Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 10 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland


1. UKHO Leisure Folio SC5605 - Chichester to Ramsgate and Calais to Oostende - New edition (13th edition) to be published on 23rd March, 2017;
2. FRANCE - North Coast - Dyck Central - Automatic Identification System. - AIS now installed on the DY1 north cardinal (offshore north of Dunkerque);
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Lowestoft - Depths. - reduced depths in both the Lowestoft North and South Roads and some reduced depths on the east side of the Caister Shoal north of the N. Caister PHB.


1. Crouch are still issuing the warning about severe damage to the Crouch Sailing Club. The warning regarding the Essex Marina pontoon is cancelled, pontoon recovered;
2. Dates for the season for restrictions because of the Power Boat racing on the Oulton Broad - dates, times bet April to September. See the Temporary list for details: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
3. Dredging continuing at the Port of Wells.

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

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Over the Easter weekend in April 2017, Greenwich will host the Redez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

The regatta, organised by Sail Training International, will sail from Greenwich to Quebec in Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The fleet of over 30 large Class A and B Tall Ships will gather for four days on the River Thames at Greenwich and Woolwich before setting sail for Canada via Sines in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston.

There will be a huge Parade of Sail starting at 5pm from Deptford Creek on Sunday 16 April.

During the Parade of Sail, the whole Tall Ships fleet will sail together down the Thames to the sea, before crossing the Atlantic and arriving in Quebec on 18 July 2017.

It has been suggested that a group of boats may go out from LHYC on Sunday evening to see the fleet off in the Estuary. If interested contact Alan Douglas or Mick Drury.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 8 & 9 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland


Week 8

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Crouch and River Roach - Buoyage. - Crouch Harbourmaster had advised a temp notice couple of weeks back correcting the UKHO light characteristics of the Crouch Fairway No 1 (which was correct on Imray charts) and changes of the lights characteristics of the Roach No 3.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Outer Gabbard E - Buoyage. - the two East Gabbard Yellow Special Buoys now deleted and replaced by 4 similar buoys in sort of the same place;
3. ENGLAND - Thames Estuary - Knob Gat - Depths. - some pretty serious reduction of the Gat's depth - see the image at the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Yantlet Channel - Depths. - a minor reduction of depth in the Yantlet Channel - won't hinder leisure craft;
5. ENGLAND - South East Coast - SandettiƩ Bank NW - Depths. - pretty similar; in the TSS and will not hinder leisure craft;
6. ENGLAND - Thames Estuary - North Hinder South TSS - Wreck. Buoyage. Radar beacon. Restricted area. - Formal UKHO notification of the wreck in the TSS that I had previously advised vide the Trinity House NtM;

Week 9

1. BELGIUM - Akkaertbank W - Wreck. - new 'old' wreck found in the outer shipping approach to Oostende - at 25m;
2. NETHERLANDS - Slijkgat - Depths. - new reduced depths at the Slijkgat on the approaches to Stellendam;
3. FRANCE - North Coast - Dunkerque Port Ouest - Intake. Piles. Light. - All in the Commercial West Harbour where we can't go;
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Faversham Creek - Obstruction. - That is the UKHO notification of the dangerous obstruction in Faversham Creek - That had been notified by Peel Ports back in week 3. See the Temporary Notice in week 3 to see the image but see the chart position in this week Permanent list;


1. Trinity House have advised a small but important move to the east for the Inner Fisherman. Not a good idea to cut the corner; Image can be found in the Temporary List;
2. Port of London notification for the season's Woolwich Barriers closures;
3 and 4 - Peel Port advising of routine maintenance and inspections on the M2 bridge;
5. LAKE LOTHING – OULTON RAILWAY BRIDGE – NEW LIGHTS ESTABLISHED - Mariners and Port-Users are advised that new Navigation lights have been established to mark the Navigable channel transiting from Lake Lothing to Mutford Lock entrance under the Oulton Railway Bridge. Details can be found in the Temporary List.
6. Lowestoft - PONTOON INSTALLATION IN TRAWL DOCK AND ASSOCIATED VESSEL MOVEMENTS - starting from today for up to 3 weeks;
7. Lowestoft - LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR, CRANE OVERHANG FROM SEMBMARINE SLP SOUTH LOAD OUT BERTH - A new crane which freewheels over the channel!
9. Port of Wells dredging;
10. Kings Lynn Approach chartlet revised this month - download link provided in the Temporary List.

Link to details -

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



Sunday, 19 February 2017

Strange call for Sheerness Lifeboat

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were called by the UK coastguard at 5.20 am on the morning of 16 February to reports that a craft was on fire in the area of the Princes No. 5 light buoy which is situated some 16 miles from the lifeboat station and seven miles off Herne Bay ,North East of the wind farm in the extremely busy main shipping channel.
Whilst on route a further call was received that it was not a craft on fi
...re but the actual light buoy itself!
The lifeboat crew were requested to proceed to the location and arrived on the scene at 6.12 am to find the buoy well alight.
The on board fire hose was deployed and the fire was extinguished at 6.35 am after which the lifeboat was released and returned to station and after refuelling was ready for service at 8.20am.
Sheerness RNLI lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said :’ in all my years at sea and as lifeboat coxswain this was one of the most unusual calls i have ever attended. I have never heard of a buoy catching light before and can only assume that it was caused by an electrical problem which is also strange as the light buoys are solar powered’

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Land Rover BAR launch race boat in Bermuda

  • Twenty-first time a British team has challenged for sports oldest international trophy in 166 years
  • No British team has ever won the America’s Cup
  • Best of British technology and innovation will help the team in their goal to win the Cup
  • 1200m of electronic and electrical cabling connecting 190 sensors and four video cameras – all in a 15m boat
  • 107 days until racing for the America’s Cup begins 
  • Georgie and Bellatrix Ainslie christen the race boat
  • Wendy Schmidt, Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing opens the 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone at the team’s base in Bermuda
The ambitions of Land Rover BAR to win the 35th America’s Cup – and finally bring the trophy back home to Britain after 166 years – took solid form today, with the launch and christening of their America’s Cup Class race boat in Bermuda.
The menacing, matt black boat represents the combined efforts across three years of the now 120-strong team and their partners. After the launch of four test boats, 85,000 hours of design and build, on the water testing and painstaking construction, the team has seen its efforts crystallised into the boat code-named R1.  Read more

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 7 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Early report. Roger Gaspar will be away so week 8 will be delayed until week 9.

Week 7

One UKHO Permanent Notice:

NORTH SEA - Belgium to Netherlands - Routing measures. Area to be avoided. Anchorage area. - a new routing system for Belgium and Netherlands starting from 1st June. This is a preliminary notice and there is an outline image which you can now see and download on: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html.


1. Port of Wells dredging still;
2. Kings Lynn approach chart revised - download available for the above page via the 'Temporary' list;
3. Havengore Bridge as I reported is now operational.

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

Friday, 3 February 2017

RYA In Brief February 2017

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The UK Coastal Atlas - Protecting British Boating, Mapping Matters

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Marine Protected Areas examined with stakeholders and NGOs



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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Two bodies found in River Medway

Two bodies found in River Medway

In separate incidents today, police and rescue services have recovered two bodies from the river. This morning a body was recovered near the M2 bridge, believed to be the man who jumped from the bridge on 22 January. This afternoon another body was recovered at Stood near Rochester bridge. The family of Ben Savage (pictured), who went missing on 6 …

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