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Havengore Bridge and Creek (18th January)

Concerns have been growing about the long-term future of the Havengore route, the bridge having been out of action for long periods recently. The Roach SA together with the CAYF, MSBA and other bodies are seeking support from the RYA and the CA to gain assurances from the MoD and their contractors that the bridge will remain in operation, and that the route is not heading for permanent closure. We at ECP whole-heartedly support these efforts.

Burnham SC pontoon damaged (18th January)

Unfortunately the pontoon at Burnham SC has again been badly damaged by strong winds. It is unsafe to use, and mariners should watch out for parts of the pontoon adrift on the river.

Lowestoft lifting bridge - night-time closures (17th January)

The lifting bascule bridge between the outer and inner harbours at Lowestoft will be out of action, unable to lift, between 2000 and the following 0600hrs, from Monday Jan 29th to Friday 16th Feb inclusive. This will be because of essential maintenance work.

Badly marked fishing pots - petition and reporting (updated 15th January)

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. Please watch the CA video here, consider supporting the CA petition here, and if you are unlucky enough to get tangled with pot gear, do please use this RYA form to report it. Thank you!

Harwich - Ha’penny Pier (11th January)

Half of the length of the pontoon at Ha’penny Pier will be missing until the end of March, during refurbishment works. The rest of the pontoon remains usable.

Havengore Bridge functioning again (11th January)

Broken since 3rd November, it’s been announced that the bridge is once again fully operational.

Queenborough ATL damaged (11th January)

A recent combination of high tides and strong winds has damaged the walkway out to the ATL. Currently it is only possible to use the walkway at low water, with the floats aground. Please proceed with extreme caution, one person at a time. Many planks are loose, some are missing and many others are a significant trip hazard. Access at high water or anytime when the floats are lifted with the tide is not possible.

Queenborough Trot Boat service extended this summer (11th January)

The trot boat service provided by the Harbour Trust will be extended this year to include a daily service during May. Full details are shown on the Swale updates page of this website.

Paglesham Creek - Important Safety Warning (4th Dec 2017)

Mariners are advised that the power cables crossing Paglesham Creek (to the south of Wallasea Island) centered on an approximate position 51°36’.83N 000° 47’.92E are reported to be ‘sagging’. The electricity company UK Power Networks are aware and the Crouch Harbour Authority is awaiting an update of their intended action.

The cables cross Paglesham Creek in an area that has a charted drying height of 3 and therefore can only be navigated by small shallow draught craft around the HW period.

However, any small and in particular sailing vessels underway in the vicinity intending to pass beneath the cables should do so with extreme caution.

‘East Coast Pilot’ now available as an eBook as well as from iBooks (09 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.

Ore Entrance (7th November 2017)

The river entrance buoyage has been removed for the winter. It will be restored around early April 2018, after a new survey. A new chartlet will be made available on our Downloads page at about the same time.

Raysand Middle buoy gone walkabout (19th Sept 2017)

The Raysand Middle unlit buoy is absent. Normal position is 51°40’.0N 000°59’.0E. It will not be replaced until Spring 2018.

Works at entrance to Queenborough Creek (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 (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.

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.

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.