Saturday, 13 May 2017

"Medway in Flames" Exclusion Zone, 17 June

Medway on Fire exclusion zone

"Medway on Fire" Exclusion Zone, 17 June

On the evening of 17 June from 21.40 to 22.40, a Temporary Exclusion Zone will be established from a line drawn perpendicularly across the river from Upnor Jetty (51°24.56´N 000°31.80´E) to a line drawn perpendicularly across the river at Whitewall Creek (51°23.90´N 000°31.40´E) as shown on the chartlet (left). Between these times no vessel shall navigate, anchor or be secured …

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New MSBA Visitor Charts now available

 

New MSBA Visitor Charts now available

The MSBA visitor charts (one for the Medway and one for the Swale) have been updated for 2017 and can be downloaded from our Navigation page or here. The charts show the locations of MSBA members and visitor attractions. We recommend printing this document double sided on A4 and then laminate it. If you are visiting the Medway for the …

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Further delay to opening of East Farleigh lock

 

Further delay to opening of East Farleigh lock

In addition to the delay in repairing the lock wall, a pair of Grey Wagtails have made a nest in a key part of the construction site. The contractors are unable to work near the nest until the young birds have fledged. The earliest date for the lock to re-open now is 21 July. The footpath and canoe portage remains passable.  

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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

Permanent UKHO notices:

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Yantlet Channel - Depths. - couple of depth reductions just north of the Yantlet Channel of the River Thames. Not likely to hinder leisure craft;
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Kessingland S - Wrecks. - two new wrecks just south of the Benacre Ness reasonable close to shore but at 6.6 and 9.4m;
3. DOVER STRAIT - SandettiƩ Bank - Depths. - two new reduced depths on the Sandettie - at 4.4m worth noting, might be lumpy in the wrong conditions;
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Lowestoft - Buoy. - deletion of the Compass buoy in Lake Lothing - had been notified as a local NtM several weeks back.

Temporary

1. River Thames, Gravesend Reach off Tilbury Power Station, Jack-up Barge working from 18th May. Image available on the Temporary list;
2. River Crouch - Dredging in and around Essex Marina has finished;
3. River Crouch - Fishing Pot markers - between the Buxey Sands (Buxey Edge) and Swallowtail Nos 2, 3 and 4, marked with flags, lights and radar reflectors;
4. River Crouch - Swallowtail No 4 is off station;
5. River Crouch - Burnham Harbour dredging now finished;
6. Port of Wells - dredging;
7. RAMSGATE - Electrical Works within the Inner West Marina - Had started already and will continue this week mainly on King George's pontoon.
8. London Array - divers working on various locations.



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, 5 May 2017

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

Notice to Mariners Week 18
Permanent

1. ENGLAND - South East Coast - South Falls W - Foul. - a new FOUL in the south-east TSS west of the Mid Falls lateral buoy. At 50m not likely to hinder leisure craft!
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Harwich - Buoy. - UKHO confirmation of the recent local Harwich Haven NtoM about the Beacon Hill yellow special mark now in place (Apr to Oct). Image for position at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
3. ENGLAND - South Coast - Dover - Inner Harbour - Light. - Green light on the Dunkirk Jetty deleted.
4. NETHERLANDS - Ribben Hinderplaat - Legends. - The Nature Reserve is deleted and a 'Entry Prohibion' substituted (south of the Hook of Holland);
5. BELGIUM - Thorntonbank to Lodewijkbank - Works. Wind farm. Restricted area. - Buoyage. - Between Thortonbank and Lodewijbank wind farms are now prohibited for entry in consequence of the start of another wind farm between the two. Image showing buoyage on the same page above.

Temporary

1. Trinity House - The exclusion zone around the Fluvius Tamar in the North Hinder TSS is now increased to 1000 metres;
2. Trinity House - the Woodbridge Haven Safe Water buoy is moved to specified co-ordinates (see in the Temporary list in the above page);
3. Kentish Flats Wind Farm - notification of an unknown submerged object within the Kentish Flats Wind Farm. Not likely to be on our usual route but see the image to STAY AWAY in the Temporary list on the page above!
4. THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE - THAMES BARRIER TEMPORARY NAVIGATION LIGHTS - Image in the Temporary list shows the change;
5. NAVIGATION - Essex Marina – Excessive Wash - but that was raised in the past week - included for the sake of being 'complete';
6. SHEET PILING, THE GRANARIES, MALDON, ESSEX - ADMIRALTY CHART 3741 - RIVER CHELMER, ESSEX - the Chelmer being the top end of the Blackwater - I think that is the housing complex on the right before the Bridge;
7. LOWESTOFT DREDGING ACTIVITIES – REVISED SCHEDULE - as it says - different times etc;
8. Port of Wells dredging;
9. Ramsgate Harbour - dredging;
10. There is some Cable laying and diving on the London Array at the moment with exclusion zones but at the moment I cannot locate the location. I am enquiring;


Notice to Mariners Week 19

One (not very interesting) UKHO Permanent notice:

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Approaches to Lowestoft - Wrecks. Depths. - All lying at least 18.2m.

Temporary

1. EAST COAST OF ENGLAND - NORTH HINDER TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME - NHR-S LIGHTED BUOY - new re-siting on or before 1st June. Image attached in the Temporary list in http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. PRINCES CHANNEL - BRITNED CABLE SURVEY - Survey on this cable across to the Netherlands. Starting from 25th May until 25th June, the two survey vessels will be towing survey kit 200m astern;
3. Isle of Grain LNG Jetty No.8 Maintenance and Diving Operations - Starting 8th May with Diving operations for 8 to 12 weeks!
4. RIVER MEDWAY, THE MEDWAY APPROACH AREA AND THE SWALE - RIVER EVENTS 2017 - the regular annual list of events in the River and Swale;
5. Brightlingsea - Fuel pontoon out of action for the following period - Fuel pontoon away for re-fit from 8th May - *13th May;
6. Port of Wells - dredging.

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