The two red leading lights for night entry to Brightlingsea Creek are temporarily extinguished, according to a local notice to mariners issued by the Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners.
Visitors can call on Ch.68 if further information is required.
The Limehouse Basin tidal lock between the River Thames and Limehouse Marina is currently closed for repair work on the lock gates.
British Waterways Marinas Ltd and the Canal and Rivers Trust expect the lock to be back in action on about 13th December.
For further information contact the Limehouse Basin Marina, Tel: 0207 308 9930 or Email email@example.com.
Apparently major repairs are needed to make the landing safe for use and we understand that such funds are simply not available.
Negotiations for the Harbour Trust to take over management of the landing fell through, leaving the QYC unable to keep it open. Everyone now has to wait and see what happens before next season.
The Havengore bridge is back in full operation and “can be accessed when the Range is not active and Havengore Creek is navigable”.
To contact the bridge keeper, call on VHF Ch72 ‘Shoe Bridge’ or phone 01702 383436.
The Havengore bridge is out of action awaiting the delivery of spare parts, according to the Range Control Manager, Shoeburyness.
The repairs are scheduled for Tuesday, 5th November and notice will be given when the bridge is back in operation.
The Quarters Spit ECB, which marks the divide between the Mersea and Tollesbury channels, is off station and is likely to remain absent over the winter.
It appears that the riser chain for the buoy parted and the buoy went float-
Until the ECB is returned to its station, mariners bound into Mersea should tend towards the starboard (east) side of the channel, marked by SHBs, and those going to Tollesbury should make a sweeping turn between the last Mersea channel PHB and the first Tollesbury one. Keep a little south towards the Nass to stay off the Quarters Spit.
A new pontoon has been established in the heart of King’s Lynn specifically to draw visiting cruisers to the port.
This is the first time the port has offered dedicated facilities for visiting leisure craft. The pontoon provides up to eight berths for vessels up to 20m LOA with a maximum draught of 1.5m.
Under the campaign banner of ‘Sail the Wash’, King’s Lynn has worked closely with Fosdyke Yacht Haven and Wisbech Yacht Harbour to set up the website www.sailthewash.com and promote cruising in the Wash area.
For full details, including local transport, click here.
Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) has issued a Notice to Mariners announcing the commencement of dredging operations in Harwich harbour and the Deep Water Channel as far as the South Shipwash.
Operations are to begin on or about Sunday, 18th August and will continue for approximately 10 days. Vessels involved are the dredger Mjolner R and the tug Westsund. Detailed dredger movements can be had from Harwich VTS on Ch 71.
For full details of the operation click here.
There have been a number of significant buoyage changes in the area of Sea Reach to the Sunk because of the London Gateway Project, which will affect both Estuary crossings and passages to and from the London river.
These changes have now been collated by Roger Gaspar (www.crossingthethamesestuary.com) and presented with full details plus chartlets of their locations to help navigators with their planning. Click here to download the informative PDF.
The Thames Sailing Barge Trust (TSBT) has received confirmation of a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete conservation work on the barge Centaur.
The project, which begins this month, will include restoration of Centaur’s wooden bottom planking to its original thickness and is due to be completed by early next year. This will enable the TSBT to continue operating the 118 year old barge for the use of local groups and members of the public. Trainee shipwrights will be able to extend their experience of working on larger wooden vessels while working on the barge and there will be opportunities for volunteers, youth organisations and schools to “research the early history of Centaur and to use modern media and displays to share their output with the wider public”.
Roger Newlyn, Trustee and Chairman of the TSBT, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant. SB Centaur carried bulk cargoes on the Thames Estuary and the rivers of Essex, Suffolk and Kent for over 60 years and these days she is central to the Trust’s aims of passing on to the next generation the traditions of sailing and maintaining these iconic East Coast vessels.”
For more information about the TSBT and Centaur visit www.bargetrust.org.