Pilotage and navigation

TIDES

The standard port is Gibraltar; secondary ports are Málaga and Almería. From Alicante to the north-east the tide is hardly appreciable. The figures are:

Heights Mean

MHWS MHWN MLWS MLWN Level Gibraltar 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.50

Differences

CURRENTS

There is usually an east going current along the coast. It can be as much as 2-3 knots at the western end and slackens towards the east. It has to be reckoned with when planning a passage and when entering or leaving a harbour.

SOUNDINGS

In most harbours sand builds up at or near the entrance, particularly after a blow, and is periodically dredged. Reported depths are not necessarily accurate and care should be taken to sound whilst approaching and entering harbour.

MAGNETIC VARIATION

Costa del Sol (Malaga) 02°45'W (2005) decreasing 1' annually.

RESTRICTED AREAS

Anchoring is not permitted in the following areas which should be avoided if possible:

• The prolongation of the airstrip at Gibraltar

• An area 1M to S of Málaga where passage is also forbidden.

TUNNY NETS

During the summer months, tunny nets may be set between February and October in the following localities:

• Off the coast N of Fuerte de Santa Barbara

• Near Marbella

• Off Punta del Sabinal

FISH HAVENS

There are extensive fish havens along this coast. LANDINGS

The beaches are regularly patrolled by guardia civil with a brief to intercept smugglers and drug traffickers. If you wish to land do not be surreptitious.

PLASTIC SHEETS

Gales can dump polythene sheets from the greenhouses into the sea. They may be up to 100m long.

PLANNING GUIDE AND DISTANCE TABLES

See page 45.

Almería

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