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 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:

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

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