Unusual Activity & Closures

Havengore Bridge Update (20.09.18)

Final safety reviews of the planned remedial works will be conducted next week. When the approach proposed by the engineers has been approved, the works will be scheduled and an update published when the date has been confirmed. We apologise for the delay and continuing inconvenience, but there will be no compromise on safety.

Submerged Hazard

1-5 October 2018: Submerged Hazard

Mariners are advised that from 1 to 5 October, there will be a submerged hazard in the Range Inner Sea Area. The hazard will be marked by yellow illuminated marker buoys. The co-ordinates of the hazard are as below and the location indicated on the map.

Latitude/Longitude British National Grid
Lat 51.541276°, Long 0.857193° Northing: 186356, Easting: 598230

Havengore Bridge Update (11.09.18)

Unfortunately, the remedial works provisionally scheduled for tomorrow have been delayed pending additional health and safety reviews. We now anticipate that the work will be conducted next week and will issue an update when the date has been confirmed.

Many thanks for your patience.

Havengore Bridge Update (07.09.18)

The remedial works on the faulty tail lock have been provisionally scheduled for Wednesday 12 September. By the end of that day, the bridge will either be fully repaired or rendered safe to operate whilst further repair work is conducted. In either circumstance, the bridge should be re-opened to marine traffic on that day.

We will issue a further update should there be any change to the provisional repair date or predicted outcome.

Havengore Bridge - Closed to marine traffic (03.09.18)

The specialist contractors have been on site today to diagnose the cause of the latest bridge failure. The east tail lock is stuck in the extended position. The ram that controls the tail lock is mounted at height under the bridge metalwork and requires additional equipment to remove it from its mountings for repair. We will issue a further update when we have confirmation of when the contractors can return with the equipment necessary to complete the work.

Our apologies for the ongoing disruption.

Havengore Bridge - Closed to marine traffic (30.08.18)

During the test lift today, Havengore Bridge failed to operate correctly and is closed to marine traffic until further notice. The specialist engineers have been contacted and we are awaiting confirmation of when they will attend.

It’s apparent that in spite of regular maintenance and testing, the bridge is still prone to unforeseen and intermittent failure and our contractors are investigating an underlying cause. In the meantime, we’re advising mariners that when the bridge is declared open to marine traffic (following fault rectification and testing), that they should be aware of the possibility that it may fail on operation, and that they should be prepared to take an alternate route/have a contingency plan in place.

Mariners can contact the bridgekeeper on the day and on approach to check the status on 01702 383436 or VHF Channel 72. We also attempt to notify mariners when failures occur out of hours (when limited resources are available) and will be adding announcements about bridge failures to the information that we already provide to HM Coastguard to be broadcast in Local Navigational Warnings.

We will provide a further update following the engineers’ report.

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