Tuesday, 14 August 2018

ntm:Notices to Mariners Week 34 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

All five on the London River:

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depth. - One reduction of depth on the edge of the deep water channel just east of the Sea Reach 1 South lateral buoy. Not likely to hinder leisure craft.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - Four reduced depths in the main channel of the Thames off and adjacent to East Tilbury. All are at over 8m so unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - Two reduced soundings in the deep water channel of Sea Reach, either side of the pair of No 5. Both at depths that will NOT be likely to hinder leisure craft.
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depth. - One reduced sounding close to north by Tilburyness. Again at 6m, it is unlikely to hinder leisure craft
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - Buoy. - Slight but important move of the Leigh lateral buoy (starboard hand mark for the Thames, port hand mark for Leigh Creek).

Local

Not many today - good oh

1. GRAVESEND REACH WEST STREET PIER - Due to the deteriorated condition of West Street Pier, Mariners are advised that a “Proceed with Caution” is in place until further notice. Mariners should ensure they pass the pier at an appropriate speed to ensure minimum wash, in order to prevent further deterioration to the structure. Vessels are instructed not to moor at West Street Pier until further notice. (Image at the usual page in the Temporary List: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. LOWESTOFT BRIDGE CHANNEL – TRIAL NAVIGATION LIGHTS - Mariners and Port Users are advised that Bridge Channel lights are being trialed on the North side of the Bascule Bridge ‘cut’ with an east and west light each Iso.Y.5s. The lights will be in position for approximately one week. Notice will be provided once they have been removed.
3. Port of Wells - dredging.

That's it.


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

 

 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 33 - 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 - East Coast - Drying heights. Depth. - This is two new drying areas on the shingle banks to the River Ore. Use the East Coast Pilot download for the buoyage at: http://www.eastcoastpilot.com/OreChartlet2018v1.pdf . The ECP correctly shows the two drying areas so this is really about the UKHO catching up on their chart corrections.
2. FRANCE - North Coast - Depths. - A reduction on the north-eastern edge of the Ridens de Calais but still at over 10m this will not hinder leisure craft. Image at http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html as usual.
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Obstruction. Buoy. - River Blackwater - The port hand buoy just west of the reduced baffle wall for the old nuclear power station marked the obstruction associated with the removal of the baffle wall wing. At 5.9m depth, it will not hinder leisure users but obviously don’t anchor.
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - NM Blocks. - River Thames - Three UKHO blocks all dealing with the same location but for different charts. This is the area of the Hole Haven. The PDF blocks may be download from the above page.

Local

1. River Crouch – Outer Crouch No 4 Light Buoy - is now operational and exhibiting the correct light pattern.
2. Port of Wells - dredging;
3. Approaches to King’s Lynn – King’s Lynn Harbour - River Great Ouse. - International water ski event Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018. - to be held in King’s Lynn Harbour on Saturday 18th August 2018 over the 1203 hrs high water and on Sunday 19th August 2018 over the 1305 hrs high water. Details in the above quoted page in the Temporary List;
4. Ramsgate - Flap Gate and Lifting Bridge Works Update - The floating crane 'Skylift' will return to Ramsgate this weekend to continue works to re-fit the lifting bridge and flapgate. It will be necessary for the barge to work from a position that will prevent access either to or from the Inner Basin and the TFA fuel barge. The dates when this will occur are between 0800 Monday 13th August and 2000 Tuesday 14th August 2018.



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

 

 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 32 - 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. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Charts published 9th August 2018 - Chart 2571 England - East Coast, The Swale, Whitstable to Harty Ferry. 1:12,500; A Faversham Creek. 1:12,500; B Whitstable Harbour. 1:5,000
2. BELGIUM - Buoyage. - Two temporary south cardinal buoys just off and east of Blankenberge. Could be related to the installation of the UK/Belgium power cable. Image of the location on the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local

1. GREENWICH REACH TO CROSS DEEP - THE GREAT RIVER RACE - will take place on Saturday 8th September 2018 from 1000 at Masthouse Terrace Pier until approximately 1600 at Ham. Throughout the day there will be Local Traffic Control, pier closures and river closures in place. see the full notice on the above page under the Temporary list.
2. River Crouch – Repair of Sea Defences - Jackson Hyder will be carrying out embankment repair works on behalf of the Environment Agency at Creeksea and Malyons along a 1.43 km section of the River Crouch. (download of map in the Temporary list). The works will be completed two hours either side of high water and are expected to commence on the 1st August 2018, weather permitting. All work will be shore-based and there will not be any vessel operating on the river. However, Mariners are requested to take due care and consideration whilst passing these works and keep their wash to a minimum.
3. River Crouch – Outer Crouch No 4 Light Buoy - has been reported unlit.
4. 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

 

 

Mike Johnson - RIP




It is with great sadness we have today learned of the death of member Mike Johnson following a heart attack.

Many of you will have memories of Mike and his boat Wobbly Cod and more recently his daily visit to the club to sit and watch everything going on, and always ready for a chat.

Over the years Mike has done much for the club being our “resident” electrician and sign writer and always ready to help other members out.

Mike will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts go out to his wife Cathy and his family.




Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Local ditch crawler "comes out"

 

Local ditch crawler "comes out"

Author Nick Ardley, often seen cruising the Medway with his wife Christobel in their classic Finesse 24 "Whimbrel" with sailing tender in tow, has revealed that he has prostate cancer. The diagnosis only happened after he insisted on a PSA blood test and he is campaigning for routine screening for men in the same way that women are screened. He …

Read more.


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

Notices to Mariners Week 30 & 31 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 30

 

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

Just the one - not very exciting:

ENGLAND - East Coast - Restricted areas. - A small change of the position of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm power cable from the Farm to land. No change in the Berm. See image at the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local

1. GRAVESEND REACH TO MOUSE CHANNEL - 87TH THAMES SAILING BARGE MATCH - Mariners are advised that the 87th Thames Sailing Barge Match will take place on Saturday 21st July 2018, with participating vessels congregating in Gravesend Reach prior to proceeding to the start line at Mucking No.3 buoy: 10.00am Coasting Class 10.15am Champion Staysail Class 10.30am Champion Bowsprit Class - The race participants together with associated escort and official craft will proceed eastwards to the North Oaze Buoy before turning about to return to Gravesend for the finish of the race. Note the intended route may be shortened subject to weather conditions on the day.

2. LOWER HALSTOW WRECK TO THE NORTH OF LOWER HALSTOW YACHT MOORINGS - the sunken floating dock/converted barge, that has been moored to a large yellow mooring buoy to the north of the Lower Halstow Yacht Moorings has now been refloated. It is now made fast to 3 yellow buoys still at a position (Revised) - 510 22.90N 0000 40.36E;

3. RIVER MEDWAY– SALTPAN REACH Isle of Grain LNG Terminal, Jetties No. 8, 9 & 10. Underwater Pile Inspection Survey - Diving Operations will take place under the jetties from Wednesday 18th July 2018 and are expected to last for approximately 3 weeks;

4. RIVER MEDWAY– SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain, Foster Yeoman Terminal, Jetties No. 6 & 7. Underwater Cathodic Protection System Repairs - Diving Operations to make repairs to the cathodic protection system will take place between and under the jetties from Monday 16th July 2018 to Friday 20th July 2018;

5. River Crouch – Upper Reaches Obstruction - the abandoned anchor thought previously to have been attached to a mooring buoy in approximate position: 51˚ 37.793'N, 000˚ 36.316'E has now been re-laid and no longer poses a hazard to navigation.

6. River Crouch - Swallowtail No 4 Light Buoy is re-established;

7. Lighted Beacon Wakering Yacht Club Pontoon - River Roach - the lighted beacon '2 fixed reds' on the end of Wakering Yacht Club's pontoon is re-established;

8. Port of Wells dredging.

 

Week 31

 

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

1. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Charts published 2 August 2018 - Chart 1835 England - East Coast, River Medway, Folly Point to Maidstone, A Continuation of the River Medway, B Continuation of the River Medway to Maidstone. Includes changes to depths from the latest Medway Port Authority Surveys;
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Wrecks. - Three revised depths over already known wrecks to the east of the Sheringham Wind Farm. All at a depth that they are unlikely to hinder leisure craft;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Works. Buoy. Depths. - A restricted area off the Bawdsey beach for drilling for the East Anglia One Wind Farm. The instructions opposite are explicit. No mooring, no fishing. The area limits the inshore route from the Deben to the Ore. Not strictly an exclusion zone but going outside the Waverider buoy would make sense! Depths may be more shoal than charted in the vicinity due to the drilling works; - See the image for the area at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Local

1. LEIGH CHANNEL LEIGH BUOY BUOY REPOSITIONED - the Leigh Buoy has been moved approximately 170m to the NNE of her current charted position to reflect changes in depths in the area;
2. SEA REACH CALOR & LONDON GATEWAY TIDE MONITORING EQUIPMENT - during the last week of July 2018 the PLA Hydrographic Service will be deploying a bottom-mounted current monitoring device (an ADCP) mid channel off Calor Canvey. The deployment will last about two weeks after which it will be moved to the approaches to London Gateway 1 for a further two week deployment. The unit stands less than one metre above the bed and the sites have been selected so as to not interfere with any surface shipping, which will not be restricted during these deployments. There will be no surface markers; - Image on the same page but in the Temporary list;
3. Harwich Sea Festival, navigational exclusion zone & Ha'penny Pier pontoon restrictions The Harwich Sea Festival is jointly organised by the Rotary Club and Harwich RNLI. The festival will run from 11:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs on the 29th July 2018. The event organisers have published detailed festival information via the following link https://www.harwichseafestival.co.uk/ . Navigational exclusion zone. On the 29th of July 2018 between approximately 14:45 hrs and 15:15 hrs a navigational exclusion zone will be established in the vicinity of Harwich Ha'penny Pier. This exclusion zone is being established to ensure safety during a helicopter search and rescue demonstration during the Harwich Sea Festival.
The exclusion zone covers the area west of a line drawn between Shotley Point and the eastern end of the Navyard dock, terminating in a line drawn between the tower on Ganges Pier and the eastern end of Harwich International port. During this period no vessel shall enter or pass through the exclusion zone without the expressed permission of the Harbour Master. See images in the Temporary List;
4. Port of Wells - dredging;
5. KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD - Approaches to Kings Lynn - UKD "Cherry Sand" Dredging Disposal West Stones Disposal site HU143 - from the Am tide 25th July 2018 through until the AM Tide 4th August 2018, UKD Vessel "Cherry Sand" will be carrying out maintenance dredging for the safety of shipping within the enclosed Docks King's Lynn. Each operational tide the "Cherry Sand" will depart King's Lynn Docks 1 hour to High water and proceed to the disposal area in the vicinity of the West Stones Beacon (52° 49.7'N 000° 21.1'E). The disposal area is marked by 2 Yellow marker buoys; - • North Buoy Fl.Y.5s 52°50.615'N 000°21.190'E • South Buoy Fl.Y.10s 52°50.360'N 000°21.300'E. Discharge will be carried out at approximately High Water followed by return to King's Lynn Docks about 30 minutes after high water;


 

 

 


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, 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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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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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

 

 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

No fines for use of red diesel in UK vessels visiting Belgium

Belgian authorities have confirmed that there will now be no fines or penalties for UK vessels visiting Belgium with UK marine red diesel in their tanks
Read more at http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/uk-sailor-fined-for-red-diesel-in-belgium-55746#ZQAL4Wa1XrYKsv0W.99

Notices to Mariners Week 16, 17,18, 19 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Sorry for the delay in publishing these:

 

Week 16

Permanent or Preliminary

All over the other side!

1. BELGIUM - Thornton Bank to Westpit - Works. Wind farm. Restricted area. Buoyage. - a Preliminary notice issued by the UKHO copying Belgium Notices - Image (and all the others) on my usual page:
http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. BELGIUM - Oostende - Light. - deletion of the starboard old mole light at the Oostende Harbour;
3. FRANCE - North Coast - Dunkerque N - Wrecks. - A wreck previously though dangerous now shown as at 14.7m. Amid the offshore petty channels off Dunkerque.

Temporary

Just a few - groans....

1. Temporary Mooring Installation Works – River Stour - on or around the 6th of April 2018 temporary trot moorings will be positioned in the River Stour taking up approx. 1nm. This is south side of the Stour twix the Stour No 1 and Erwarton South Cardinal: Mooring work deployment should be completed by the 11th of April 2018. It is anticipated that the temporary moorings will be removed by the 30th of June 2018;
2. Harwich Harbour Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - on or about the 10th April 2018 the dredger Sospan Dau will commence maintenance dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 4 days. Materials will be disposed of to the beneficial sites in the River Stour and River Orwell. Image on my Temporary List;
3. Harwich Harbour Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - on or about the 6th April 2018 the plough dredger AFON GOGH will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and approaches for a period of approximately 10 days. On or about the 7th April 2018 the trailer dredger VICTOR HORTA will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven Approaches for a period of approximately 7 days. Material from these areas will be disposed to the Inner Gabbard disposal site;
4. Crouch - Dredging Operations - Essex Marina have now completed their Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Essex Marina, Wallasea Island, Essex;
5. LOWESTOFT – DREDGING ACTIVITIES APRIL - dredging activities are scheduled for Lowestoft - Vessel UKD SEAHORSE – Due to commence work at Lowestoft on or around 02/04/18. Expected duration of works: 9 days. Normal working hours: 0700-1900hrs. Vessel UKD ORCA – Due to commence work at Lowestoft on or around 05/04/18. Expected duration of works: 6 days. Normal working hours: 24/7. The dredgers will be working in both Lowestoft Inner and Outer Harbour areas
6. LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – MARINE SAMPLING ACTIVITIES - survey operations are scheduled for Lowestoft Inner Harbour Area week commencing 9th April for Surface Samples and Vibrocore Samples between 3 and 5 days and week commencing 16th April for Grab, wall scrape, and fish trawl sampling anticipated to take between 3 and 5 days - two images on the Temporary List;
7. Port of Wells - dredging operations in the main channel North of number 7 buoy, between buoys 7 & 5;
8. NO. 6 RAMSGATE APPROACH BUOY - is currently unlit; this will be reinstated as soon as possible;
9. RAMSGATE EAST PIER OCCULTING LIGHT - as of the 5th April 2018, to discontinue operation of the East Pier Head – Occulting W 10s light in Ramsgate Harbour.

Week 17

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Yantlet Channel - Depths. - Four reduced depths in the Yantlet Channel. Two affect the Small Craft Crossing points but at a minimum of 10m+ hardly likely to worry leisure craft!;
2. ENGLAND - South Coast - Port of Dover - Eastern Arm E - Buoy. - Small move of the yellow special buoy marking the historic wreck just outside of the eastern entrance of Dover Harbour.;
3. BELGIUM - Oosthinder - Depths. - Six reduced depths on the Oosthinder and environs. All depths still over 9+M at least unlikely to hinder leisure craft.

All with images of course at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Temporary

1. BUGSBY’S REACH - BLACKWALL POINT SPECIAL MARK AND CONTROL MEASURES - Control measures will be put in place to facilitate the safe arrival, departure and berthing of ships over 210m LOA at Greenwich Ship Tier during specified dates - This is the passage of the Cruise Ships in and out - restricted area during movements;
2. Exciting new news Port of Wells - Change to Buoy on Bar End North - URGENT - There has been a change to the buoy at the Bar End North (North Outer). The red can buoy has been replaced with a yellow buoy Fl Y 2.5s. This buoy is being trialled for four months to help identify the buoy from seaward. The special mark will be positioned at the bar end and will have safe water on all sides for passing. The yellow special mark will have a flashing sequence Fl Y 2.5s. Lat Long = North Outer Bar 52°59'.419N 000°50'.501E - See image on the Temporary List - same page as above.... and then;
3. Port of Wells - Dredging.

Not really an NtM - London Array Wind Farm - Last week I couldn't get access to the regular Notices; some issue with their web site page. It seems from this weeks notice there might have been a problem in Foulger's Gat. The Stemar 82 - Cable Ship was anchored adjacent to Turbine B16 which is just off from Foulger's but as it requires a 750m exclusion zone cos it's anchor spread is wide. But it seems it has finished with that and is now working 'in-field' on row G which is away from Foulger's. They issue a regular request for all craft entering to have a prior call to a LAL vessel.

Week 18

UKHO Notices

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft SE - Obstructions. - Ten new obstructions identifying in and around the intended East Anglia One Wind Farm. Images of course on: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. BELGIUM - Broers Bank - Buoyage. - A new yellow special mark on the Broers Bank (adjacent to the Trapegeer channel) and two existing buoys re-designated. Should be out of the way;
3. BELGIUM - Oostende - Buoy. - A yellow spherical wave recorder buoy just inside the Oostende Harbour entrance (east side);
4. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Ramsgate - Light. - The UKHO are confirming the local Ramsgate NtM reported in week 16 vide local NtM 7 of 2018. The east Pier Head light now deleted;
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Stour - Mooring buoys. - In connection with the East Anglia Offshore windfarm project, lit mooring buoys have been established for a nm: Four pipelines will be positioned at the mooring buoys. Mooring at the buoys is prohibited without permission from the Harbour Master.

Temporary

1. Harwich Harbour Update - Non-routine towage operation planned for the 23rd of April 2018 has been re scheduled to arrive on the 24th of April 2018. Four 1000m pipelines will be towed abreast into the Haven and moored on the temporary moorings placed in the River Stour as per the Notice to Mariners above. It is expected that the pipelines will arrive at the Guard buoy at approximately 06:45 hrs. The tow will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre and all vessels are to keep well clear. The tow will require a clear channel.
2. Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - on or about the 23rd April 2018 the plough dredger MPR1 will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and approaches for a period of approximately 12 days.
3. Port of Wells - dredging.


Week 19

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

Just the one:

ENGLAND - East Coast - River Medway and The Swale - Drying heights. Depths. - One reduced depth in the ‘maintained’ area of the Isle of Grain jetty, two new drying heights in the Otterham Creek, one reduced depth in the Medway upriver of the Medway Bridge (no image available) and three new drying heights at the entrance and in Faversham Creek.

Local

Hundreds!

1. NW Roughs Tower Light Buoy [West Cardinal YBY VQ(9)] has been reported as damaged and leaning over.
2. Harwich Harbour Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - on or about the 29th April 2018 the trailer suction dredger UILENSPIEGEL will commence maintenance dredging of the Harwich Haven berths and Approaches for a period of approximately 7 days, disposed to the Inner Gabbard disposal site.
3. Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd have now completed their Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Burnham Yacht Harbour.
4. LOWESTOFT BASCULE BRIDGE - TEMPORARY CLOSURE TO MARINE TRAFFIC - undergoing routine maintenance on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 2000hrs until Thursday 10th May 2018 at 0500hrs. During this period it will not be possible to open the bridge for Marine Traffic. There will be no routine small boat openings for the duration of this maintenance work period.
5. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – PILING WORKS HAMILTON DOCK - pile removal and installation operations are scheduled for Hamilton Dock on commencing Wed 25th April – duration up to 3 weeks. Removal of 5 existing pile sections that supported previously removed pontoon sections and installation of 6 new piles to support new pontoons scheduled for installation at the West end of Hamilton Dock.
6. Port of Wells - dredging.
7. The Wash - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Amendments to Buoyage - due to changes in the profile of the approach channel amendments will take place on or about 2nd May 2018: chart extract showing proposed changes to buoyage at the usual page in the Temporary list: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html Mariners are advised that commercial shipping may be encountered outside of the buoyed channel in this vicinity until the buoys are moved and are requested to give the buoying vessel “St Edmund” a wide berth and pass at minimum speed whilst works to move the buoys are being undertaken.
8. Margate Harbour - Mark Buoy - the yellow spherical mark buoy, placed north of the temporary sculpture at Margate Harbour, will be removed for repair until further notice.
9. Ramsgate Harbour - DREDGING CAMPAIGN - the Grab Dredger ‘Mannin’ will be undertaking a dredging campaign within the Aggregate Berth at the Port of Ramsgate, from w/c 23rd April 2018 for 2 weeks.
10. Margate Harbour - the unlit beacon to the North of the Stone Pier at Margate Harbour will be off station until further notice.
11. NO. 6 RAMSGATE APPROACH BUOY - the issue with No. 6 Ramsgate Approach buoy has been resolved and is now lit.

East Anglia One WindFarm - now found the web site so here's a few:

12. East Anglia One Guard Vessel - Glomar Drifa shall commence Guard vessel duties within the windfarm limits bounded by the EA ONE construction buoyage on the 10th March 2018 until further notice. The Guard vessel Drifa can be contacted on VHF CH16 and VHF CH6.
13. East Anglia One Heavy Lift Vessel - the Bokalift-1 shall commence works within the windfarm limits bounded by the EA ONE construction buoyage on the 24th March 2018 until further notice. The Bokalift-1 can be contacted on VHF CH16 and via Guard Vessel Glomar Drifa. The Bokalift-1 will be carrying out pile driving operations around 1200kj impact. The Bokalift-1 will commence piling operations inside the CDM area of East Anglia 1 Windfarm.
14. East Anglia One Scour protection vessel - Nordenes shall commence scour protection rock placement by fall pipe within the windfarm limits bounded by the EA ONE construction buoyage on the 17th March 2018 until further notice. The Nordenes will complete rock placement at all turbine locations within EA ONE.
15. East Anglia One Near Shore Diving. - the DSV Edradour is expected to commence diving operations at the East Anglia One near Shore export cable route (No date given!). The vessel will be conducting diving operations in the near shore area off the coast of Bawdsey and will display the correct lights and shapes associated with this type of operation. The vessel can be contacted on VHF channel 16 throughout and will require s 500m radius exclusion zone with permission to enter being given direct between the vessels.

Images and chart available on the quoted web page.




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