Ships Blog 6th March 2018

Morning all the forecast for the weekend fairly stable, not a lot of sunshine, but no rain either. Wind mainly from the South East or East and easing away as well. Being from the east there still might be a cool feel to it. Your duty lock masters this weekend are Mark and Rob. We have some large plastic pipes that are going to be towed into Harwich harbour and moored up the river Stour. The full notice is published below.

Notice to Mariners
Number: 17
Year: 2018
Issued: 05 April 2018
In force: 2009:10, 2012: 07, 2015:04, 2016:21 2017:02,24,
Temporary Mooring Installation Works – River Stour
Mariners are advised that on or around the 6
th of April 2018 temporary trot moorings will be positioned
in the river Stour between the following approximate positions.
51 ̊ 56.96 N 0001 ̊ 12.00 E to 51 ̊ 56.93 N 0001 12.93 E
Please note that the distance between the above latitude and longitude positions extends
approximately one nautical mile.
The following vessels will be involved in the mooring installation; Ashraf, Tasks 2, Megan M and
Schwartenbek. Please note that two floating pontoons (16.2 m LOA and 10.26m Beam) will also be
All vessels passing these works should do so with care and caution and with minimum wash at all
times, especially when men are working on the waterline.
Mooring work deployment should be completed by the 11th of April 2018. It is anticipated that the
temporary moorings will be removed by the 30th of June 2018.
Mooring buoys will be lit with an all-round white light. No vessel shall moor to the buoys without the
expressed permission of the Harbour Master.
Once the trot moorings are in place four pipelines will be towed into the haven and positioned on the
moorings. This work is part of the East Anglia Offshore windfarm operations compromising of 102
turbines. Due to the length of the pipeline navigational restrictions and risk mitigation measures will
be implement during towage operations. An additional Notice to Mariners will be promulgated
clarifying these arrangements.
Captain M Dunn
Harbour Master and Marine Manager