Notices to Mariners Week 41 – 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. Just the one – and not very interesting! NETHERLANDS – Fouls. – Five new FOULs, four in and around the Steendiep channel and Steenbanken and the fifth further north on the Schouwenbank.


1. GRAVESEND REACH LOWER RESTRICTED NAVIGATION – A restriction to non-essential operations will be in force with immediate effect south of the authorised navigation channel from Denton Wharf to Shornmead Light. This is as a result on the ongoing presence of a beluga whale, which is a IUCN red listed species, in Gravesend Reach Lower.
This restriction is on all non-essential vessels not required to be in this area. Any vessels required to operate in this area are required to keep a close lookout at all time, keep speed to a minimum and maintain a minimum distance of 100m from the whale. Vessel Traffic Services will be monitoring the area throughout the restriction along with assistance from the Harbour Service Launch. For the latest information about the restriction contact London VTS on VHF Channel 68

(Comment – The whale was seen today: to see the regular update go to my Temporary List (where the chartlet of the restricted area can be found) and see the link. Usual page:

2. Medway – CHANGES TO NAVIGATION MARKS – changes have been made to navigation marks within the Medway and adjacent creeks. (Comment – most of unlighted outfalls and the like – the full list is in the usual Temporary List. As to some navigational marks have had their light characteristics changed:

N05570 New Hythe Island Site Footbridge Upstream is now fixed Red.
N08441 M2 Medway Bridge Centre Pier N is now fixed Yellow.
N05410 Grain Cooling Water Outfall is now 2 synchronised vertical Green flashing 2 every 10s.

3. Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy – Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy in position (as before) : 051˚ 40.000 N, 000˚ 59.000 E is back on station.

4. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH – Survey works Great Yarmouth River Port 8th – 10th October 2018 – Bam Nuttall will be undertaking survey work. The survey will encompass the whole River Port and will mostly take place around Low Water periods. The survey will focus on above-waterline shore structures utilising LiDAR.

5. LOWESTOFT – NOTIFICATION OF YACHT RACING – ‘Laser World & European Qualifier’ EVENT – the event is scheduled to take place in Lowestoft South and Pakefield Roads, on Sat 13th and Sun 14th October. A chart for indication of course area can be found on the usual Temporary List as before. The event will involve up to 100-130 small sailing craft which will be launched and recovered from Lowestoft South Beach, (just North of Claremont Pier). The event will be marshalled by committee boats and support ribs, which will be using Lowestoft Harbour to transit to/from the course area. The safety boats and RIBs will use private VHF channels for regulating the event, but craft will monitor VHF Channel 14 when transiting the Harbour areas. Vessels transiting the area are requested to give the ‘Laser’ racing and course area a wide berth.

6. Approaches to Kings Lynn – Light Beacon “B” – the temporary lighted beacon “B” in position 52° 49.’090N 00° 21.’136E has been replaced with a new permanent light beacon with yellow conical daymark and a light characteristic of Fl. Y 2s. The location can be found on the Temporary List;

7. Havengore Bridge Update (01.10.18) – Havengore Bridge remains closed to marine traffic. The remedial works have been planned but not yet scheduled due to the requirement for additional reviews and verification of the contractors’ safe working practices. We are optimistic that the final approvals will be given this week, and will update you when the works have been scheduled.
Many thanks for your continuing patience. Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE


There is no notice of any news about the news of dredging at the Port of Wells this week.

Last edited by tillergirl; Yesterday at 19:15.


Link to details –

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


You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *