NtM no.11 of 2018 – Monday 21st May 2019

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 [COLREGS]


Mariners are courteously reminded of Rule 9 [Narrow Channels] of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 [COLREGS]

Rule 9 – Narrow Channels

(b) A vessel of less than 20m in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway.

(d) A vessel shall not cross a narrow channel or fairway if such crossing impedes the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within such channel or fairway.

The latter may use the sound signal prescribed in Rule 34(d) [At least five short and rapid blasts on the ship’s whistle] if in doubt as to the intention of the crossing vessel.

(g) Any vessel shall if circumstances of the case admit avoid anchoring in a narrow channel.

All commercial ships navigating in the Burnham Fairway will have a Crouch Harbour Authority [CHA] licensed pilot onboard. They will be monitoring VHF Channel 11 whilst within the CHA district. Do not impede these vessels as they can only navigate safely within the Fairway due to amongst other factors constraint of draught.

A ship that is slowing down may not steer very well; it needs propeller action on the rudder to respond, it takes time and considerable distance to stop a ship particularly if it is in a loaded condition.

Ships in narrow channels cannot easily avoid small craft, it is best that you stay clear.

Be especially cautious and vigilant at night or in times of poor visibility, above all keep a good lookout both ahead and astern.

If you cannot see the ships wheelhouse, the ship cannot see you.

NtM no.5 of 2019 – Wednesday 6th March 2019

River Crouch – PLA Survey Works


Due to adverse weather conditions survey work as described in CHA Notice to Mariners No 4 of 2019 has been delayed and is now expected to commence on Friday 8th March.

Following a close quarter incident on the River Blackwater between the Survey Vessel ‘MAPLIN’ and a yacht we have been requested to remind mariners as follows:
During survey operations the vessel ‘MAPLIN’ will deploy subsurface towed equipment up to 200m astern which will be marked with a tail buoy.
Whilst engaged in surveying the vessel:
•Will be restricted on its ability to manoeuvre
•Will display lights and shapes in accordance with International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea [COLREGS] 1972 (as amended) Rule 27b
•Will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 and 11

All vessels are to proceed with caution whilst navigating in the vicinity of the Survey Vessel, pass at a safe distance and not impede her progress in any manner.

Your full co-operation in this matter will be appreciated.

NtM no.4 of 2019 – Tuesday 26th February 2019

River Crouch – PLA Survey Works


Mariners are advised that survey works will commence on the river Crouch on Friday 1st March 2019.
The survey will be carried out by PLA Survey Vessel MAPLIN which will maintain a listening watch on VHF channels 11 and 16.

PLA Survey Works

NtM no.3 of 2019 – Thursday 21st February 2019

Barton Hall No 3 Lighted Buoy River Roach


Mariners are advised that Barton Hall No 3 Lighted Buoy in position:
51˚ 34.924’N
000˚ 45.886’E
is out of the water for maintenance. We will advise when it is back on station.

NtM no.2 of 2019 – Tuesday 15th January 2019

Dredging Operations


Please be advised that Essex Marina will be undertaking annual Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within Essex Marina, Wallasea Island, Essex between approximately the 21st January 2019 through to the 31st March 2019.

Dredging Operations will be carried out by Tug PUNISHER.

Please be aware that small sections of pontoon may temporarily be placed onto Essex Marina’s Swinging Moorings which at night will be marked with a fixed white light at each end.
Caution should be taken when entering and leaving the Marina whilst Dredging Operations are in progress.

For additional information please contact:
Essex Marina
Tel 01702 258531

NtM no.1 of 2019 – Friday 4th January 2019

Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2019


Notice to Mariners Remaining in Force as at 1st January 2019

Please be advised that the following Notice to Mariners remain in force:

No: 2 of 2015 Ship Generated Waste Notification
No: 25 of 2016 Paglesham Reach, River Roach
No: 35 of 2016 River Roach – Paglesham Boatyard
No: 17 of 2017 Buxey Edge Obstruction
No: 18 of 2017 Essex Marina – Excessive Wash
No: 41 of 2017 Power Cables – River Roach, Paglesham Creek
No: 11 of 2018 COLREGS Rule 9 Narrow Channels
No. 38 of 2018 Dredging Operations River Crouch – Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina

All other Notices to Mariners are hereby cancelled.

Please refer to the Ports Website www.crouchharbour.org.uk for details of Notices.

NtM no.41 of 2017 – Monday 4th December 2017

Power Cables – River Roach, Paglesham Creek


Mariners are advised that the power cables crossing Paglesham Creek (to the south of Wallasea Island) centered on an approximate position of:
51° 36.83’N
000° 47.92’E
are reported to be ‘sagging’.
The electricity company UK Power Networks are aware and the Crouch Harbour Authority is awaiting an update of their intended action.
The cables cross Paglesham Creek in an area that has a charted drying height of 3 and therefore can only be navigated by small shallow draught craft in an around the HW period.
However, any small and in particular sailing vessels underway in the vicinity intending to pass beneath the cables should do so with extreme caution.
For further information please contact UK Power Networks on 0800 029 4285.

NtM no.18 of 2017 – Tuesday 18th April 2017

Essex Marina – Excessive Wash


Following reports (including photographic and video evidence) of vessels passing Essex Marina creating unacceptable and inconsiderate amounts of wash over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Mariners are reminded of their duty not only to abide by the 8 knot speed limit but to be mindful of the wake their vessels create when passing:
•Moored craft
•Vessels with Tenders alongside and
•Small vulnerable craft

NtM no.17 of 2017 – Tuesday 21st March 2017

Admiralty Chart No 1975


We have received a report that the Obsn 2 on the Southern edge of the Buxey Sands North of the BUXEY EDGE Light Buoy
(in position Lat. 51˚ 40. 659’ N Long. 001˚03.487’ E) has moved slightly to the South East to a new position of:
Lat. 51˚ 40. 924’ N
Long. 001˚03.660’ E

Now believed to be a wreck of possibly up to 70 feet in length, stanchions have been sighted at low water approximately 1 metre above the water.

Mariners are advised to remain within or close to the Fairway between Swallowtail No 4 and Buxey Edge buoys when navigating in this area.

NtM no.35 of 2016 – Friday 4th November 2016

River Roach – Paglesham Boatyard


Mariners are reminded that the Paglesham Boatyard Pontoon is privately owned and not available for vessels to moor on.
The slipway and afloat moorings are also closed to visitors until further notice.

NtM no.25 of 2016 – Thursday 2nd June 2016

Paglesham Reach, River Roach


Mariners are advised to keep to the buoyed channel when passing through Paglesham Reach, River Roach until advised otherwise due to an issue with yacht mooring risers.

NtM no.2 of 2015 – Monday 26th January 2015

Ship-Generated Waste Notification


SHIPS MASTERS AND AGENTS ARE REMINDED that the notification of ship waste must be submitted at least 24 hours before their arrival in port (except for vessels given exemption by the MCA)

Failure to provide the above notification may require the Crouch Harbour Authority to inform the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Further guidance on the mandatory waste notification process can be found in Maine Guidance Note 387 published by the Marine and Coastguard Agency. It includes a standard waste notification form.

A copy of a standard waste notification form can also be obtained from the Harbour Office Telephone +44 (0)1621 783602
Email info@crouchharbour.org.uk
Or downloaded from www.crouchharbour.org.uk

Completed forms should be emailed to the Ships Agent or Harbour Office.