Changes to the Swallowtail and Whitaker Channels
Crouch Harbour Authority have announced that with effect from 15th June, 2021, the Swallowtail and Whitaker channels are subject to some changes in the buoyage. The overall plan for marking the two channels is as before but three buoys have been permanently removed causing some position, name and light characteristic changes.
The former No 2 has been removed, No 1 has been moved to the west and Nos 3 and 4 have been re-numbered Nos 2 and 3. Light characteristics for the 'new' No 2 have been changed.
The former Nos 3 and 4 have been permanently removed and Nos 1 and 2 have been moved to the west just short of where the pair Nos 3 and 4 used to be located. Nos No 5 and 6 remain in the same position but are re-named Nos 3 and 4 and have changes in their light characteristics. Similarly Nos 7 and 8 are now re-named Nos 5 and 6 with light characteristics changes.
A new download at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page29.html (second item) which comprises of an image and full details of the changes.
Changes should not bring about any significant difficulties. Tacking across either in the outer parts of the channels will need a little more attention but the Swin Spitway, Swallowtail No 1 and the Inner Whitaker buoys define the approaches.
Last updated 15:50 on 22 June 2021