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Warning light at Medway entrance (20th June 2017)
Medway VTS has advised that the useful flashing warning light on top of the harbour buildings at Garrison Point is inoperative. This gave warning of ship movements. There is no indication of when or if the light will be restored.
Accessing the Havengore from the Thames Estuary (17th June 2017)
Qinetic, who manage the military ranges at Shoeburyness, have issued a timely reminder about the potential dangers to small craft if the correct procedures for accessing the area are not followed. Although the topic is well covered by ECP, Qinetic also publish their own guide online, here.
Submerged object, Kentish Flats windfarm (Updated 17th June 2017)
The precise position of this object, reported earlier, is now known to be within the boundaries of the windfarm, towards its NE corner, and it is now marked with a temporary Wreck buoy. It is recommended that all seafarers remain outside the windfarm for their own safety until it is removed. .
Waterside Marina changes (24th April 2017)
Management of the Waterside Marina at Brightlingsea is now in the hands of the Harbour Trust, and you should contact Brightlingsea Harbour office if you wish to use the marina. See changed contact details on the Colne updates page.
New Deben and Ore entrance chartlets available (19th Apr 2017)
The new river entrance chartlets have now been drawn at Imrays, and approved by Trinity House. They can as usual be found on our Downloads page.
John White, Deben HM, advises us that there is very little water, inches only, at LWS on the Deben bar. The channel is very narrow, and extra care is needed to stay on track.
We have no first-hand experience of the Ore entrance yet this year and would be pleased to hear any comments or advice. It is also evidently very shallow on approach.
Stone Point, Walton Backwaters (14th Apr 2017)
A new chartlet of the channel past Stone point to and from the Walton Channel is now on our Downloads page by kind permission of W&FYC.
Lowestoft - nav buoy missing (12th Apr 2017)
Mariners on the move in Lake Lothing should note that the ‘Compass’ PHB has been damaged and is not on station.
Dangerous Crouch wreck report (28th Mar 2017)
The Crouch HM has reported that the charted obstruction on the southern edge of the Buxey Sands, north of the Buxey Edge Light Buoy in position 51˚40’.659’N 001˚03.487E, now appears to be in a slightly different position, 51˚40’.924N 001˚03’.660E.
It is believed to be a wreck, possibly up to 70 feet in length; stanchions have been sighted at low water approximately 1m above the water. Mariners are advised to remain within or close to the Fairway between Swallowtail No 4 and Buxey Edge buoys when navigating in this area.
Fambridge Yacht Haven improvements (28th March 2017)
Additions at Fambridge this Spring include a new dredger, with which the management aim to provide all-tide access in Stow Creek and within the marina. A new 40-ton boat hoist is expected too, replacing the old 25-ton hoist which will be relocated to North Fambridge Yacht Station.
Paglesham moorings (11th July 2015, updated 11th Nov 2016)
Following a change of ownership at the boatyard at Paglesham last year , the Crouch HM issued a notice saying “As of 10th July 2015 the boatyard pontoon is no longer available for vessels to moor on. The slipway and afloat moorings are also closed to visitors until further notice.” The Crouch HM recently reiterated that this is still the case; however, visitors may be able to borrow a Roach Sailing Association mooring using the contact details published in ECP.
Dangerous wreck south of Ramsgate entrance (Updated 5th October 2016)
This wreck is SSW of the West Quern buoy, between it and the B2 buoy that guards the Cross Ledge bank. Position is 51°18’·63N 001°25·12E. Extreme caution needed. This is an ‘old’ wreck probably exposed by the shifting of sandbanks in the area.
Grain Chimney demolished (7th Sept 2016)
The 244m chimney at the old power station on the western side of the Medway entrance, for years a very useful landmark, was demolished today.
Medway, Gas Terminals warning (6th July 2016)
Peel Ports, the port authority for the Medway, has issued a notice reminding mariners to keep 150 metres away from the LNG terminal quays, or 250 metres from any tanker berthed there. They have warned of action against skippers who transgress. The quays are on the north side, and east of the container terminal.
Pin Mill / Chelmondiston (6th July 2016)
Any visitors hoping to stock up at the village shop in ‘Chelmo’ should note that it is currently closed; locals hope that a buyer will come forward and reopen it.
‘East Coast Pilot’ now available as an iBook (22nd Feb 2016)
Growing numbers of leisure sailors are keeping documentation on iPads, and we’re pleased to announce that Imays have now made ECP available as an iBook, as an alternative to the print version. You will find a link on our Buy Books page.