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Last Reviewed and updated 3rd Jan 2021
Allington Lock, Maidstone (5th Nov 2020)
Allington lock will be closed from mid November 2020 through to March 2021. The EA notice says “Beginning in October 2020, the Environment Agency will begin work on a £2.5million capital investment programme on the Upper Medway Navigation to improve the facilities and services for our river users and deliver a safer navigation, this unfortunately will mean closures and disruptions of several of our sites over the upcoming months.”
Allington Lock divides the tidal and non-tidal sections of the River Medway.
South Dock Marina, extended lock closure (15th Oct 2020)
There will be no access to or from South Dock Marina through the lock from 9th November 2020 until early February 2021.
Orfordness lighthouse, gone (8th Aug 2020)
Sadly we report the final demise of the iconic Orfordness lighthouse, now completely demolished. It was discontinued as a light some years ago but still stood proudly as a landmark on that stretch of coastline. Its passing was inevitable as erosion continues to eat away at the shingle point.
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
New Survey of the SW Sunk Swatchway (9th July 2020)
Our good friend Roger Gaspar recenty carried out a new survey at the SW Sunk. He says “The swatchway has lost a little depth but there is still ample depth at 3.4m minimum on the recommended track and waypoints. I am retaining the same waypoints recommended in 2019.” A link to his site and his new chartlet for the route can as usual be found on our Downloads page.
Deben and Ore Entrances - no 2020 Trinity House surveys (3rd July 2020, with new chartlets)
Trinity House is unlikely now to survey the Deben and Ore entrances before Spring 2021, having last done them in March 2019. However, buoyage is now laid at both entrances in positions approved by Trinity House on the basis of local knowledge only, including a new position (as of late June) for the Weir buoy. Imrays have again provided new chartlets for us showing these buoy positions superimposed over the 2019 survey data, with suitable adjustments. These slightly changed versions are available on our Downloads page. Please be sure to read the note that is included in each download. The notes include aerial photographs kindly passed to us by an ECP reader.
Little Sunk (29th Sept 2019)
We have updated our Downloads page again, this time to include a new chartlet and notes about crossing the Little Sunk, information from Roger Gaspar’s website at www.crossingthethamesestuary.com.
New 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.