Tuesday, 9 January 2018

IWA Talk: Sailing Barges in their Heyday, Thu 25 Jan

IWA Talk: Sailing Barges in their Heyday, Thu 25 Jan

Inland Waterways Association talk on Thursday, 25 January 2018, 7.30 for 8.00 pm at Strood Yacht Club, Knight Road, Strood, ME2 2AH Michael Farnham will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of sailing barges and barge yards on the Medway and Thames estuaries.

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Notices to Mariners Week 1, 2 & 3 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 1 - nuffin!

Week 2:

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Thames Estuary - Routeing measures. Legend. - a repeat of the preliminary notice back in week 35 of 2017. The Precautionary Area around Long Sand Head is 'eased' better around the shallows.
2. NETHERLANDS - Sluissche Hompels - Depths. - One reduction of depth on the Sluissche Hompels bank which is north of the Scheur channel to Vlissingen.



Temporary

1. GRAVESEND REACH SEACON TOWER WHARF MAIN JETTY FENDER REPAIRS - on or about the week commencing 15th January 2018 work will start on repairing damaged fender elements on the upper end of the main jetty. Repair works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete utilising a crane barge for the duration of the works.
2. Ha’penny pier pontoon refurbishment works - on or about Wednesday 3rd January 2018 Harwich Haven Authority will carry out essential improvement works to the pontoons at Ha’penny Pier, Harwich. The pontoon section at the western end of the mooring berth will be removed and repaired off site. It is the intention to re-install the pontoon section on or before the start of the new sailing season, which begins Friday 30th March 2018
3. RIVER MEDWAY – SALTPAN REACH Core Sampling Operations - from the 3rd of January 2017 the survey vessel ‘Coastal Surveyor’ will undertake core sampling operations in Saltpan Reach for 3 days. Off the commercial jetties.
4. Upper Orwell Crossing Geotechnical Investigation - will commence on or around 11th January 2018 until around 10th April 2018. The area of operation is North of the waiting pontoon and up the New Cut. There will be jack-up barges operating in and around these locations but free access to and from Ipswich Lock will be maintained at all times. The Jack-up barges will be lit to allow night time operations along with the standard RED_WHITE_RED to indicate a vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.
5. LOWESTOFT - NORTHEAST APPROACHES, EAST CARDINAL ‘SEWER’ BUOY -UNLIT

Week 3

 

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Lowestoft and Holm Sand - Depths. Drying height. - Three reduced soundings around the Holm Sand - the west edge very steep to and is encroaching the Corton Road: 4 reduced soundings in the approaches to Lowestoft. Two images on the usual page:
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Blakeney Point E - Legend. - delete of a 'legend' "Planned". I haven't got any record of that on any of the charts in my possession so 'tis a mystery - but it isn't there now anyway. It was marked need the site of the cabling from the land point to the Sheringham Sands Wind Farm so I assumed it was something about that!
3. 301(P)/2018 ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft SE - Works. Maritime limit. Buoyage. - This is buoyage for the First Phase of the East Anglia 1 Wind Farm. That Wind Farm is east of Lowestoft/Southwold but just west of the Deep Water and junction at the North Hinder. I have placed two images on the web site in the usual NtM 2018 list: the first to show the position, the second closer in to show the detail of the buoy, names and characteristics;
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Roger Sand E - Buoyage. - slight move of two lateral buoys for the Freeman Channel leading to Boston, and the deletion of the Boston Roads Safe Water Buoy. Image:
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lower Hope Reach - Depth. - a new sounding off East Tilbury but at 8.3m, not very exciting for us.

Temporary

1. Dredging on Hickling Broad - Restricted Access to Hickling Staithe - Hickling Staithe and the boat dyke leading to the Staithe will be closed to navigation during weekdays from Monday 12 February until Friday 23 February 2018;
2. Port of Wells - dredging;
3. Port of London - ST CLEMENTS REACH GRAYS TERMINAL JETTY WORKS from today.
4. Essex Marina - dredging in and around the Marina until 28th March. Pontoons may be moved and temporary lit at night.

As usual: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html for images and detail.


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, 20 December 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 52 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland


Permanent

1. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Charts on 11th January, 2018 - Chart 1351 - France - North Coast, Approaches to Calais
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Stanford Channel - Depths. Foul. Buoy. - A collection of 7 reduced depths in the Stanford Channel with a group around the Newcome Sand PHM buoy (which is also slightly moved. But not critical to leisure craft.

Temporary

1. Medway (Peel Ports) Isle of Grain BP Jetty Lifting Operations - from the 16th of December 2017 for 4 days, the crane barge ‘Tilman’ will undertake lifting operations alongside BP number 1 berth on the Isle of Grain;
2. Approaches and within the Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina - dredging campaign from 21st December to 31st May 2018 - must be a significant campaign;
3. Approaches to Lowestoft (ABP Ports NtM) reported that depths are better and now are not less than 4.7m CD;
4. Mutford Lock, Norfolk Broads - closed for maintenance 5th February to 9th February;
5. Approaches to the Wash Ports - trenching works and survey in three places from 23rd December(!) to 10th January. One location is deeply inland so I assume it is a typo which makes it on the Sunk Sand off Hunstanton (so well out of the way) and the other two are beyond the area I monitor being north off Skeggie (who some may know it as Skegness).


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


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 51 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Bar Flat N - Radio reporting point. - In the Wash, off the approaches to Boston;
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft SE - Wreck. Buoyage. Radar beacon. - removal of the 4 Trinity House wreck buoys marking the Ella'. The wreck has also been removed.

Usual images on http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Temporary

1. Harwich Harbour, berths and approaches - dredging until approximately the 18th December;
2. Port of Wells - dredging;
3. London Array - notice of works on turbine E17 requiring a 500m exclusion zone - this does not affect Foulger's Gat. D20 (again away from the Gat) continues to have its 'permanent' 500m exclusion by dint of its damage blade.



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, 8 December 2017

Free 2018 Medway and Thames Tide Tables

 

 

Free 2018 Medway and Thames Tide Tables

James Goodfellow of Peel Ports has shared a link for the 2018 tides and other useful information including the Medway Ports bye-laws here...

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Seasalter SC sickened by theft of life-saving equipment

defibrillator

Seasalter SC sickened by theft of life-saving equipment

Members of a Swale-based sailing club have been sickened by the theft of a £1400 defibrillator that was bought two years ago after they lost a member to a heart attack. Read more at Kent Online...

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CA Winter Warmer talk, HM Coastguard, Thurs 14 Dec

CA Winter Warmer talk, HM Coastguard, Thurs 14 Dec

Jeremy Littlewood has been in HM Coastguard for 7 years as a Watch Manager at Thames and London Operations Rooms and now 2 years as Senior Coastal Operations Officer in East Anglia managing Coastguard Rescue Teams and Major Incident Response. Jeremy will give an overview of the activities and capabilities of HM Coastguard afloat and  ashore and give a presentation and discussion about safety equipment …

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