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Notice 13 of 2019  -Insecurely moored barge

Date 4th November 2019

Mariners are informed that the barge mentioned in NtM No. 12 below has been moved upriver out of the Port and Haven District.  

Notice No. 12 is therefore hereby cancelled.

Signed:   Ian Broughton  Harbour Master.


Notice 12 of 2019  -Insecurely moored barge

Date 4th October 2019

Mariners are informed of an insecurely moored barge in the vicinity of the nature reserve above Gazen Salts field.  The river is consequently much narrowed and mariners are advised to be sure there is sufficient room to pass before committing themselves.  Pass at very slow speed.

Signed:   Ian Broughton  Harbour Master.


Notice 11 of 2019  - Sandwich Fairway Buoy - Light

Date: 5th Sept. 2019

Mariners are advised that the light is again operable but of slightly lesser range, though still necessarily visible to those in the local area.  The light will be changed as soon as possible.

Signed:  Ian Brougton  Harbour Master.


Notice 10 of 2019  - Sandwich Fairway Buoy - Light

Date: 15th July 2019

Mariners are advised that the light on the Fairway Buoy is inoperable.  The light will be replaced as soon as possible.

Signed:  Ian Brougton  Harbour Master.


Notice 09 of 2019  - Sandwich Swing Bridge

Date: 09th July 2019

Mariners are advised that the swing bridge on the road to Ramsgate is back working.  However it is working under temporary engineering arrangements.  All this pending further works of a major nature likely requiring th ebridge be closed entirely for a period of some time.  Mariners - and others with an interest, will be kept advised through these Notices to Mariners (NtMs)

Signed:  Ian Broughton,  Harbour Master.


Notice 08 of 2019  - Sandwich Swing Bridge

Date: 5th June 2019

Mariners are advised that the swing bridge on the road to Ramsgate has finally failed.  It is failed in the open to river traffic position creating a free flow situation for those wishing to transit the bridge.

HOWEVER!  There is now no control of craft, both approaching and going through the bridge, so great care needs to be taken to ensure that larger vessels do not attempt to pass either in the length of river above the bridge or through the bridge itself.

THE RULES ARE:

Vessels going with the tide have right of way.  Those stemming the tide shall keep out of the way of those going with the tide.


Notice 07 of 2019  - Sandwich Fairway Buoy

Date: 19th April 2019

River movements. The Sandwich Fairway Buoy has been moved SSW to a new position of 51° 18.532’ N  and   001° 23.320 E.  Seasonal Buoys. Two of the seasonal fairway buoys have had mild adjustments of their positions while another buoy has been added to the two already marking the sand spit at what is becoming known as Seal Bend.


Signed:  Robert Holden,  Chairman of Commissioners


Notice 06 of 2019  - Sandwich Swing Bridge

Date: 8th April 2019

Message received from Kent County Council

It reads…

Subsequent to internal email exchanges on Wednesday 27th March we have been operating a 2 and a half hour response time for bridge openings during the day and evenings.  Currently,  each opening requires a manual override of the control systems with the ever present risk of further damage to the control.  In an attempt to reduce the number of openings during this time, boat users were encouraged to make use of planned openings for 20 minutes around each high tide on both Saturday and Sunday.  Unfortunately, few boats took advantage of the planned openings but several openings were completed just before or after high tide.

In the end it wasn’t possible to guarantee that the jacks could be removed and refitted before a requested opening for a large vessel on 4th April so these works previously advised were postponed.  In the meantime, the 2 and a half hour response time has been maintained and additional planned openings took place on the Saturday and Sunday high tides this weekend - 6th 7th April.

Work on removing the jacks commenced this morning and following a complete overhaul will be refitted later this week, most probably on Friday 12th April.  After the jacks have been refitted and the bridge controls tested, we will review opening arrangements and provide a further update.


Hopefully all will be well after this near 4 month troublesome time for the bridge.  Now - FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE  2 hours notice is required for a bridge opening.

Signed:  Robert Holden,  Chairman of Commissioners.


Notice 05 of 2019  - Sandwich Swing Bridge

Date: 18th March 2019

Sandwich Swing Bridge has again broken down and is inoperable.

A strong letter of complaint has been sent to the Head of Kent County Council concerning this ongoing fiasco.

Signed:  Robert Holden,  Chairman of Commissioners


Notice 04 of 2019  - Sandwich Swing Bridge

Date: 26th February 2019

Sandwich Swing Bridge has been repaired and the bridge is now back in service.

Notice to Mariners 03 of 2019 is therefore hereby cancelled.

Signed:  Robert Holden,  Chairman of Commissioners


Notice 03 of 2019  - Sandwich Swing Bridge

Date: 19th February 2019

Sandwich Swing Bridge has been out of action since before Christmas. Telephone calls to the operating area office elicited the assurance that it would be back in service by mid January.  At this date it remains out of service with ongoing hydraulic problems.  

River users wishing to complain should do so to Kent County Council Highways Department reminding the Council that the river traffic has precedence over road traffic - bridge broken or not!

Signed:  Robert Holden, Chairman of Commissioners.


Notice 02 of 2019

Date: 11th January 2019

Sandwich Fairway Buoy is returned to station following out of season overhaul and fitting with new heavier ground tackle.

Position unchanged at   51° 18.605 N   001° 23.293 E

Signed:  Robert Holden, Chairman of Commissioners.


Notice 01 of 2019

Date: 11th January 2019

Notices 03 to 09 of 2018 are hereby cancelled.

Signed:  Robert Holden, Chairman of Commissioners.




 

 


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