Chain Ferry The Chain Ferry has Right of Way! The chain ferry has right of way over all craft except those under compulsory pilotage. Basically, this means that if you don’t have a pilot onboard then you must give way to the chain ferry. Mariners are advised that there is a Harbour Commissioners Byelaw in place to enforce this right of way which has significantly reduced the number of incidents involving the chain ferry. When approaching the ferry crossing point, anticipate its direction of movement and plan your course of action well in advance. Mariners should keep well clear passing astern and should never attempt to pass close ahead. Remember that the chains will be taut and shallow in front of the ferry and that they are also a hazard at the rear. 20 The Poole Harbour and Marina Guide 2018 There is a very real danger of the tide sweeping you down onto the ferry. Remember, the ferry can do nothing to get out of your way. Anticipate the chain ferry’s movements. A black ball hoisted at the forward end will indicate its intention to move off the slipway. The white flashing strobe light will be activated to indicate the direction of movement when the engines are engaged. The chain ferry operates to a schedule and has right of way, so please think ahead and try to pass well clear astern of it. As a guide, ferry crossing times are on the hour from the Haven Hotel (north) side and every twenty minutes thereon from 0700 hours to 2300 hours. From the Studland (south) side, crossing times start at 0710 hours and then every twenty minutes until 2310 hours. At peak periods, this schedule may change when a continuous shuttle is normally run. The ferry runs all year, except Christmas Day and during maintainence.
The Harbour Entrance The entrance is the most hazardous area of the harbour and special vigilance and care is required when passing through. It is only 300 metres wide, with very strong tidal streams particularly at spring ebb and the slow moving chain ferry operates at its narrowest point. Sailing vessels so fitted please use your engines when transitting the entrance. It may be a source of pride to you to achieve this under sail alone, but it is not safe when congested, and imposes greater risk to other users, especially when the wind is light and the stream strong. Dinghies sailed by trainees should be towed through the harbour entrance until they are in clear water. Do not lay any mooring, fishing equipment or any other item which may create a hazard to navigation. Local Notices to Mariners Local Notices to Mariners are issued by the Harbour Master on a regular basis to inform mariners of any operations or works taking place in the harbour which may affect the safety of navigation. These are distributed to all the marine operations involved in the harbour area, as well as adjacent Harbour Masters, local marine offices and notice boards at harbour access points. Acquaint yourself with the location of these notices and check regularly for new and relevant information. Local Notices may be obtained from the Harbour Office in New Quay Road, or the Poole Quay Boat Haven Office on Town Quay or on the PHC website: www.phc.co.uk If you wish to be added to the distribution list (by Email) then please contact Annie Willats on (01202) 440210 or firstname.lastname@example.org Exemptions from speed limits From time to time you will see craft exceeding the speed limit through the harbour. The following vessels have permission to exceed the speed limit in the circumstances described: Police Vessels Harbour Patrol Vessels RNLI Lifeboat & Inshore Lifeboat Royal Marines Please note Radar, CCTV, VHF communications and telephone conversations to Harbour Control are recorded for safety and training purposes. The Speed Limit of 10 knots is applicable throughout the year. Mariners are advised that in accordance with the Poole Harbour Byelaw 2(aa) speed restrictions are relaxed within the Wareham Channel, Middle Ship Channel and North Channel during the period 1st October to 31st March. The speed limits still apply throughout the rest of the harbour, especially 6 knots in Little Channel and Holes Bay, and 10 knots in the harbour entrance area between Bell Buoy and 1400 metres to seaward of South Haven Point. Speeding and excessive wash offences are taken very seriously and may result in prosecution 21
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