Notices to Mariners
1. OPERATIONAL CONSTRAINTS
The boarding of vessels inwards takes place normally between the Breaksea Light and Barry Roads between 6 to 4 hours before High Water at Sharpness by the Bristol Pilot Cutter.
Subject to tidal constraints the departure of vessels outwards from Sharpness takes place normally between 2 hours before to 30 minutes after High Water at Sharpness.
Timings to and from Chepstow and Lydney will be advised on request to the Duty Pilot.
Information on Inter-port movements between the South Wales Ports and Bristol, and the Gloucester Harbour Ports is available on request.
Factors such as ship dimensions, draught in fresh water, speed and equipment condition combined with tidal and weather conditions are critical to a safe and expeditious passage. Full co-operation from ships' Agents, Masters and Owners is essential in providing information on the vessel's status and in updating of ETAs and ETDS, otherwise delays and liability to additional charges may be incurred.
2. ORDERING OF PILOT SERVICES
Orders for pilotage are to be directed by Ships' Agents, Masters and Owners to the Trustees' Duty Pilot.
3. INWARD BOUND VESSELS - ETA
Masters of vessels bound for Chepstow, Lydney and Sharpness boarding a pilot from the Barry Roads Station must give - either directly or via their Agent - at least 24 hours confirmation of their ETA off the Breaksea Light - latitude 51° 20'.85N longitude 3° 19'.00W - by telephone to the Duty Pilot. Masters who expect their passage time to be less than 24 hours must contact the Duty Pilot by telephone immediately before sailing.
All Masters must confirm directly to the Avonmouth Signal Station their ETA off the Breaksea Light 6 hours beforehand by:-
Failure to comply with this procedure will result in the pilot not being present at the Boarding and Landing Station at the appropriate time with consequent delay to the vessel.
4. OUTWARD BOUND VESSELS - ETD
Masters of vessels outward bound from Sharpness and sailing before 1300 hours, must agree, either directly, or through their Agent their ETD with the Duty Pilot by telephone before 1730 hours on the previous day. Where vessels are sailing after 1300 hours ETD must be agreed with the Duty Pilot a minimum of 4 hours beforehand. In both cases the agreed ETD must be confirmed by the Master directly to the Sharpness Pierhead two and one half hours beforehand.
ETD arrangements for Chepstow and Lydney will be advised on request.
5. BOARDING AND LANDING PILOTS
Pilots are normally boarded and landed between the Breaksea Light and Barry Roads by the Bristol Pilot Cutter which keeps a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 16.
Masters bound inward should make radio contact with the cutter at least one hour before their arrival off the Breaksea Light using the call sign 'GLOUCESTER PILOT' - instructions will then be given to the Master of the position and time of boarding of the pilot.
6. CANCELLATION AND POSTPONEMENT OF PILOT SERVICES
Ships' Agents, Masters or Owners may cancel or amend an order for pilotage services during the Duty Watch period without charge providing that notice is given at least ten hours before High Water at Sharpness for inward bound vessels and for outward bound vessels at least four hours before High Water Sharpness and at least four hours before High Water Chepstow or Lydney. Cancellation or postponement of an order for pilotage services with less than the above notice or outside the Duty Watch period will result in the imposition of Cancellation or Postponement Charges as prescribed in the Trustees' current list of pilotage charges.
Notice to Mariners 3/98 is cancelled with effect from 31 March 1999.
Notices to Mariners
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