Current Safety Notices
20th May 2021
Hammersmith Bridge remain closed to transiting river traffic. However the Notice to Mariners below describes a regarding a new "traffic light" recently fitted to the bridge.
With regards to rowing boat transit of the bridge when the light is green the PLA Harbour Master has said the following:
"Yes that's correct when a green arrow shows rowers will be permitted to pass through the bridge, however it's probably going to be a couple of weeks before we get to a stage of being able to show the green arrow.
It should also be noted that if rowers go through the bridge and the status changes to a red cross they'll be stuck on that side of the bridge until it reopens, so it may be worth the clubs considering their options should that happen.
With regard to the no.3 arch [Surrey] at the moment it's going to remain closed, we're in the process of working with LBH&F about options to get it reopened."
Therefor please be patient and wait for the light to go green and also be prepared to do some portage if the light goes red and you're on the 'wrong' side! Many thanks to the PLA who are working to get No.3 arch open asap so that we can navigate safely.
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
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