Passing a barge On this waterway look for the level gauges set If a skipper says, “Show me (or give me) a RED”, into the walls on the river entrances to locks, or “Pass me red to red”, he wants to pass on and nearby notices explaining what action to take. If only red is exposed on the gauge it is your port side, conversely GREEN for starboard. Don't try to overtake a barge without the deemed unsafe for pleasure craft to proceed. SOME ADVICE for approval of its skipper. Negotiating the suction OTHER RIVER MATTERS SKIPPERS using the of a big vessel can be tricky and he cannot always slow down to suit you. Ensure you have to hand normal river safety AIRE and CALDER gear, anchor, life-buoy, life-jackets etc. It is important to look out for signs, partic- NAVIGATION If you can see a barge about to emerge from a ularly going downstream, so you don’t miss This guide gives advice to those lock, or the lock is working and a red light shows, flood locks. Only in Leeds is a river weir visible unaccustomed to this navigation, with hang back so both you and the barge have from the navigable channel on this waterway. particular regard to its role as a steerage-way when you pass. If you must land a Below are the layouts of the flood locks as seen COMMERCIAL WATERWAY crew, tie up securely as far from the lock as you looking upstream. and the extra care needed due to its can so the barge has room to counter the effects RIVER REACHES. R. C of cross-winds, currents etc. before passing you. Castleford Flood Lock alde Never try to hold your boat or moor it on a If lights are red or a barge is Produced and sponsored by the National Association of Boat Owners r handling line when a barge passes. You may be visible (look behind you!), keep clear of the space, shown here www.nabo.org.uk safer staying at the helm and letting your boat R. Aire hatched, which barges need for ride the wash. and the Commercial Boat manoeuvreing. Landing Lights Operators Association Lock www.cboa.org.uk Bridge If not properly tied up, boats can be Old A1 og the San. Endorsed by British Waterways. dragged off moorings, or heeled Don’t h Stn. centre arch and the Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club over, by the wash of barges. Ensure R. A Do not go past red you have ropes to resist fore and aft ire lights or down weir movement (springs) and keep all streams ( ) . lines as near level as you can and Landing Lights Lo Ferrybridge securely tied to rings or bollards, ck never use pins. A centre rope from a Flood Lock roof cleat to an adjacent bollard can Traffic Lights convert even a mild lengthwise Red = stop, even if the gates are open. movement into a severe tipping Red+Green = wait, lock being prepared force and can be worse than useless. Green = proceed with care. Amber = user operation. Use control pedestals Place fenders so they will not get at each end of the lock. BW key activated. caught under anything when the level rises after a barge has passed. The WAVE EMERGENCY CONTACT A fully laden barge under way can Not an undulation on water, rather the 0800 4799947 even disturb boats moored off the universal navigational signal of friendship. Use it or the BW Leeds Office generously, especially when passing barges! line in basins or side arms. 0113 2816860 River (L&L Canal) (Manual) This navigation is used by barges up to 200 ft long, BW tugs: Leeds 20 ft wide, carrying up to 600 tonnes – i.e. . *Knostrop Flood Wharfe, Swale, Derwent, Alan-a-dale, Eric-of-Lincoln. Skippers of these vessels have a living to earn, but Knostrop Fall 1 Fall Petroleum Tankers: welcome pleasure craft on this waterway. Many Ings *Broadreach Fishpond (Rix) Owl, Eagle, Phoenix. (manual) boat for pleasure too. Remember they have to treat Woodlesford (Humber) Energy, Pride, Princess & Jubilee you as you would treat a fragile dinghy, so assume 2 Sand Barges: they can't see you or avoid you, and give them the Birkwood Lemonroyd (Humber) Enterprise & Renown Battlestone deep water, plenty of room to swing, and priority Easedale Heather Rose Farndale (H) King’s Road at all locks, junctions and bridge-holes. Empty Fossdale (H) Fusedale (H) River Star barges can be severely affected by cross-winds. Coal Pan Tugs: use numbers 100 - 109 SAND etc. - Barges come in at Goole. Some off-load Woodnook Whitwood 3 Note – barges often omit the ‘Rix’ or 'Humber’ from there. Most run up to near Whitwood. 4 *Castleford their name on the radio. PETROL and OIL - 200 ft Tankers come in at Goole Bulholme and discharge at wharves at Castleford 5 , LEGEND 5 Bendy river Tricky for Don’t be afraid to radio your own position, and tell Fleet 2 or go up the New Junction and SSYN to River (unnavigable) barges, they boats without radio about barge movements. Rotherham. Some may discharge at Ferrybridge. Colour, the redder the busier may seem to River, Navigable need all the COAL - Pans towed in threes may resume carrying river. Pass on from Kellingley 8 to Ferrybridge power station. Cuts Keep a special look-out for barges on the cut 6 ‘wrong’ side if Locks, name in italics need be. through Knottingley, (Ferrybridge to Kellingley), and STEEL etc - Occasionally on the SSYN & New Overnight Moorings 6 at these locations marked on the map:- Junction 9 and A&C to Goole . Extra Vigilance Points 7 1 Stourton wharves *Ferrybridge 2 Fleet Oil Depot Bank Dole Locks and Lights (manual) 3 Whitwood Aggregate Staithe and blind bridge The locks at Castleford, Bulholme and Ferrybridge KNOTTINGLEY BRIDGES (Stephenson’s) Barges need middle arch and room are often manned. Phone Ferrybridge (Tel - 01977 From Ferrybridge:- 8 for stern to swing on approach going downstream. To Selby 673124) for latest on barge movements. On other ‘Mill’, ‘Gaggs’, ‘Jackson’, & R. Ouse 4 Castleford Junction (See map overleaf) stretches, barges are penned through by mobile ‘Cow Lane’, ‘Shepherds’, 5 Castleford Cut - Total Butler oil wharf * lock-keepers. If you see their vans or any lock Below Junction: Gates are left 6 Ferrybridge Power Station (‘Station C’) traffic lights not on amber (for self-operation), a ‘Skew’, ‘Medcalf’ open at normal barge may be near, particularly at Castleford Whitley river levels so 7 Ferrybridge Flood Lock (Map overleaf) where you should keep clear of the whole junction To Sheffield vessels may 8 Kellingley Colliery Pollington emerge at speed. area. Syke- 9 ‘New Cut End’ - or ‘Went End’ - junction house Ne See sketch maps Ca w overleaf. 10 Goole - sand wharf and general barge mayhem! J Messages from commercial vessels to each other or To nal unct Beware at lock-keepers are a good clue to their location. Keadby ion 9 Castleford, the Listen for lock names. If followed by ‘-mobile’, the When lock-keepers pen barges through quickly, tell- ‘Outbound’ ‘Downgates’ or lights apply to ‘Inbound’ ‘Upgates’ or keeper may be at a lock nearby, or travelling in his the whole tale surges are produced. Barges also send fast van, rather than at his designated lock. junction and the moving low waves both ways when they pass through chamber has a bridges. Both can make moored craft restless 10 Some barges give helpful position reports when bend in it! minutes or more away, but are more difficult to approaching hazardous locations. You can benefit detect from a moving boat. from these if you know their call signs and the 10 names of bridges etc. along the route.
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