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

 

 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Admiral's Cruise, 23+24 June 2018

 

Admiral's Cruise, 23+24 June 2018

Once a year, rain or shine, a very mixed group of Medway leisure craft led by local fishing boats, accompanied by police RIBs and sometimes the Sheerness lifeboat, makes its way up and down the Medway. Held over two days on an early summer weekend, the flotilla Beats the Bounds of the Rochester Oyster & Floating Fishery. ROFF, a very ancient organisation …

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Pirates Cave Event, Sat 14 April

 

Pirates Cave

Pirates Cave Event, Sat 14 April

Also free lifejacket checks with the RNLI, expert advice from manufacturers, special deals on liferaft servicing. See the video...  

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 14 & 15 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Week 14

 

Permanent

None this week in the monitored area. Yippee!

Temporary

Hundreds. Groan!


1. ISLE OF GRAIN TO OUTER THAMES ESTUARY SURVEY OF NEW INTERCONNECTOR CABLE ROUTE - On or about 25th March 2018 underwater survey operations will commence in the Thames Estuary for a new interconnector cable route between the UK and Germany. Full detail on the usual page: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html in the Temporary List of course including full detail from the Isle of Grain to the Sunk Centre and two images.
2. CROSS DEEP TO WOOLWICH REACH (UPPER) TRADITIONAL ROWING EVENTS IN LONDON 2018 - number of traditional rowing events taking place between Greenwich and Teddington from April until October which may require local traffic control - some worth watching;
3. Harwich Harbour and approaches – Seasonal recreational marks - the usual ones reinstalled on or after the 26th March 2018;
4. Container Crane Ship Zhen Hua 23 - Felixstowe - on or about the 25th of March 2018 (pm tide) the container crane ship Zhen Hua 23 is expected to arrive in Felixstowe with a duration of stay of approximately 12 days. During the transit both inwards and outwards, the Zhen Hua 23 will require a clear channel from the South Shipwash buoy to her berth at Felixstowe.
At all times during her stay there will be cranes on deck in the boom down position extending into the harbour area, please note that the ends of the booms will not be illuminated;
5. Ha’penny pier pontoon refurbishment works update - the pontoon section at the western end of the mooring berth will not be reinstated by the 30th of March 2018. While the repairs are taking place the remaining sections of the pontoon in the mooring facility will remain open to the general public. The gangway between the pontoons and the pier will be reinstated on the 23rd of March 2018.
6. Restricted Navigation Ipswich Wet Dock - for a period of approximately 12 Months there is an area of Restricted Navigation around Albion Wharf in the Wet Dock. During the rebuilding of the ‘wine rack’ scaffolding will protrude 3m out above the wet dock. The area has been marked by 2 x yellow buoys as in photograph below. Please keep South of the yellow Buoys - Image in the Temporary List;
7. Dredging Operations River Orwell - the trailing suction dredger ‘UKD Orca’ and Bed leveller ‘UKD Seahorse’ will be working in the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell from or about Wednesday 11th April 2018 for about 6 days. The deposit operation will take place in the Long Reach of the River Orwell;
8. Temporary Lock Closure - Ipswich Lock will be closed for all vessels during the following periods:- Tuesday 27th March 2018 0900 ~ 1300hrs This is to facilitate urgent repairs to the Outer Lock Gate Cill;
9. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY OPERATIONS - BRIDGE CHANNEL AND YACHT BASIN - survey work is scheduled to commence on 26/04/2018 in the Outer Bridge Channel, and in the RN&SYC basin. Image on the Temporary List;
10. Da, Da, Daaaaa - Port of Wells - Dredging;
11. Approaches to King’s Lynn - UKD “Cherry Sand” Dredging Disposal West Stones Disposal site HU143 - from the Am tide 28th March through until the PM Tide 8th April 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.

 

Week 15

 

Permanent

1. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Approaches to Ramsgate - Submarine power cable. - previously reported as a Preliminary Notice earlier this year - new cable twix Pegwell Bay and Zeebrugge - Images on the usual page - http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. BELGIUM - Oostende N and Wielingen - Buoyage. - 4 new yellow special buoys, one close east of Oostende Harbour and three around Zeebrugge
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Sunk Head NE - Fog signal. - Change of the fog warning from a whistle to a bell.

Not the most exciting!

Temporary

1. LONG REACH NAVIGATOR TERMINAL BORE HOLE SAMPLING - work will start on or around the 3rd April to carry out bore hole sampling ahead of construction of a new dolphin on the upstream end of Berth No. 1 at Navigator Terminal (charted as Vopak). Works are expected to be completed 6th April 2018;
2. UPPER MEDWAY PETER’S BRIDGE (between Halling and Snodland) - the planned bridge inspection for between 13th March 2018 and 14th March 2018 has been further postponed until the 26th - 29th March 2018.
3. Rescheduled Dredging Operations River Orwell - the trailing suction dredger ‘UKD Marlin’ and Bed leveller ‘UKD Seahorse’ will be working in the Port of Ipswich and River Orwell from or about Monday 28th May 2018 for about 6 days.
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

 

 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Queenborough Harbour Trot Boat Hours at Easter


Queenborough Harbour Trot Boat Hours at Easter

Queenborough Harbour trot boat hours for the 2018 Easter weekend are as follows: Good Friday 10am - 9:30pm Saturday 10am - 9:30pm Easter Sunday 10am - 9:30pm Easter Monday 10am - 5pm

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Notices to Mariners Week 13 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Permanent

1. FRANCE - North Coast - The Ridge (Le Colbart) NE - Wreck. - A ‘new’ wreck on the edge of the TSS central ‘reservation just south of the Cobart N north cardinal buoy. Unusually this is ‘an unsurveyed wreck over which the exact depth is unknown but which is considered to have a safe clearance at the depth shown’. At 32m, this will not hinder leisure craft.

Temporary

1. SWALE – KINGSFERRY BRIDGE DIVING OPERATIONS - on 13th March 2018 diving operations will take place to inspect the foundations of Kingsferry Bridge, expected to commence at 14:30 with an estimated dive duration of 1 hour 20 minutes. A safety boat “Catherine” will attend throughout. Mariners are urged to exercise caution and pass with minimum wash during the dive.

2. Access Restriction at Ludham Bridge, Norfolk Broads - emergency works on fendering through Ludham Bridge: Monday 19 March 2018 08:00 hrs until Friday 23 March 2018 16:30 hrs
During this period the bridge will be only open before 08:00; at lunchtimes 12:00-13:00; and after 16:30 each day. Please observe the signage on the approach to the bridge. During the contractor’s active working times, there will normally be no access through the bridge, but if you are able to safely approach the supervisor on site, there may be occasions when passage can be allowed during these restricted periods. Please approach the area with care and caution.

3. Approaches to WASH PORTS - Race Bank WF Export Cable Burial Works. MV ”Grand Canyon III” ongoing cable burial works MV “Grand Canyon III” will perform remedial Trenching operations and Survey operations between the Old Lynn Channel and north of the Wash. Will commence on approximately 17-03-2018 and be completed on 0304-2018.

4. Havengore - already reported back into use.

5. Port of Well - no news so far!


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, 14 March 2018

SB Westmoreland wrecked

 

SB Westmoreland wrecked

In recent gales, the stern section of the old sailing barge Westmoreland, berthed at Lower Halstow, broke away and "sailed" round to Funton Creek, just south of Chetney Hill, where it has joined the remains of other once-pround sailing vessels. Nick Ardley comments, "Sad, very sad, but interestingly she seemed to know her way towards sisters of the tideway within this …

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Notices to Mariners Week 12 - 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 - Long Sand NE - Depths. - Six new depths in the Black Deep in the vicinity of the Long Sand Head. This is an area of sandwaves but all are over 11m so no leisure craft will be hindered. All images for all at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Cockle Shoal SE - Depths. - Four reduced depths to the east edge of the Cockle Shoal.

Temporary

1. Greenwich Reach - Greenwich Pier - Temporary Pier Closure & Maintenance Work - Closed 26th March until 30th March - see image at the Temporary list @ the same page.
2. Ha’penny Pier - The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from 30 March to 30 October 2018 - details, costs etc on the same page and the PDF can be downloaded there.
3. Port of Wells - Dredging;
4. Port of Ipswich - Temporary Lock Closure - Ipswich Lock will be closed for all vessels during the following periods:- Saturday 12th May 2018 1315 ~ 1530hrs Saturday 12th May 2018 1645 ~ 1915hrs These closures are required to accommodate the prestigious 5k Twilight Road Race which is taking place around the Wet Dock.
5. Approaches to Kings Lynn - Temporary amendment to buoyage No.16 - light buoy and associated mooring has been salvaged and all markers buoys removed. A temporary yellow navigation buoy (see picture below) with yellow light Fl (3)Y10s has been established;


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, 6 March 2018

Holyhead Marina


Its old news now, but a bit of drone footage of the devastation at Holyhead in last weeks storms.

NTM Week 11 - KENTISH FLATS OFFSHORE WINDFARM UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECT




KENTISH FLATS OFFSHORE WINDFARM UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECT - the unidentified submerged object within the area of Kentish Flats Offshore Windfarm was reported last year but is now again unmarked after the Emergency Wreck beacon came adrift and is in need of repair. Submerged object approximate dimensions: Length 3.1m | Width 1.9m | Height 2.3m The upper edge of the object is reported to be between 1 and 1.5m below Chart Datum. Avoid the area until further notice.

Notices to Mariners Week 11 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Permanent

Just the one - and at the Corton Sands again:

1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Corton Sand - Depths. - A dramatic change in depth in channel east of the Corton Sand - from 11.7m to 1.2m! Fortunately not a usual place to be.

Temporary

Loads - as usual.

1. GRAVESEND REACH OBSTRUCTION – SUNKEN PONTOON - following the recent severe weather a flotation pontoon has come adrift and sunk in the Gravesend PLA Yacht Trot in Gravesend Reach - The pontoon is currently anchored to the river bed and will be fitted with a yellow flashing special mark. See the image on the usual Temporary List on: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. KENTISH FLATS OFFSHORE WINDFARM UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECT - the unidentified submerged object within the area of Kentish Flats Offshore Windfarm was reported last year but is now again unmarked after the Emergency Wreck beacon came adrift and is in need of repair. Submerged object approximate dimensions: Length 3.1m | Width 1.9m | Height 2.3m
The upper edge of the object is reported to be between 1 and 1.5m below Chart Datum. Avoid the area until further notice. Again see the image on the Temporary List.
3. Harwich Haven Maintenance dredging – Water injection dredging - on or about the 5th March 2018 will commence maintenance dredging, generally over high water periods, in the following locations: Navigation House jetty, Shotley Marina Channel, Halfpenny pier, Harwich lifeboat berth, Fishermen’s moorings area west of Trinity House pier, Trinity House pier and the Mistley berths and channel for a period of approximately 8 days.
4. UPPER MEDWAY PETER’S BRIDGE (between Halling and Snodland) - planned bridge inspection for the 13th - 14th March 2018. This will involve the use of a moving gantry to inspect the underside. This equipment will restrict the available clearance.
5. LOWER HALSTOW WRECK TO THE NORTH OF LOWER HALSTOW YACHT MOORINGS - report has been received that the floating dock/converted barge, that has been moored to a large yellow mooring buoy to the north of the Lower Halstow Yacht Moorings, has sunk. It is still made fast to the buoy, but is covered at high water. Approximate position - 510 23.00N 0000 46.00E. The owner is aware and will be dealing with the situation;
6. LOWESTOFT – DREDGING ACTIVITIES - dredging activities are scheduled on or around 03/03/18. Expected duration of works: 21 days. Normal working hours: 0700-1900hrs. The dredger will be working in both Lowestoft Inner and Outer Harbour areas;
7. Broads Authority - Navigation Restriction due to Power Boat Racing - Oulton Broad 2018 - Dates and times shown in the notice in Temporary List - usual page - vessels may be temporarily restricted and regulated in their movement in the vicinity of the power boat racing circuit at Oulton Broad during the 2018 summer season. Where necessary patrol boats will supervise transit between races. Please take note of advice given by officials;
8. Broads Authority - Access Restriction at Ludham Bridge - emergency works are being undertaken on the fendering through Ludham Bridge between Monday 5 March 2018 08:00 hrs until Friday 9 March 2018 16:30 hrs and Monday 12 March 2018 08:00 hrs until Friday 16 March 2018 16:30 hrs. During this period the bridge will be only open before 08:00; at lunchtimes 12:00-13:00; and after 16:30 each day. Please observe the signage on the approach to the bridge. During the contractor’s active working times, there will normally be no access through the bridge, but if you are able to safely approach the supervisor on site, there may be occasions when passage can be allowed during these restricted periods;
9. BRADWELL POWER STATION - BRADWELL INTAKE STRUCTURE, RIVER BLACKWATER, ESSEX - Magnox Limited propose undertaking the removal of the marker buoys at the SW end of the Baffle wall, and to cut and remove piled debris to minimise potential danger to navigation. The proposed works will commence on the Monday 16th April 2018. (Good-oh);


That's it but.....

Some no news -

No report of dredging at Wells this week!
Havengore - no news - still out of operation;
And different news - from Blakeney - "Please be aware that a 30ft yacht came adrift last week and it is possible that her mooring chain had been cut. Please be vigilant, and email any suspicious behaviour to info@blakeneyharbourassociation.co.uk."

That's it. (PS - read for the full details of any Notice on the web site page)

 


Link to details -
http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Cruising Association Lobster Pots Campaign



In the spring of last year the Cruising Association launched a petition to make lobster pot markers safer for small craft.   In two weeks we had 6,000 signatures and numerous reports of boats coming to grief by being caught up in lobster pot chains and ropes.  The petition had then to be abandoned when the General Election was announced but was relaunched at the Southampton Boat Show in September.
Below is a further email from the CA requesting more help.
Dear Commodore,

The Cruising Association petition about small craft safety and the marking of static fishing gear

I'm writing to you as President of the Cruising Association. You may be aware of our campaign to persuade the government of the necessity for a consultation about the hazard posed by poorly marked lobster pots and other static fishing gear.

You may have seen our video featuring Tom Cunliffe which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7m6bgyPs_U.

Our Parliamentary petition comes to the end of its six-month life on 12 March. When we set it up we had not expected to get anywhere near 10,000 signatures. However, we are now approaching the 8000 mark and perhaps, with one final push, we could pass that milestone. Achieving 10,000 signatures places an obligation upon the government to give a written response. Whatever that may be, and we're not naive about that, it will help us to establish this campaign as something that will continue. That is in all our interests.

I am therefore writing to ask whether you could email your membership with the link to our petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200001 or perhaps put this link onto your organisation's website.

If your members would be good enough to sign, and perhaps encourage their friends and families to also do so, we might just get there.

We hope that this is very much a team effort across the whole of the boating community. The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations who have engaged positively from the outset. The same can be said of the British Ports Authority and the various statutory bodies. This encourages us to believe that by working together, we could improve the situation to the benefit of all concerned.

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Best wishes for the future.

Judith Grimwade
CA President

NEWSFLASH: Kingsnorth Chimney Demolition postponed to 22 March



NEWSFLASH: Kingsnorth Chimney Demolition postponed to 22 March

Capt Ian Clark of Peel Ports has confirmed that the demolition of the chimney has been postponed to 10:00 on Thursday 22 March because severe weather has delayed delivery of the necessary explosives. All other information remains the same.


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

CA Winter Warmer Talk, 110 Years of Cruising by Jeremy Batch, 8 March

 

 

CA Winter Warmer Talk, 110 Years of Cruising by Jeremy Batch, 8 March

There is nothing... absolutely nothing, half-so-much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Appropriately, those words were first published in 1908, the year that the Cruising Association was founded based on a different book: “Cruising for 100 Years" by Brian Hammett and with additional material provided by many other members, this is Jeremy's adaptation of the story of the …

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

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

No permanent, temporary or preliminary UKHO notices this week in the monitored area

Temporary

1. GREENWICH REACH - CONVOYS WHARF - BORE HOLE OPERATIONS - On or about Wednesday 7th March 2018 conducting ground investigation works for approximately four weeks. Comprises works conducted from a jack-up barge and consist of 3 individually drilled bore holes. An exclusion zone will be established extending 50m around the works - see image in the Temporary list on: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
2. Harwich Harbour and approaches – Seasonal recreational marks - On or after the 1st March 2018 the Harwich Shelf East Cardinal Buoy will be re-established;
3. Ha’penny pier pontoon walkway refurbishment works as reported elsewhere before - on or about Monday 26th February 2018 will commence to remove the walkway between the Ha’penny Pier and the pontoons for essential repairs. No access to the pontoons from Ha’penny Pier - and no alternative arrangements will be made. Due to be returned during the week beginning 12th March 2018.
4. KINGSNORTH POWER STATION CHIMNEY DEMOLITION - Exclusion Zone - on the 8th March 2018 the main chimney will be demolished by controlled explosion - exclusion zone, patrolled by the harbourmaster’s launch WESTBOURNE and by the Marine Police Unit vessel will be established from 09:00 8th March 2018 until sometime after 10:30 8th March 2018 - see the image in the Temporary list quoted above;
5. Ipswich - Temporary Lock Closure - due to essential maintenance on the Lock Gate Sluices and Lock Infrastructure, will be closed for all vessels Monday 12th March 0800 ~ 1800hrs;
6. Port of Wells - dredging;
7. LOWESTOFT OUTER HARBOUR – REMOVAL OF PONTOON SECTIONS – HAMILTON DOCK - to commence on 22/02/2018 to remove pontoon sections in the Western part of Hamilton Dock, (previously Hamilton Marina ‘G’ Pontoon) - 2 weeks to complete;
8. East Coast of England - The Wash - Approaches to Kings Lynn - Amendments to Buoyage - Nos 6, 8 and 19 moved. Note the approach channel has changed to Daseley's Sled so download the local chartlets. I have posted a link in the Temporary List


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