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September 12, 2017

Lowestoft – Large Pipe movements – updated information

Associated British Ports have issued the following notice to mariners (No. 25 2017):


Mariners and Port Users are advised that the semi submerged pipes referenced in NTM No.23, have now all been towed in to Lowestoft. All eleven sections of pipe are now moored on North Quay. The pipes and the working area required for them, occupy the entire area on North Quay berths 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (between approx. positions: 52° 28.49’N, 01° 44.03’E, and 52° 28.43’N, 01° 44.37’E). The moored pipe area extends up to 30m from the face of the quay. Numerous work boats and tugs are also moored or working in this area for maintenance or inspection requirements. This will include diving activities.

During the hours of darkness the pipes are marked by floodlights from the supporting vessels and from the quays. In addition 3 x yellow flash special mark buoys will be positioned close to the East and West extremities, and central position of the moored pipes.

During daylight hours pipes may be moved or repositioned by tugs and work boats. Please check with Port control on VHF 14 for an update on such activities before transiting the area.

Vessels are also requested to pass moored pipes at a good distance and at slow speed, especially when maintenance work or diving activities are taking place.

The duration of these operations is not yet known but is expected to last for several weeks. Further notification will be provided when works are completed, or if there are any significant changes to the moored areas or operational requirements.

NTM No.23 is hereby cancelled.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.


September 12, 2017

Lowestoft Inner Harbour – Wreck “Aisha”

Mariners and Port Users are advised of a change in the condition of sunken vessel ‘Welsh Conquest (Ex Aisha)’, in position 52° 28.60’N, 001° 43.225’E, (alongside

Harbour Road Jetty).

The vessel appears to have moved so that the stern of the vessel now encroaches into the Northern edge of the main navigational channel. The vessel’s upper housing has also started to break apart, and the yellow flash light is no longer on station.

A more thorough assessment of the wreck is scheduled to determine actions and marking requirements.

All vessels are requested to afford the wreck as much room as possible, and pass at slow speed. Mariners are also requested to be alert to the potential for floating debris in the vicinity of the wreck. Please report any such debris to Port Control, VHF Ch14.

Further information will be promulgated once available.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.

Harbour Master


September 12, 2017

Lowestoft Port – Passage Plan

Mariners and Port users are advised that the UKHO has recently published a new edition of navigational chart BA1535, Lowestoft Port and Approaches. Sounding data from this chart has been used to update the Port’s Passage Plan chart and vessel tracks.  Download the chart here.

The chart indicates the tracks likely to be followed by commercial vessels entering and leaving the port of Lowestoft. Masters and Skippers of leisure craft and small vessels should use this information when planning their own passage in the vicinity of the Port of Lowestoft.

Local Notice No22 of 2014 is cancelled

If further information is required please contact Lowestoft Port Control on VHF CH14 or Tel. No. 01502 572286.

Harbour Master


September 4, 2017

Ramuz Trophy 14 October 2017

The 2017 Ramuz Trophy will be sailed at Coldham Hall in Yeoman keelboats on 14 October 2017.  This event is a competition between representatives of NSBA affiliated clubs and organisations.

Notice of Race and entry form (to be submitted by 28 September 2017) can be downloaded here: 2017 RAMUZ Entry & Notice of Race

August 23, 2017

Great Yarmouth Haven Bridge – now operational

The Authority has been informed that Haven Bridge (Great Yarmouth Port) is now operational again as at 25 August.

August 23, 2017

Lowestoft – reporting vessel movements

Mariners and Port-Users are reminded of the requirement to make contact with Lowestoft Port Control, on VHF Ch14, before port arrival, port departure, and for any internal Harbour transit at Lowestoft. This requirement covers all vessels, including fishing vessels and leisure vessels.

For departures and in-harbour transits, vessels are requested to report intentions via VHF 14 before leaving any berth or area. If vessels/craft do not have VHF radio, then port control must be contacted via telephone, no. 01502 572286.

Please bring this notice to the attention of any port users or vessel owners/operators not included as a recipient of local notices.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.


August 23, 2017

Ludham Bridge – restricted access on Friday 15 September

The Broads Authority has been informed that contractors will be working on behalf of Norfolk County Council to repair the failing fendering at Ludham Bridge on Friday 15 September from 19:00 until 07:00.

During the works navigation through the bridge will still be possible but you may encounter delays of up to 45 minutes before passage through the bridge is possible.

Please approach the bridge slowly with extreme care and caution, taking note of any signage or directions given.

August 11, 2017

Reedham, Somerleyton and Trowse Swing Bridges

Reedham Swing Bridge

Latest Network Rail bridge update from the Broads Authority as at 11 August 2017:

  • Reedham Swing Bridge  – Operating
  • Somerleyton Swing Bridge  – Operating
  • Oulton Swing Bridge – Operating
  • Trowse Swing Bridge – repaired and will open with 24 hours notice



May 26, 2017

Lowestoft IBTC wins Gold at Chelsea

The NSBA Congratulates the Lowestoft International Boatbuilding Training College in their wonderful accolade of Gold at the recent Chelsea Flower Show for their “Broadland Boatbuilder’s Garden”.

ibtc award

May 26, 2017

Partial Restriction at Trowse Eye , Rivers Yare and Wensum

We have been given notice by the Broads Authority that due to removal of overhead powerlines by UK Power Networks, there will be restricted access from 07:30 to 19:30 during the following period:

19 June – 29 June 2017

You may encounter delays of up to 30 minutes, during which time passage past the works will not be possible due to safety reasons.

Please note that at all times you may only proceed past the works when clear indication is given that it is safe to do so.

Please ensure you navigate with care and caution in the area, observing any relevant signs or directions.