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Last Reviewed and updated 14th Dec 2021

Deben and Ore Entrances (20th Dec 2021)

The Ore entrance buoyage has been removed for the winter, as usual.

At the Deben entrance, the West Koll buoy is absent. Use its published waypoint instead. Note also that the Mid Knoll is very close to the shingle - leave it at least 20 yards clear on the correct side.

Havengore and Potton Bridges (20th Dec 2021)

Havengore Bridge is reportedly operating normally again. Potton Bridge has been broken for some weeks and there is no hint yet of it being repaired.

Middle Sunk - warning (6th Dec 2021)

We don’t cover cross-estuary short cuts in any detail, leaving that to Roger Gaspar and his ‘Crossing the Thames Estuary’. He warns this week that the Middle Sunk crossing looks no longer viable unless extreme care is taken. Details at https://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page9.html, under ‘Week 50’.

Harwich - Ha’penny Pier (30th Oct 2021)

Something to note if you’re thinking of using Ha’penny Pier……

Harwich Haven Authority advise visiting sailors using the Ha’penny Pier pontoons, Harwich, that the facility will be unmanned from 1 November 2021 for the winter season. Our Pier Attendants will be back on duty at the beginning of April 2022. The gate accessing the pontoons will remain shut throughout the winter, for security reasons and following incidences of vandalism and unsocial behaviour. HHA gives priority usage of the Ha’penny Pier pontoons to local fishermen during the off season. Sailors should note that if the bridges connecting the pontoons are raised, it is unsafe to enter the mooring facilities.

Thames - Gallions Point Marina (2nd Oct 2021)

We are sorry to report that it seems that Gallions Point Marina is no longer trading. It was a family business, established and run for many years but the landowners intend now to redevelop the area. It was a very ‘different’ boating facility, not a place that would appeal to everybody, but it had its own character and merits.

Sheerness - Garrison Point - new hazard (10th Aug 2021)

A new large yellow mooring buoy is in position about 50m NE of the ferry jetty on Garrison Point. Beware that even when there is no ship present, there is a line between the buoy and the jetty.

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 under way on the South side of Lake Lothing.

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.

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.

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 go that way, PLEASE use Roger Gaspar's recently re-surveyed route shown here https://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page29.html

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.

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


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