Notices to Mariners Week 6
1. ENGLAND – East Coast – Beacon. – Deletion of the Yellow unlit beacon on the west bank of the Medway between Upper Upnor and the Castle.
2. ENGLAND – South Coast – Breakwater. Light. – A new short breakwater (with light) on the edge of the Western Docks development of Dover Harbour.
3. ENGLAND – East Coast – Obstruction. – The depth over a known obstn north of the Thanet Wind Farm is now defined. At 20.9m unlikely to hinder leisure craft.
Images can be found at: Notices to Mariners
1. THAMES ESTUARY – SUNK PRECAUTIONARY AREA – SUNK CENTRE LIGHT VESSEL Latitude 51° 50.100’N., Longitude 001° 46.020’E. – Existing Light Vessel has been temporarily removed and a replacement Lighted Buoy established
in lieu, as follows:- Pillar: Red and white vertical stripes: Mo.(A)15 seconds: Red spherical topmark. Racon, as follows:- Type : Agile Frequency, Code : Morse “C”, Nominal Range : 10 miles Frequency : X band 9320 MHz to 9500 MHz : S band 2920 MHz to 3100 MHz; Display period : On 20 seconds. Off 40 seconds. – Total 60 seconds.- AIS Transmission; MMSI Number 992351034. Mariners are advised that the transmitted message 21 will be displayed as “Sunk Centre”. Further notice will be given when the Lighted Buoy is removed and the Light Vessel re-established.
2. PROCEDURES IN THE THAMES BARRIER CONTROL ZONE – The procedures, initially published in the General Directions for Navigation in the Port of London 2016, will now be encompassed in this standalone Notice to Mariners. A permanent Control Zone, encompassing the Thames Barrier, is established between Margaretness and Blackwall Point. All vessels navigating within the Control Zone are subject to the requirements of current General Directions. The Notice contains 4 pages, images and directions to shipping and leisure craft. It can be download on the above web page at the Local list.
3. Harwich Haven – Maintenance Dredging – on or about the 08th of February 2021 the dredger Njord R (LOA 111.30m) will commence maintenance dredging in the harbour, for a period of approximately 14 days. Detailed dredger movements can be obtained from Harwich VTS on VHF Channel 71. Lights and shapes as required by Collision Regulations will be exhibited and a listening watch on VHF Channel 71 will be maintained throughout.
4. THE SWALE – FERRY REACH, KINGSFERRY BRIDGE – Lifting Restrictions 30thJanuary to 3rd February 2021 – Network Rail have scheduled maintenance work at Kingsferry Bridge between the above dates meaning lifting restrictions will be imposed affecting all vessels. Engineering isolations will be in place resulting in NO bridge lifts being possible during the periods stated below. Saturday 30/01 – 00:00 – 13:30 HW Sheerness – 01:24 & 13:46; Sunday 31/01 – 00:00 – 05:30 HW Sheerness – 02:03; Wednesday – 03/02 – 00:30 – 05:00 HW Sheerness – 04:00. Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650 or from Kingsferry Bridge on VHF Channel 10.
5. THE SWALE – Clay Reach River Works – Extension to existing waste water outfall. – work to extend an existing outfall is due to start week commencing 1st February 2021. A license has been granted to lengthen a waste water outfall adjacent to the Ridham Biomass Power Plant facility in clay reach by 10 meters. (see attached chart for location of licensed work) . All work will be carried out from the landside and will not impact on the safety of navigation. Excavation and connection is expected to be completed within two days, however, this is subject to operational and environmental changes. Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74, call sign “Medway VTS” or telephone 0151 949 6148 or 0151 949 6650.
6. Peel Ports Group – COVID-19 UK Travel Restrictions – Guidance for Ship Owners and Operators – The UK Government has issued travel bans and restrictions for passengers arriving into the UK from a number of South American and South African countries as well as Portugal (this includes Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe) .The travel restrictions apply to everybody, there are no exceptions for seafarers which means that if the ship left Portugal less than 10 days previous to arrival into a UK port, the crew will not be permitted entry into the country and will have remain on board for the remainder of the 10 day quarantine period provided there are no emergent cases or declared symptomatic crew. This does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household.
If required to undertake technical checks or similar tasks crew will be permitted to step ashore to complete those duties but in close consultation with the terminal staff. No visitors will be permitted to board the vessel. Any emergency requirements will continue to be met under strict protocols and will be co-ordinated by port staff. There has been no change to the UK policy stating that we will continue to do our utmost to safely facilitate crew changes within the UK, providing that current UK travel policies are adhered to. Vessel agents are asked to keep in close contact with the local port health authority, UK Border Force and Peel Ports management team to co-ordinate any permitted crew change arrangements. Ships are reminded to submit their Maritime Declarations of Health before arrival as per current procedures and attention is drawn to Medway Notice to Mariners 6 & 7 of 2021 and NASBO 9,10 & 11 of 2021 which refer to extant COVID guidelines and pilot boarding procedures. Latest guidance on travel restrictions can be found www.gov.uk
7. Port of Wells – dredging
8. Havengore Bridge: Update 29.01.21 – Havengore Bridge remains closed to marine traffic. Unfortunately, the engineer visit expected this week was again postponed due to impacts from COVID-19 and resourcing. The visit has been rescheduled for next Wednesday 3 February and we will issue an update in the latter part of next week. We apologise for any inconvenience. Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE.
9. Navigation Restriction on the River Wensum (Bishop Bridge) Norwich – maintenance works of the quay wall adjacent to the Red Lion PH Bishopgate, will commence from Monday 1 February until Friday 2 April 2021. The site stretches along the upstream end of the River Wensum, grid ref TG 23987 09001. The maintenance works on the water will involve the use of floating pontoons and a small work safety vessel. Note during the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works. All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. Vessels should ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area. Please contact the Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.
10. Navigation Restriction on the River Wensum (New Mills) Norwich – maintenance works of the quay wall adjacent to the Old BT Repeater Station (70 Westwick St, Norwich) will commence from Monday 1 February 2021 until Friday 9 April 2021. The site stretches along the upstream end of the River Wensum, grid ref TG 22647 08973. The maintenance works will take place from scaffolding levered off the quay heading. Note during the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works. All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. Vessels should ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area. Please contact the Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.
A link to the images for items 9 and 10 can be found in the Local List.
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