Notices to Mariners Week 42 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland
1. ENGLAND - South East Coast - Depths. Wrecks. - 8 reduced depths in and around the Gull Stream. Fortunately unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - River Thames - Two new depths, first in Bugby’s Reach where the depth is increased to 4.9m, the other reduced to 1.1m off Saunders Ness in the Blackwall Reach.
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - Preliminary Notice - This year there have been several revisions of depths in and around the Holm Channel and Corton Road. This Preliminary Notices notifies five new reductions of depth. Even though the depths should not hinder leisure craft, the significance of the changes is worthwhile of note. For clarity the image of the changes only includes this Notice. Please see the previous images for Notices 272 (Week 3), 2380(P) (Week 22), 4128 and Trinity House 15 (Week 35). (Probably easily to find in the Area list) The new UKHO charts to be issued on Thursday will include all the changes.
1. Harwich VTS - Long Range VHF radio refurbishment works completed – Normal conditions restored - refurbishment works on the VTS Long Range VHF radio system have been completed.
2. Isle of Grain LNG Terminal, Jetties No. 8 & 10. Jetty Fender Panel Inspections - will start from Monday 8th October 2018 and are expected to last for approximately 2 weeks. Personnel will be working on and above the waterline from the cranebarge “Renate II”, with the workboat “Avocet” in attendance. International Code of Signals flags, “RY”,will be displayed at the jetty head and Mariners are advised to slow down, make minimum wash and maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74, navigating with caution well clear of the exclusion zones when passing Grain LNG Terminal.
3. RIVER MEDWAY– CHATHAM REACH Thunderbolt Pier – pontoon replacement at Thunderbolt Pier, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham Reach. Will start from Monday 8th October 2018 to remove the existing 2 old pontoons and replace with new and are expected to complete no later than 26th October 2018. Personnel will be working on and above the waterline from the cranebarge “Devon”, with the tug “ GPS Arcadia” assisting. Operations will involve suspended loads from the cranebarge and heavy lifting equipment. Mariners are advised to slow down, make minimum wash and maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 74, navigating with caution until well clear of Thunderbolt Pier while works are in progress.
4. Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy - River Crouch District – Revised Position - the latitude and longitude promulgated in Notice to Mariners No 33 of 2018 for the Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy was an approximate position. The actual position of the Raysand Middle Unlighted Buoy: 051˚ 39.964 N, 000˚ 59.474 E. Now make sure chaps!
5. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH - Wreck Berth 39 Great Yarmouth River Port - a small leisure craft has sunk on her moorings in approximate position 52° 35.075’ North 001° 43.750’ East (alongside the Southern mooring dolphin close West of the ‘Ocean Terminal’ reporting point). The wreck will shortly be marked by two special marks at the NE and SE extremities lit during darkness with characteristic Fl.Y.5s. Some debris may be present and there may be lines or other hazards trailing close to the wreck. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when passing the wreck especially when vessels are moored on the opposite bank.
6. Port of Wells - Dredging restarting this week!
7. the Beluga Whale seen near Gravesend Reach at 8.05am this morning!
Link to details - http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
Local NtMs compiled by and reproduced by kind permission of Roger Gaspar, author of Crossing the Thames Estuary