figure 3.

If required, the Shallow Draft Dive Support Vessel or Support Vessel can be contacted directly, as detailed above, for further information relating to diving activities currently being undertaken.

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


London Array Wind Farm Notices to Mariners No 5 of 2022

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Week  23


Felixstowe - Trinity Berth 6 restitution works


As part of the restitution works on berth 6, divers will be working throughout daylight hours,

commencing Thursday 26th May, diving is expected to continue for 10 days, between bollards 104 and 108.


A marine exclusion zone is requested between bollards 100 and 112 extending 70m out from the

quay face.


The divers will clear the water when vessels for the adjacent berths (Trinity 7 and Trinity 5) are in

the process of berthing/unberthing.


Dive teams will show Flag Alpha and will be monitoring VHF Ch 71 at all times. Vessels are requested to pass with minimum wash.



Harwich Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 32 of 2022

Week  23


River Medway – Chatham Reach – “Rats Bay”


Removal of Small Craft Moorings


Notice is hereby given that the small craft moorings located in the “Rats Bay” area of Chatham Reach have been removed. All buoys and associated groundwork have been completely recovered and will not be re-laid. The buoys were centred at the approximate location:.

 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 29 of 2022

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Week  22



RIVER THAMES - BUGSBYS REACH - TRINITY BUOY WHARF PIER PILING OPERATIONS


On or about the 6th June 2022, marine contractors working on behalf of Thames Clippers will be undertaking piling operations at the upriver end of Trinity Buoy Wharf Pier.


These works will be conducted from TOPJACK JUB, which will be berthed in the works area as denoted on the chart extract.  The works will take approximately one-week to complete and working hours will be 07:00 to 17:00 daily.


The works will be supported by the Tug ZEEHOND, which will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 14.


Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the procedure set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’, ‘Section 4’.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No M30 of 2022

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Week  22


Harwich harbour - Dredging Operations: Rotterdam


From around 16 May 2022, the trailing suction hopper dredger Rotterdam (IMO number:

9229582) will extend its dredging operations from area D into areas D, C and B of the deep water

channel, as shown on the sketch HHA: D/C/B.


For detailed information regarding the location of the dredging plant, please contact Harwich

VTS (VHF 71) or listen to the daily Channel Deepening VHF broadcasts (VHF 11).


The dredging contractor is the Boskalis Westminster / Van Oord Joint Venture appointed by

Harwich Haven Authority to carry out the Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project.

The Rotterdam will be disposing material in the Inner Gabbard East disposal site.

All vessels may be subject to Harwich VTS Traffic Organisation.


Given the increased frequency of vessel movements and dredging operations mariners are

reminded of the importance of regulated vessel reporting requirements and necessity to maintain a listening watch on channel VHF 71 and maintaining a good lookout ahead and astern.

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



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2022

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Week  22


Harwich Haven Channel Deepening Project:  Temporary buoy moves:


On 23 May 2022 the Channel Buoys nos. 1 to 6, which were temporarily moved to allow for dredging works, will be returned to their assigned positions. All buoy moves will be completed by the HavenHornbill.


Channel Buoys No. 7 and No. 8 will remain in their temporary positions, approximately 500m East of their assigned positions.  The approximate distance, direction moved, and locations are shown in the table below:


Buoy Name: Approximate distance moved: Approximate direction moved: Latitude: Longitude:


No 7 Buoy           500 m                                         82°                          51°55.90236' N 001°22.91569' E

No 8 Buoy           500 m                                         82°                          51°55.68833' N 001°23.29737' E


On 24 May 2022 and following the replacement of the Channel Buoys no. 1 to No. 6, a number of

the Channel Buoys between No. 7 & 8 and the Fort Buoy will be moved to temporary positions,

approximately 50m outside their assigned positions (i.e. 50m outside the channel toe-line) to allow for channel dredging. The Cliff Foot and Landguard Buoys will not be moved as these are already clear of the dredge area.


Approximate positions for the temporary buoys are shown in the table below:


Buoy Name: Approximate distance :                   Latitude: Longitude:

Beach End Buoy           50m.                                    51°55.64418'N 001°19.23095'E

Cliff Foot Buoy       Not Moved

Deane Buoy                  50m.                                    51°55.34323'N 001°19.26958'E

Fort Buoy                      50m.                                    51°56.20582'N 001°18.91671'E

Landguard Buoy     Not Moved

Inner Ridge Buoy               50m.                             51°55.35724'N 001°20.20422'E

North-West Beach Buoy   50m.                             51°55.89696'N 001°18.91345'E

Pitching Ground Buoy      50m.                              51°55.40955'N 001°21.05143'E

Platters Buoy                     50m.                              51°55.67157'N 001°20.95219'E

Rolling Ground Buoy        50m.                             51°55.57728'N 001°19.75186'E

South Shelf Buoy                50m.                            51°56.16522'N 001°18.46530'E


The buoys will be moved back to their designated positions once the dredging is completed.

A separate Notice to Mariners will be issued when the buoys are relocated.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 30 of 2022

Week  22


RIVER MEDWAY – Approaches to Sheerness


Garrison Point – SD.10 – Removal of Mooring Buoy


Notice is hereby given that the mooring buoy laid off of the Downstream end of Sheerness No.10 berth in the following approximate position has been permanently lifted and removed. All associated ground work, anchor markers and pellet buoys have also been permanently retrieved.



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 25 of 2022

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Week  21



Lowestoft Southern Approaches – Temporary Buoy Marking Subsea Cable Position

 

Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the 2 special marks deployed at a section of subsea cable off Pakefield detailed in the previous NTM No. 21, have now been replaced with a single orange marker buoy which is unlit. The guard vessels Shannon and CRC Loadstar are currently in the vicinity guarding the submerged cable position.


The buoy is positioned as indicated on the chart below. This marks the termination point of the subsea cable section from Pakefield beach. The buoy will remain in position until the cable burial operations have been completed (currently scheduled for mid to late June). Further survey operations may also be scheduled for this vicinity.


Buoy Position - 52° 25.6’ N, 001° 46.8’ E

As this buoy is close to the entrance of the Stanford Channel, Mariners are requested to consider its position when navigating in this area, and to afford the buoy, and guard vessels or survey vessels, a wide berth if safe and practical to do so.


This notice replaces NTM No’s 13, 20, 21 / 2022 which are hereby cancelled.


Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3), if further information is required.



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2022

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Week  21



LOWESTOFT APPROACHES – ‘TWIN’ BUOYS – SOUTH CARDINAL BUOY WITHOUT TOP MARK

 

Mariners and Port Users are advised that the South Cardinal Twin (or Sewer) Buoy, position 52˚28.84’N, 001˚ 46.25’E, currently has no top mark.


The top mark has been damaged for some time, but has recently been removed. It is scheduled to be replaced ASAP.


The buoy remains lit and is otherwise marked correctly (see photograph).

Mariners are requested to navigate with caution in the approaches to Lowestoft.

A notice will be promulgated to advise when the top mark is re-instated.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286 (Option 3), if further information is required.


Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 23 of 2022

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Week  21


Crouch Harbour Authority  - Polite Notice

INFORMATION

Following several reports of inappropriate and improper mooring.

Mariners are courteously reminded that:

• Except for emergency purposes anchoring in the Fairway or Main Channel on the Rivers Crouch and Roach is prohibited.

• Whilst at anchor all vessels must display the appropriate day and night-time signals.

• Mooring to Navigation buoys and marks including racing markers is forbidden.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 24 of 2022


Week  21


North Quern Buoy

Mariners are advised that the North Quern cardinal buoy (51°18.2640’N 001°23.9267’E) is now back on station.

Notice to Mariners 10/2022 is now cancelled



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2022

Week  20


Harwich Harbour Approaches - Temporary Buoy Moves


Mariners are advised that on 05 May 2022 the deep water channel buoys nos. 1 to 8 will be moved to temporary new locations to allow the channel deepening works to proceed. The buoys will be moved by the HHA vessel Haven Hornbill.


Channel buoys No. 3 – 8 will be moved about 500m in an easterly direction to temporary locations on the existing channel toe-line. No. 1 buoy will be moved 50m North of its current location. No.2 buoy will be moved 50m south of its current location. The layout of the buoys is shown on the sketch opposite.  


The approximate distance, direction moved, and locations are shown in the table below:


Buoy Name: Approximate distance moved: Approximate direction moved: Lat: Long:

No 1 Buoy           50 m                                         360°                 51°56.16160'N 001°27.0 5838'E

No 2 Buoy           50 m                                         180°                 51°55.88623'N 001°27.32009'E

No 3 Buoy           500 m                                       82°                   51°56.07369' N 001°25.97050' E

No 4 Buoy           500 m                                       82°                   51°55.85679' N 001°26.27217' E

No 5 Buoy           500 m                                       82°                   51°55.98301' N 001°24.44778' E

No 6 Buoy           500 m                                       82°                   51°55.77221' N 001°24.78604' E

No 7 Buoy           500 m                                       82°                   51°55.90236' N 001°22.91569' E

No 8 Buoy           500 m                                       82°                   51°55.68833' N 001°23.29737' E


The buoys will be moved back to their designated positions once the dredging is completed. A

separate Notice to Mariners will be issued when the buoys are relocated.


Ultra Large Vessels


In addition to the operational procedures in place for the transit of and berthing of ultra large container vessels of between 310 and 395m (HHA Information to Masters and PEC Holders – 22.3 Ultra Large Vessels), the transit of ultra large vessels of greater than 395m LOA shall not be impeded by any other vessel between No. 1 & 2 buoys to the berth, both inwards and outwards.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 28 of 2022

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Week  20


River Medway – Chatham Dock - Temporary Suspension of Service


Notice is hereby given that expected timescales for the completion of repair work has altered, please see below.


Notice is hereby given that: following a recent vessel allision that led to significant damage, Chatham docks will be closed to navigation and unable to accept any vessel movements for a period of approximately 16 weeks commencing 24th March 2022 in order to complete required repairs.


North Lock

As a consequence of a vessel allision, the North Lock will be closed indefinitely to undergo necessary repairs. Further updates on timescales and completion dates will be issued in due course.


South Lock

The South Lock inner & outer motors are currently being replaced as part of an ongoing refurbishment programme. The work is expected to be completed in approximately 16 weeks with commissioning currently planned for calendar week 29.


Updates on the status of locks will be promulgated via an amendment to this notice.

Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2022 (Updated 3rd May, 2022)

Week  20


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


Amendment 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 be carried out on or about 9th May 2022:

No.13 light buoy to be moved approx 460 metres x 213° to 52° 52’.055N 000°21’.650E


Works will be carried out by the work boat “St Edmund”. All passing craft are requested to pass at minimum speed whilst the “St Edmund” is conducting buoying operations.


Please contact the St Edmund via VHF ch 14, or Harbour Office, for further information



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notice to Mariners No. 11 of 2022

Week  20


RIVER CROUCH - Areas of High Density Small Sailing Vessels

SAFETY/NAVIGATION

Owners and operators of power-driven vessels navigating in areas of high-density small sailing craft, in particular but not restricted to, the upper reaches of the River Crouch between Brandy Hole and Hayes Farm are requested to do so at a slow speed, in a considerate manner, whilst keeping a sharp lookout at all times.

The Up River Yacht Club, South Woodham Ferrers, and Eyott Sailing Clubs (launching from Hullbridge, South Woodham Ferrers and Fenn Creek) host and run well organised regular sailing events, with marshalling and safety boats in attendance at all times.

However, it should be borne in mind that some club members participating are both young, relatively inexperienced, and undergoing training.

The Crouch Harbour Authority therefore respectfully request that those in charge of power-driven vessels navigating in these waters are especially vigilant and cautious.

Organisers of all events taking place within the CHA District should, when considering their race courses, be mindful of designated fairways and restrictions of commercial and larger power-driven vessels constrained by their draught, and ability to manoeuvre, and ensure that their passage is not impeded.


Paglesham Boatyard – Removal of Paglesham Jetty, River Roach

NAVIGATION

Mariners are advised that the Paglesham Jetty is being removed from its current position and will be placed on the adjacent slipway for repairs, therefore the fixed green light in approximate position as noted below, will be temporary discontinued:

51°35.613 N

000°48.754 E



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 21 and 20 of 2022

Week  20


West Amenities Ramsgate Harbour

Please be advised that, sadly due to a technical issue, there are no toilets and shower facilities in the West Amenity block at Ramsgate Harbour. The East Amenities are available for Showers and Laundry. The toilets located on the Outer West Marina are working as normal.

Ramsgate Harbour apologises to all customers during this period and thank you for your understanding.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 11 of 2022

Week  19


Paglesham Fairway No 1 Lighted Buoy – River Roach

NAVIGATION

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

51°35.825 N,  000°49.167 E

Is back on station.

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 6 OF 2022 IS HEREBY CANCELLED



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2022

Week  19


 

East Coast of England - The Wash  - Approaches to the Wash


Beacon B re-instatement


Mariners are advised that on or about 28th April 2022, Beacon B will be re-instated at position 52° 49.090’ N 00° 21.136’ E.


The Beacon will be yellow with a yellow cone top-mark and fitted with a light with character of Fl Y 2s


The yellow light buoy, “B”, situated close south east of the Beacon will be removed.


Works will be carried out by the work boat “St Edmund” which will be grounded to the south of the beacon. All passing craft are requested to pass at minimum speed whilst the St Edmund is manoeuvring off the beacon.


Please contact the St Edmund via VHF ch 14, or Harbour Office, for further information.

NtM 27/2021 is hereby cancelled



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD.Notices to Mariners No. 10 of  2022

Week  17


Experimental Lighted Buoy


With reference to Trinity House Notice to Mariners number 19 of 2022


On or about 20 April 2022 an experimental lighted buoy will be temporarily established for

approximately 9 - 12 months, as follows:-


Position:


Latitude 51° 53.500’N., Longitude 001° 25.000’E.


Characteristics:


Pillar: Yellow: Fl.(5) Y 20s: Y ‘X’ topmark.


Mariners are advised that the lighted buoy has no navigational significance.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 21 of 2022

Week  16


Broadstairs Slipway - Unlighted Beacon in position Lat. 051° 21.503’ N Long. 001° 26.798’ E

Mariners are advised that the unlit beacon which marks the end of the slipway at Broadstairs Harbour is missing.



Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners No 9 of 2022

Week  16


Ha’penny Pier, Harwich


The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 28 March to 31 October 2022.

Ha’penny Pier is manned by a pier attendant between the hours of 0800 and 1100 and 1300 and

1800 (including weekends and bank holidays).


During the off season – between 1 November 2022 and 27 March 2023 - the pontoon area is

unmanned by Harwich Haven Authority personnel. Vessels may use the berths in accordance to

the areas marked on the map (download) but mooring preferences will always be given to fishing

vessels. Mooring is free on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons during the off season. However, vessels

can only stay in the pontoon area for 24 hours in any 7-day period (requests for longer stays will be granted at the discretion of Harwich Haven Authority). During the off-season we do not provide access to shower and toilet facilities, which are located on Ha’penny Pier.


The Notice is lengthy and includes instructions, rules, costs etc.  Use the button right to download the PDF.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2022

20-2022-Hapenny-Pier-pontoons.pdf


Week  15



 WOOLWICH REACH - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES


This notice replaces No.2 of 2022 which is hereby cancelled.


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 2022. 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 2022


Thursday 19th May  From 0940 to 1210 BST


June 2022


Thursday 16th June  From 0855 to 1125 BST


July 2022


Monday 18th July  From 1100 to 1330 BST


August 2022


Monday 15th August From 1010 to 1240 BST


September 2022


Saturday 24th September  0945 to Sunday 25thSeptember 0145 BST


October 2022


Thursday 13th October From 0945 to 1215 BST


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


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


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

GATE CLOSURES:


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

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

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

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



Port of London Authority  Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2022

NOTES:


(1)ANY ADDITIONAL THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES FOR TEST PURPOSESWILL BE PROMULGATED BY SEPARATE NOTICES TO MARINERS ISSUED28 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF SUCH CLOSURES.

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


Week  15



Lowestoft approaches / outer harbour - Pierhead traffic signal lights fault


Mariners and Port Users are advised due to a technical fault Port Control are currently unable to change port traffic signals at harbour entrance. The lights will remain set as follows:


Harbour entrance – On south pier - will be fixed to 3 fixed vertical red lights for inbound and 3 vertical green – white – green for outbound.


Regardless of direction of transit, all vessels shall contact Lowestoft Port Control to gain permission for entry/exit.


For further information please contact Lowestoft Port Control, (VHF Ch.14, Tel. 01502 572286 Option 3).



Lowestoft  (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 14 of 2022

Week  14


River Medway – Chatham Dock  - Temporary Suspension of Service


Notice is hereby given that: following a recent vessel allision that led to significant damage, Chatham docks will be closed to navigation and unable to accept any vessel movements for a period of approximately 8 -12 weeks commencing 24th March 2022 in order to complete required repairs.


North Lock


As a consequence of a vessel allision, the North Lock will be closed indefinitely to undergo necessary repairs. Further updates on timescales and completion dates will be issued in due course.


South Lock


The South Lock inner & outer motors are currently being replaced as part of an ongoing refurbishment programme. The work is expected to be completed in approximately 8 - 12 weeks.

Updates on the status of locks will be promulgated via an amendment to this notice.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 19 of 2022

Week  14



 River Medway – Gillingham Reach - No.29 Buoy Out of Position

 

Notice is hereby given that: No.29 buoy in Gillingham Reach has been reported as out of position. The buoy has moved approximately 120 meters to the west of it’s charted location and is currently in the following approximate position ( See chart extract) .


51° 24.021 N – 000° 33.655 E


A cancellation to this notice will be published as soon as No.29 buoy has been moved back to it’s charted position.


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 refers.



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 20 of 2022

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Week  14


Leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK


Masters of leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK are reminded of the following requirements following requirements:


- Leisure vessels are to display an International Code of Signals ‘Q’-flag, when entering the 12 nautical mile limit.

- You must seek immigration clearance before disembarking the vessel, by calling the local Border Force office. For Ipswich and Lowestoft that is +44(0)300 072 4322. You do not have to call if you have existing rights to enter or remain (incl Settled Status), or when only breifly exiting the 12 nautical mile limt.


- When arriving direct from outside the UK you must phone the National Yachtline on +44(0)300 123 2012. You will need to inform the Yachtline if any of the following apply:

• UK VAT has not been paid on the vessel

• you have on board goods which are to be treated as surplus stores as per Notice 69A.

• you have any prohibited or restricted goods

• there is any notifiable illness on board

• there are any people on board who need immigration clearance

• any repairs or modifications, other than running repairs, have been carried out since the vessel last left the UK

• you have any goods for personal use on which you need to declare and pay UK tax or duty and cannot do so via the online service.

- Waste contaminated with food and Food Waste, eg food and wrapping materials that have been abroad, are now classed as International Catering Waste should be disposed off in an appropriate manner.



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2022 (and Kings Lynn)

Week  14


Blakeney Harbour - Buoyage Update

Mariners are advised that the buoyage at the entrance to Blakeney harbour has changed:

No.1 Starboard had been positioned at N 52° 58.890’ E 000° 58.296’ with a light sequence of FL.G(2s)

No. 4 Port had been positioned at N 52° 58.841’ E 000° 58.106’ with a light sequence of Fl.R (2.5s)

Hijordis East buoy is NO LONGER to be used as a channel marker due to the channel moving to the east. The light has been removed and the buoy will be left at the current position of N 52° 58.955’ E 000° 58.206’ to mark the southern end of the Hijordis Wreck.

All channel marker buoys will be renumbered in a sequence to account for the additional buoys positioned. Further notices to mariners will be issued as changes are made.

The pilotage chart here shows the positions of the outer channel markers, Fairway buoy, the bar and the Wreck of the Hijordis. It is for illustration purposes only.



Dated 24th March, 2022

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Week  13


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 took place on 14th March 2022


a) No. 24 light buoy was moved approx. 125m x 060°(T) to 52° 50’.072N 00°21’.815E


The above works were carried out by the buoying vessel St Edmund.


Contact the Harbour Office for further information.



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No.7 of 2022

Week  13


Polite Notice


INFORMATION


Mariners are reminded that it is not permitted to moor their vessels to navigation buoys or marks.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners Nos 14 and 16 of 2022

Week  12



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

Amendments to buoyage / Change of Approach Channel.


Mariners are advised that due to recent changes in the profile of the approach channels to King’s Lynn on Monday 7th Match 2022, the main approach channel was moved to the Bulldog Channel.

The Daseley Channel is now un-buoyed and not suitable for navigation to Kings Lynn. All existing channel buoys from No.13 light buoy to the south have not be affected.


A new chart extract and lists of nav aids can be downloaded from our website or available from the Harbour Office during working hours. (and here)


The as laid new buoy positions and characters are as follows:


(please note that the position of No.4 light buoy differs from that in NTM 6/2022 issued 4th March 2022)


No1: Yellow Pillar by. Fl Y 3s 52° 56’.000N. 00° 23’.000E

Pilot Boarding Position: close east of No.1 light buoy.

No.2: Port Hand by. Fl (2) R 6s 52° 55’.350N. 00° 23’.750E

No.3: Stbd hand by. Fl (2) G 6s 52° 55’.350N. 00° 23’.260E

No.4: Port Hand by. Fl R 5s 52° 54’.110N. 00° 23’.350E

No.5: Stbd hand by. Fl G 5s 52° 54’.150N. 00° 23’.000E

No.7: Stbd hand by. Fl (2) G 6s 52° 53’.185N. 00° 22’.610E

No.8: Port Hand by. Fl (2) G 6s 52° 53’.185N. 00° 22’.775E

No.10: Port Hand by. Fl R 5s 52° 52’.530N. 00° 22’.480E

No.11: Stbd hand by. Fl G 3s 52° 52’.600N. 00° 22’.360E

No.12: Port Hand by. Fl (2) R 4s 52° 52’.135N. 00° 22’.000E


A chart extract showing the new channel and buoyage is attached to this NtM


NTM 06/2022 is now cancelled



 KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Notices to Mariners No. 6a  of 2022


Pages from NtM-6A-2022-Change-of-Approach-Channel.pdf


Week  12


PORT OF WELLS - DREDGING OPERATIONS

For week commencing 14th March 2022, 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 9 of 2022

Week  11


Seasonal Recreational Marks


On or before the 01 April 2022 the following seasonal recreational marks will be reinstated:

(Positions given are WGS 84):


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


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


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


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


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


Dovercourt Bay -Yellow Spherical Buoys


51°55’.97 N 001°17’.39 E

51°55’.81 N 001° 16’.99 E

51º 55'.65 N 001º 16'.59 E

51º 55'.63 N 001º 16'.55 E

51 °55‘.40 N 001°16‘.48 E

51º 55'.18 N 001º 16'.42 E


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


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


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


Positions given are WGS 84



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 7 of 2022

Week  11


Seasonal Recreational Mark


On or after the 1st March 2022 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 6 of 2022

Week  11



River Orwell – Pond Ooze Buoy Out of Position


Mariners are advised the Pond Ooze buoy is temporarily out of position.


It is presently located in the following position: - 52o 01.374’N 001o 10.096’E


Admiralty Chart 2693



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2022

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Week  11


Blakeney Harbour - SOUTH SANDS BEACON

Due to damage sustained during Storm Eunice the south sands beacon has been removed until further notice.

Any mariners using the harbour should take care when in the vicinity of the south sands beacon location due to the anchor post remaining in the sand. Stay towards the port channel marker 21A on the north side of the channel to avoid the anchor post.

The location of the beacon anchor post is:

N 52° 58.113'

E 000° 58.457'

The beacon will be reinstated as soon as possible.

The BHA weather station has also been affected by the damage to the beacon and will also be offline until further notice.



Dated 19th February, 2022

Week  8


LIMEHOUSE REACH - OLD SUN WHARF RIVER WALL MAINTAINENCE WORKS


On or about Monday 21st February 2022, Concrete Repairs Limited on behalf of OSW Freehold &

management LTD will be undertaking maintenance works on the river walls at Old Sun Wharf in

Limehouse Reach.


Works will be supported by the vessel ASSASSIN which will be conducting lifting operations over tidal


windows. Working hours are expected to be 07:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday and expected to last for about 20-weeks.


Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the

procedure set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’,

‘Section 4’.


The ASSASSIN when on station will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14.

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



Port of London Notices to Mariners No M8 of 2022

Week  7



 Harwich Haven Authority General Directions for Navigation


The Harwich Haven Authority, in exercise of its powers under Section 32 of the Harwich Harbour Act 1974 following appropriate consultation hereby:


• Revokes General Directions for Navigation 2016; and

• Gives the following General Directions to vessels to be known as the Harwich Haven Authority General Direction for Navigation 2022  Use button opposite to download the full Directions.


These Directions shall come into operation on the 01 March 2022.



Harwich Haven Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2022

General-Directions-for-Navigation-2022.pdf


Week  7



 River Orwell - Speed Buoy near Downham Re-Located


Mariners are advised the yellow 6 knot speed buoy, previously in position: -


- 52o 00.638’N 001o 11.236’E (near the Deer Park Navigation Buoy)


Has now been relocated to the following position:-


- 52o 00.681’N 001o 11.303’E (near the Downham Navigation Buoy)



Ipswich (ABP Ports) Notices of Mariners No 6 of 2022

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Week  6


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

Buoy Moves


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


Buoy Bill                 Red Can Fl(4)R.10s                    N52,57.82 E000,12.062

Buoy No 9               Green Cone Fl.G.3s                    N52,50.928 E000,12.885

Buoy East Knock    BYB East Cardinal VQ(3)5s      N52,52.149 E000,14.722

Buoy Medd             Green Cone Fl(3)G. 5s                N52,51.315 E000,13.986

Buoy Middle           Red Can FL(1) R 8s                     N52,50.872 E000,12.884


LNTM (010-21 Buoy Moves & 003/22 ATON positions) is cancelled


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



Port of Wisbech Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2022

Week  5


Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2022

INFORMATION

Please be advised that the following Notice to Mariners remain in force:

No: 2 of 2015 Ship Generated Waste Notification

No:25 of 2016 Paglesham Reach, River Roach

No:35 of 2016 River Roach – Paglesham Boatyard

No:17 of 2017 Buxey Edge Obstruction

No:18 of 2017 Essex Marina – Excessive Wash

No:41 of 2017 Power Cables – River Roach, Paglesham Creek

No:11 of 2018 COLREGS Rule 9 Narrow Channels

No:23 of 2019 Mind Your Wash – Newborn Seals

No:24 of 2019 Foul Anchorage, River Roach – Quay Reach

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

No:12 of 2021 Withdrawal of Burnham Fairway No 2 Lighted Buoy

No:16 of 2021 Mind Your Wash – Newborn Seals

No:28 of 2021 Buoy Changes in Swallowtail and Whitaker Navigation Channels

No:36 of 2021 Eco Reef Trial – River Crouch

No:39 of 2021 Repairs to Seawall Brandy Hole / East Hullbridge

No:43 of 2021 Raysand Channel

No:49 of 2021 Dredging Operations Burnham Yacht Harbour

No:51 of 2021 Dredging Operations Essex Marina

All other Notices to Mariners are hereby cancelled.

Please refer to the Ports Website www.crouchharbour.uk for details of Notices.



Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 3 of 2022

Week  3


Annual Bring Forward


Certain Authorities carry or bring forward a number of standard 'Permanent' Notices to Mariners


Week  3


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


Damage to Navigational marks.


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

1) A Person who without lawful authority,

a) Intentionally or recklessly damages -

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

(ii) Any lightship, buoy or beacon;

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

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


Commits an offence.


2) A person who, without reasonable excuse, -

a) rides by,

b) makes fast to, or

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


Commits an offence.


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



KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD Standing Notice to Mariners No.1 of 2022

Week  3


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

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

1. Notices remaining in Force

2.  Port Signal Lights

3.  Reporting Signal - Point Romeo

4.  Communication

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

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

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

 


Port of Ramsgate Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 5 of 2022

Week  3


River Medway

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

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

Ntom No 03 of 2021 LNG Vessel Transit And Manoeuvres

Ntom No 04 of 2021 Pilot Transfer Arrangements And Declaration

Ntom No 05 of 2021 Garrison Point RADAR

Ntom No 06 of 2021 Maritime Declaration Of Health

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

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

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



Port of Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners Nos 1 to 9 of 2022



Week  1


HALFWAY REACH - THUNDERER JETTY DECONSTRUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS


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


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


Throughout these operations, Thunderer Jetty will remain operational.


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


All vessels associated with the works will maintain a listening watch on VHF channel

14. Requirements to proceed with caution or at slow speed will be made in accordance with the

procedure set out in the Port of London Authority’s Port Information Guide, under ‘London VTS’,

‘Section 4’.  Safety boat ALFIE will be on station during working hours and maintain a watch on VHF Channel 14.


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No L23 of 2021

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Week  50


River Medway – Aid to Navigation Defects


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


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


Long Reach


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


Limehouse Reach


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


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


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



Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 47 of 2021

Week  50


Lowestoft Harbour – Revised Small Craft and Yacht Information Notice


Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the information notice for Small Craft and Yachts using Lowestoft Harbour has been revised and is attached to this notice. This revision precedes all previous documents issued.


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


This notice supersedes notice No.35 2018, which is hereby cancelled.


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



ILowestoft  (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 54 of 2021

Week  50


Dredging Operations at Burnham Yacht Harbour

INFORMATION

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

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Motor Vessel BEAVER.

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

For additional information please contact:

Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd

Tel 01621 782150



Crouch Harbour Authority Notice Mariners No 49 of 2021

Week  50


PORT OF WELLS

No.1 off station

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

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



Port of Wells Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2021


Week  49



Essex Police Headquarters,

PO Box 2, Springfield,

Chelmsford,

Essex. CM2 6DN

Tel.101

23rd November 2021  



Organised Crime Groups – Drugs Importation via Boats & Planes.


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


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


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


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


How can you help


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


Signs to look for


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

➢ Packages being seen thrown or dropped out of these planes

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

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

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

➢ Suspicious night-time activity

➢ General suspicious behaviour


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


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


Regards


Steve Davey

Prevent & Protect OCG Officer

Essex Police

steven.davey@essex.police.uk




Dated 23rd November, 2021 from Essex Police

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Week  48



Lowestoft – UXO Position in Lowestoft SE Approaches


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

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


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


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




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

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Week  47



 INAPPROPRIATE USE OF VHF RADIO


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


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


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

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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 18 of 2021

Week  45


 Ha’penny Pier Pontoons


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


Please note:


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

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

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

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

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


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



Harwich Haven  Authority Notices to Mariners No 33 of  2021

Week  43



NAVIGATIONAL NEAR MISS & INCIDENTS  - NEW WAY OF REPORTING


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


Download on the image for the full PDF



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 17 of 2021

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Week  40




NEW PLA PUBLICATION  - PORT INFORMATION GUIDE


The Port of London Authority has published a Port Information Guide which has been produced for all river users, vessel owners and operators, publishers of nautical information and any other party that needs nautical information.


This guide contains an A to Z listing of key Port of London information for all Thames users.

The Port Information Guide is a live document and will continuously be updated. Users are therefore encouraged, to not print or save copies of the guide for extended periods of time and always refer to our website for the latest version.


The guide can be accessed on our website via the below link:

https://www.pla.co.uk/Port-Information-Guide


For queries about this guide, please contact our Marine Compliance team: SafetyManagement@pla.co.uk




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 15 of 2021


Week  37


Eco Reef Trial – River Crouch

INFORMATION

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

51° 39.827 N,  001° 01.556E

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

Anchoring within 50m of the special mark is prohibited.

Notice to Mariners 32 of 2021 is hereby cancelled.




Crouch Harbour Authority Notices to Mariners No 36 of 2021

Week  34


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


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


51° 26.966’ N – 000° 44.884’E


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

 

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

Admiralty Chart No. 3683 refers.


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

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

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Week  34


Blakeney Harbour Entrance

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

Hijordis east starboard lateral mark has moved to

52 degrees 58.951N ,  0 degrees  58.206E

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

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

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



Dated 12th August, 2021

Week  31


WOOLWICH REACH  - ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES  


The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with

a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 01st November 2021.

 

Listed below are the times between which the Thames Barrier will be closed to navigation for

test purposes. During these periods’ navigation in the Thames Barrier Control Zone, between

Margaretness  and  Blackwall  Point,  will  be  restricted  and  any  movements  in  this  area  will

require permission from London VTS.

 

PROGRAMME OF CLOSURES:

 

November 2021

 

Tuesday 09th November   From 0935 to 1205 GMT

 

December 2021

 

Wednesday 08th December  From 0930 to 1200 GMT


January 2022

 

Monday 24th January   From 1030 to 1300 GMT


February 2022

 

Monday 21st February  From 0945 to 1215 GMT

 

March 2022

 

Wednesday 23rd March  From 0945 to 1215 GMT

 

April 2022

 

Tuesday 19th April  From 0930 to 1200 BST

  

The closures will be confirmed and promulgated by London VTS from 24 hours in advance of

the operation by VHF radio on routine river broadcasts.

 

From the start of each closing procedure until completion of the opening procedure vessels

will be prohibited from transiting the Thames Barrier. Most closures are for approximately 2½

hours over the respective low waters.

 

No vessel is to pass Margaretness inward bound or Blackwall Point outward bound once a

Thames Barrier closure has commenced unless authorised by London VTS.




Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 13 of 2021


GATE CLOSURES:


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

NOTES:

 

(1) ANY  ADDITIONAL  THAMES  BARRIER  CLOSURES  FOR  TEST  PURPOSES

WILL BE PROMULGATED BY SEPARATE NOTICES TO MARINERS ISSUED 28

DAYS IN ADVANCE OF SUCH CLOSURES.  

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

THAMES BARRIER.

Week  31


Kentish River Stour Estuary Chartlet

This is available from the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners at

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


There are conflicting dates 11th March or 11th July but it is considered valid.



Week  19


Blakeney Harbour Entrance Channel

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

Vessels entering the harbour should note the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HENRY ARCHER: 07786092405

or

NEIL THOMPSON: 07929181138

or

WILL DARBY: 07795463943



Dated 2nd May, 2021

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Week  10


REQUESTS FOR VESSELS TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION OR AT SLOW SPEED


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 8 of 2021

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Week  6


PROCEDURES IN THE THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE


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


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

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Port of London Authority Notices to Mariners No 4 of 2021


2020 Notices for this area below


Week  53


RIVER MEDWAY - LNG VESSEL TRANSIT AND MANOEUVRES


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

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

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


UKHO Chart 1834 refers


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




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

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Week  53


IRIVER MEDWAY - INCIDENT UPDATE & PROSECUTION STATEMENT

 

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


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


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



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

Week  36


RIVER MEDWAY– SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain LNG Terminal,  Jetties Nos. 8 & 10 Exclusion Zones

(General Directions for Navigation)


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

Berth Exclusion Zone Regulations:


1. When there is no LNG vessel berthed at the LNG Terminal no vessel (including pleasure vessels, PWC’s, fishing boats etc.) shall navigate within that part of the River Medway which is within an arc measuring 150 metres in any direction from the cargo transfer arms at the LNG Terminals. The cargo transfer arms are located at the following approximate position:

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

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


2. When there is an LNG vessel moored at the LNG Terminal no vessel (including pleasure vessels, PWC’s, fishing boats etc.) other than those attending the LNG terminal which are authorised by the Harbour Master or the operator of the LNG Terminal, shall enter any part of the River Medway which is within an arc measuring 250 metres (berth exclusion zone) in any direction from the cargo transfer arms of the LNG Terminal.


3. When there is an LNG vessel moored at the LNG terminal, the speed of all passing vessels navigating outside of the berth exclusion zone should not exceed 7.5 knots through the water whilst transiting.

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




Medway (Peel Ports) Notices to Mariners No 2 of 2022 (re-issue)

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Week  29


Lowestoft Harbour and Approaches –Management of Vessel Speed and Wash

Lowestoft port has in recent months experienced incidents involving excessive speeds,and/or  close  passing distances, within the Harbour and its approaches.  These have resulted  in vessel wash and/or hydrodynamic forces effecting other port users and operations.

Mariners and Port Users are reminded that the maximum speed limit within the harbour is 4  knots.  However, this should not be regarded as  a  target  speed.  Also, at sea the wash from  a  vessel can  be  detrimental to other users when it strikes their craft or the shoreline.  Passage planning in confined waters should consider safe speed and be compliant with regulatory speed limits. During  a  passage  the  speed  of  the  vessel  should  be  closely monitored and adjusted as required.  The effects of vessel wash, and/or the magnitude of hydrodynamic forces between vessels, will depend on a complex array of factors, including, but not limited to the following:

• The speed of the passing vessel(s).

• The passing distance, (with reduced distance leading to greater hydrodynamic forces).

• The underkeel clearance and variations in depth, (the smaller the underkeel clearance the greater the hydrodynamic force).

• The design of the vessel hull.

• The relative displacement of both vessels.

• The orientation of the berth to the passing vessel.  Due  care  should  be  taken  when  passing  vessels, whether  in the approaches or in Harbour limits.  Speed  should  be  such  to  minimise the propagation of wash,whilst maintaining full control over the manoeuvrability of the vessel.  

Necessary reductions in speed should be made gradually and in good time as circumstances allow.  Mariners are advised that it is an offence to proceed at excessive speed where damage or  risk  of  damage  may  be  caused  by  wash  or  displacement.  Caution  should  be exercised when passing piers, berth/moorings, beaches, recreational activities and any other areas involving property or persons. All vessels and craft should be operated in a courteous manner with consideration being given to other mariners.

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



Lowestoft (ABP Ports) Notices to Mariners No 29 of 2020

Week  24


THE SWALE -FAVERSHAM CREEK - Abandoned Craft Wreckage  

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

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




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

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Week  20


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dated 4th May, 2020


There is a pdf Download:  


MOD Shoeburyness

Staying safe near the Range Sea Danger Area

Week 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 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 3


Unmarked Obstruction – Faversham Creek


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


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


51° 20.193‘ N 00° 54.244’ E


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


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


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


Week 3


RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH


New Wreck Reported


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


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


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


Admiralty Chart No. 1835 Refers


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


Medway 25.jpg


Week 51


LOWESTOFT - REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS

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

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

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

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



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

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



Week 22


INFORMATION


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


Rule 9 – Narrow Channels

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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



Crouch Harbour Commissioners Notice to Mariners No 11 of 2018


Notices still current from 2017 or earlier


Week 37


Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches


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


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


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


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


Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled


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


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

Chart and Lowestoft Passage Approach Guide shown:


Lowestoft 24 of 2017.jpg



Week 36


LOWESTOFT - REPORTING OF VESSEL MOVEMENTS


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


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


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


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



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

Week 13


Dangerous Wreck on the Buxey Sand edge of the Swallowtail channel

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

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


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