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Tide schedules 30/10/2014 :
- High tide : 02h20 - 14h40
- Low tide : 09h18 - 21h44
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Distances to the port (in nautical miles)


French ports east of Ouistreham

• Dives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
• Trouville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
• Honfleur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
• Le Havre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
• Rouen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
• Fécamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
• Dieppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
• Le Tréport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
• Boulogne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122
• Calais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139
• Dunkerque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

French ports west of Ouistreham

• Courseulles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
• Port-en-Bessin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
• Carentan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
• Saint-Vaast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
• Cherbourg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
• Granville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129
• Saint-Malo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139
• Le Légué . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
• Morlaix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .183
• Roscoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
• Brest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232
• Lorient . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
• Nantes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
• La Pallice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .426
• Bordeaux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522
• Bayonne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .540

English Ports

• Barry Dock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
• Beachy Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
• Douvres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
• Portsmouth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
• Plymouth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
• Bristol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .372
• Cardiff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
• Dundee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522
• Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .634
• Hartlepoll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .389
• Hull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326
• Liverpool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .488
• Lizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202
• Londres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223
• Newcastle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 424
• Portland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115
• Port-Talbot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
• Shoreham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
• Southampton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
• Swansea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .339
• Great Yarmouth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217

Continental ports of the North Sea and the Baltic

• Amsterdam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292
• Anvers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
• Brunsbuttel
(canal de Kiel)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .488
• Gdansk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 900
• Gdynia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 900
• Emden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 418
• Flessingue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219
• Hambourg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 532
• Rotterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263

 


Location of the port

from the EAST bank of the Canal of Caen to the sea, 150m away from the LOCKS.





LATITUDE : 49░20, N

LONGITUDE : 00░14,7 N

Approach by day

Ouistreham' s lighthouse, white and red tower. Height 38m east of the locks, visible from 15 miles. Buoy "OUISTREHAM 49░ 20,5N_00░ 14,7W cardinal EAST - aligning at 185░ 2 lights dir. R. 4 occ. (3 and 1) 12s, turned on night and day.


Approach by night

Ouistreham lighthouse (B.R.occ 4s) 090B-115R-151B-090B-Range B17M-R13M- entry alignment at 185░ from 2 lights dir. R.4occ. (3 and 1) 12s - Optical traffic light of the winds, placed on the platform of the main light' s tower. The channel is marked out with luminous seamarks (buoys or pylons), placed by two and making a gate.

Dangers : The Rocher des Essarts, when coming from the WEST, signalled by a bell buoy cardinal NORTH - MERVILLE's sandbanks when coming from the EAST, signalled by a luminous buoy cardinal NORTH.


Seamarks

Ouistreham' s lighthouse, the big church tower, the Ouistreham' s water tower at a distance of 0,4M and 0,8M from the lighthouse respectively - the white and red chimney of the RANVILLE's cement manufacture at 3.5M to the SSW of the lighthouse - the building of the CHU hospital of Caen, at 3,4 M of the chimney.


Access to the port

The lights signs placed on the locks' manoeuvres building, lighted night and day, control the access to the locks.


Signals controlling the access to the locks

N░1

Flashing light Red

Serious danger.All ships must stop and not enter the lock.

Red
Red

N░2

Fixed light Red

The ships must not enter even if the gates are open.

Red
Red

N░3

Fixed light Green The ships can enter the locks (reserved for good traffic or right of way).
Green
Green

N░4

Fixed light Green A ship can enter the lock only if it has a special permit.
White
Green

A white fixed light placed to the EAST or the WEST of the Main message N░3 allows fishing boats and yachts to have access to one or the other lock.


Wrecks

49░25,30 N - 00░12,90 W (17.4m) - 49░27.75 N - 00░15,0 W (23.9m)
49░25,65 N - 00░14,95 W (16.5m) - 49░26,60 N - 00░22,20 W (15,5m)
49░25.10 N - 00░19.00 W (12,4m) - 49░24,60 N - 00░17,15 W (13.6m)


Functioning of the locks

The upstream gate opens for 2 hours AV.PM- The downstream gate closes for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Be careful about the current when the gates open. From June 15th to September 15th, between 7a.m and 9p.m, yachtmen will be able to pass through the locks, according to the following schedule :

2h45 av.PM exit lock 2h15 av.PM entry lock
1h45 av.PM exit lock 1h15 av.PM entry lock
PM exit lock* 0h30 ap.PM entry lock*
1h45 ap.PM exit lock 2h15 ap.PM entry lock
2h45 ap.PM exit lock 3h15 ap.PM entry lock

* Optional, according to the tidal range.

Same thing for the rest of the year, on week-ends, bank holidays and extra days off..

- tide schedules
- locks closing timetables


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