Notices to Mariners Week 51

Notices to Mariners Week 51 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary and Temporary

1. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. – London River – Two increases of depth in Gravesend Reach!
2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Buoy. London River – New starboard hand buoy at Gallions Point in Gallions Reach;
3. BELGIUM – Wind turbines. – This notice repeats NtMs 5513(P) and 5645 in weeks 48 and 49 respectively to catch up with the changes for UKHO chart 110 for the Rentel Wind Farm. No other changes so the image is repeated:

Images for locations and detail can be found at in the 2018 list.


1. TOWER PIER TO SHORNMEAD LIGHT SUBSURFACE TOWED EQUIPMENT SURVEY – Starting on Friday 7th December 2018 survey works will be carried out along the River Thames between Tower Bridge and Shornmead Light by a PLA Survey vessel which will deploy subsurface towed equipment up to 200m astern of the vessel. When carrying out the survey the PLA Survey vessel will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre and will display lights and shapes in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (as amended) Rule 27 b. The vessels will maintain a listening watch on the appropriate port VHF working channel throughout the working period. All vessels are required to proceed with caution past the survey vessel when work is underway and at all times when advised by London VTS. The latest survey position will be updated by London VTS through the routine broadcasts made on the appropriate port VHF working channel. Survey work is due to be completed by 21st December 2018 but this may be extended as a result of prolonged periods of unsuitable weather or other operational requirements.
2. Burnham – Dredging Operations – Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina Ltd will be undertaking their Annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, between approximately 15th December 2018 and 31st May 2019, carried out by Motor Vessel BEAVER. Caution should be taken when entering and leaving the Marina whilst Dredging Operations are in progress.
3. Lowestoft – REVISED PORT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE FOR MASTERS – Mariners and Port-Users are advised that the information note for ‘Port Safety and Environmental Notice for Master’ using Lowestoft Harbour has been revised and is attached to this notice. This revision precedes all previous revisions. The full notice can be downloaded at in the Temporary List;
4. Port of Wells dredging – also an appeal for the Lifeboat Horse Appeal

“Did you love the sculpture of the lifeboat horse on the marsh? Would you like it to stay in Wells?

This particular exhibit created such a positive response to visitors and residents that we are leading a fund for it to remain. We are therefore asking businesses and individuals if they would like to contribute to the cost of purchasing the piece for the community and placed in the Harbour. The total required is £15,000. We will need to raise the total by the end of January 2019. All donations are welcome, no matter how small. The Harbour will donate an amount towards that cost and will pay all ongoing costs for insurance, maintenance and winter storage.
We are keen for this sculpture to remain as part of the town’s heritage as a dedication to the horses that pulled the 33ft lifeboat two and a half miles from the quay to Holkham Gap.
If you would like to contribute please contact us at the Harbour Office 01328 711646. Or, if you prefer, you can send a cheque for your donation to The Old Lifeboat House, Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1AT. Please make cheques payable to “Wells Harbour Commissioners”. Cheques will not be cashed unless the full £15,000 has been raised by the end of January 2019. If it has not been raised by then cheques will be returned – please give us your name and address for that purpose.” There is an image at

5. The Wash – Approaches to Kings Lynn – Amendments to Buoyage – due to changes in the profile of the approach channel the following amendments will take place on or about 11th December 2018: a) No.12 light buoy to be moved 130m x 170°(T) to 52° 52’.260N 00°21’.915E b) No.13 light buoy to be moved 220m x 175°(T) to 52° 52’.160N 00°21’.735E. Requested to give the buoying vessel “St Edmund” a wide berth and pass at minimum speed whilst works to move the buoys are being undertaken.
6. London Array. The Jack-up vessel “Ziton Wind Server” is commencing four major component exchanges within the London Array wind farm from the 11th December 2018. They will be attending on that date to the B15 turbine which lines Foulger’s Gat. A 500m exclusion zone will be in place and that will certainly partially restrict the Gat. The London Array might regard Foulger’s Gat to be temporarily closed although there ought to be room to pass. It would be prudent for the service vessel to be called at the earliest opportunity. Full details and images of position and the vessels are in the Temporary List on the above page.

Link to details –

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


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