13 April 2021
NOTICE TO MARINERS, from the Navigation Officer
A keep west Cardinal marker is now in place at the outer tip of the spit , as the Cardinal states , skippers must keep WEST of the hazard post from either direction ! This sign is complimented by 8 hazard markers depicted by black posts with a Red cap ! These are strategically positioned around the perimeter of the newly created spit shoal , 4 on the south side 4 on the north west side .
The signs mean categorically not to enter the hazard area .
Also 10 Fairway Buoys depicted with a red stripe, on a white background , they state deep water depending on the state of the tide , they start at the upstream end of Pwll Sama and carry on right up to the Glan Teifi turn , skippers need to take a coarse through the fishing boats And on to the Fairway Buoys on the way in , a steer a reciprocal coarse on the way out
It is not only Law but also imperative to observe the 5. Knot speed limit whilst steering a coarse through the moored fishing boats , where fishing boat crews may be making their way leaving or joining Their boats , any offending skippers found to be flaunting this rule will be reported and prosecuted ! And banned from the river indefinitely .
Beware of the not insignificant sand banks either side of these channel markers ,
The ATFL will not be held responsible for any misshape caused by running aground . The area of safe water is very limited and liable to change in a very short time ! We the ATFL will endeavour to keep apace of the ever changing position of the channel !
Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the individual skipper the identify the channel coarse at low water ,
Paul A Oakley ATFL. Navigation Officer
3 October 2020
Notice to Mariners
General warning re the adverse weather and the effects of flood water coming down from the upper reaches of the river. It is Mooring Holders' responsibility to ensure their moorings are adequate to withstand the rigours of a river in full flood and high tides !
The moorings need to be checked regularly .
25 August 2020 9.30AM
Due to the extreme weather conditions expected from Storm Francis, mooring holders are advised to keep a careful watch on their vessels and moorings over the next 24 hours, as a heavy surge of water will be expected from the upper Teifi.
JUNE 15th 2020
All Fairway markers are now back in place in the Teifi channel.
APRIL 30th 2020
IMPORTANT INFORMATION !!!!!
Due to the present lock-down, which according to the UK and Welsh government will not be eased in the near future, the ATFL have removed ALL safe water markers from the river Teifi.
This action will be mirrored by ALL Hazard markers also being removed. The markers will not be replaced until such time as normal use of the river is resumed.
Therefore ....... Any persons using the river during this unprecedented time MUST navigate the river under their own initiative and be aware that the ATFL accept no responsibility for any mishap incurred while doing so.
All skippers do so at their own risk .
The Chairman and the Board wish everyone a safe journey through this dangerous time and reiterate the advise , Stay At Home ! Protect the NHS ! Save Lives !
Fairway deep water markers have been removed for maintenance purposes. Mariners should familiarise themselves with the deep water channel for the foreseeable future.
14 May 2019
From the Navigation Officer
- Prince Charles Quay - A 'dam' of stone and slate has built up naturally, going across the river from the Quay towards the warehouses. There is hardly any channel here & great care is needed to avoid the hazard. It has been marked as a hazard with a black post with a red 'can' on top.
-Ferry - A nasty shoal of gravel has formed by the Ferry jetty, with no obvious channel. Caution is needed when navigating this area.
18 April 2019
from the Navigation Officer - please note:
- The fairway / safe water markers are now in place from the spit to the Glan Teify. There are 13, all numbered & these are red and white posts
- End of the Spit - There is a serious shoaling here and we have placed 4 hazard markers to warn mariners to keep well to the starboard of the markers. Coming in from the open sea that means on the way into our estuary boats must pass with the markers on their left. These are black with a red top posts.
- Prince Charles Quay - The Quay is now open.
There is a dangerous shoaling from the southern end of Prince Charles Quay right across the river, and with small Chanel between the Granary and the middle of the river. Two hazard markers have been installed, one at the end of the shoal , center to the river and the other in between that marker and the Quay itself . These are can buoys painted black with a red top. Mariners are advised to stay down stream of these markers .
Mariners are warned as to the unsuitability of the ground along the Quay itself. There is a lot of debris on the river bed, washed down during the recent storm and if a craft goes to ground it could seriously damage the hull.
- ALL mariners are advised that the ATFL are not responsible for any damage to any craft or injury to persons using the river.
- There are submerged trees along the whole of the river coarse , and especially to the north Side of the old bridge. Craft are therefore advised not to pass under the bridge at any state of the tide .
Navigation Officer to the ATFL
24 March 2019
from the Navigtion Officer
There are no Fairway markers in the channel at the moment. We are hoping to re-establish safe water markers by the end of March . Until then all skippers are warned to establish their own navigation coarse throughout the entire length of the Teifi. They are also warned that there is little or no channel out from the Pen-y-Ergyd pontoon and that there is a dangerous shoaling on the edge of the Spit due to the spit itself being washed into the channel. Mariners wishing to navigate into the pontoon should give the spit a wide berth . This will be marked by four cardinal hazard posts again by the end of March .
Also please note that there is a substantial shoal in the middle of the river just off Prince Charles Quay. That too will be marked with a black can buoy with a red top, indicating the hazard. The Quay should be open again by the end of March, but the ground alongside the Quay is uneven and there are underwater hazards when the tide is low or out. Any skipper leaving their craft there over tide does so at their own risk !
Also there are submerged trees all along the river coarse and the speed limit must be observed to minimise the danger. This is due to the bad weather conditions recently encountered in our waters .
11 January 2019
from the Navigation Officer
Prince Charles Quay is temporarily closed awaiting work to be carried out to bring the Quay back to being fit for purpose.
Also I advise all skippers using the river to proceed with extreme caution whilst navigating the Prince Charles Quay Pool. There is excessive debris and underwater obstructions in the pool itself by way of a shoal of slate that stretches from the Quay across two thirds of the river itself , and is clearly visible at low water. All skippers enter this area at their own risk.
Also there are underwater obstacles alongside the Quay itself making it dangerous to moor-up on the Quay
Extreme caution should also be employed whilst using the whole of the river as there are many half submerged trees and debris still there after the flood. The Glan Teifi area is a nightmare relating to relating to depth.
The Quay will remain closed until further notice pending work being carried out to rectify the situation . By order of the Fairways .