Southhampton Approach Channel Dredge 2014

Programme Update No 5: the Southampton Approach Channel Dredge (SACD) continues in Southampton Water south of Netley Shoal and in the Thorn Channel.

Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger WILLEM VAN ORANJE (below ‘in at Calshot Reach’)continues to work in the Docks area as far south as Dock Head and also in Southampton Water between Netley Shoal and Fawley.

Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger CORNELIS ZANEN (below ‘out at Calshot Reach’) continues to dredge in Southampton Water in the Hook to North Channel entrance area, and in the Thorn Channel.

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Spring at the Lifeboat Station

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Sun about to shine on the righteous? At Calshot NCI, by permission of Ian Davis

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Grey seal feasting on mullet from the Tower ‘vulnerable’?

Grey seal feasting on mullet from the Tower 'vulnerable'?

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Operating in the shadows!

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Floating cafe at Lepe!

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Lepe Beach, New Year’s day…2 miles from Calshot Tower

Two cars enjoying a salty car wash?

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New Years day at the Tower.

A Very Happy New Year to everyone. 

On New Years Day the on duty watchkeepers had the interesting spectacle of seeing this unfortunate scene.  Well and truly beached on one of the many shingle banks this yacht had broken from it’s mooring and was rescued and secured by local boat owners.

This photo taken at full tide, and coupled with the extremely high winds shows the normally dry shingle bank almost covered by the sea. The waves were also washing over the Calshot Castle moat walls, something not many watchkeepers will have witnessed before!

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More qualified radio operators … when instructed to do so by Solent CG

Another 5 coast-watchers achieve NCI VHF certification … Helena unfortunately just out of sight behind the right-hand pillar!  Well done to all 8 who qualified during the November sessions held in the Calshot Lifeboat Station.  Can you see the remaining ‘chocolate bourbons’?

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Stn Man drops in on latest radio training session

With RNLI permission our Radio Communications Officer Ian Davis provided another radio training day at Calshot Lifeboat Station to enable 3 newcomers to gain the increasingly essential NCI VHF operators certificate.

…  and Station Manager Colin Lewis, jet-lagged from a long trip back from Auckland, dropped in straight-away to see what was going on.  Can you see the custard creams?

 

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