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Last Reviewed and updated 28th July 2021


Lowestoft - new Gull Wing Bridge construction (28th July 2021)

Mariners and Port Users are advised that construction work and marine plant activities related to the new Gull Wing Bridge are scheduled to commence on the South side of Lake Lothing on or soon after Tuesday 27th July.

Piling activities will be taking place close to the bridge location area. Piles and any solid structures and navigational hazards will be marked by 2 red port-hand lighted buoys in the following positions:-

SE Construction Buoy – Fl.R 2.5s 52˚ 28.417’N, 01˚ 44.270’E

SW Construction Buoy – Fl.R 2.5s 52˚ 28.425’N, 01˚ 44.190’E

Vessels must not pass between the buoys and the South side of Lake Lothing.

Jack up barges will be positioned East and West of the piling activities.

Barge and small workboat activities/movements can be expected in this area for the duration of the works. This will include Barge load-out activities on the North side of Lake Lothing on or soon after 27th July.

Vessels involved with construction will be monitoring VHF Ch14. Barges will be illuminated during the hours of darkness.

All vessels are requested to navigate with extreme caution when transiting this area, and to pass the construction site at slow speed to reduce the effects of vessel wash.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control on VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.


Lowestoft Bascule Bridge - night closures (28th July 2021)

Mariners and Port Users are advised that essential maintenance works are scheduled for Lowestoft Bascule Bridge from Wednesday 28th July until Saturday 7th August (12 nights). This will result in overnight marine closures. The closures will be effective from 2000hrs until 0600hrs on the following day. Details for restrictions during this period include no openings for small boats from Wednesday 28/07/21 to Friday 06/08/21 (inclusive):-.

On Saturday 07/08/21 -  “Restrictions subject to works progress and TBA at a later date.”

They say “Every attempt will be made to accommodate vessel requirements, including temporary allocation of berths in the Outer Harbour area.”


Havengore Bridge route (28th July 2021)

Late working: Friday 30 July - notice from Qinetic -

“This is to inform you that the Range will be operating later into the afternoon on Friday 30 July. Havengore Bridge will be not be open to marine traffic until Range activity has been completed and the Red Flags have been lowered. We expect the bridge to be open for part of the afternoon hide tide (in accordance with MOD byelaws), but this is dependent on what time Range activity is completed.

You can contact the Bridgekeeper on the day for an update on 01702 383436 or VHF Channel 72. They will be on duty for 2 hours either side of high tide.”


Outer Crouch buoyage (updated 24th July 2021)

There have been significant changes to the buoyage in the outer Crouch, changes which may well confuse skippers arriving into the river. Resulting text updates in ECP (see Crouch updates) are minor, but larger changes are needed to the Rolling Road diagrams on page 93 and new versions are available to download and print from our Downloads page.  Basically one Swallowtail Channel buoy, and one pair of Whitaker Channel buoys, have been removed, with others having numbering and light characteristics changed. Skippers will now find about a 2-mile gap between the Swallowtail No.1 and the Swallowtail No.2, and between the Inner Whitaker and the Whitaker No.1/No.2 pair.


Great Yarmouth - problems at the Haven Bridge (Updated 15th July 2021)

Haven Bridge is out of normal operation and this will continue until mechanical and electrical upgrade works are completed. This is the first of the two bridges reached when inbound.

Call several days in advance to secure a bridge-lift booking.


Southwold, several items (22nd June 2021)

A reader’s recent visit to Southwold prompted him to tell us that -

- there is no white diesel available at the moment because the tank is contaminated  - it may not be fixed for a while so call up and check first, if that’s why you’re going there.

- during Covid restrictions there is no rafting on the piles, and the facilities at the HM’s office are closed.


SW Sunk - WARNING (21st June 2021)

A few days ago there were serious strandings of several yachts attempting to pass through the SW Sunk Swatchway. It seems they were following charts displayed on chartplotters. Data on these is evidently seriously out of date and led them astray, grounding them on the Knoll on the S side of the swatchway and requiring RNLI attendance. If you want to use this route, PLEASE use Roger Gaspar's recently re-surveyed route shown here https://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page29.html


Stone Point, Walton Backwaters (4th June 2021)

A new chartlet for the area around Stone Point is now available on our Downloads page, with grateful thanks to the Walton & Frinton Yacht Club.


Queenborough - switched on! (18th May 2021)

Visiting boats at Queenborough can now plug in to shore power when alongside the pontoon, for a small extra fee.


Deben and Ore Entrances (Updated 6th May 2021)

New surveys of the two entrances have been carried out by Trinity House, and the new Imray chartlets for both entrances are available on our Downloads page. Please be sure to read the note that is included with each downloaded chart. The Ore entrance chartlet has already been amended very slightly. Update: Both downloads now include aerial photographs.


Great Yarmouth - big problems at the Haven Bridge (Updated 15th July 2021)

Haven Bridge is out of normal operation and this will continue until mechanical and electrical upgrade works are completed. This is the first of the two bridges reached when inbound.

Call several days in advance to secure a bridge-lift booking.


Mistley Quay (16th Feb 2021)

A recent court ruling suggests that the notorious fencing along the edge of Mistley Quay, on the River Stour, could be removed, restoring ready access to visiting boats. However, as with all such things, we will have to wait and see what actually happens! Perhaps ‘Elfen Safety’ will intrude…..


Pot markers - the Scots fix the problem (9th July 2020)

Online discussions recently suggest that the pot marker problem in the Naze area is as bad, or perhaps worse, than usual. We welcome the news that, after great efforts by the Cruising Association’s RATS committee, the Scottish Government has now made ‘informal’ marking of lobster and crab pots illegal. We wholeheartedly support their ongoing efforts to persuade our Government to do the same. Read the details here: https://www.theca.org.uk/news/scottish_creel_marking_order


Latest 5th Edition of ECP (9th September 2019)

We are pleased to announce that the new 5th edition of ECP has been published, and is already appearing in chandleries and on the websites of online booksellers.

As with previous editions, this is a major revamp where we have re-visited virtually every location mentioned in the book, taken new photographs, found many new updates and amendments, and rewritten many sections of the text, The book has grown by a further 10 pages and we have been able to incorporate many new and very useful aerial photographs. Our thanks go to the hardworking folk at Imrays who suffered our many requests and comments during their time laying out the book and putting it together.

There will be no further amendments to the 4th Edition.


Roach - foul anchorage warning (9th July 2019)

There is a new warning of a risk of fouling anchors at 51°36’.206N 000°52’.223E, which is in Quay Reach, the bottom stretch of the Roach, on its east side just above The Quay and by the 5m contour, and ironically right in a charted anchorage.

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