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Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 47/17

TRANSIT OF THE DOCKYARD PORT OF PORTSMOUTH BY HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

1.  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that when HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH transits the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth waters the measures outlined in this LNTM will be brought into force.  

2.  Date and timing of moves will usually be promulgated by the Daily Shipping Movements programme published on the QHM Website, but in certain circumstances publication of timings may be made at relatively short notice on VHF.

3.  Once the date and timings of her movements have been published (by the Daily Shipping Movements programme and/or by broadcast on VHF Channel 11) Mariners are advised of the following rules and regulations will be in force:

4. Whilst underway in Dockyard Port Waters HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH is considered “a vessel constrained by her draught” as defined under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. The vessel will be escorted by tugs and MOD Police patrol vessels. Vessels are to avoid taking any action that will impede her safe passage. General Direction 02/13 (Dormant Exclusion Zone – 250 metres radius) is activated and will be in force for this vessel during her transits through the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth.  Police craft will be in attendance with the vessel to enforce this 250 metre exclusion zone, they will be clearly identifiable and will be acting on the authority of the Queen’s Harbour Master. All vessels are to comply with their directions. 

5.  For HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH’s entry to or departure from Portsmouth a closed channel will be brought into force (timings will be shown on Daily Shipping Movements and may also be broadcast on VHF Channel 11).  

6.  For HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH’s entry or departure from Portsmouth the small boat channel (Local Notice to Mariners 24/17) will be closed (timings will be shown on Daily Shipping Movements and may also be broadcast on VHF Channel 11).  Police and QHM craft will be on station to enforce this closure.  All vessels are to comply with their directions.

7.  Mariners are reminded that in accordance with the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth order 2005 and General Direction 04/13 the speed limit is 10 knots when vessels are closer than 1000 yards (half a nautical mile) from the shore anywhere within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth (exact location is shown in the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth order 2005 but in general terms anywhere in the Eastern Solent off either the Isle of Wight coast or Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth Coastline) and anywhere in Portsmouth Harbour north of the harbour entrance.

8.  Additionally Mariners are directed to keep their speed below 15 knots when within two nautical miles of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.  This is to assist with security and any vessel exceeding this speed is likely to be challenged by accompanying Police or QHM craft and depending on circumstances may be liable to prosecution.

9.  On occasions HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH may proceed to anchor within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth.  When this is the case in accordance with General Direction 02/15 (Keep Clear of Warship Alongside or at Anchor) for this vessel, a 150 metres exclusion zone is designated while the vessel is at anchor and this will be enforced by attendant Police craft.

10.  This notice remains in force until 31 December 2017 or it is superseded by another notice about HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH movements.

 


S O Hopper
Queen's Harbour Master

Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.