Notices to Mariners Weeks 1 & 2

UKHO Permanent Week 1 Notices:

1. ENGLAND – East Coast – Buoy. Legends. – New Yellow Special Buoy in the Old Lynn Channel in the Wash. This special buoy is to mark foul ground where the new power cable to the Race Wind Farm has not been buried correctly.
2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Wrecks. Fouls. – Two wrecks within the DW Yantlet Channel at the Sea Reach are reduced to two FOULs. Unlikely to hinder leisure craft.

Week 2

1. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. Obstruction. Foul. – One reduction of depth west of the No 14 PHB Mouse Channel and a change of an obstruction at 10.6m to FOUL. Neither likely to hinder leisure craft.
2. ENGLAND – East Coast – Buoyage. – The Ray Sand – This is correcting the chart position of the Ray Sand Middle at the Ray Sand. The buoy has never been moved (apart when it goes walkies) but the annotation had never caught up with the ‘official’ position. Now I may be a little mystified and may have confused myself! When I did three surveys in July last year (2019), the position of the Ray Sand Middle was (in my view) 51° 40´·00N., 0° 59´·50E. But when the Crouch Harbour Authority reported that the Middle SWM went off station on October they quoted the position FROM which it moved as 51° 40´·00N., 0° 59´·00E – which in my view where it had been. I guess an early trip in May? The relevance I would suggest is that the 0° 59´·00E meridian has the highest drying height on the Ray Sand just south of the now quoted position. See my download page for the latest chartlet.
3. ENGLAND – East Coast – Wreck. – One new wreck in the Lowestoft South Road, off Kirkley. At 4.9m probably not likely to hinder leisure craft.
4. ENGLAND – East Coast – Depths. – Three reduced depths in the north part of the Caister Road north of Caister-on-Sea. The depths will not hinder leisure craft.


1. Gig Rowing Event – River Crouch – on Sunday 5th January 2020 a Gig Rowing Event is scheduled to take place in the vicinity of Burnham-on-Crouch waterfront. There will be three contests in total with start times of 11:00 – 11:45 – 12:30.
The course will be decided on the day, depending on weather conditions but will be routed outside and away from the main Burnham Fairway. Vessels navigating in the area whilst the competition is in progress are requested to keep a sharp lookout and keep their wash to a minimum. Your co-operation is appreciated.
2. Kings Lynn Docks – Please be advised that due to the unsuitability for small craft and recent safety concerns the use of Riverside Quay (berths 4 and 5) by small vessels for unloading or layby will no longer be permitted. This notice is effective immediately. (No sign of the words ‘co-operation is appreciated’ in sight!
3. The Wash – Approaches to King’s Lynn – Discontinuance of, and amendments to, Aids to Navigation – following navigation buoys, which indicated historic approach channels to Kings Lynn, were permanently discontinued on 17th December 2019. Buoys and all associated mooring equipment have been removed. a: Seal Sand, North Cardinal light buoy, 52° 56’.000N 000°20’.000E; b: Sunk, West Cardinal light buoy, 52° 56’.290N 000° 23’.400E. Due to changes in the profile of the channel the following lightbuoys were moved on 17th December 2019: a: No. 14 Port hand light buoy moved to, 52° 51’.685N 000°21’.475E b: No. 16 Port hand light buoy moved to, 52° 51’.365N 000°21’.250E – All the latest chart extracts and full lists of positions of all KLCB Aids to Navigation are available to download from our website. (that’s the Kings Lynn web site)
4. Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners – New Shingle bank formed at Stonar Cut, River Stour (Kent) – the creation of a shingle bank just downstream of Stonar Cut, at the southern tip of Richborough Wharf, consequent of the Environment Agency running of the Cut’s sluices to drain the river of excess rainfall and consequent flooding of the flood plain. The bank will be protected by a Starboard Hand (green) buoy.

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