31-2018: Pipeline towage operation

Mariners are advised that between 22:45 hrs on the 26th of July and 01:00 hrs on 27th July 2018 one of the pipelines moored on the temporary mooring installation in the river Stour (Reference Notice to Mariners No 17 of 2018) will be taken off the temporary mooring and towed to sea.

Mariners are reminded that the pipelines are approximately one kilometre in length. Traffic management restrictions will apply during the towage operation.

All vessels must declare their intention to navigate between the temporary moorings and Landguard Point to Harwich VTS during 22:45 hrs on the 26th of July and 01:00 hrs on 27th July 2018 via VHF 71 or telephone.

The temporary trot moorings are 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


The following vessels will be involved in the towage operation; Forth Sentinel, Forth Warrior, Taska 2, Megan M, Ashraf and the Celtic Guardian.

It is anticipated that the towage operation will follow track highlighted in the attached PDF.

The remaining pipelines will also be towed to sea over the next couple of weeks. Notification will be provided via Notice to Mariners.

Please note that all times are given in BST.

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