Local Notice to Mariners 08/20
Notice is given that starboard lateral mark, number 29 is not in position.
We are working to get it back into position as soon as practicable.
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution. For further information please contact the harbour office on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01395 223265 or 07864 958658.
One of our watchkeepers noted a yacht aground on Pole Sands on the seafront webcam and alerted the Coastguard. It had already been reported last night and the two crew taken off by the ILB. They were subsequently interviewed by the police and reminded of the government regulations, reinforced by the Harbour Master, that recreational use of the River Exe or Canal is NOT ESSENTIAL AND THOSE WHO BREAK THE NEW LAWS COULD BE FINED FOR DOING SO. The yacht will be removed as soon as the weather/tides allow. See also RNLI press release.
Footnote: Catamaran towed back to harbour.
Due to the coronavirus concerns and following instructions from NCI HQ, Exmouth NCI is reluctantly suspending all watches from midnight Wednesday 18 March 2020 until government guidelines permit.
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Harbour Master - Corinavirus Legislation
Following on from my Local Notice to Mariners (03/20) issued on Thursday the 26th of March we have had a number of questions asked to the ports staff and I wanted to clarify my views. Yesterday, Parliament passed new legislation which can be accessed here. My interpretation of the current situation and the new Act is as follows:
As far as recreational use of the River or Canal is concerned e.g. (use of leisure vessels, kite surfing, paddle boarding etc), it is NOT ESSENTIAL AND THOSE WHO BREAK THE NEW LAWS COULD BE FINED FOR DOING SO.
As I have had to postpone my visits for this spring and summer, I did just want to record how much I appreciate the difficulties you all face over the next few weeks and months.
Many of you will have found ways to adapt your skills, which are so important to the organisations you either work or volunteer for, to help in your own isolation or to help others cope better in those many jobs that cannot stop.
I was planning another charities forum this summer to underline the value of understanding each others strengths and achievements as well as the added value of working better together. The next forum will be especially interesting, with many important lessons to be shared.
I look forward to hearing from you and catching up as soon as possible. Thank you for all you do, wherever you are.