Newhaven Marina News


Archive for January, 2010

Trinity House 2010 AtoN review for consultation

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Harbour Master’s letter:

Dear Sir

I have consulted with the various port users of Newhaven and the general feeling is one of dismay that Beachy Head Lighthouse may be discontinued.

Here is a summary of the views and we hope Trinity House will reconsider.

Beachy Head light is a significant and unique aid to navigation, particularly for smaller vessels using the inshore waters along the Sussex coast between Selsey Bill and Beachy Head itself, an area which comprises many small, busy ports. These vessels, such as fishing vessels, commercial coasters and pleasure craft, are currently not required to carry or use AIS/ECDIS systems, and will in most cases derive no benefit from the enhancement of Royal Sovereign light as it is occluded from view over much of the area west of, and inshore of, Beachy Head. Vessels on a westerly heading still have the use of Nab Tower light, but vessels heading east have no comparable aid other than Beachy Head.

For larger vessels following the SW-bound traffic lane, passing abeam of Beachy Head gives a clear and unambiguous signal that “escape room” and potential emergency anchorage is now available to starboard after transiting the relatively constricted waters to the NE.

Whilst the principle of having one primary light in view at any one time may be adequate in sparsely illuminated areas, or where there is relatively little offshore traffic, it seems a somewhat riskier approach in an area of extensive background illumination (from the near-continuous chain of coastal towns of Sussex) bordering the world’s busiest shipping lanes. In effect, it is proposed to indicate a salient point by darkness rather than illumination, which seems to border on the absolute ridiculous.

The Dieppe to Newhaven Ferry uses Beachy Head Lighthouse as a visual “homing “ device. The Officers are still encouraged to look out the window and not rely completely on electronic aids. There is always the chance the electronics will fail.

Beachy Head is a hazardous area with shoaling water and steep overfalls in even slight conditions. The lighthouse does it’s job of warning mariners of the dangers.

Best regards

Capt. Dave Collins-Williams

Harbour Master
Newhaven Port
Administration Offices
East Quay
Newhaven
East Sussex
BN9 0BN.

Tel. 01273 612872 / 01273 612926
Fax. 01273 612873
Mob. 07969106548

harbour.master@newhavenportauthority.co.uk

Notice to Mariners 4-2010

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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Notice to Mariners 4-10

Notice to Mariners 3-2010

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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Notice to Mariners 3-2010

Notice to Mariners 2-2010

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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Notice to Mariners 2-2010