Notices to Mariners Week 32

Notices to Mariners Week 32 – 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. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Charts published 22 August 2019 – 1827 Harbours on the South East Coast of England, Approaches to Ramsgate, Pegwell Bay and the River Stour, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate.
2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. – Two reduction of depths west of the Woolwich Barrier. – image on
3. BELGIUM – Works are in progress to establish the Northwester 2 Wind farm. New buoyage, new restricted area. An earlier preliminary NtM (no 2741) gave notification of other buoyage marking the new construction area of the Northwest Wind Farm. I have added these new changes onto the same chartlet. Note this is a prohibited area. Image on the above page.
4. ENGLAND – South East Coast – Depths. – 6 reduction of depth in the Sandiette Deep Water and South-West bound separation zone. At all over 20m unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
5. BELGIUM – Piles. Buoyage. – Two piles in Ostende Harbour have now been replaced each with a port hand buoy.


1. This is a local notice by me on behalf of a local waterman and yachtsman. He has identified a nasty (my words) obstruction on the point of St Peters Flat. Anyone using the one degree meridian to go up and down to the Ray Sand SHOULD NOT CUT THE CORNER! – See the image showing the location at the above page in the Temporary List. The Obstruction is an engine and associated structure measuring 1 metre high by 3 metres in length. We will be notifying the UKHO.
2. GridLink UK – France Interconnector Project Offshore and Nearshore Surveys 2019 Rev004 – Mariners are advised that survey vessels and equipment will be used in the offshore areas and coastal sea waters between Dunkirk, France and the Medway, Thames UK. Further nearshore and landfall survey work will be concentrated around Dunkirk beach, France and Kings North, Medway UK. – this a long pdf with images, chartlets and contacts. You can find the download button on the Temporary List.
3. WOOLWICH REACH ROYAL WHARF BRIDGE INSTALLATION – On or about 7th August 2019 Ravestein BV will be working on behalf of McLaughlin & Harvey to install the bridges at Royal Wharf. The crane barge SKYLINE BARGE 21 will be moored on spud legs and positioned outside the Authorised Channel. The chartlet (in the Temp List) depicts the location of the works and the limits of the navigation exclusion zone defined by the red boxed area. Only vessels engaged in the works may enter the exclusion zone. It is expected the works will take approximately two weeks. London VTS will broadcast requests for vessels to “proceed with caution” or “proceed at slow speed”, as described in Permanent Notices to Mariners 4 of 2014 as required by the works. International Code Flags “Romeo Yankee” will be displayed when this is in effect. Safety boat JOEL will be on station throughout operations and all vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14.
4. Navigation Buoys on the River Orwell – Mariners and Port users are reminded that the Navigation Buoys located on the River Orwell are vital aids to Navigation. They should not be tampered with or used for any other purposes such as diving platforms or attaching boats for fishing etc. We were very recently advised of 3 young persons seen climbing on the Mulberry Buoy (as per photo below), this is highly dangerous. The second photo shows what is lurking under the water including razor sharp muscles, barnacle’s and weeds. Please report any sightings of this type of behaviour to Orwell Navigation Service. Thank you for you cooperation.
5. LOWESTOFT INNER HARBOUR – TOWN / CEFAS QUAY – PASSING SPEED Mariners and Port Users are requested that when passing vessels moored on Town Quay and Cefas Quay, that speed is kept to the minimum at which control of the vessel can be maintained, and that the moored vessels are afforded as wide a berth as is safe and practicable. These requirements are subject to the prevailing conditions, and considering the available depth and width of the navigable channel. This requirement is to reduce the effects of vessel wash and also interaction, the effects of which increases with size, depth, proximity and speed of the vessels involved. Excessive speed is likely to result in moored vessels ranging along the quay, overwhelming vessel mooring arrangements and increasing risk of serious incident and potential for injury.
The ports maximum speed limit is 4 knots, but passing speed should be less than this value. In addition, a procedure is being implemented where vessel bunkering operations on Town and Cefas Quays will be suspended, or subject to a delayed start when a large vessel is scheduled to pass. Vessels taking bunkers on these quays are requested to keep a listening watch on VHF channel 14. They should also fly the red ‘B’ flag to indicate that they are engaged in bunkering operations. Further to the above, any vessel passing Town or Cefas Quay that observes a moored vessel with slack mooring lines, are advised to inform Port Control on VHF channel 14. For further information please contact Lowestoft Port Control, (VHF Ch.14, Tel. 01502 572286).
6. Port of Wells – dredging.
7. Havengore Bridge – Broken again.

That’s it. I have finished the new 2019 Ray Sand chartlet. That can be found on (scroll down). I have attached some notes about the tides and the profile of the sands.

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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