Tuesday, 17 July 2018

RYA SafeTrx - Slightly old News, but worth installing and using in conjunction with other GMDS safety equipment.



DOWNLOAD the RYA SafeTrx App today!
From today (Wednesday 11 July) the CG66 website will be redirecting everyone to the RYA SafeTrx safety ID scheme. The world-leading RYA SafeTrx app is designed to improve safety at sea and potentially cut vital minutes off the time taken to pinpoint a casualty’s location. It monitors your boat journeys and alerts designated emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time. The RYA SafeTrx app is available to any UK resident who wants to be safer afloat and already has over 13,000 users. It provides all recreational boat users with an accessible and simple-to-use way of automatically informing HM Coastguard of their voyage plans, vessel and crew information, incident data, dynamic location and even a direct 999 connection in the event of distress. RYA SafeTrx uses real-time advanced technology and allows users to do so much more, including summoning the Coastguard – which means we can reach you quicker. The precise geolocation feature for example, allows the Coastguard to know where the caller is, an important consideration when the person in distress is unsure of where they are, disoriented, injured or unfamiliar with the area. RYA SafeTrx is free to download from Apple app store or Google Play. Once downloaded, boaters can run unlimited free trips using the app. In addition to the Sail Plan mode, the app has a tracking option called Track Only mode, which enables boaters to analyse their speed and performance on the water while racing or cruising. For customers who do not wish to use the mobile app, there is an option to register their details online at https://safetrx.rya.org.uk/login.html SafeTrx
Posted by Maritime and Coastguard Agency on Monday, 25 June 2018

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 27,28,29 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 27

 

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary or Temporary

Only two - and uninteresting:

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. (strange title this week!) - Two reduced depths in the Thames: the first right by the Broadness port hand buoy, the second just east of the QEII bridge. Neither likely to hinder leisure craft.
2. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Wrecks. Depths. - Change of depths on four wrecks east of Kent. All at safe depth for passage by leisure craft.;

Local

1. THAMES BARRIER DREDGING OPERATIONS - On or about Monday 25th June 2018 for approximately 1 week, conducting dredging operations in FOXTROT span of the Thames Barrier. The dredging will be undertaken from a flat top pontoon positioned alongside pier 5 with a hopper barge alongside to take the dredged material. During the dredging operations, FOXTROT span will be in the maintenance position.
2..Rivers Crouch & Roach - CHA Annual Buoy Maintenance - is due to commence on Monday 25th June 2018. The work will be carried out from the vessel 'JUMBO' which will keep a listening watch on VHF channel 11/16. Requested to give a wide berth and pass at a safe speed so as not to create excessive wash whilst the vessel is alongside the navigation marks.
The work is expected to take approximately several weeks.
3. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – BRIDGE CHANNEL QUAY WALL MAINTENANCE/REPAIR - schedule to commence on Wednesday 20th June, to repair suspended quay support structures and fender sections on the South side of the Bridge Channel, just East of the Bascule Bridge. The works will be undertaken from Vessel 'Flying Hart' with support craft 'Cargo of Dreams', berthed alongside the areas. All craft will monitor VHF Ch.14. Vessels wishing to transit the area should contact Port Control to obtain information and advice on works activities. Vessels should only pass the works sites once permission has been granted, should afford as wide a berth as is safe and practical, and pass at slow speed to reduce vessel wash. Works are expected to take approx. two weeks to complete.
4. Ramsgate - Mitre Gates and Lifting Bridge Works - Mitre Gates will be reinstated by a floating crane on Wednesday 27 June. On Friday 29 June the Flap Gate will be removed to be overhauled. During these periods, it will not be possible to transit between the Royal Harbour and the Inner Basin. Both operations are subject to weather, further information can be sought from Ramsgate Port Control on VHF Ch. 14. The crane barge 'Skyline 21' will be listening on VHF Ch. 14 - Mariners are asked reduce their speed to create minimum wash when passing the work area.


That's it. There is no report of dredging at Wells this week......


Week 28

 

UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - Four reduced soundings in the Thames, all in different locations between Sea Reach and Barking 4 images. None going to trouble leisure craft;
2. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Obstruction. - Unexploded ordnance found in the Sandiettie DW channel but at 25m or more, not likely to hinder leisure craft.;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Dolphins. Lights -Two new lights on Dolphins on the north bank of the Thames, just before Fiddler's Reach.
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Wreck. Beacon. - The wreck of the SS Lowlands lies at the end of East Mersea in the Colne. Now degraded and so changed as a less obvious wreck and marked by an unlighted East Cardinal Beacon.

Local

1. GRAVESEND REACH SURVEY AND DECK REPAIRS GRAVESEND TOWN PIER - work will commence on Gravesend Town Pier on or around 5th July 2018, and will last approximately 10 weeks. The work involved the inspection and, where necessary, replacement of deck timbers. During this time scaffolding will be in place under and around the pier structure. At times a crane barge will lay alongside the pier ahead for a day at a time;
2. GREENWICH AND WOOLWICH REACH FIREWORKS DISPLAYS LOCAL TRAFFIC CONTROL - fireworks displays will be conducted on behalf of Sail Greenwich in Greenwich Reach and Woolwich Reach. Greenwich Reach On Wednesday 4th July, Thursday 5th July and Friday 6th July 2018 there will be fireworks displays from barges positioned upstream of Greenwich Ship Tier. The displays will commence at 21:45 and delays of up to 10 minutes may be expected. Woolwich Reach On Saturday 7th July 2018 there will be a fireworks display from barges positioned downstream of Woolwich Arsenal Pier. The displays will commence at 21:45 and delays of up to 10 minutes may be expected.

Images of locations at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html - The Temporary List.

3. As reported - Ipswich Temporary Lock Closure - essential works on behalf of the Environment Agency , Ipswich Lock will be closed for all vessels during the following period :- Monday 9th July from 2200hrs ~ Tuesday 10th July 0600hrs There is a possibility that works could be completed earlier than expected, please contact Orwell Navigation Service on VHF CH 68 for the latest information;
4. Port of Wells - dredging;
5. King's Lynn Harbour - Beacon "Bravo" Navigational Mark - Off Station due to damage. Beacon "Bravo" position 52° 49'.090N 000° 21'.136E. - Mariners are advised to keep clear of this area until damaged beacon has been recovered.

6. There is a new London Array Wind Farm about a Wind Turbine Blades maintenance program but the link doesn't work at the moment. I had emailed the Coordinators for a copy and I will report soon as...


Week 29

 

UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

Only the one:

ENGLAND - East Coast - Obstruction. - Delete of previous obstruction in the Medway off Thamesport. I think this has been before.

Temporary

1. River Crouch – Upper Reaches Obstruction - sighting of an abandoned anchor thought previously to have been attached to a mooring buoy in approximate position:
51° 37.793'N, 000° 36.316'E - The anchor constitutes an underwater hazard. Vessels navigating in the vicinity are advised to pay particular attention to under keel clearance as available water may be restricted by up to 1 meter. The Authority will advise once the obstruction is cleared. - I have drawn up an image on the usual Temporary list: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html The spot is 'off South Woodham Ferrers';
2. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – BRIDGE CHANNEL QUAY WALL MAINTENANCE/REPAIR - works continue to repair suspended quay support structures and fender sections on the South side of the Bridge Channel, just East of the Bascule Bridge. The works are being undertaken by Vessel 'Flying Hart' with support craft 'Cargo of Dreams', berthed alongside the areas. All craft will monitor VHF Ch.14. Vessels wishing to transit the area should contact Port Control to obtain information and advice on works activities. Vessels should only pass the works sites once permission has been granted, should afford as wide a berth as is safe and practical, and pass at slow speed to reduce vessel wash. NOW - expected to take until approx. the end of August to complete;
3. Addition to last time - Beacon "Bravo" Navigational Mark - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Temporary Mark established - Navigational Mark Beacon "Bravo" has been replaced with a temporary mark and has a light characteristic of Fl.Y.2s. Beacon "Bravo" position 52° 49'.090N 000° 21'.136E
4. Ramsgate Approaches - EAST BRAKE BUOY - Mariners are advised that the East Brake buoy is now back on its charted position of 51˚19.47'N – 001˚29.22'E;
5. Port of Wells - dredging;

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?503585-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-29#uD4OI3jX8st8O8L6.99

 

 

 

 


Link to details -
http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local NtMs compiled by and reproduced by kind permission of Roger Gaspar, author of Crossing the Thames Estuary

 

 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Safety Notice - Failure of throw bag rescue lines




 
We have been notified of a fault with RIBER throw bag rescue lines. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch have conducted an investigation and issued a safety notice outlining the details. Read the fullsafety bulletin here.

If you have any throw bags within your equipment please read the safety notice in detail and follow the instructions regarding the faulty product.





Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 26 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

1. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Charts published 12 July 2018: Chart 1606 - England - East Coast, Thames Estuary, Fisherman's Gat to Princes Channel. 1:25,000: Chart 1609 England - East Coast, Thames Estuary, Knock John Channel to Sea Reach. 1:25,000 Chart 1834 England - East Coast, River Medway, Garrison Point to Folly Point 1:12,500, Otterham Creek. 1:12,500;
2. NETHERLANDS - Breskens - Buoyage. - Re-designation of light characteristics at a port hand buoy off Breskens.
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Horne Gas Field - Obstruction. Platform. Restricted areas. Depth. - The gas head at the Horne and Wren field is removed and an obstruction left. Plenty of depth - 38m;
4. ENGLAND - Thames Estuary - Mouse Channel - Depths. - Reduction of one depth adjacent to the SW Barrow west cardinal buoy. It appears the SW Barrow has ‘gently’ extended SW but only by 0.2m to 4.9m.
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft Harbour - Depths. - There are 12 reduced depths within either Lake Lothing (the outer marina), the Inner Harbour or the commercial part of the Outer Harbour such as the Trawl Dock. None of the reduced soundings affect the Marina Basin.
6. BELGIUM - Westhinder SE - Foul. - This is an identical NtoM (No 2858, last week) but for a different UKHO chart.
7. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Thames - Long Reach - NM Block. Jetties. - New markings of the Oil and Gas Jetties in the Long Reach (just up-river from the QEII bridge).
8. FRANCE - North Coast - Dunkerque - Lights. - All 4 lights marking the Yacht Club Mer du Nord Marina are deleted!

Local

1. THE SWALE – CLAY REACH & ELMLEY REACH - Construction of a new outfall pipeline, Wheelabrator Kemsley Generating Station (WKGS). No navigational concerns;
2. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Haven Bridge - currently non-operational, and unable to lift for vessel traffic. Engineers are working to diagnose the fault, and formulate a plan of repairs, once the cause of the fault is identified. The timeframe for returning the bridge to operation is unknown at this time, however repairs are unlikely to be completed before this coming weekend (16th & 17th June). This is due to the anticipated timeframe to source spare parts for a 90 year old bridge;
3. Port of Wells dredging;
4. Blakeney Harbour Entrance Channel - three entrance channel buoys have been repositioned - HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 4, HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO. 5 and CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 8 - details in the Temporary list on: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
5. Approaches to Kings Lynn - No.16 Light Buoy - light buoy and associated mooring has been re-established and the temporary yellow navigation buoy has been removed.


Link to details -
http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local NtMs compiled by and reproduced by kind permission of Roger Gaspar, author of Crossing the Thames Estuary

 

 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 23-25 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 23

 

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

Only the one (unexciting):

BELGIUM - Vlakte van de Raan - Depth. - A reduction of depth close to the S8 buoy north of Zeebrugge. Unlikely to hinder leisure craft at 5.3m!

Local

1. Port of London - CANVEY ISLAND - WASH AND DRAW-OFF DANGERS ON PUBLIC BEACHES - usual annual warning intended mainly for shipping;
2. Ipswich - Dragon Boat Racing Saturday 2nd June 2018 Wet Dock - racing event in Ipswich Wet Dock on Saturday 2nd June 2018 taking place between the hours of :- 1000hrs ~ 1600hrs. More details in the Temporary list at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
3. Rescheduled Dredging Operations River Orwell - trailing suction dredger 'UKD Orca' and Bed leveller 'UKD Seahorse' will be working in the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell from or about Tuesday 12th June 2018 for about 6 days. The deposit operation will take place in the Long Reach of the River Orwell. All vessels are requested to give this vessel a wide berth, especially when 'UKD Orca' swings in the Long Reach near No 3 Buoy following the deposit operations.
4. Port of Wells - dredging;
5. Ramsgate - outside the port and environs - Temporary race marks now in place. Listed in the Temporary list as above.

 

Week 24

 

UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

1. Admiralty Charts to be published 28 June 2018:
Chart 1504 - England - East Coast, Cromer to Orford Ness. 1:150,000 Includes new East Anglia One offshore windfarm and submarine cables and changes to Horne and Wren Gas Fields and depths from the latest British Government Surveys.
Chart 1975 - England - East Coast, Thames Estuary, Northern Part. 1:50,000 Includes changes to depths from the latest British Government and Port of London Authority surveys;
2. NORTH SEA - Netherlands Sector - Buitenbanken and Approaches to Scheveningen - Buoyage. - Re-designation and change of light characteristics for two of the Maas Channel;
3. NETHERLANDS - Deurloo and Rede Van Vlissingen - Drying height. Depths. - One reduced depth off Vlissingen and one drying height on the Deurloo off the Walcheren coast;
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Woodbridge Haven - Drying heights. Depth. - Three new drying heights of the Deben Knolls. Please note that the Imray East Coast Pilot replacement chartlet already incorporates those changes. I suggest you download the image from the East Coast Pilot website unless you have already done that. - http://www.eastcoastpilot.com/DebenChartlet2018v1-1.pdf ;
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - The Wash - Buoy. - In confirmation of the recent local Kings Lynn NtM, the No 1 channel buoy now changed from lateral mark to special mark;
6. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Medway - Depths. - Four reduced depths: two in the Thamesport maintained depths (!) and two close to the North Kent starboard hand buoy. None likely to hinder leisure craft;
7. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft Ness E - Buoy. - In confirmation of the recent local NtM, the Outfall cardinal buoy is temporarily removed. - see images at the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local NtoM

1. WOOLWICH FERRY TERMINALS PILING OPERATIONS - On or about 11th June 2018, contractors conducting piling operations on the North and South ferry terminals. This will involve 3 piles being installed at each terminal. Piling operations will be undertaken from the Jack up barge HAVEN SEARISER 4 with the crane barge FORTH ATLAS in attendance. The North terminal piling is expected to commence 11th June 2018 and be completed by 2nd July 2018. The South terminal piling is expected to commence 2nd July 2018 and be completed by 27th July 2018;
2. Harwich Harbour Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - on or about the 3rd June 2018 the plough dredger FORTH DRUMMER will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and approaches for a period of approximately 10 days. On or about the 7th June 2018 the trailer suction dredger UILENSPIEGEL will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and approaches for a period of approximately 8 days. Survey work in regard to the dredging operations will be conducted by the vessel AQUATROT. Material from these areas will be disposed to the Inner Gabbard disposal site.
3. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR SEABED OBSTRUCTION IN TRAWL DOCK - from 24th May for a period of approximately 2 weeks, a "Seabed Lander" with recovery rope & data cable attached to it, will be positioned in the Trawl Doc - see the usual page for image of equipment and position;
4. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – ROYAL NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK YACHT CLUB TRAFFIC LIGHT FAULT - the traffic lights positioned at the exit of the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, position 52˚ 28.35'N, 01˚ 45.17'E, are faulty. They now permanently display 3 x fixed red (vertical) lights. Vessels must request permission to exit the yacht club on VHF Channel 14 from Lowestoft Port Control. Permission to exit against the red lights will be granted only when considered safe to do so;
5. Port of Wells - dredging;
6. Potton Bridge Update - Work to replace the faulty components will begin on 11 June and currently estimate that the bridge will be back in service on 13 June;
7. Galloper Offshore Wind Farm - Survey - 05-05-2018 (! - just recent published as far as I can see) survey vessel "Morven" will be surveying within the OWF, the Sunk TSS and along the 45km export cable where it makes landfall at Sizewell in Suffolk. The vessel will be towing 1 x side scan sonar approximately 50m astern.
· The vessel will have restricted manoeuvrability whilst towing the side scan sonar. · In addition, the vessel will carry out multibeam operations in the Sunk TSS, with survey lines orientated North – South, perpendicular to the traffic flow. Image of vessel and route can be found in the usual Temporary list in the above quoted web page.

 

Week 25

 

UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Bull Dog Channel, Bull Dog Sand NW and SW and Kings Lynn - Beacon. Drying heights. Buoy. - One new beacon in the Kings Lynn harbour, 8 revised drying heights alongside the Kings Lynn approach channels and a new port hand buoy 'R'. The position of the buoy in relationship to the current chart indicates the channel has significantly moved.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Boston - Works. - Warning of works in progress on the River Witham.
3. BELGIUM - Westhinder - Foul. - A new FOUL in the Westhinder shipping anchorage. In over 20m so unlikely to hinder leisure craft!
4. NORTH SEA - Netherlands Sector - Steenbanken and North Hinder Junction - Buoy. Obstruction. Wrecks. - Removal of a cardinal buoy (and increase of depth) marked a wreck in the Middlediep channel off the Dutch coast. Removal of an obstruction in the Bollen Van Goeree channel.
5. BELGIUM - Wielingen - Obstruction. Buoy. - An obstruction, dangerous to surface navigation, exists in position 51° 19´·91N., 3° 08´·39E. A north cardinal light-buoy, Q NM, has been established in position 51° 20´·07N., 3° 07´·99E. An image of course can be found in: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local

1. MEDWAY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE - 01st May 2018 at 06:00 UTC, Medway VTS was relocated to the Group Port Control Centre (GPCC) based in Liverpool. Callsign 'Medway VTS' will continue to be available on VHF Channel 74 and by telephone on (0151) 949 6656. Medway Duty Pilot desk will continue to be manned 7 days a week (Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30, Weekends 08:30-15:00) and be available by telephone on (01795 662276).
2. RIVER MEDWAY – CHATHAM & UPNOR REACHES - MEDWAY RIVER FESTIVAL - Saturday 16th June 2018 the MEDWAY RIVER FESTIVAL - River Activity Events centred on an area between Thunderbolt Pier and King's Stairs at Chatham Historic Dockyard at various times between 1100 hrs and 1700 hrs. The patrol boat "Maurice Gill" will be in attendance.
3. Pinto Lighted Buoy, River Crouch - ground tackle now overhauled;
4. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Haven Bridge Lift Allocations - 16th and 17th June 2018 - Bridge lift allocations shall be corralled into the following times: 1130 hours 1330 hours 1600 hours 1800 hours;
5. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Great Yarmouth Air Show – 16th & 17th June 2018 - taking place between 1000 hours and 2000 hours. The air displays will be taking place offshore from Great Yarmouth seafront. Exclusion zone detail in the Temporary List in the above quoted web page (and indeed the detail of all the Local NtoM.;
6. Port of Wells - dredging;

 

 

 


Link to details -
http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local NtMs compiled by and reproduced by kind permission of Roger Gaspar, author of Crossing the Thames Estuary

 

 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Keep 800 yards NW of Montgomery wreck buoys

Keep 800 yards NW of Montgomery wreck buoys

To clarify the previous article on our website, Peel Ports Notice to Mariners No 20 of 2018 warns us to stay at least 4 cables (approx 800 yards) to the north west of the restricted area marked by the yellow danger buoys around the Montomery wreck until 1st June 2019 (i.e. next year), as shown on this chartlet. The red star …

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Avoid Montgomery wreck, 23 May - 1 June

 

Avoid Montgomery wreck, 23 May - 1 June

From 23 May to 1June oceanographic recording equipment with be placed on the seabed just NW of the Wreck Exclusion Zone. The equipment consists of a seabed Lander marked by 3 red buoys and deployed NW of the Wreck Exclusion Zone for the entire period. Mariners are requested to keep a minimum of 4 cables clear of the exclusion zone …

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