Notices to Mariners Week 1

Notices to Mariners Week 1 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

As usual the UKHO is a week ahead – which is ironically already a week behind.

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

1. ENGLAND – East Coast – NM Block. – River Thames – New block for the River Thames opposite Wapping. I confessI can’t notice the change much!
2. FRANCE – North Coast – Buoy. – The Yellow special mark north of the Dunkerque harbour is deleted. This ‘special’ mark had a 2.5m statue of a mermaid by the work of the French artist Leopold de Frankowiak.


1. Lowestoft – YACHT AND SMALL CRAFT WAITING PONTOON – the waiting pontoon in the east end of the Trawl Dock is out of action and cannot be used by any vessels until further notice.
Any yachts or small craft who require a berth to wait for a bridge opening are advised to contact the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht club on VHF Ch. 80 or by phone on 01502 566726. A further notice will be produced when the pontoon can be used again.
2. Havengore Bridge – “in this month’s maintenance inspection, our contractor identified a fault with the hydraulic mechanism of the bridge which prevents the bridge from closing fully after lifting and therefore, compromises the use of the roadway. Our contractor is currently sourcing a replacement component and will now be back on site w/c 31 December. We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause with the bridge being closed to marine traffic during the holiday period and we will notify you of progress sometime during that week.”

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


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