Notices to Mariners Week 3
1. New Editions of ADMIRALTY Leisure Folios to be published on 23rd January, 2020 – SC 5605 14th Edition – Chichester to Ramsgate and Calais to Oostende
5605.1: A Western Approaches to Dover Strait. 1:500,000; B Northern Approaches to Dover Strait. 1:250,000
5605.2 Dover to Calais. 1:50,000
5605.3 Chichester to Worthing. 1:75,000
5605.4: A Worthing to Newhaven. 1:75,000; B Shoreham Harbour – Western Arm and River Adur. 1:5,000
5605.5: A Newhaven to Hastings. 1:75,000; B Sovereign Harbour. 1:15,000
5605.6: A Hastings to Dungeness. 1:75,000; B Rye. 1:25,000
5605.7 Dungeness to South Foreland. 1:75,000
5605.8 Dover to Deal. 1:37,500
5605.9 Deal to Ramsgate. 1:37,500
5605.10 Calais to Dunkerque. 1:75,000
5605.11 Dunkerque to Blankenberge. 1:100,000
5605.12: A Calais. 1:15,000; B Gravelines. 1:20,000; C Dunkerque. 1:20,000; D Nieuwpoort. 1:20,000; E Oostende. 1:15,000
5605.13: A Newhaven Harbour. 1:5,000; B Littlehampton Harbour. 1:6,250; C Brighton Marina. 1:5,000; D Folkestone Harbour. 1:5,000
5605.14: A Dover. 1:6,250; B Shoreham Harbour – Eastern Arm. 1:5,000; C Shoreham Harbour – The Canal. 1:5,000
5605.15: A Approaches to Ramsgate. 1:12,500; B Ramsgate. 1:5,000
2. BELGIUM – Depths. – Seven reductions on and around the Flemish Banks of the Kwintebank. Unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
3. ENGLAND – South East Coast – Depths. – One isolated reduced depths in the SW bound TSS south of the Tail of the Falls.
4. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depth – One reduction of depth on the edge of the channel of the Thames opposite Rainham Marshes.
5. ENGLAND – East Coast – NM Block. Depth. Drying heights. – One ‘new’ drying height close to the Mid Knoll starboard hand buoy at the Deben Haven and a ‘new’ drying height between the Oxley and Weir buoys at the entrance of the Ore. The notice also includes a new block for the Deben Haven. NOTE that no 2020 survey has yet been taken this year to the best of my knowledge. East Coast Pilot will update information for 2020 as soon as it becomes available.
6. ENGLAND – South East Coast – Depth. – One reduction of depth in the SW TSS in the Mid Falls. At 29m I do not think this will hinder leisure craft!
7. NORTH SEA – Netherlands Sector – Depth. – One reduced of depth on the east shoal of the Geul van de Banjaard channel (off the Dutch Schouwen coast)
8. ENGLAND – East Coast – Buoyage. – A very slight move of the No 13 starboard hand buoy leaving to the New Cut into the Port of Boston – such slight move of position that it does not register on the chart!
9. ENGLAND – East Coast – Light. – Deletion of the light at the south end of the Convoy’s Wharf in the Greenwich Reach, River Thames.
10. ENGLAND – South Coast – Buoy. – Progress on the works within the western side of Dover Harbour: the southern yellow special mark replaced with a new SCB.
As usual all UKHO NtMs are ‘illustrated’ at: Notices to Mariners
Local – only 3
1. HALFWAY REACH – London River – GREAT BREACH PUMPING STATION – OUTFALL & FORESHORE WORKS – Starting the week commencing 6th January 2020 equipment will be mobilised to the Great Breach Pumping Station in order to restore functionality to its outfall and carry out additional works in the vicinity. During the works a landing craft will be utilised by contractors working on the foreshore along with a jet-float working platform anchored to the foreshore to provide safe access to the tidal flap valve. Temporary scaffolding will also be constructed adjacent to the outfall structure. At times a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be in place and broadcasts made by London VTS on VHF Channel 14. Vessels involved in the lifting operations will display the international code flags “Romeo Yankee” at all times when the ‘Proceed with Caution’ is in place and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 14. The works are expected to last until the end of April 2020. For the latest information contact London VTS on VHF Channel 14 or by telephone on 0203 2607711.
2. PORT OF GREAT YARMOUTH – Breydon Bridge Non-Operational – MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that Breydon lifting bridge is currently non-operational and is unable to lift for vessel traffic. Road traffic is unaffected. Diagnostic testing is ongoing; however, it is not known at this time when the bridge will return to normal service. Air draught boards are available on both sides of the bridge. Additional advice can be sought by contacting Breydon Bridge on VHF Ch12 or telephone 01493 335536 (daylight hours only).
3. Closure of ‘Catfield Dyke’ Hickling Broad – Notice is hereby given that the Broads Authority will be dredging Catfield Dyke. Passage to all vessels will be closed for the duration of the works. All vessels are to consider this closure when route planning and when navigating the area. The works are planned to commence from Monday 13 January to Thursday 9 April 2020. Mariners with vessels in Catfield Dyke are encouraged to make route arrangements prior to the works starting. All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of the closure. The works will take place in the following approximate position: TG405217– X (easting) 640530: Y (northing) 321734 (Shown on plan extract by ). Vessels should ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.
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