Notices to Mariners Week 48

UKHO Permanent/Temporary/Preliminary

1. ADMIRALTY CHARTS TO BE PUBLISHED 12 DECEMBER 2019 – Chart 2695 – England – East Coast, Plans on the East Coast of England.
A Walton Backwaters.
B Continuation of Landermere Creek.
C Rivers Ore and Alde.
D Southwold Harbour.
Includes changes to depths from the latest British Government and Port Authority Surveys.

2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. – One very slight reduction of depth on centre line of the Sunk DW channel and one increase of depth further north on the line. The image includes the revised depths between the Black Deep and Trinity buoys vide NtM 5212. Nothing to hinder us.


1. GRAVESEND REACH – TILBURY 2 – HEAVY LIFT OPERATION – On Sunday 17thNovember 2019lifting operations will take place at Tilbury2 construction site on the afternoon high water. The lifting operation will be undertaken by the seagoing floating sheerleg “MATADOR-3” and will involve the lift of a 360T approach bridge, which will form part of the new Ro-Ro berth facility for Tilbury2. During the lift a ‘Proceed with Caution’ will be in place to minimise wash and draw-off, which could otherwise affect the critical stages of the lift and installation as well as the safety of those involved. This will be broadcasted on VHF Channel 68 by London VTS. During the lifting operation the MATADOR-3 will be positioned inshore, clear of the main navigational channel. At times it may encroach the navigational channel in order to position its anchors and passing vessels will be required to navigate with caution at all times.Any of the following craft will be utilised during operations and will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68:Tugs and Work Boats‘SWS SUFFOLK’, ‘SWS ENDURANCE’, ‘EVA’, ‘JAN LEENHEER’, E-TWO Barges‘H-332’ (110m x 33m) –for transportation of the approach bridge section.

2. ST CLEMENT’S REACH GREENHITHE SWING BUOY – NOT TO BE USED – Greenhithe Swing buoy has been damaged and must not be used until further notice. A temporary yellow buoy with yellow light Flash every 2.5 seconds has been placed on top of the upended buoy. I doubt any of us will be using that!

3. Amended LOWESTOFT–BASCULE BRIDGE MARINE CLOSURES – extensive maintenance works are scheduled for Lowestoft Bascule Bridge for the end of October and November 2019. This will result in a series of overnight Marine closures. All these closures will run from 2000hrs until 0600hrs on the following day. Details for these closures are as follows:-

28/10/2019 to 08/11/2019 (all dates inclusive)–12 consecutive nights
10/11/2019 to 14/11/2019 (all dates inclusive) –5 consecutive nights
Due to unforeseen circumstances with new components further night closures are as follows: 16/11/2019 to 17/11/2019 –2 nights

No small boat openings.
Commercialvessel openings will be accommodated with a minimum of 12hrs notice, one hour either side of the HW or LW period. Every attempt will be made to accommodate commercial requirements, including temporary allocation of berths in the Outer Harbour area. It may be possible to accommodate small boat transits with any essential commercial vessel openings, although small boats will only be permitted to transit with a large commercial vessel if in the same direction of travel. Dates may change subject to the progress of works. If any additional closures are required an additional notice will be issued. Agents, Owners and Vessel masters are advised to bear these closures in mind when planning vessel movements in or out of the Port of Lowestoft. Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further informationrequired.

4. River Yare Swing Bridge Closure – Reedhamswingbridge will not be available for opening to river traffic from 20:00hrs 24th December 2019 until 22:00hrs 26th December 2019, this is due to the swingbridge being unattended. Network Rail Operations apologise for any inconvenience caused. For more information contact Network Rail Helpline open 24/7 03457 11 41 41. High waterhead room/air draft at Reedham swing bridge 10ft (3.05m). Please refer to gauge boards before negotiating your passage through. For further tidal information please refer to…de-information The closure will take place in the following approximate position: TG422016–X (easting) 642248: Y (northing) 3016553. Vessels should ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating.

5. Port of Wells – dredging.

Link to details –

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