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Last Reviewed and updated 3rd May 2022

Dover Marina - closed to visitors (3rd May 2022)

Not in the ECP area, but doubtless used by many ECP readers each year - Dover Marina will be closed to all visitors from 13th May until the end of August.

They said: “Whilst it’s very disappointing for both us and our customers, unfortunately it’s necessary in order to progress with the opening of the new marina and other projects as part of the Dover Western Docks redevelopment. We are looking forward to opening again as soon as possible and welcoming customers back. For people needing to stop at Dover for fuel, those facilities will still be open, but for berthing, people will need to make alternative arrangements.”

Bradwell Marina - entrance channel tide gauge (3rd May 2022)

Thank you to an ECP reader who informed us that the tide gauge on the pole at the river end of the entrance channel is missing. We’ve been in touch with the marina who tell us it was knocked off by a passing boat and will be replaced as soon as possible.

Deben and Ore Entrances (updated 20th April 2022)

The buoys marking these two entrances have now been moved following the recent Trinity House annual survey, and their new positions are shown on the Imray-drawn, Trinity House-approved chartlets available free on our Downloads page. These chartlets are not available online anywhere else.

Update - buoys were not placed on site in their charted positions at first, but we understand they are now in their correct positions.


  Canvey - available chartlets and diagrams updated (3rd Feb 2022)

The incredibly detailed and useful chartlets and diagrams of Benfleet Creek and the Rays have been updated again by Phil Bostock. As usual they are available on the Benfleet YC website.

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’.

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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