Notices to Mariners Week 14

Notices to Mariners Week 14 – 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. BELGIUM - Depths. - Two small reductions of depth on the bank between the Fairey Bank and Westhinder. At over 10m unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Buoyage. NM Blocks. Notes. Legends. - New UKHO blocks for the various charts affecting the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm and showing the permanent markings for the wind farm. The blocks can be downloaded. - Basically the standard Wind Farm markings now exist. One or several of the blocks may be useful.


1. WEST LEIGH BUOY WRECK RECOVERY & DIVING OPERATIONS - The recovery of the sunken vessel previously reported in position 51° 30.586458N 000°38.728122E in the vicinity of the W Leigh Middle Buoy will commence on 25th March 2019 subject to favourable weather conditions. The wreck will be initially recovered and transferred north to shallower water where it can be fully pumped out in order to refloat. Once afloat it will be towed to Smallgains Creek where it will be lifted out. Recovery will be undertaken using the barge ‘ELLANOR’, with the assistance of the tug ‘SPEEDWELL’. Diving operations in support of the recovery will be carried out from the tug ‘PHOENIX’. All vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 throughout operations, and a “Proceed with Caution” will be broadcast by London VTS at all times whilst the operation is underway. During diving operations flag code ‘ALPHA’ will be displayed along with flag code ‘ROMEO YANKEE’. The temporary Emergency Wreck Marking Buoy, which currently marks the wreck, will be removed by a PLA Marine Services vessel to ensure the wreck is accessible for recovery. The buoy may need to be reinstated for a time if daylight, tide or weather conditions require the recovery operation to be temporarily halted. For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 68 or by telephone on 01474 560311. An image of the location can be found in the Temporary List on:

2. Port of Wells - dredging.

All full details and images can be found at: on either the chronological list for the UKHO notices or the Temporary List for the Local Notices.

Link to details -

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


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