Notices to Mariners Week 45 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland
No permanent notices in the monitored area this week
1. Harwich VTS - Long Range VHF radio antenna replacement works have been completed.
2. River Crouch - Sunken Vessel - an 8.9 metre wooden Dragon Racing Yacht has sunk in position: 51˚ 37.008’ N, 000˚ 51.822’ E clear of the Fairway (it on the Brankfleet Spit to the east of the Brfankfleet RGR buoy. Vessel and mast will be visible in and around the low water period. The vessel has been marked with a small unlit buoyant can. Mariners are asked to give the area a wide berth. The vessel is scheduled to be lifted later this week.
3. Blakeney Harbour - the No 2 buoy move slightly to the south-west, and lights temp. removed from nos 7 and 8.
4. Galloper Wind Farm - I think this is a new advice but perhaps it has been there a while and I hadn't noticed:
Information for mariners
Safe sailing during operations
Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is now in operation, which means that the safety exclusion zone that was in place during construction is no longer in effect. Yachts and other recreational vessels are now free to sail through the wind farm site.
It is suggested that boat owners check with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or relevant marine body for recommendations related to safe passage through offshore wind farms. Galloper’s position is that maintaining approximately 100 metres between vessels and the wind farm structures – turbines and offshore substation platform – would demonstrate good seamanship. As a precaution, it is recommended that sailing vessels should have their engines turned on and in neutral whilst transiting through the wind farm to enable rapid control if it is required.
That's it. a nice simple week.
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