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Hammersmith Bridge Vessel Transits

This Notice to Mariners (U2 of 2021) supersedes and replaces U19 of 2020

Transits must be pre-booked at least 72-hours in advance, via the online booking system on the right.

Hammersmith Bridge remains closed to river traffic at the request of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council (LBHF). An exclusion zone of 15 metres upriver and downriver of the bridge remains in place.

Arches No. 1 and No. 3 are closed and will remain closed to navigation and marked in accordance with the Port of London Authority Thames Byelaws 2012 as depicted and by night lit with three red lights in a downward triangle.

Centre Arch (Arch 2) Controlled transits

The centre Arch (No 2) is also closed and marked as indicated above; however may be used for a booked controlled transit.

Vessels requiring to transit under Hammersmith Bridge can book a controlled transit, providing the following conditions are met:

  1. The transit is essential and necessary. The requirement cannot be delayed to a later date or conducted elsewhere.
  2. The vessel’s Master accepts that the transit may be cancelled at short notice because of on-going investigations by LBHF. Re-booking a transit may be delayed indefinitely,
  3. The vessel’s Master conducts and holds on board a passage plan, which clearly identifies the hazards associated with passing underneath the bridge and identifies suitable abort points if the bridge were to close,
  4. The Master confirms when booking that the safest minimum number of crew are onboard for the transit and no passengers are carried, and
  5. The vessel carries a VHF radio and monitors VHF Channel 14 at all times.

 

Booking Process

Transits must be pre-booked at least 72-hours in advance, via the online booking system on the right. 

London VTS will include this closure and controlled transits in routine river broadcasts on VHF Channel 14.

Hammersmith Bridge Vessel Transits 24hr
Form for vessel transits
Please provide the following information.
Owner / Master's Name *
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Email *
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Mobile Number *
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Vessel Name *
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Length Overall (LOA) in Metres *
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Beam in Metres *
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Draught in Metres *
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Air Draft in Metres *
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Coming From *
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Going to *
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What is the reason for the transit? *
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What is your preferred date for the transit? *
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Request a time slot *
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What is the number of people who will be on board (POB)? *
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