Pilotage Downloads

Here we provide any downloads that may be needed to keep your current edition of ECP up to date, and other downloads and links to assist pilotage in our area.

Downloads can be printed from whatever device you are viewing them on.  Any replacement chartlets or diagrams are designed to print exactly the same physical size as those in your book so they can be pasted over the originals, so take care with any re-scaling options that your printer may offer you.     

Deben and Ore river entrances - current chartlets drawn by Imray from Trinity House surveys


Download current Deben Entrance chartlet >>

An advice note plus a chartlet showing March 2022 survey data, new July 2022 buoy positions plus warnings added in December 2022. Current advice is to call John White if you want to transit the entrance at the moment!


Download current Ore/Alde entrance chartlet >>

An advice note plus a chartlet showing March 2022 survey data and current buoy positions (note that buoys are removed in winter).

Updates to ECP 5th Edition chartlets and diagrams for printing and pasting into the book
(click each item to download, and then print as ‘original size’)

Rolling Road for ‘Lowestoft Entrance from East’ - updated diagram for pages viii and 13 - previous update was incorrect, this is a new version (22 Sept 2020)
Rolling Roads for the approaches into the River Crouch - updated versions for page 93, following buoyage changes in 2021.

Extra chartlets, diagrams, and web links


Download the current schedule of test closures for the Thames Barrier >>

View the monthly closure programme Nov 2022 to April 2023, on the PLA web site.

Remember that all flood gates on the lower river are also closed at the same time, in some cases barring traffic to and from moorings.


Foundry Reach and the Walton & Frinton YC Basin (2019) >>
Two very useful plans showing the buoyed route south along Foundry Reach to WFYC, and details of the area when you arrive. The plans, which we have combined into a 2-page PDF, were provided by kind permission of John Hale and the Walton & Frinton YC (PDF).


Stone Point /Walton Backwaters (2021) >>

The plan shows the depths around Stone Point in the Walton Backwaters, following new surveys. The plan was provided by kind permission of John Hale and the Walton & Frinton YC. 


Medway and Swale various visitor chartlets (web link) >>

- all hosted on the Medway & Swale Boating Association website. Take heed, some are a little out of date!


Thames Recreational Website (web link) >>

- a useful PLA resource, where there is plenty of helpful information. 


The 'Crossing the Thames Estuary' website (web link) >>

Run by colleague Roger Gaspar in support of his excellent book of the same name, this has a number of very useful chartlets, some drawn from Roger’s own survey data. These include the SW Sunk Swatchway, the Spitway, the Raysand Channel, the Little Sunk Swatchway, the Foulgers Gat route through the London Array, various chartlets for Mersea and Tollesbury, Bradwell Creek and Lawling Creek.