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Havengore Bridge closed yet again (Updated 3rd Sept)
Notice from Qinetic -
“On Sunday 5 August, Havengore Bridge failed in the open position on lifting. The test lift was completed on Thursday 2 August with no issues reported and we went into the weekend with confidence that the bridge would operate. QinetiQ engineers attended and lowered the bridge manually to restore road access to Foulness Island which takes priority so that emergency access is maintained. The specialist engineers will be attending tomorrow when we will have a fault diagnosis and estimated down time.
It’s apparent that in spite of regular maintenance and testing, the bridge is still prone to unforeseen and intermittent failure and our contractors are investigating an underlying cause. In the meantime, we’re advising mariners that when the bridge is declared open to marine traffic (following fault rectification and testing), that they should be aware of the possibility that it may fail on operation, and that they should be prepared to take an alternate route/have a contingency plan in place.
Mariners can contact the bridgekeeper on the day and on approach to check the status on 01702 383436 or VHF Channel 72. We also attempt to notify mariners when failures occur out of hours (when limited resources are available) and will be adding announcements about bridge failures to the information that we already provide to HM Coastguard to be broadcast in Local Navigational Warnings.
We will provide a further update following the engineers’ report.”
UPDATE - as of 3rd Sept, the bridge is out of action after a brief respite, with no promise of re-opening yet.
Floating pipeline movements, Harwich area (19th July)
Mariners are advised that between 04:30 hrs and 06:30 hrs on 20th July 2018 one of the four pipelines moored on the temporary mooring installation in the river Stour will be taken off the temporary mooring and towed to sea. Mariners are reminded that the pipelines are approximately one kilometre in length. Traffic management restrictions will apply during the towage operation.
All vessels must declare their intention to navigate between the temporary moorings and Landguard Point to Harwich VTS during 04:30 hrs and 06:30 hrs on the 20th of July 2018 via VHF 71 or telephone.
The temporary trot moorings are positioned in the river Stour between the following approximate positions. 51 ̊ 56.96 N 0001 ̊ 12.00 E to 51 ̊ 56.93 N 0001 ̊ 12.93 E
The following vessels will be involved in the towage operation; Forth Sentinel, Forth Warrior Ashraf and the Celtic Guardian. It is anticipated that the towage operation will follow track to a point close NE of Bawdsey.
It is our understanding that these are ducts for windfarm export cables but we have no info about what happens next.
Foundry Reach and WFYC Basin (19th July)
With further thanks to John Hale and the WFYC, we have added two more excellent diagrams showing the buoyed route to Walton and Frinton YC. They are also on our Downloads page.
Stone Point / Walton Backwaters - new chart diagram for 2018 (4th May)
On our Downloads page we have added a new 2018 chart diagram for the route around Stone Point, in the Walton Backwaters. Many thanks to John Hale and the WFYC for allowing us to add this to our website.
Deben and Ore entrances advice notes revised (25th April)
The Deben chartlet download now includes a recent aerial photo of the entrance at LW. The Ore advice note now includes a strict warning about timings.
Deben and Ore entrances - new chartlets (13th April)
Following recent Trinity House surveys of the two entrances, today we published new Imray chartlets which are available, free of charge, on our Downloads page, together with advice notes.
Badly marked fishing pots - reporting (updated 15th March)
We support the efforts being put in by the CA and the RYA to get better marking for fishing pots, because we sail on the East Coast just like you do. The CA petition reached its target and is now closed, but if you are unlucky enough to get tangled with pot gear, do please use this RYA form to report it. Thank you!
‘East Coast Pilot’ now available as an eBook as well as from iBooks (posted 9th Nov 2017)
ECP has been available as an iBook for some time, as an alternative to the print version. It is now also available as an eBook for other devices. You will find a link on our Buy Books page.
Works at entrance to Queenborough Creek (posted 6th Sept 2017)
Also at Queenborough, work has started on a major refurbishment of the flood barrier at the entrance to Queenborough Creek. Activities will be confined to times around LW so the effect on navigation in and out of the creek is expected to be minimal. Traffic lights and information boards will be in use as necessary.
Warning light at Medway entrance (posted 20th June, updated 11th Sept 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 the light will be restored although we now understand that it will be fixed eventually.
Dangerous Crouch wreck report (posted 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.
Paglesham moorings (posted 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.
Medway, Gas Terminals warning (posted 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 legal action against skippers who transgress. The quays are on the north side, and east of the container terminal.