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Cowes Chain Ferry - Safety Advice
11 February 2021

(This notice replaces Local Notice to Mariners 11 of 2019 which is hereby cancelled)

Notice is hereby given that all mariners should be aware of the following safety information when navigating in the vicinity of the Cowes Chain Ferry.

At present, the Cowes Chain Ferry utilises a pushing vessel during spring ebb tides to ensure that the minimum clearances over the chains are achieved.

All mariners are advised that when passing the Cowes Chain Ferry, they shall navigate with particular caution. The following points shall be borne in mind when planning your passage and making your approach:

1. The Chain Ferry has right of way over all river traffic unless you contact them on VHF Ch. 69 to arrange an unimpeded passage,

2. The Chain Ferry is situated on a blind bend at the narrowest stretch of the river,

3. Be aware of strong tidal flows, especially spring tides, if travelling in the direction of tide and be prepared to give way to the Chain Ferry in plenty of time,

4. If the yellow lights are flashing, the ferry is about to move or is already moving, you must give way,

5. For calculating your clearance over the chains please use the following diagram which depicts how to calculate the clearance over the chains,

6. Do not pass too close to the ferry or too close to the shore,

7. Do not pass the Chain Ferry when it is in motion as clearances over the chains are reduced, and

8. If you must pass the Chain Ferry on strong ebb tides, please do so at slow speed and pass in the centre of the gap between the ferry and the shore.

The height of tide can be found on the tide boards at:

• Watch House beacon
• Shrape beacon
• 4A beacon
• North outer wall of Cowes Yacht Haven
• North end of Medina Wharf.

See also Local Notice to Mariners: Cowes Chain Ferry.

This Local Notice to Mariners shall remain in force until further notice.

• LNTM 09 of 2021 - Cowes Chain Ferry - Safety Advice

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