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Lowestoft - waiting pontoon in the Trawl Dock (19th Dec)

From the Harbour Authority - Mariners and Port-Users are advised the waiting pontoon in the east end of the Trawl Dock is out of action and cannot be used by any vessels until further notice. Any yachts or small craft who require a berth to wait for a bridge opening are advised to contact the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht club on VHF Ch. 80 or by phone on 01502 566726. A further notice will be produced when the pontoon can be used again.

Halfpenny Pier, Harwich, repairs through winter (15th Nov)

The centre pontoon of Ha’penny Pier, at Harwich, has been removed for repairs, and is not expected to be reinstated before mid-March 2019. There will be no shore access possible from the outer pontoon during this period.

‘East Coast Pilot’ now available as an eBook as well as from iBooks (posted 9th Nov 2017)

ECP has been available as an iBook for some time, as an alternative to the print version. It is now also available as an eBook for other devices. You will find a link on our Buy Books page.

Warning light at Medway entrance (posted 20th June, updated 11th Sept 2017)

Medway VTS has advised that the useful flashing warning light on top of the harbour buildings at Garrison Point is inoperative. This gave warning of ship movements. There is no indication of when the light will be restored although we now understand that it will be fixed eventually.

Paglesham moorings (posted 11th July 2015, updated 11th Nov 2016)

Following a change of ownership at the boatyard at Paglesham last year , the Crouch HM issued a notice saying “As of 10th July 2015 the boatyard pontoon is no longer available for vessels to moor on. The slipway and afloat moorings are also closed to visitors until further notice.” The Crouch HM recently reiterated that this is still the case; however, visitors may be able to borrow a Roach Sailing Association mooring using the contact details published in ECP.

Medway, Gas Terminals warning (posted 6th July 2016)

Peel Ports, the port authority for the Medway, has issued a notice reminding mariners to keep 150 metres away from the LNG terminal quays, or 250 metres from any tanker berthed there. They have warned of legal action against skippers who transgress. The quays are on the north side, and east of the container terminal.