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Kingsferry Bridge closure (7th Mar 2017)

The lifting bridge at Kingsferry, across the Swale, will be out of action on Tuesday 21st March for essential maintenance, between 0745 and 1512. Any queries, call ‘Medway VTS’ on Ch74, or phone 01795 663025.

Deben entrance changes (updated 13th Feb 2017)

The Mid and West Knoll buoys at Woodbridge Haven have been moved signiificantly as a result of shifting shingle banks. A new Imray chartlet is available on our Downloads page. Please take extra care entering or leaving the Deben, calling our Honorary Port Pilot and Deben HM John White for advice if you are in doubt. John tells us that there is virtually no depth across the bar at LW at the moment.

North Fambridge - Ferry Boat Inn (13th Feb 2017)

The popular Ferry Boat Inn, by the Crouch at North Fambridge, will close at the end of February pending a new leaseholder being signed up. We are told by the owners that it’s hoped the pub will be open again by Easter. We will update this news item with a firm date when we know it.

Lowestoft, Lake Lothing - missing buoy (4th Jan 2017)

Mariners and Port Users are advised that the Lake Lothing Compass buoy (approximate position 52° 28.’55N 01° 43.’58 E) has been damaged and removed.

Until a full inspection can take place, the buoy will remain off station and all Mariners and Port users should also be aware of the existence of the Ground Tackle and Mooring Chains that may remain in place as a result of the damage. As a result the area should be navigated with caution.


Dredging at Essex Marina (23rd Dec 2016)

Essex Marina will be undertaking Maintenance Dredging Operations in the approach to and within the marina, on the Crouch opposite Burnham, between the 4th January 2017 and 31st March 2017. Small sections of pontoon may temporarily be placed onto the Marina’s Swinging Moorings which at night will be marked with a red light.

Caution should be taken when entering and leaving the Marina whilst Dredging Operations are in progress.

New HM for Brightlingsea (17th Nov 2016)

Experienced sailor James Thomas has been appointed as the new Harbour Master at Brightlingsea. Congratulations to him, and you can read about him and his background here.

Rowhedge pontoon removed for maintenance (15th Nov 2016)

The pontoon on the west bank of the River Colne at Rowhedge has been temporarily removed for inspection and maintenance.


Brightlingsea Harbour - Dredging (11th Nov 2016)

Dredging will commence within Brightlingsea Harbour as from the 14 Nov 2016. The tug Jean T will be in attendance and carrying out the dredging. Vessels are advised to transit through the harbour with caution. For further information contact ‘Brightlingsea Harbour’ on VHF Ch68.

Paglesham moorings (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.

Heybridge Basin closed for the winter (Updated 11th Nov 2016)

The lock accessing the very popular Heybridge Basin is now closed until March 31st 2017 for major refurbishment.

Lock Keeper Grant Everiss told us that "all being successful, we will be able to lock more efficiently with a choice of locks to suit different sizes of visitor groups, lock choices being short, conventional and long. This should enable us to control water use and therefore levels more efficiently."

Ore entrance buoyage (27th October 2016)

The Weir and Oxley buoys have been removed today, as is usual for the winter period. They will be replaced in Spring 2017, after Trinity House have surveyed the area. Our chartlet download, with its accompanying notes, is still available from our Downloads page, the 2016 positions of the buoys marked on it. Winter storms will almost certainly change the nature of the entrance.

Dangerous wreck south of Ramsgate entrance (Updated 5th October 2016)

This wreck is SSW of the West Quern buoy, between it and the B2 buoy that guards the Cross Ledge bank. Position is 51°18’·63N 001°25·12E. Extreme caution needed. This is an ‘old’ wreck probably exposed by the shifting of sandbanks in the area.

Lowestoft Haven Marina to close (15th Sept 2016)

We can confirm that the Lowestoft Haven Marina, established in the port’s Hamilton Dock in recent years, is to close to leisure boaters at the end of 2016. It will remain in use for windfarm service vessels.

Grain Chimney demolished (7th Sept 2016)

The 244m chimney at the old power station on the western side of the Medway entrance, for years a very useful landmark, was demolished today.


River Ore entrance (13th Aug 2016)

In the light of recent experience and comments from readers, we have modified the pilotage advice that is included with our free downloadable chartlet for the Ore entrance. This can be found as usual on our Downloads page. We have also issued a corresponding update to the relevant page of the ‘Ore & Alde’ chapter in ECP 4th edition.


SW Sunk Swatchway - new survey (9th July 2016)

Friend and colleague Roger Gaspar of ‘Crossing the Thames Estuary’ fame has been out and re-surveyed the SW Sunk. His new chartlet can be downloaded from his website - see direct link from our Downloads page.

Medway, Gas Terminals warning (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 action against skippers who transgress. The quays are on the north side, and east of the container terminal.

Pin Mill / Chelmondiston (6th July 2016)

Any visitors hoping to stock up at the village shop in ‘Chelmo’ should note that it is currently closed; locals hope that a buyer will come forward and reopen it.

Paglesham Reach, River Roach (2nd June 2016)

New notice from the Crouch Harbour Master - “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.”

More new buoyage in the River Roach area (17th May 2016)

Following the extra buoyage installed in the Roach itself last year, helping newcomers to reach the upper parts of the river, creeks off the Roach have now also been buoyed, with The Violet and Potton Creek being marked from the Middleway in the south, through to Barlingness in the north. Details are included in the book update on our Roach page.

‘East Coast Pilot’ now available as an iBook (22nd Feb 2016)

Growing numbers of leisure sailors are keeping documentation on iPads, and we’re pleased to announce that Imays have now made ECP available as an iBook, as an alternative to the print version. You will find a link on our Buy Books page.