Notices to Mariners Week 16 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Quite a lot this week, including some disturbing developments at Whitstable for anyone venturing inshore. See additional link below:

Permanent – five UKHO and one Trinity House:

1. ENGLAND – East Coast – Walton Backwaters – NM Block. Depths. – Revised depths at Island Point and Stone Point on the Walton Backwaters. The UKHO has issued a block for the Admiralty Chart which is downloadable on block is UKHO copyright;
2. ENGLAND – Thames Estuary – Mouse Channel SE – Buoyage. Changes of yellow special marks to the south-east of the No 14 Barrow Deep port hand buoy and closer to the Alice danger buoy. See image usual page;
3. ENGLAND – East Coast – River Thames – Halfway Reach – Depths. reduced depth off Dagenham Ford works. Un likely to hinder leisure craft;
4. ENGLAND – East Coast – Lower Road (approaches to Boston) – Drying heights on the south/eastern edge of the Lower Road channel;
5. ENGLAND – East Coast – Whitstable Bay – Marine farm. Legends. – large area twix the Swale and Whitstable Harbour designated as a marine farm (for Oysters – numerous obstructions!);
6. The Trinity House NtM issued tonight – re-position of the Oxley and Weir buoys at the entrance to the Ore – image on the same page above.


1. River Thames – Erith Reach – the Causeway is now open for use;
2. Harwich – Ha’penny Pier – details of this year’s usage and a useful download of the leisure uses of the Stour and Orwell. On the Temporary list in the usual web page;
3. Harwich – Dredging from 20th April for about 6 days – Work between the Port of Ipswich and the River Orwell, debris to be ‘dumped in the Long Reach;
4. Lowestoft – Lake Lothing – the Compass Buoy has been permanently removed;
5. Lowestoft – Dredging most of April and early May – three vessels to be used but area not specified;
6. Port of Wells – dredging;
7. Port of Ramsgate – Temporary race marks reinstated.

More info on Whitstable Marine Farm

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

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