Notices to Mariners Week 43 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland


UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

1. ENGLAND – South East Coast – Buoy. – This is in confirmation of the Trinity House NtoM 21 of 2018 issued in week 40 notifying the movement of the NW Goodwin west cardinal buoy.
2. NETHERLANDS – Depths. – A single reduction of depth adjacent to the west of the north part of the Steenbanken channel but not likely to hinder leisure craft.
3. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. – This preliminary Notice defines the whole area of the Outer Harbour at Great Yarmouth but does not indicate the revised depths. As this is an area leisure craft should not be, I have not included an image. for all detail on this and the Local notices including all images provided.


1. GRAVESEND REACH GRAVESEND FIREWORK DISPLAY – Friday 2nd November 2018 at 20:00 a fireworks display, River Thames on the south side of Gravesend Reach – conducted from the PLA Salvage vessel LONDON TITAN, which will be position approximately 150m offshore from Gordon Promenade, Gravesend. A SAFETY ZONE will be in place from 19:45 till 20:45 extending 300m from LONDON TITAN. This area covers any potential fall out from the fireworks. Mariners are asked not to transit this zone during the display and any vessels moored in this zone do so at their own risk. A harbour service launch will be on duty for the purposes of maintaining the safety zone, showing a blue flashing light, with the call sign prefix THAMES PATROL and maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 throughout.
2. HALFWAY REACH DEMOLITION WORKS PHOENIX WHARF – On Tuesday 16th October demolition works at Phoenix Wharf will commence – will take place from the Jack Up Barge COMMANDER and a spud leg barge. The tug HORTON will be in attendance to position the barges as required with a separate safety boat in attendance throughout the demolition works. These works will involve the demolition of ground moorings, timber dolphins, removal of the access walkway and loose rubbing strips to fender piles. Lifting operations will also take place with the removal of a concrete slab. Works are expected to be completed by the end of December 2018. All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 14. At times International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be exhibited in conjunction with a “Proceed with Caution” being broadcast by London VTS.
3. GRAVESEND REACH BELUGA WHALE – Due to the ongoing presence of a beluga whale, which is an IUCN red listed species, any vessels which are not required to operate in this area are advised to keep well clear. Vessels which need to operate in this area are required to keep a close lookout at all times. If the whale is sighted it should not be approached, speed should be reduced, and where possible a minimum distance of 100m from the whale should be maintained. Additional information on the whale can be found at
4. ERITH REACH JETTY WORKS COLD HARBOUR JETTY – During the week commencing 15th October 2018 Land & Water will be carrying out work on Cold Harbour Jetty from a pontoon moored on the outside of the jetty. The works will be carried out from the pontoon DEVELOPER with the assistance of a GPS Tug throughout. All vessels involved with the works will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 68. At times International Code flags “Romeo Yankee” will be exhibited in conjunction with a “Proceed with Caution” being broadcast by London VTS.
5. WOOLWICH REACH ISLAND JETTY GROUND INVESTIGATIONS – On or about 22nd October 2018 CMP Thames will be working on behalf of McLaughlin & Harvey and will conduct ground investigation works at Island Jetty for approximately 8 weeks. Three boreholes will be drilled into the river bed from the ‘ZEEJACK’ jack-up barge. All vessels involved will maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 14. The chartlet (see the usual 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. The jack-up barge will display the lights and shapes as prescribed in Rule 27 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, namely: • By day, three black shapes in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are balls and the middle one a diamond. • By night, three all round lights in a vertical line the highest and lowest of which are red and the middle one white.
6. River Stour – Structural inspection survey of the Cattawade Railway Bridge, Manningtree – Mariners are advised that between Monday 15th October 2018 and Friday 19th October 2018 Network Rail will be conducting an inspection survey of the Cattawade Railway Bridge structure. There will be no drilling, sampling, dredging or any physical works taking place. Safety boat ‘ISAR 3’ will be in attendance during these works and the crew will be monitoring VHF channels 16 and 71.
7. Norfolk Broads – Approaches to Beccles – A146 Bypass Road Bridge – the Highways Authority will be undertaking a principle inspection of the River Waveney Bridge, Norwich Road (A146), Beccles using underbridge equipment. Note that vessels may be temporarily restricted and regulated in their movement in the vicinity of the bridge from 20:00 hours Tuesday 13 November 2018 until 06:00 hours Wednesday 14 November 2018. TM420913. Please ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.
8. Norfolk Broads – Notice of closure, Stalham Dyke, River Ant – will be closed upstream of the entrance to Richardson’s Boatyard on Thursday 1 November 2018 from 10:30 to 13:30 hours for the carrying out of an Oil Spill Exercise by the Broads Authority. During this period, vessels will not be able to navigate this part of the river although emergency access will be maintained for authorised emergency vessels.
9. Port of Wells – Dredging.
10. Havengore Bridge Update – Following completion of the safety reviews for the proposed remedial works, we are pleased to inform you that repairs to Havengore Bridge have been scheduled for next week, 17-19 October. Unless the contractors encounter any unforeseen or additional complications, the bridge will be restored to service and open for marine traffic by next weekend.
We will issue a further update when we know the outcome of the works. Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE.

That’s it.

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


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