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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The Voice of Boating on the tidal Medway and Swale - visit www.msba.org.uk

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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The Voice of Boating on the tidal Medway and Swale - visit www.msba.org.uk

Notices to Mariners Week 21 & 22 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 21
Permanent, Preliminary or Temporary UKHO

1. FRANCE - North Coast - Banc In Ratel S - NM Block. Depths. - Three reductions of depth in a small unmarked channel between the offshore sandbanks off Dunkerque. Not a likely place we would be!
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Ipswich - Woolverstone Marina - Works. Light. - Deletion of the 2012 reference of works in progress. Readers will recall last week’s local NtM in the Temporary List from ABP Ipswich regarding deletion of a light on Woolverstone Marina.

Local

1. SEA REACH CALOR JETTY JETTY & FENDER WORKS - commencing on the week beginning 15th May 2018 Medtow Marine Ltd will be carrying maintenance to fender units on the Calor Gas Tanker Jetty for about 10 days - it's on Canvey;
2. LOWESTOFT APPROACHES - SEWER BUOYS MAINTENANCE - essential maintenance was scheduled for the Sewer Cardinal Buoys on Friday 11th May (East and South Cardinal Buoys). The buoys are temporarily removed at present;
3. Port of Wells - dredging;
4. King’s Lynn Harbour - Hanse Royal Regatta - on Sunday 20th May 2018 as part of the Hanse Royal Regatta there will be boat racing on the River between the Purfleet and a position to the North of the Free Bridge between 0930 hrs and 1300 hrs. Yellow Race markers will be laid. Mariners are kindly requested to keep clear when the races are underway and to contact King’s Lynn Harbour Radio on VHF Channel 14 prior to manoeuvring within the area of the races.
5. Approaches to Kings Lynn - Amendment to No.1 Light Buoy, Pilot Boarding Area - on or about 9th May 2018 the following amendments to the No. 1 light buoy in position 52° 56’.00N 00° 21’.50E will take place: The colour of the buoy will be changed to Yellow. The character of the light will change to Fl Y 3s. The changes are to reflect the special function of the buoy as the pilot boarding area rather than as a starboard hand mark.
6. Approaches to Ramsgate - EAST BRAKE BUOY - presently displaced 500 meters SW of its charted position of 51˚19.47’N – 001˚29.22’E
Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?500467-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-21#wXEXTO6w9Ob1YCCF.99

Week 22
UKHO Permanent, Preliminary or Temporary

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Winterton Overfalls - Depths. - 2 reduced depths near the Overfalls but this is linked into the next:
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Winterton Overfalls to Lowestoft - Depths. Drying heights. Wrecks. Obstruction. - a Major preliminary notice including 212 reduced depths, 3 drying heights, 5 wrecks and one obstruction - not the nicest to do! - And the area has already issued 5 NtMs this year. I have needed to include 3 images and to be comprehensive I have added the reduced depths from the 5 earlier NtMs.
3. BELGIUM - Zeebrugge - NM Blocks. - a block of the east side of the harbour - image of course on the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local

1. Pinto Lighted Buoy - River Crouch - the Pinto Lighted Buoy has been observed to be laying low in the water in and around the high water period;
2. Mariners are courteously reminded of Rule 9 [Narrow Channels] of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 [COLREGS]… 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!
3. Port of Wells - dredging.

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


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 20 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

 

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

1. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Port of Ramsgate - Depths. - Ten new reduced depths in the Outer Harbour of the Port of Ramsgate. None likely to hinder leisure craft. Image on the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Thames - Yantlet Channel - Obstruction - Deletion of Obstruction on the south side of the Thames between the Cliffe Fleet and Mid Bythe.

Local

1. THAMES BARRIER TEMPORARY NAVIGATION LIGHTS - formerly promulgated in Notice to Mariners M13 of 2018 - will continue on the Thames Barrier to upgrade the existing navigation lights on each of the piers. These works are expected to last approximately three months. In order to facilitate continued safe navigation through the Thames Barrier a temporary red cross will be utilised to indicate a span that is currently closed to navigation from one or both directions. Image on the temporary list on the above page;
2. Ipswich - Tidal Barrier New Cut Navigation - commencing 1800hrs 1st May 2018 there will be a change to Navigation in the New Cut. All vessels must now proceed through the Tidal Barrier. The area to the West of the Tidal Barrier is now closed to Navigation for all vessels. See image on the temporary list, above page;
3. Ipswich - Temporary Lock Closure - will be closed for all vessels during Wednesday 9th May 2018 0730 ~ 1200hrs This is to facilitate urgent repairs to the Outer Lock Gate Cill. Please contact Orwell Navigation Service on VHF Ch 68 for all the latest Information.
4. Woolverstone Marina –Removal of Navigation Aid - on the 21st May 2018 disconnection and removal of the following navigation aid from the derelict pier. Easternmost Marina Pontoon 2FR (vert) Position Lat 052 00.430N Long 001 11.784 E.
5. Port of Wells - Dredging
6. Blakeney Harbour entrance No. 1 buoy (N52° 58.893’. E 000° 58.221’) is currently off-station until further notice. Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should proceed with caution from the Blakeney Fairway buoy, leaving the HJORDIS isolated danger beacon (N 52° 59.018’. E 000° 58.144’) approx 500metres to the West and then head for the starboard hand;
7. Potton Bridge currently closed because of defect: Havengore - From Monday 14 May to Friday 25 May, Range activity may continue into the evening. This means that part of the Range (Land Area 1) will remain closed.


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