John Davies was presented with his 10 year certificate and badge and announced his retirement - our thanks to him for his contribution to Exmouth NCI as a watchkeeper and trainer. Our latest watchkeeper, Gary Sherman, was presented with his certificate and epaulettes. And welcome to Rena Evans who has recently joined.
Local Notices to Mariners
The Port of Exeter extends from Blackaller weir in the heart of the City to the safe water mark a mile or so out at sea off Exmouth . Exeter City Council is responsible for marking a navigation channel from the sea to just above Topsham. The Port area is subject to a maximum speed limit of 10 knots in the estuary and off shore. From time to time Local Notices to Mariners (Local NTM) are issued to alert water users of any activities which may affect their passage in the river and the estuary.
Incident - Kitesurfer In Water
Congratulations to Gary Sherman on completing his assessment - welcome to the ever increasing band of Watchkeepers.
Incident - Yacht Engine Failure
It is now over a year since the transition to a new national Coastguard network was completed, with the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) and ten other operations centres in action around the UK. There has, however, been some confusion among the sailing community as to how to contact the Coastguard. The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) advises that sailors should use Coastguard callsigns based on their geographical area, such as ‘Falmouth Coastguard’.