Keil Canal Entry/Exit
Brunsbuttel entrance from the River Elbe:
Originally Posted by vickyruairi
Heading off this year on a delivery
to Sweeden from here via Gib and the Keil canal. The bit up to the Uk should be straightforward enough but has anybody got any info for the approach to Keil canal, have never been that way before.I can barely remember what a sand bank looks like
Thanks a lot. Ruairi
: 53°53.2′N, 09°7.8′E
Closely east of the entrance basins you find the "waiting area" for small pleasure craft intending to enter the canal. Under certain wind
and tide conditions the waiting can be quite unpleasant. Beware of tidal currents setting in this area. The waiting area is camera
surveilled and the lockmaster will see waiting yachts. Please do not wait in the entrance areas or even the entrance basins of the locks - pilot boats are leaving and entering these easterly basins constantly at great speed.
Yachts are allowed to enter the lock, if a single
white occulting light is shown on the signalmast. Most times this will happen on the easterly signal mast
, managing the easterly (older and smaller) lock system. Very seldom entrance permission is given for the western (and bigger locks , that are heavily used for the commercial
shipping). All other light combinations do not affect pleasure boats. Please be patient, sometimes it can take some time until permission to enter is given.
Once in the entrance basin you go straight forward into the open lock - the lock signal mast
will also tell you by a single
white occulting light, which lock to enter.
In the lock you tie up to the rings on the floating pontoons (wooden logs
with an anti-skid rubber surface). Do not tie up to the rings in the wall, depending on the tidal situation the water
level will rise more or less.
If you choose to stay in Brunsbuttel
just turn to port - the pleasure boat harbour is situated close west of the new locks. Leaving the yacht there has to be negotiated with the harbour master.
Good luck - enjoy the experience.