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October 2, 2017

River Chet restrictions


We have received notice from the Broads Authority that dredging and maintenance operations on the River Chet may restrict passage during weekdays from Monday 13 November 2017 until Friday 23 March 2018.

During this period piling and dredging work will be in operation between 08:00 and 16:00 daily, excluding weekends. During each period of operation navigation will be restricted and delays of up to 2 hours may occur. Mariners must await clear instructions from the operators before attempting to pass and exercise great care whilst proceeding past the works. All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays.

We are advised that the initial work will be near the mouth of the river removing the steel posts, with later dredging and maintenance focussed on the area alongside Hardley Flood.  Passing the works may be more difficult at low water.

October 2, 2017

Weekday Closure of Limekiln Dyke

We have received notice from the Broads Authority that Limekiln Dyke will be closed to navigation on weekdays during the following periods due to maintenance dredging work:

  • Monday 13 November until Friday 22 December 2017
  • Monday 8 January until Friday 2 February 2018

Each week during this period the closure will be in effect from 08:00 Monday to 16:00 Friday.

If there is a specific need for access to Limekiln Dyke during closures then please contact Tom Hunter on 01603 756066.

This should not affect access to Gay’s Staithe, although dredging plant may be moved to this area at weekends.


September 28, 2017

BROADLAND YOUTH REGATTA – Saturday 2nd September 2017

BY Regatta 2017Congratulations to Horning SC for winning the team trophy at the Broadland Youth Regatta held here at WOBYC on 2nd Sept. It was a super day with some excellent racing performances. The full results can be found

Here’s a link to Trish Barnes’ photos of the event on Dropbox.

Link to Robin Myerscough’s photos on Flickr.

(text and photo copied from the WOBYC website at )

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 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

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 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 13, 2017

Brundall Boat Show

Please visit our stand at the show on Saturday 20th May, where you can join the NSBA and purchase Green books…..

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