Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 2nd November 2020
Outings to Chelsea.
After consultation with the PLA after a question was asked by one of the clubs, weekend outings to Chelsea Bridge are permissible as long as they are in accordance with the following from the Tideway Code:
Rowing boats are advised to inform London VTS if they go below Wandsworth Bridge but it has been agreed that they may proceed as far as Chelsea Bridge without having to contact London VTS. This is a concession, don’t abuse it! Due to commercial barge traffic movements at various freight facilities, rowers must not proceed below Fulham Railway bridge for 3hrs before and 2hrs after high tide. Times refer to High Tide at London Bridge
As most of you know the barges either side of Hammersmith Bridge move each day. Unfortunately when they return to Hammersmith Bridge their position has not been consistent. If you believe the barges are in a place which makes it unsafe to turn please submit an incident report preferably with photos, which I will pass onto the PLA.
There will be bridge openings to allow boats to move through the bridge in a controlled way. I know from a number of people that when this last occurred some crews had to cope with some unnecessarily large wash. If this happens again please report the vessel to London VTS +44 20 3260 7711 as soon as possible.
Barges to Fulham
I had a verbal report about a barge being pushed up to Fulham FC without any lights on the barge, the tug was correctly light. Apparently this is not correct and the barge should have a white light on the bows. If you see a barge without the correct light, please report to London VTS and submit a report which I will forward to the PLA.
To sum up if you see something wrong please report it. At the same time we as a rowing community have to keep our house in order by navigating and acting responsibly.
Rowing Safety Adviser | Thames Regional Rowing Council
Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 10th September 2020
Due to the emergency closure of Hammersmith Bridge a number of vessels are stuck on the “wrong” side of the bridge. On Friday 11 September and Saturday 12 September the PLA in conjunction with Hammersmith and Fulham Council are allowing these vessels to get to where they need to be. The timings, direction and number of vessels involved are below;
Friday 0600-0730 Inbound 19 vessels
Saturday 0600-0830 Outbound 31 vessels
Note the allowed timing for both openings are 0600-1000 but the boats are expected to be clear of the bridge at the time shown.
Clubs may wish to consider their outing times as High Water at hammersmith Bridge is 0836 on Friday and 0931 on Saturday.
On Friday there will be barge movement from Fulham FC at 1530
Author: Neil Pickford | Date: 13th August 2020
BARN ELMS REACH, HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE – CLOSED TO NAVIGATION
Due to urgent safety concerns, Hammersmith & Fulham Council have closed Hammersmith Bridge to river traffic following expert technical advice.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council have confirmed that there is significant risk to vessels and persons passing underneath the bridge. We regrettably advise navigation underneath Hammersmith Bridge is not permitted and an exclusion zone of 15 metres upriver and downriver of the bridge has been established.
Arches closed to navigation will be marked in accordance with the Port of London Authority Thames Byelaws 2012 namely:
The Bridge owners are working hard to minimise the duration of the closure and are considering several options. For any enquires regarding the Hammersmith Bridge works and this emergency closure, please contact Mr. Anvar Alizadeh, Highway Structures Manager at Hammersmith & Fulham Council on
A temporary navigation pattern has been put in place by the TRRC. See diagram below