Notices to Mariners Week 7


Notices to Mariners Week 7 – Notices to Mariners for the Southern East Coast of the UK and across to France, Belgium and part of Holland

UKHO Permanent/Preliminary/Temporary

1. Admiralty Charts to be published 28th February 2019 - Chart 1351 International Chart Series, France - North Coast, Approaches to Calais., Calais. - Includes changes to depths, port developments and obstructions. (A modified reproduction of INT1483 published by France.);
2. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - There are 20 variations of depth off Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. These changes are in four areas: the North Scroby/North Caister, the Holm Channel, between the north and south parts of the Holm Sands and south of the Stanford Channel. The whole area tends to be mobile and new charts are due in mid 2019. 4 images of the changes at ;
3. ENGLAND - East Coast - Depths. - River Thames - On reduction of depth in the centre of the channel off the Tilbury Power Station. At over 7m unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
4. ENGLAND - East Coast - Obstruction. - River Thames - The Obstructions just off the jetty at Dagenham Docks are deleted.


1. Pipeline towage operation - between 22:00 hrs on Monday 4th February 2019 and 02:00 hrs on Tuesday 05th February 2019 the remaining pipeline moored on the temporary mooring installation in the River Stour will be taken off the temporary mooring and towed to sea. Mariners are reminded that the pipeline is approximately one kilometre in length. Traffic management restrictions will apply during the towage operation. All vessels must declare their intention to navigate between the temporary moorings in the River Stour and Landguard Point to Harwich VTS between 21:30 hrs on Monday 4th February 20219 and 01:00 hrs on Tuesday 5th February 2019 via VHF channel 71 or telephone 01255 243000. It is now on the move (presumably postponed over the weekend). Same route. Image on the Temporary list in the above page.

2. GRAVESEND REACH SEACON TOWER WHARF TIMBER FENDER REFURBISHMENT - will commence on Monday 4th February 2019 on refurbishment of timber fenders on the main jetty at Tower Wharf. The spudleg barge, GPS BOXER, will be positioned on the outside of the jetty during the works and a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be broadcasted by London VTS on VHF Channel 68. Works will be managed around shipping movements at which time all marine craft will be clear of the berth. The safety boat, MOLLY G, will be on site throughout the works and will be maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 68. The tug, HORTON, will be in attendance when required to reposition the GPS BOXER as the works progress along the wharf. Works are expected to last 8 weeks. Image on the Temporary List.

3. LIMEHOUSE REACH - CONVOYS WHARF - DECONSTRUCTION WORKS - OBSTRUCTION - On completion of works at Convoys Wharf and the departure of the GAVERLAND on 1st February 2019, a PLA Driftwood vessel will position an East Cardinal Mark off the deconstructed jetty. The East Cardinal Mark will display a white light with characteristics VQk Fl(3) every 5 seconds.
Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14.

4. (Late notification) RIVER MEDWAY – MEDWAY APPROACH CHANNEL - SS RICHARD MONTGOMERY WRECK - from 19th January 2019 to 28th February 2019, EGS International Ltd. will be undertaking, on behalf of the MCA and Receiver of Wreck, a detailed sonar survey of the SS Richard Montgomery wreck and have obtained permission to enter the prohibited area. All survey work will be carried out by the EGS Watchful (callsign MAQK4; MMSI 232006596; fitted with AIS Class A) who will be keeping a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 & 74. As part of the survey, EGS Watchful will also be operating within the restricted sector to survey and check the oceanographic recording equipment that is located on the seabed just outside the Wreck Exclusion Zone in position 51° 28.086’N 000° 46.914’E. See the Temporary List for image of the chart and equipment;

5. Port o Wells - Dredging again;

6. Havengore - Bridge still under repair - progress report promised next week.

That's it.

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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