I believe we have been very lucky to have had such a dry winter since Storm Arwen caused so much damage back in November. The entire crew have been working extremely hard to get the marina infrastructure back to full working order. The main walkways are now all afloat and several new sections have been installed with water and electric services also replaced.  

A new fuel pump will be installed and commissioned at the end of February. This year will see a large number of the floats replaced and the project to replace all the wooden decked six metre berths is underway. There will be some piling works taking place on C hammerhead to repair the pile that was broken during the storm. The current pile was installed as a temporary measure to make the pontoons safe again – that said it has coped with the latest and hopefully last 60mph winds. This work now has the relevant licence from the MMO to be undertaken and we are hoping to appoint a contractor as soon as the insurance company gives the go ahead.

There may be some minor inconvenience when this work takes place but we will endeavour to keep this to a minimum for you. Boats may need to be temporarily moved as the work progresses but will be put back as soon as possible. Regular updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page to keep you informed of our progress.

We will continue to use Car Parking Permits – new ones will be issued with returned contracts. The permit is free and valid for each annual customer and available from either the office or by return of your contract. Please display the sticker in your windscreen. The number will only be identifiable by staff. Please ask visitors to check in at the office or park in the public car park.

We are optimistic that we will finally be able to resume our berth holder events this year. We look forward to bringing you details of these in the near future and have high hopes we will all be able to get together soon.

December 2021

Friday 24th 9 – 1

Saturday 25th Christmas Day – closed

Sunday 26th Boxing Day – closed

Monday 27th – closed

Tuesday 28th – closed

Wednesday 29th 9 – 1

Thursday 30th 9 – 1

Friday 31st 9 – 1

January 2022

Saturday 1st New Years Day – closed

Sunday 2nd 9 – 1

Monday 3rd 9 – 1

Tuesday 4th – normal hours resume

Security and safety rounds will be completed on all days when the office is closed.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Amble Marina.

From early evening on Friday 26th November to the morning of Sunday 28th November 2021 Storm Arwen hit the North East of England particularly brutally with wind speeds of 98mph recorded locally.

Devastatingly, like many across the region, Amble Marina sustained significant damage. We are very grateful that no one was hurt and we hope that all of our customers remain safe and well and you have not faced too much disruption to your homes or businesses.

The storm has left a trail of destruction across the site. The force of the storm has had a substantial impact on the marina infrastructure and a number of boats were potentially damaged beyond repair. We have worked to contact all boat owners who were the most affected, with damage ranging from torn Genoas to one sunken vessel and two blown over on the hard. Please note, if we have not contacted you it means your boat has survived relatively unscathed.

I would like to commend our exceptional staff and volunteers who have been instrumental in helping start the massive clean up operation under hugely adverse conditions. They have managed to re-float B pontoon which sank on Saturday night. We will raise the submerged section of A and make safe C pontoon whilst starting the process of lifting the vessels that urgently need repair.

Although the damage to the site is extensive, with a number of pontoon fingers and areas of walkway needing attention, we will get back up and running as soon as possible and we will carry out repair work to ensure minimal disruption to your use of the site.

We appreciate how keen owners are to inspect your boats. Now that the storm has abated and the site has been made safe you are very welcome but we ask you to please come into the office before accessing the pontoons. Vital repairs are currently being carried out and we need to monitor access in order to ensure your safety in the interim. Please be aware there will be some service delays in lifting pre-booked boats until the most damaged are safely ashore but we will get back on track as soon as possible.

Huge thanks to all of you who have been in touch to offer your support, it is much appreciated. After a difficult two years this is hugely disappointing and distressing for all those affected but we will do all we can to make it right as quickly as possible. As always, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dear Berth holders,

It has been fantastic to see so many of you back on site over the last few weeks. Thank you for continuing to follow the regulations on site to keep the marina Covid-19 free. Here’s hoping that the lifting of restrictions continues and our 2021 season brings fair weather and fair seas.

Visitors 

With summer finally on its way and with some Covid restrictions being lifted we would like to remind visiting boats that due to a shortage of spare berths booking ahead is essential.

Please either send an email to: marina@amble.co.uk or use the form on the website.

Remember to include your Name, Address, Boat Name, Make and Model and required dates. Calling en route from outside the Harbour may result in disappointment.

Dredging

Environmental consultants from Hexham, Envision, completed a preliminary study of Alnmouth Bay on our behalf in May. Their results will be used to prove beyond reasonable doubt that our dredging practise does not harm the fragile eco systems as required by our dredging license. The mud from the marina basin is simply being returned to where it would naturally end up if the marina was not present.

Water Supply and Drinking Water

Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent interruption to the water supply on site. We are up grading the entire site to comply with new regulations from Northumbria Water. Kirklands from Blyth are undertaking the essential work.

The new regulations mean that drinking water will only be supplied from the fuel pontoon. All other hoses on site will no longer be drinking water. 

Northumbria Water have agreed that the hoses can remain for now although this may change in the future. There are currently no marina suppliers making the galvanised hose reels (the last two suppliers having closed) so please look after the current stand pipes and reels whilst we search for a replacement.

This work has been planned since September last year but unfortunately availability of Northumbria Water authorised companies and tanks has meant we were unable to complete the work earlier. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Summer Berth Holders Event

Love Dough Pizza who serve excellent pizzas from their old Citroen van in the Market Place Car Park every Saturday will be serving berth holders on Saturday 17th July from 1700 to 2000 (please note timings are to be confirmed). Please bring your our own drinks and keep fingers crossed for good weather.

Finally I will be away for the beginning of June for a small operation which will hopefully improve my eyesight but have no fear as I will be leaving you in the capable hands of Diane, Mick, Steve, Will and Margaret.

Kind regards

Karl

We are delighted that from 12th April overnight stays (with your own household or support bubble only) will be permitted. In addition we will also be able to welcome visitors back to the site.

We currently have five berths available for visitors.

Please be aware that your visitor berth must be booked in advance. At this time we cannot welcome boats without a confirmed pre booking. Rafting of any vessels will not be permitted. This is for the safety of all customers, staff and the wider community.

To make a booking please email marina@amble.co.uk, stating your name, address, boat name and make and model and preferred dates. Contact details are required to facilitate the track and trace system. Please note this email is only monitored during office hours.

Please be aware that all of the COVID security measures implemented at the marina remain in place. Please maintain a two meter distance, use hand sanitiser and be mindful of others on the pontoon. Please click here to review the steps we have taken to keep the marina ‘Covid secure’ and the guidelines that must be followed on site.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are delighted that from 29th March we will be able to welcome you back to Amble Marina. As you will be aware the government’s roadmap for lifting COVID restrictions allows outdoor sports facilities to open and gatherings of up to six people from two households outside from this date.

Please be aware that all of the COVID security measures implemented at the marina remain in place. Please maintain a two meter distance, use hand sanitiser and be mindful of others on the pontoon. Please click here to review the steps we have taken to keep the marina ‘Covid secure’ and the guidelines that must be followed on site.

Though the dates proposed in the government’s roadmap are subject to change we hope that from 12th April you will be able to stay onboard overnight, the chandlery and office can open and we will be able to welcome visitors.

We very much look forward to seeing you from the 29th March for what we are sure will be an enjoyable season with plenty of quality time spent on your boats and on the water. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

To all our customers,

Further to yesterday’s announcement, for the safety of all customers and staff until further notice the office and shop will remain closed. There will be two members of staff on site from 9-5, one in the yard and one in the office. Please be patient, we will answer all telephone and email enquiries as promptly as possible. 

If not immediately available the phone diverts to my mobile after 15 seconds, it does pause before ringing. Please continue to call 01665 712 168 or send email enquiries to: karl@amble.co.uk. It would really help if deliveries could be sent to home addresses especially for anything small.  

For your own safety please only come to the marina if it is a matter of urgency, you must review the latest government advice to check if you are able to do so. Please contact us by phone or email in the first instance as we can carry out tasks on your behalf to ensure you can adhere to the guidelines and stay safe for the next few weeks. In addition, if you do come to the site please do not allow anyone to follow you through the gates, members of the public remain blissfully unaware that by following you in they will be trapped once the gate closes.

Some of our commercial fisherman still have to come to site to access their boats to move fleets of pots. Commercial contractors such as mechanics may still work on site but please let us know in advance.

All updates will be posted to the Channel 80 news page on our website.

Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the marina as soon as possible.

Stay safe, stay well and take care.

Kind regards,

Karl and the team

We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and were able to spend some time with family.

Following the latest news that Northumberland has been moved into Tier 4 we wanted to update you regarding how these restrictions impact the marina now that we have had a chance to consider the rules.

Tier 4 (Stay at Home)
•  The marina can remain open.
•  The chandlery and office are now closed to customers.
•  Boatyard operations can continue.
•  Brokerage services can be provided virtually.
•  The toilets will remain open but the shower facilities will be closed.
•  Contractors are permitted to work on customers boats but please contact us in advance with their details.
•  We are closed to visiting boats.
•  Overnight stays are not permitted.
•  Exercise outdoors is permitted but should be done as locally as possible.
•  Exercise outdoors should only be done alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, or one other person (socially distanced).
•  Sailing is a permitted form of exercise.
•  You may visit your boat for exercise but not to carry out maintenance.
•  You must not travel into or out of a Tier 4 area.

Whilst sailing is a permitted form of exercise Government advice is not to visit the marina during this Tier 4 “Stay at Home” period if at all possible. If you do decide to visit us please consider the associated risks very carefully. Please note, your security key is essential to open the main gates.

We are working on site to look after your boat and provide safety and security. Thank you for following all of the guidelines currently in place to keep the marina Covid free – if you do visit the site please continue to keep your distance and wear a mask when talking to staff.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued diligence when on site and to thank all of our staff for their hard work and commitment during this difficult time. Let us hope that with the roll out of the vaccine we will soon be able to get back on to the water safely and have an enjoyable sailing season in 2021.

This has been a difficult year for everyone and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and for your efforts to follow all of the guidelines that have been put in place to keep the marina Covid-19 free for the benefit of all. We are incredibly grateful to all of you. We are a small marina and in these strange times seeing a friendly face, being able to have a (socially distanced) chat and knowing you have continued to get out on to the water and enjoy your time at the marina has made all of the difference.

We are pleased to confirm that, following the latest Government announcements, for the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020 marinas can remain open for “business services” – which includes lifting and launching boats. There will be no charge for towing to or from the dock during this time so you do not need to travel to site and we’re happy to send a photo once lifts are complete.

For the safety of all customers and staff, the main gates will be shut and access will only be available to current berth holders and marine contractors. We will be closed to members of the public and visiting boats. During the current lockdown period no overnight stays are allowed on boats except for commercial purposes.

The office and chandlery are closed except for key collection.

We would be very grateful if any outstanding invoices could be paid by BACs please. In addition, it would really help if you could arrange for deliveries to be sent to your home address. Security rounds continue to be made daily and CCTV is monitored  after 5pm. Diesel and gas are available between 9am-5pm to berth holders and brokerage viewings can be arranged virtually online.

We expect further clarity and guidance from relevant Government departments in the coming days, so the situation is fluid and has potential to change at short notice. We will, of course, keep you up to date with any further developments.

Until further clarity is available customers should adhere to Government guidance with regards to travelling to the marina and visiting their boat:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#stay-at-home

We hope that this email will provide some reassurance though we appreciate that many of you may have further queries. Please be patient, we will answer all telephone and email enquiries as promptly as possible. If not immediately available the phone diverts to my mobile.

Stay safe and look after each other. We hope normal service will resume as soon as possible.

Karl and the team.

We are delighted that from Saturday 4th July we are able to welcome visiting boats back to the marina. We currently have five berths available for visitors.

Please be aware that your visitor berth must be booked in advance. At this time we cannot welcome boats without a confirmed pre booking. Rafting of any vessels will not be permitted. This is for the safety of all customers, staff and the wider community.

To make a booking please email marina@amble.co.uk, stating your name, address, boat name and make and model and preferred dates. Contact details are required to facilitate the track and trace system. Please note this email is only monitored during office hours.

We have worked hard over the last three months to ensure that the marina is ‘Covid Secure’. Please see our website https://www.amble.co.uk/the-marina/covid-19/ which outlines the steps we have taken and the guidelines that must be followed on site. These guidelines are in place to ensure that all customers can relax and enjoy their time at the marina in the knowledge that we are all working together to keep the marina a safe space.

Safety of all our customers is of the utmost importance, hand sanitisers are placed at the top of the bridge and in the shop, wash basins are available with antibacterial soap and spray or wipes for taps and door handles. Screens have been put up in the shop and we ask that only one person at a time comes in. There are currently no shower facilities as we still await further guidance. For fuel and gas deliveries you may be asked to give our staff extra room. 

Wherever possible please allow two metres between you and the next person. Please be courteous on the bridge and allow people to pass by waiting at either end. Please be mindful of others on the pontoons, as an older and small marina we have limited space but have found simply stepping onto a pontoon finger allows others to pass with ease.

Though life is not ‘back to normal’ you will receive the same warm welcome and we will do all we can to make sure your stay with us is enjoyable. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Amble Marina and wish you happy sailing .    

Stay safe.