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    Ministry of Defence (MOD) Shoeburyness: Range Sea Danger Area

    QinetiQ operates the live weapons test and evaluation Range in Shoeburyness and on Foulness Island in Essex, known as MOD Shoeburyness. The Range is active Monday to Friday (occasionally at weekends), all year round, conducting activities that involve firing and detonating live ammunition, often over long distances, out to sea.

    To enable the Range to work safely and ensure that hazardous activities do not present a risk to members of the public, it operates under the jurisdiction of the Artillery Ranges Byelaws 1936 and the Shoeburyness and District Military Lands Byelaws 1935 (under the Military Lands Acts 1892 to 1903). The byelaws govern the use of the land and rights of access and passage through the byelaw area. The byelaws cover an area of the Thames Estuary and the North Sea and the inner waterway that runs from Havengore Creek across to the River Roach and the River Crouch. These areas are known collectively as the Range Sea Danger Area (RSDA), unauthorised entry to the RSDA is both illegal and dangerous.

    QinetiQ manages access to the RSDA ensuring that boats, yachts and personal watercraft (PWC) do not enter the area illegally, putting themselves and their vessels at risk. In order to monitor the RSDA whilst the Range is active, QinetiQ uses marine surveillance radar and has a Range Safety Boat which patrols and advises any unauthorised vessels to leave in accordance with the byelaws and in the interests of health and safety.

    For further details please see the following:

    PDF Document “Staying Safe near the Range Sea Danger Area (RSDA) ”;%20filename%3dStaying+Safe+Near+the+RSDA+2024.pdf&AWSAccessKeyId=12AYQSWG53AAJQKVGXR2&Expires=1716387739&Signature=k%2BWZvSchfRRd%2B9EiJiiR%2BIVKHeY%3D">click here

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    PLA Notice to Mariners

    Notices to Mariners provide essential, up to date information and advice to those supporting navigation and commercial shipping in the Port of London. Subjects will include (but not be limited to) advice on PLA procedures and/or requirements and notification of new and updated rules and regulations for navigation.

    Click here to visit the main Port of London Authority (PLA) website.

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    East Coast Pilot publication

    East Coast Pilot’ is the best-selling pilot book for the coast, rivers and creeks between Great Yarmouth and Ramsgate. A copy of East Coast Pilot book can be purchased from the publishers ‘Imray’ through this site.

    Visitors to the East Coast Pilot website can also download the latest navigational chartlets for the entrances of the Rivers Deben and Ore.

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    Coastal Events Guide publication

    Capturing the essence of the UK’s East Coast and its rivers, the Coastal Guide is for all those who love to spend time on or by the water. We give you lots of info on events and ideas for activities and places to visit, including local sailing clubs, marinas and other waterside attractions enjoy reading all about them in the comfort of your own home.

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    Thames Estuary Partnership

    The Thames Estuary Partnership is an independent charity that builds understanding and appreciation of one of the world’s most famous rivers.

    We bring together key stakeholders in the Thames, working in partnership to improve the river both for London’s inhabitants and for the ecosystems that it holds. We work with governmental bodies, port and local authorities, riverside developers, NGOs and the wider public to maximise our positive impact on this unique river.

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