Notices to Mariners Week 14

UKHO Permanent/Preminary and Temporary.

1. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. – These two reductions of depth around the Long Sand are associated with last week’s Notices No 1620(P) and 1640(P). The first is very close to the week of the Mi Amigo (Radio Caroline) and appears to be a typo in Notice 1640 (1° 17´·05E in 1640(P) and 1° 17´·50E in this Notice). The second depth is identical as the earlier notice but I made a typo on the Longitude in Fisherman’s Gat. All corrected in the image!
2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Buoy. – One new mooring buoy just off the West Street Pier of Gravesend.
3. ENGLAND – South East Coast – Depths. – Seven reduced depths in the Port of Ramsgate: one in the East Marina, one just west of the East Bank in the Royal Harbour and the remainder in the Outer Harbour and turning circle. (Note the Local Ramsgate notice below).
4. BELGIUM – Depths. – Preliminary Notice 1109(P) in week 9 this year provided information about 18 reduced depths in and around the Oostdyck, Middelkerkebank and Sierra Ventana banks. This notice adds three reduced depths north of Zeebrugge but these are unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
5. ENGLAND – East Coast – Light. – New UKHO block for the approaches to Lowestoft. – Associated with the notice below. This was notified in the local notices a week or so ago changing the light sectors for the Lowestoft appproach light.
6. ENGLAND – East Coast – Light. – That is the new block for Chart 1543. This Notice is for Chart 1535 which is due for a new edition mid season this year so this will effectively be a duplication.


1. Important Information – Ha’penny Pier – revisions to the usage of mooring facilities to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus – To manage the current Covid-19 virus outbreak we have revised the mooring usage on Ha’penny Pier with immediate effect and until further notice. Vessels can continue to use the berths in accordance to the areas marked on the map (shown on the PDF version) and the pontoons will be manned by staff where possible from 30 March 2020. Go to the local list in the usual page for the image: Notices to Mariners
2. Harwich Harbour & approaches: seasonal recreational marks – On or after the 23rd of March 2020 the seasonal recreational marks will be reinstated. Go to the Local list for full details of the buoys and their positions.
3. Whitaker No 3 Lighted Buoy, River Crouch – NAVIGATION – Mariners are advised that Whitaker No 3 Lighted Buoy in position: 51˚ 40.424’N, 001˚ 04.719’E is back in operation.
4. Ipswich – Installation of New Lock Gates now postponed. Due to the many issues surrounding Covid -19 (Coronavirus) , unfortunately we have had to postpone the installation of our New Lock Gates. Therefore Local Notice to Mariners No4 – 2020 is cancelled and the Lock is operating normally. We will promulgate further information via Local Notice to Mariners as and when we have new information.
5. ROCHESTER – BRIDGE REACH – ROCHESTER NEW ROAD BRIDGE: RE-FURBISHMENT WORKS & SPAN CLOSURES. Phase 3 – Phase 3: Has now commenced and will last for approx. 5 – 6 months. Long Notice on the Local list with (unexciting) image.
6. Port of Wells – closed for leisure craft. – Wells Harbour Commissioners request that all yachts and other recreational vessels DO NOT VISIT THE PORT OF WELLS during the current outbreak of the virus COVID19. Unfortunately during this unprecedented situation all the harbour leisure facilities will be closed. We are responding to Government advice to avoid all but essential travel, the likely pressure on public services and the lack of facilities for visitors, we ask that anyone planning a trip to Wells Harbour, delays their trip until the present situation has eased or we are advised differently by the UK Government. This virus effects us all and has forced significant restrictions on our staff and how we operate day-to-day, with our staff working on a skeleton rota system. We of course will look forward to welcoming all visitors to our beautiful harbour and town once the current situation has improved. Wells Harbour Commissioners and the staff would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Stay safe !! For updates visit our website Twitter @hmwellsnextsea or Facebook Port of Wells for updates.

Note the Broads Authority haven’t issued a Notices to Mariners but on their web site there is a notice saying the Broads waters are still open but many (named) boatyards are closed. Visitors discouraged and holiday home owners to stay away!

7. DREDGING CAMPAIGN – Ramsgate – Mariners are advised that the Water Injection Dredger ‘Borr’ will be undertaking a dredging campaign within both the Royal Harbour and around the berths at the Port of Ramsgate during week commencing the 23rd March 2020 for approximately 2 weeks. The dredger will be monitoring VHF Ch.14 Vessels are requested to pass at low speed.
8. B2 BUOY – Ramsgate – 51.18.2640N – 001.23.9267E – Mariners are advised that the B2 buoy is currently missing from its charted position.
9. Sandwich – No notice but a new warning on their website saying: ‘Note that there are wide areas of shallow water in Pegwell Bay and in the entrance to the river. Be careful to avoid grounding, or hitting the river banks and causing damage to the sensitive saltings and mudflats. The Harbourmaster is available to assist with advice. Tel: 07463 721714, Email, VHF marine radio, Channel 08
10. Potton Bridge: Closed to marine traffic – Potton Bridge will be closed to marine traffic until further notice. This is due to staff shortages resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. We will notify you when the service has been restored. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this challenging period. Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE

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