Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Notices to Mariners Week 6 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland
1. NORTH SEA - United Kingdom Sector - Cromer Knoll SE - NM Blocks. - two UKHO Blocks for different charts but both for the Dudgeon Wind Farm now fully in position (Cromer Knoll)
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Barking Reach - Depths. - two reduced depths in the main channel of Barking Creek, River Thames but both at over 5m+;
3. ENGLISH CHANNEL - Dover Strait - Submarine cable. - A new UK-Holland power cable installation now in progress. Starts just south of the Stour entrance (Kent one that is), broadly east until off Zeebrugge when it comes ashore;
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Copperas Channel - Depths. - PDI (Pretty Darn Important) - four reduced depths in and around the Copperas channel off the North Kent Coast. All less than a metre, one of them at 0.9m in the centre of the channel buoyage (but not the controlling depth i.e. it appears that there still is better water to the west side)
1. Harwich Harbour - Maintenance dredging – Harwich Haven berths and approaches - on or about the 1st February 2018 for approximately 4 days. Materials will be disposed of to the "beneficial sites" in the River Stour and River Orwell.
2. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Notification of a Hazard Identification Procedure for Transfer of Great Yarmouth Local Port Services - ABPMer would like to discuss the proposal with all sections of the local business and leisure community using the port. To facilitate this, a HAZID workshop is scheduled to take place at Vanguard House, South Beach Parade on 6th February 2018;
3. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Trial of Portable Bridge Audio/Visual recording equipment on board vessels by pilots - 7 day trial from 29th January, kit worn by pilots during the experiment recording;
4. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Completion of installation of additional AToN lights in Great Yarmouth River Port - a table of the AtoN light in the Temporary list in the page at:
5. Port of Wells - dredging;
6. London Array Notices to Mariners: 01/2018 – LAL Long Sand Middle Wave Buoy - Removed from location and returned to shore. 02/2018 – Navigation light and Fog horn at A15 and A15 temporarily inoperative. 03/2018 – Potential exposed cable around Wind turbine generator E16 in location 51° 37’43.37“N 001° 27’10.97“E - I have attached the CYYE image of the Wind Farm showing enough (I think) detail to locate the relevant turbines. The Fog and lights at A15 is relevant. Red lights? don't look at them - on turbines noffin' to do with you , that's for aeroplanes
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, 23 January 2018
Notices to Mariners Week 5 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland
1. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Charts published 1st and 15th February 2018 respectively: Chart1543 England - East Coast, Winterton Ness to Orford Ness; Chart 108 England - East Coast, Approaches to The Wash and Wells-Next-The-Sea.
Then Thames, Thames, Thames...
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Thames - Jenningtree Point E - Depths. - one reduction of depth off the point at the edge of the main channel at 4.6m;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Thames - Halfway Reach - Buoyage. - removal of two large moorings either side of Phoenix Jetty (off Rainham Marshes);
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Thames - Gravesend Reach - Depth. - one reduction of depth in the main channel in Gravesend Reach off Tilbury Fort. At 7m not likely to hinder us:
5. ENGLAND - East Coast - River Thames - Ware Point - Wreck. Buoy. - The wreck and west cardinal buoy notified vide NtM 5619 of 2017 in Week 48 have now been removed and deleted.
See the images and full detail on: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
1. Felixstowe Dredging - on or about the 22nd January 2018 the trailer dredger Reynaert , the plough vessel Afon Goch, and the survey launch Libertas will be carrying out maintenance dredging from Felixstowe berths and approaches Material from these areas will be disposed to the Inner Gabbard disposal site;
2. Felixstowe Berth 9 – Landguard Quay expansion project – on or about 19th January 2018 the dredger Freeway will commence Phase 1 of the dredging/reclamation for the Felixstowe Berth 9 – Landguard quay expansion project. The dredging is expected to last approximately 7 weeks. The initial dredging work will involve removal of silt, which will be deposited at the Inner Gabbard dumping area. Following the completion of the silt removal, the reclamation work will involve dredging from either the Shipwash Bank area (around the South Ship Head area) or from Tarmac Area 5093 in the Sunk VTS sector.
3. Removal of seabed obstruction in Harwich Harbour - a seabed obstruction (reported last week) within Harwich Harbour has been removed and the pellet marker buoys have been recovered;
4. Severe Damage Caused to Burnham Sailing Club’s Pontoon – River Crouch - severely damaged in the strong winds and is not to be used under any circumstances. Mariners are kindly requested to keep a sharp look out and to notify the Harbour Authority if any components are seen floating in the river.
5. LOWESTOFT – BASCULE BRIDGE MARINE CLOSURES - extensive maintenance works are scheduled for Lowestoft Bascule Bridge for January and February. This will result in a series of overnight Marine closures. All these closures will run from 2000hrs GMT until 0600hrs GMT on the following day. Mon 29th January to Friday 16th February, (dates inclusive) – 19 consecutive nights. No small boat openings. Commercial vessel openings only considered with a minimum of 12hrs notice and subject to the works schedule. Vessels restricted to HW period port entry/departure only will be prioritised.
6. Port of Wells - Dredging, dredging, dredging....
Monday, 22 January 2018
Notices to Mariners Week 4 - Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland
1. ENGLAND - East Coast - Wisbech Eye Channel - Buoyage. - Reposition of the ‘Fenland’ port lateral buoy for the secondary channel to Wisbech;
2. BELGIUM - Blankenberge - Depths. Buoyage. - Continued warnings of shoaling in the centre of the harbour entrance of Blankenberg. Currently I cannot find any further local information other than Belgium Notices reporting that Temporary Buoys BL1, BL2, BL3, BL5 laid in week 44 of 2017 have now been removed. Perhaps some dredging for the season?
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Middle Cross Sand - Depths. - Two reduced depths on the eastern edge of the Middle Cross Sand off shore off Caister;
4. East Coast of England - Approaches To River Blackwater - The Trinity House notice reported at the end of last week. Moves only small see http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html to see the image;
1. LONG REACH PURFLEET DEEP WATER LOWER BERTH REPLACEMENT WORKS - work will start on the replacement of the downstream berth at Purfleet Deep Water Lower on or around the week commencing 15th January 2018;
2. Maintenance Dredging, LNG No.10 Berth, Isle of Grain, Medway - Leisure craft warned off!
3. Port of Wells dredging;
4. Seabed obstruction in Harwich Harbour - at a depth of CD-10.5m has been identified within Harwich Harbour in approximate position 51°57.25’N 001°18.45’E (just about a container ship draft away from the Terminal Berths - not likely to hinder us! The obstruction is marked with 2 orange and 1 white pellet buoys. There is an image on the same quoted page but on the Temporary List.
5. Havengore Bridge back - as reported - back into commission.
That's it. There is a nice Wells 'Port Brochure' which is worth reading and includes a sketch of the buoyage: http://www.wellsharbour.co.uk/docs/w...t_brochure.pdf
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
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
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.
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
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.
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.