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 – Gull Stream – Depths. Wrecks. Drying height. – 8 reductions of depth in and around the Gull Stream. It is worth noting the drying height on the western side of the Goodwins, is pretty close to a lateral line from the West Goodwin SHB to the NW Goodwin cardinal buoy. Favouring the eastern side of the Gull Stream seems an obvious precaution in a SW wind!
2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Thames Estuary – Pan Sand, Middle Sand, Margate Hook, East Barrow and Foulness Sand E – Beacons. – This is a sad time when five useful marks are unmaintained and now declining. Topmarks of each of the five beacons listed have now apparently fallen. Unfortunately as the Middle Sand is a red and white beacon, this cannot now be regarded as a safe area once the stump has fallen below the HW.
1. ST CLEMENTS REACH – GRAYS TERMINAL – JETTY WORKS & DREDGING OPERATIONS – revised notice, works from the September to end of November;
2. RIVER MEDWAY–UPNOR REACH TO OAKHAMNESS – Exercise Fuels Endeavour 17 – Royal Engineer’s Barge Towing Exercise – between 4th and 8th Nov 2017, No.516 Specialist Team, Royal Engineers (Bulk Petroleum) will be conducting towage exercises involving towing vessels and flexible barges for the transport of liquid fuels. See the usual page on the Temporary List for images of the exercise and route: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html
3. FAVERSHAM CREEK – Vessels Aground – due to the exceptional high tides, three vessels have grounded in the upper reaches of Faversham Creek. See the same page for images of location and vessels;
4. Grog Buoy River Orwell – now back in position and fully operational;
5. River Orwell – New Cut Construction Works – Dredging – southern side of the Ipswich Tidal Flood Barrier;
6. East Coast of England – The Wash – Approaches to King’s Lynn – UKD “Cherry Sand” – from the pm tide 15th October 2017 through until the pm tide 25th October 2017, will be carrying out maintenance dredging for the safety of shipping within the enclosed Docks King’s Lynn;
7. East Coast of England – The Wash – Approaches to King’s Lynn – Daseley’s Sled Approach – in the approach channel on or about 9th October 2017, No.19 lightbuoy to be moved 345°T x 150 metres. and No.16 lightbuoy to be moved 355°T x 70 metres.
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