How speeding ships are causing a nuisance on Canvey beach

How speeding ships are causing a nuisance for sun worshippers on busy Canvey beach

How speeding ships are causing a nuisance for sun worshippers on busy Canvey beach

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SHIPS have been warned to slow down following complaints they were disrupting a busy beach.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) issued the warning on July 3.

Residents had complained to the Coastguard over how fast the big ships were travelling and the huge waves they created on Concord Beach, Canvey.

Colin Letchford, chair of Friends of Concord Beach said: “We noticed some of the ships appeared to be going faster and generating a bigger wash. This is only a problem at high tide when children are on the beach and pathways.

“We did have three of four that came up on the pathway and a dog got sucked back into the sea that I pulled out.”

Ships passing the foreshore and River wall on Canvey between the Chapman Anchorages and Thorney Creek were reminded to watch their speed.

PLA issued all mariners a warning saying “vessel Masters are required to navigate at a speed and in manner such that any wash created by the vessel must not compromise the safety of others using the Thames and the foreshore.”

Mick Allwood from Canvey Coastguard said: “Wash has always been a problem and always will be. In other areas it’s worse and here it’s been something we have to consider. The design of ships changes and over the last ten years they have got bigger and faster and deeper. They create a draw-op which is a phenomenon that happens when a ship’s bottom is very close to the ground and draws water away from the shore and then pushes it back up very fast. It creates a big wash.

“There is a speed limit at Thames Gateway, well an ease down through there. I think due to their busy schedules, they get to Thames gateway, put the brakes on and then speed away.”

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10:13am Wed 9 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Been washing the dog turds away before people have had a chance to step in them.
Been washing the dog turds away before people have had a chance to step in them. w-jback
  • Score: 9

11:58am Wed 9 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Blooming Boy Racers in boats. Get Mr. Canvey to campaign for speed bumps in the Thames..
Blooming Boy Racers in boats. Get Mr. Canvey to campaign for speed bumps in the Thames.. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

1:43pm Wed 9 Jul 14

roger moore says...

these people obviously have too much time on their hands if they're complaining about something as sill as waves on a beach lol
these people obviously have too much time on their hands if they're complaining about something as sill as waves on a beach lol roger moore
  • Score: -2

7:42pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?
Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 5

9:31pm Wed 9 Jul 14

R.derrek says...

I didn't know Canvey Island had a beach, though the river has to take first place
I didn't know Canvey Island had a beach, though the river has to take first place R.derrek
  • Score: 2

10:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?
Why does it "Upset" you.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?[/p][/quote]Why does it "Upset" you. iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

10:18pm Wed 9 Jul 14

John Right says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?
Not for much longer, looking at the you tube video, of those eight cars parked up on the top of the sea wall, I hear the ramp will be blocked off soon, Essex County Council are aware, at last..
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?[/p][/quote]Not for much longer, looking at the you tube video, of those eight cars parked up on the top of the sea wall, I hear the ramp will be blocked off soon, Essex County Council are aware, at last.. John Right
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Thu 10 Jul 14

CarnMountification says...

I think you'll find the big container ships aren't speeding, they are just so much bigger, that the bow waves are bigger than before, D/P World announced this 3 years ago, so nothing new, just the few moaners, looking at safety issues that suit themselves.
I think you'll find the big container ships aren't speeding, they are just so much bigger, that the bow waves are bigger than before, D/P World announced this 3 years ago, so nothing new, just the few moaners, looking at safety issues that suit themselves. CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?
Because its council run, they turn a blind eye to the illegal parking
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Talking about safety issues, why are the staff at that Concord Cafe, allowed to park at the top of the sea wall ?[/p][/quote]Because its council run, they turn a blind eye to the illegal parking sesibollox
  • Score: 0

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