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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.

Havengore Bridge (Updated 18th Aug 2019)

We were notified on 24 July that the bridge had failed again, and heard more recently that engineers are addressing the problem but no firm hint of a reopening date has been given. It is very unfortunate indeed that this very prolonged outage has occurred in peak boating season.

There has been a lot going on in the background with efforts being made to improve the reliability of the bridge, and we are all encouraged to use the Havengore route to ensure that traffic is seen to be needing it. It’s a very interesting passage to make, to or from the Roach; there are detailed guidance notes in ECP and in the updates on this website, so do have a go if you have a suitable craft (when the bridge is operational!!).

The Ray, entrance buoyage (9th Aug 2019)

Courtesy of the good people at Benfleet YC, some extra port-hand buoys have been laid in the outermost part of the Ray, nearest the Leigh buoy, to help keep us off the shallows.

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.

Please mind the baby seals! (9th July 2019)

The Crouch HM has issued a reminder that we should all take care not to disturb baby seals, particularly in the River Roach area - we should all keep speed and wash to a minimum.

The Spitway, and the SW Sunk (25th June 2019)

Our friend and colleague Roger Gaspar recently surveyed the Spitway and SW Sunk routes again. There is little change at the Spitway although the best water has continued to inch eastwards away from the buoys. The SW Sunk has changed rather more. His new chartlets, from his collection at www.crossingthethamesestuary.com, can also be found on our Downloads page.

Stone Point (26 May 2019)

We are pleased to make this year’s sketch of the route around Stone Point in the Walton Backwaters available on our Downloads page.

Walton & Frinton YC - approach and club basin (26 May 2019)

Also on our Downloads page, courtesy as always to W&FYC, we have published excellent new sketch dagrams of the approach to the club along Foundry Creek, and the new layout in the club moorings basin.

Deben & Ore Entrances (29 April 2019)

We have today published the new 2019 chartlets for the Deben and Ore entrances. Once again these have been drawn by Imray, and signed off by Trinity House through the special arrangement that exists between them for these river entrances. Each chartlet is preceded by an advice note, including a recent aerial photo by an ECP reader.

Benfleet Creek guidance notes and diagrams (02 April 2019)

These very useful assets have been updated recently following new surveys. They can as usual be found on the Benfleet YC website HERE.

Warning light at Medway entrance (02 April 2019)

Medway VTS has advised that the useful flashing warning light on top of the harbour buildings at Garrison Point is now working again at last, after almost two years out of action. As described in ECP’s Medway chapter, it gives warning of ship movements which may be out of sight around Garrison Point.

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.

‘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.

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.


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