Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 38 & 39 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 38

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Lowestoft - Radar beacon. - this is an addition onto one of the wreck markers positioned over the wreck of the old tug 'Ella'. The wreck buoys were notified in week 34. Usual update of an image of the position at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html ;
2. NETHERLANDS - Approaches to Westerschelde - Galgeput - Depths. - a single reduction of depth in the Galgeput (northerly approaches to the Westerschelde);
3. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Fairy Bank NW - Wreck. - a new wreck but at 47m won't trouble us.

Temporary

1. Havengore Bridge is out of action by dint of mechanical trouble. To be repaired as soon as possible;
2. Port of London schedule of Woolwich Barrier Maintenance closures for November to April;
3. RIVER MEDWAY – SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal - Jetties 8 & 10, Fender Panel Inspection and Maintenance - on or about Monday 18th September 2017 for 10 days;
4. LOWESTOFT – LARGE SEMI SUBMERGED PIPES – UPDATED INFORMATION - All the pipes in harbour but subject to maintenance;
5. Harwich Haven Maintenance dredging - dredging has started - Dredging will take place in the following areas: Channel edges (Buoys 1-8), outer channel and the Beach End bend and Harbour dredging around 11th September until approximately 19th September.
Week 39

Permanent

1. Admiralty Charts to be published 12 October 2017 - Chart 3741 - International Chart Series, England - East Coast , Rivers Colne and Blackwater.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Medway - London Thamesport and Queenborough Harbour - NM Blocks. Drying height. Depths. Wrecks. - A chart block regarding the Thamesport Jetty, a reduced depth over the wreck on the Stoke Shoal, a reduced sounding off Queensborough (5m) and a drying height on the buoyed channel south off Queensborough (3.2!)
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Greater Gabbard Wind Farm - Works. Legends. - just showing the wind farm is under works;
4. FRANCE - North Coast - Boulogne-sur-Mer - NM Block. Note. - a useful up to date chartlet via the UKHO chart block of the Boulogne Inner Harbour - not that that much has happened;
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft NE, E and SE - Depths. Wreck. - 8 reduced soundings and a new wreck off the shoals offshore from Lowestoft. All plenty of water so not likely to hinder leisure craft.

Temporary

1. Trinity House - the marked anchorage for the Semi submerged pipes is now removed;
2. Oyster dredge survey in the Crouch, today and tomorrow subject to weather;
3. LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – WRECK AISHA – UPDATED INFORMATION - the condition of sunken vessel ‘Welsh Conquest (Ex Aisha)’, in position 52° 28.60’N, 001° 43.225’E, (alongside
Harbour Road Jetty) The vessel appears to have moved so that the stern of the vessel now encroaches into the Northern edge of the main navigational channel. The vessel’s upper housing has
also started to break apart, and the yellow flash light is no longer on station.
4. Port of Wells - dredging.

Usual page for images: 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, 14 September 2017

Lobster pots campaign – sign the petition!


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Reproduced from the Westerly Owners Association

Lobster pots campaign – sign the petition!

The Cruising Association has re-started the parliamentary petition on the government website following the general election.

Poorly marked lobster pots and fishing gear are a significant hazard for coastal cruising people. Fishermen, too, lose expensive gear as a result of entanglements. In one year alone, the RNLI has dealt with 295 incidents of fouled propellers.

It is time to work together to find a solution that is cheap and practical for fishermen. With this aim, the CA hopes to secure a government consultation about the effectiveness of the current guidance and the merits of enforceable regulations for the whole of the UK. We are seeking a consensus amongst fishermen's organisations as well as the RYA, RNLI and others concerned with yacht safety.

If you support our campaign, please: sign the petition, even if you had already done so, as previous votes can't be carried over

You can also report incidents to the CA via this address, or the RYA via this form. Tell your friends, family and club members about the campaign and petition.

It's time to change the rules, for safety's sake.

Good, and worry-free, sailing,

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

As of 6th September 2017 the VHF MSI channels are changing. These are the channels used to transmit weather and safety information. The broadcasts will continue to be announced on channel 16 with the areas covered by which channel.

Boat owners, shipping companies and anyone who puts out to sea need to make sure they’re ready for the changeover of some VHF channel numbers used to contact UK Coastguard.
The changes to Appendix 18 (Marine VHF) of the Radio Regulations mean that existing channels will no longer be used for either Maritime Safety Information (MSI) or Radio Medical Advice.
From 6th September 2017, channels to use will be VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged.
Mark Lawson from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: ‘We’ve been putting information out about the changes for some months now and will continue to do so in the weeks running up to the changeover.
‘This is an absolute changeover so people do need to be ready to start using the channels from 10am on 6th September. Although the MCA will keep the existing channels for about a year, they will not be routinely monitored. Your existing VHF radios should already have the new channels, but owners should check.’

Q&A
Why are the channels changing?
The changes are as a result of the World Radio Conference where it was decided that some channels should be removed and allocated for digital use. It’s a simple change to other VHF frequencies.
What difference will it make to boat owners and operators?
There will be no difference to the service provided. MSI broadcasts will still go out at the existing published times, just on the new channels. Those listening on Channel 16 will be directed to the appropriate channel, when the forthcoming broadcast is to be made.
What will happen if I use the old channels after 6th September?
The old channels will be retained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency for about a year. However, they will not be routinely monitored as the MCA will redirect people to the appropriate channel that the MSI broadcast will be made on. Boat owners requiring Radio Medical Advice should initially call on Channel 16. They will then be directed to a working channel (62, 63 or 64).
What should boat owners and operators be doing?

Make a note of the replacement channels so that they are ready for the changeover day. Your existing VHF radios should already have the new channels, but owners should check. 

Notices to Mariners Week 35,36 &37 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland


Week 35 & 36

Apologies for rolling the two weeks together (i.e. waiting a whole week's wait!)

This week (36), no permanent NtM in the monitored area. Week 35 there are:

1. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Dover Strait - Legends. Notes. - new annotation regarding Military Wrecks for many charts - this one is about one wreck south of Dover.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Tyne S to Lowestoft - Legends. Notes. - similar annotation from the Humber down to Lowestoft - 2 wrecks in the monitored area, the third is north of the Humber;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Corton Road - Depths. - 3 reduced depths in the Corton Road but all more than 6.8m;
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Gravesend Reach - Depths. - one reduced depth on the edge of the Thames channel in Gravesend Reach, still has 6.9m;
5. BELGIUM - Nieuwpoort Bank S, Grote Rede and Negenvaam N - Buoyage. Wreck. - a cluster of new buoys at a previously marked wreck north offshore off Nieupoort and a new wreck shown north off Ostende but with over 7m;
6. ENGLAND - East Coast - Thames Estuary - Traffic separation scheme. - Change later this year showing a change in the edge of the Precautionary Area in the Long Sand Head.

Temporary

1. Trinity House have placed two wreck buoys to mark the north and south extremities of the Anchorage for that long long huge pipeline that got loose. It is now anchored off Sea Palling and well worth avoiding: Image on the usual page http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html (in the Temporary list)
2. Port of Wells dredging;
3. Lowestoft reminding ALL including leisure users that craft must radio in before coming in or out or just moving about.VHF 14 or the telephone if no radio;
4. APPROACHES TO THE RIVER MEDWAY - NORE SWATCH BUOY OFF STATION;
5. DARTFORD CREEK - DARTFORD CREEK CLOSED TO NAVIGATION - until 8th September for critical repairs.
6. Inner Whitaker now has its topmark back;
7. Maintenance of Stow Creek, buoyage removed for two weeks work.

Week 37

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Thames Estuary - Traffic separation scheme. - just an addition to a legend in the title of each of the relevant charts for the change reported in Week 35 about the alteration of line of the TSS at the Long Sand Head;
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Medway - Rochester - Wreck. Depth. - a new wreck off Gashouse Point, near the ship buoys before the Rochester Bridge;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Holm Channel and Corton Sand W - Depths. - Two reduced depths in the Holm Channel. The Scroby Sands encroaching to the west (i.e. the eastern side of the Holm Channel).
4. FRANCE - North Coast - Banc In Ratel NE - Automatic Identification System. Addition of AIS on the DY2 south cardinal buoy marking the Dyck channel offshore north of Dunkerque.

Temporary

1. RIVER MEDWAY – SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain LNG Terminal, Jetty No. 10 River Works and Diving Operations - on Saturday 9th September 2017, between the hours of 13:00 and 17:00 a section of unloading arm will be removed from LNG Berth No. 10 by crane barge.
2. THE SWALE - QUEENBOROUGH CREEK FLOOD BARRIER - as of today’s date until the 31st of December 2017 works are being undertaken to refurbish the aging structure of the Queenborough Creek Flood Barrier and replace the steel gates. To undertake the in-channel works, the barrier will be taken out of action for a period of time, during which navigation through the structure may be impacted.
3. LOWESTOFT – TRANSITS AND MOORING ARRANGEMENTS OF LARGE SEMI SUBMERGED PIPES - commencing 30/08/2017, the first of a series of tows of semi submerged pipes will arrive off Lowestoft. It is anticipated that only one pipe will be brought into port at a time and moored on North Quay (berths 3, 4, 5) for maintenance and inspection purposes, then towed back out of the port. The total length of the tow will be approx. 300metres. These convoys are expected to enter and leave the port over the HW or LW slack periods.
4. Passage Plan - Lowestoft Port and Approaches - Mariners and Port users are advised that the UKHO has recently published a new edition of navigational chart BA1535, Lowestoft Port and
Approaches. A copy of the chart is attached indicating the tracks likely to be followed by commercial vessels entering and leaving the port of Lowestoft. Masters and Skippers of leisure craft and small vessels should use this information when planning their own passage in the vicinity of the Port of Lowestoft. The chart is also published on the Port’s website but you can download the pdf at http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html in the Temporary List (scroll down);
5. Port of Wells - dredging;
6. BRADWELL POWER STATION - BRADWELL INTAKE STRUCTURE - RIVER BLACKWATER, Magnox Limited has been granted license by the Marine Management Organisation to undertake the removal of handrails, access platforms and timber fenders from the Bradwell site outfall structure.
7. River Crouch – Maintenance of Channel Marker Buoys at Stow Creek - the Channel Marker Buoys at Stow Creek in position are now back on station.
8. Blakeney Harbour - Anyone interesting in the local chartlet and extensive information can be found via a link to their web site in the Temporary List on http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?486326-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-37#4pXH6JfPhyIJr7FG.99


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


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 33 & 34 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 33
Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Burnham-on-Crouch - Buoyage. - Those two yellow recent 'No Wash' buoys have changed the light characteristics - see image @ http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. NORTH SEA - United Kingdom Sector - Bruine Bank (Brown Ridge) W, TSS North Hinder North W and Goote Bank SE - Buoyage. Legends. NM Blocks. Notes. - A melange. Mainly about notes about Military wrecks which are outside of the area I monitor (i.e. further north into the North Sea - all in deep water) but include movement about two of the buoyages marking the deep water channel into Zeebrugge. I note the two buoys that are moved are 'used' as a North Sea Passage recommended route - image of course as above;
3. FRANCE - North Coast - Out Ruytingen E - Depths. - A reduction to two depths either side of the Passe de Ruytingen which are not likely to hinder leisure craft;
4. FRANCE - North Coast - Binnen Ratel - Depths. - Ditto, 5 reductions of depth north of Dunkerque - probably not critical to leisure craft;
5. BELGIUM - Blankenberge - Buoyage. - A line of starboard hand lit buoys across the entrance - yes I mean that. I have tried to find clarity and failed. I assume the entrance is hooked round the furthest east SHB before heading into the channel.. There is a link on the page of a nice videos of the entrance but only one show a distant line of SHB. Of course, you will all be pouring into Belgium Blankenberge;

Temporary

1. Trinity House notifying that the wreck buoyage marking the Ella off Lowestoft now has Racon;
2. Port of London - River Thames - REPORTING INCIDENTS AND ACCIDENTS
3. SEA REACH - CALOR JETTY - EMERGENCY FENDER REPAIRS - starting on the 4th September;
4. ST CLEMENTS REACH - GRAYS NO.1 - OIL BOOM REMOVAL - starting 1st September;
5. RIVER MEDWAY – SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain LNG Terminal, Jetty No. 8 River Works and Diving Operations - including a reminder of the exclusion area which is being live monitored and will penalise;
6. RIVER MEDWAY – ROCHESTER - BRIDGE REACH - New Wreck Reported - inshore of Middle Acorn Moorings, Bridge Reach, Rochester;
7. Approaches to King’s Lynn - Daseley’s Sled Approach - Alteration to Buoyage;
8. Port of Wells dredging.


Week 34
Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Lowestoft - Wreck. Buoyage. - This is confirmation of the previous Trinity House NtM of Week 29 of this year in the Temporary list. It seems the wreck buoyage (4) will need to be there some time! The wreck is the de-commissioned Tug 'Ella', lies in over 10m of water but is shown as only 5.1m over the wreck. The wreck is east of the East Barnard buoy.
2. BELGIUM - Vaargeul 1 - Buoyage. - This is a repeat of the two moves of the lateral buoys at the end of the DW channel into Zeebrugge. I guess the moves reported last week were jumbled up in a wider NtM about Military Wrecks quite a way away and so were repeated for clarity. The two end lateral buoys may well be used as aiming points for arrival for Zeebrugge so the moves will be interesting
3. FRANCE - North Coast - Calais N - Buoyage. Restricted area. - Pretty important - This had been reported as a Temporary notices back in week 52 of 2015 at the start of work to remove explosives. Now it is buoyed and clearly a permanent restricted area. As the restricted area is the sea side of the east harbour wall it would be better not to use that area as a holding point awaiting permission to enter Calais harbour.
4. NETHERLANDS - Wielingen - Cadzand-Bad NW - Buoy. - as I observed on Javelins thread, a new safe water buoy has been placed to show the entrance to Cadzand.

Temporary

1. GRAVESEND REACH - EAST TILBURY - TEMPORARY JETTY - installation of a new temporary jetty at Goshems Farm (East Tilbury) has commenced for 12 weeks..
2. Limehouse Reach - Temporary Barge Mooring in position - see image on the usual page in the Temporary List: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
3. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR AREA - BERTHING RESTRICTIONS - DUE TO QUAY FENDERING REMOVAL WAVENEY DOCK - started on 10th August for 10 days approx.
4. Port of Wells dredging.




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


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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

Permanent

Three UKHO notices:

1. ADMIRALTY CHARTS TO BE PUBLISHED 24 AUGUST 2017; Chart 1975 - Thames Estuary Northern Part. Chart 2052 - Orford Ness to the Naze. Chart 2692 Sunk Inner Precautionary Area;
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - The Wash - Submarine power cable. Legends. - from the edge of the Wisbech Cut to Lynn Deep - this is a planned power cable at the present;
3. BELGIUM - Blighbank - Buoy. Restricted area. NM Blocks. - Chart blocks for 4 charts all covering the whole or parts of the alteration of a small part of the Belwind Wind Farm (a restricted area);

Temporary

1. SEA REACH - OIKOS No.1 JETTY - FENDER REPAIRS from Monday 31st July fender repair works will commence and expected to end on the 6th August;
2. BUGSBY’S REACH - DOHM WHARF - REPAIR WORKS - to be undertaken on the river wall from 21st August for approximately 3 weeks;
3. Port of Wells - dredging - and advertising a dredging skipper as well!
4. Approaches to WASH PORTS - Race Bank Export Cable Installation Works - MV”Isaac Newton” Underwater Operations (Mass Flow Excavation) at the cable joint at KP8 - Dates of operations will be between 4th August 2017 and 8th August 2017 but dates may be subject to change.

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?484244-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-32#mI2BBYFzVkqsgJsS.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

 

 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Pursuit Race Cancelled

Due to a Gale Warning in force for Sunday 30th July it has been decided to cancel the Pursuit Race. We will attempt to reorganise it for a later date.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

New Storage Container in position


Today, John Knight, Mike Griffin, Steve Simmons and myself have got the new container in position on the concrete blocks. We borrowed some techniques from the ancient Egyptians and slid it in position on rollers using ratchet straps and finally the tractor to pull and push it in to its final position. The tractor came into its own working on the slope of the sea wall.











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

Permanent 4 this week:

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Southwold SE - Wrecks. - three revised swept depths off Southwold/Dunwich Bank. Very small changes and all in deep stuff;
2. BELGIUM - Zeebrugge - Pontoon. - a new pontoon in the Albert II dock which I presume is still part of the commercial harbour;
3. FRANCE - North Coast - Rade d.Ambleteuse - Restricted areas. - the smallest move of the restricted area for the explosives dumping ground - see the image to spot it - http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Greater Gabbard Wind Farm - Works. Maritime limit. Buoyage. - A revised P notice regarding the Galloper Wind Farm - it repeats the buoyage which you will all recall was notified in Week 20 last year but it adds that the cable works from Sizewell to the Wind Farm is about to start - new image of the route and some schedule info added from the local web site. It is slightly behind schedule.

Temporary

1. LIMEHOUSE REACH - CONVOYS WHARF - SUNKEN PONTOON - on the 20th July 2017, a PLA Driftwood vessel will position an East Cardinal Mark off the sunken pontoon at Convoys Wharf. The East Cardinal Mark will display a white light with characteristics VQk Fl(3) every 5 seconds;
2. Queenborough Creek Barrier Refurbishment - from the Peel Ports NtM showing a letter from the Environment Agency about the extensive refurb - worth reading - usual page but in the Temporary list. There is a drop in "The drop-in event will take place on Thursday 27 July 2017, between 16:00 and 20:00 at Castle Connections, Railway Terrace, Well Road, Queenborough. Please join us at any point during this session to find out more about the project, particularly as your residency or business falls within the affected area.";
3. East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to all Wash ports - Roaring Middle Light Float substituted by Safe watermark can lightbuoy - Reduced intensity light.
4. Port of Wells - dredging;
5. Unlit Beacon – Margate Harbour - the unlit beacon, to the North of the Stone Pier at Margate Harbour on charted position 51˚23.5N 001˚22.77E, has been replaced;
6. MARGATE HARBOUR - a temporary sculpture will be erected on the area known as Fulsam Rock, approximately 80m north from the sea wall adjacent to the Turner Contemporary and Rendezvous. Works are scheduled to take place between the 17th & 28th July.

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?483258-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-31#jMvoulq11R8TIwqz.99

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


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Notices to Mariners Week 28,29,30 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Catching up after extended holiday

Week 28

Permanent

1. New editions of Charts 1606 - England - East Coast, Thames Estuary, Fisherman’s Gat to Princes Channel and 1609 - England - East Coast, Thames Estuary, Knock John Channel to Sea Reach on 27th July.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Orford Haven and Woodbridge Haven - NM Blocks for Charts 2693 and 2695 - the UKHO only show the positions of the Safe water buoys - refer to East Coast Pilot (http://www.eastcoastpilot.com/downloads.html ) for the downloads which show the full detail.

Temporary

1. Kingsnorth Power Station - Demolition of Remaining Boiler Structures - planned demolition event on 27th July 2017 at 15:00hrs. At that time the two remaining boiler structures at Kingsnorth Power Station will be demolished by use of a controlled explosion. (Intriguing to consider the difference twix a 'demolition event' and a 'controlled explosion'!)
2. KING'S LYNN CONSERVANCY BOARD - The Wash - Approaches to King's Lynn - Additional Navigation Aid - a new red can called..... 'R'. There is a link to download the chartlet on my usual page (Temporary List) - http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
3. Port of Wells - dredging;
4. Port of Ramsgate - Filming event - tonight between 2200 and 1am involving a local fishing boat, a safety boat and a controlled special effect fire on the fishing vessel.
5. River Crouch - Inner Whitaker South Cardinal - has lost its top mark - now was it yellow/black/yellow, black/yellow/black or what -I confess I would check..

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?481893-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-28#7KcmCw1wIvC1gKBh.99

Week 29

Permanent

1. NETHERLANDS - Slijkgat - NM Block. Buoyage. - a useful UKHO chart block of the Slijgat channel (on the route to Stellendam);
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Stanford Channel - Legend. - There was several reductions of depths on the Holm Sand, east of the Stanford Channel (off Lowestoft). This notice now adds 'Less Water (2016)';
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Crouch - Burnham-on-Crouch - Buoyage. - This is the UKHO notification of the previous local Crouch NtM about the 'No Wash Zone'. Image at the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
4. BELGIUM - Wielingen S - Buoy. - A new yellow special buoy east of the Zeebrugge Harbour;

Temporary

1. Trinity House notification of a new dangerous wreck - the decommissioned tug lost on a tow, now lying in 5.1 est. water CD. Four wreck buoys around it. Offshore Lowestoft - see the image in the same page but in the Temporary List;
2. River Thames - GRAVESEND REACH, JETTY AND PONTOON MAINTENANCE, DENTON WHARF - now in works;
3. Port of Wells dredging;
4. Approaches to King’s Lynn – Hunstanton and North Beach Heacham. British Water Ski Championship on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July 2017.

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?482373-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-29#mtk8RuuWvchAIAJM.99

Week 30

No UKHO or other permanent NTM this week for the monitored area (Wash to Dover, Boulogne to Hook of Holland and in bet Lowestoft to H of H)

Temporary

1. River Thames - DARTFORD CREEK BARRIER MAINTENANCE - removal and replacement of chains - works will take place until mid September. Normally open for navigation apart from 26th July and 8th August (subject to the schedule sticking); Attention requested;
2. RIVER MEDWAY – GARRISON POINT - Sheerness Number 10 Berth, River Works and Lifting Operations - Heavy lifting until the 19th July;
3. RIVER MEDWAY – GARRISON POINT - Garrison Point – Defective Fog Horn - at No 10 berth.
4. Port of Wells - dredging of course;
5. Havengore Bridge is defective, engineers have been called to 'reinstate functionality': They should say when it is going again;

Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?482807-Notice-to-Mariners-Week-30#8VLjp6SWwvf2bBg5.99

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


East Farleigh Lock set to reopen on 21 July



East Farleigh lock nearly ready

East Farleigh Lock set to reopen on 21 July

The Environment Agency, which manages the non-tidal Medway, is reported to be confident that East Farleigh Lock will reopen on the afternoon of Friday 21 July. There may be a scramble as boats which have waiting all season to move up or down the river will take the opportunity to move.

Read more.



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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fwd: News alert from MSBA website



News alert from MSBA website


Boatyard burglars arrested

Two men have been arrested following a burglary early on Tuesday morning at Shoregate Wharf Sailing Club (an MSBA member) near Upchurch. Several boats were broken into. Stolen items including power tools were recovered by police near to the scene.

Read more.



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

Kings north Power Station



News alert from MSBA website


Demolition of Kingsnorth Power Station, 27 July

Capt Ian Clark of Peel Ports has informed us that the two remaining boiler structures at Kingsnorth Power Station will be demolished by use of a controlled explosion on 27 July 2017 at 15:00hrs. No date has yet been given for demolition of the chimney.

Read more.



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

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Princes Channel - Depths. - one slight reduced depth to 5.5m in the centre of the Princes Channel north of the No 6. Not likely to hinder us but will be of interest to ships!
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Woolwich Reach E - Light. - new fore-shore light close to the Woolwich Arsenal Pier;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Brown Ridge W - Buoy. Automatic Identification System. - new AIS on an existing yellow special lit buoy on Brown's Ridge offshore east of Great Yarmouth.

Temporary

1. Harwich Harbour - Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - revised NtM of last weeks. Dredging started from 14th June for 12 days;
2. RIVER MEDWAY – SALTPAN REACH - Isle of Grain LNG Terminal, Jetty No. 8 River Works and Diving Operations - current work until 21st July approx. The notice indicates that a safety boat will 'police' leisure craft for infringements of the exclusion area and excess speed and wash!;
3. The Swale – Washer Wharf - Defective Vertical Fixed Red Jetty Lights;
4. DIVING OPERATIONS LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR AREA - no time limit provided - in the commercial harbour;
5. LOWESTOFT 2017 TIDE TABLE BOOKLET – POSSIBLE DATA ERROR - new page for the July page available on http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html under the Temporary list;
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, 15 June 2017

Medway In Flames, Sat 17 June


News alert from MSBA website



Medway In Flames, Sat 17 June

Medway Council's spectacular finale to the Battle of Medway commemoration will take place on Saturday evening. During the fireworks display, a section of the river from the Upnor Pier to Whitewall Creek will be cleared from 21.40 to 22.40 hrs, see Peel Ports' Notice to Mariners. Controversially, boats on the RNSA and REYC moorings are requiered to move out of the …

Read more.



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

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dutch fleet 2 arrives

 

Dutch fleet 2 arrives

Now that the warships and tall ships have gone, a fleet of nearly a hundred Dutch yachts were led up the Medway past Upnor Castle this afternoon by the SS George Stephenson blowing her steam whistle. The MSBA has coordinated the task of finding temporary moorings for the vessels.

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Don't miss the SS George Stephenson, this week only at Chatham

SS George Stephenson

 

 

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Don't miss the SS George Stephenson, this week only at Chatham

MSBA Chairman Brian Corbett was treated to a personal tour of the indescribably weird and wonderful steamship SS George Stephenson. The beautiful vessel is the brainchild of eccentric Dutch owner Vaas Stik who used hundreds of recycled components and materials, some more than a hundred years old, in her construction. The ship has both a steam engine and an eight cylinder …

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

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

Permanent

3 by the UKHO. All very unexciting!

1. NORTH SEA - United Kingdom Sector - Jim Howe Bank E - Buoy. - new yellow special mark (2 buoys) on the Bank which is quite a way off Cromer;
2. BELGIUM - Westhinder SW - Depth. - one reduced depth in the West Hinder TSS but as it is 16.3m unlikely to hinder us;
3. FRANCE - North Coast - Dunkerque Port-Ouest - Lights. - Change in two light characteristics in the Commercial Port at the entrance to the link canal - where we should be!

Temporary

1. River Thames - 86th Sailing Barge Race - Gravesend Reach to Mouse Channel - Saturday 15th July;
2. River Thames - Port of London Authority - proposing deletion of obsolete Navigational Marks - comments can be sent - available on the usual page in the Temporary list;
3. River Thames - Bugsby Reach - alert regarding events and exclusion zone during the arrival and departure of Cruise Ships - 16th and 30th June and 8th July;
4. Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - 14th June for 12 days approx;
5. NAVIGATION - River Crouch - No Wash Zone Buoys Established – Essex Marina - two new warning buoys in place;
6. Port of Wells - dredging;
7. Kings Lynn - East Coast of England - The Wash *- Approaches to the Nene. - Race Bank Export Cable Installation Works. - Removal of Isolated Danger Buoy to mark unburied cable.


 


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