Port Regulations & Parameters

The Port Operations & Control Station is situated in the Harbour Masters Office and operates a 24 hour service on channels VHF 12 & 16. (Call Sign: Blyth Harbour Radio).

The Port operates in accordance with the following codes & regulations which can be viewed on request:

Blyth Harbour Acts & Orders (1858 – 2004)
Blyth Harbour Commission Byelaws
Port Emergency Plan
Port Waste Management Plan
Port Oil Spill Contingency Plan
Safety Management System for Marine Operations (Port Marine Safety Code)
International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code

To view or download the Port’s Marine Safety Policy Statement, click Documents.

Commercial vessels wishing to enter the Port should complete and return the following to the Harbour Masters Office either via the ships agent or by fax/email 24 hours prior to arrival:

Pre Arrival Form A
Crew list
Dangerous Cargo Notification

To view or download the relevant forms, click Documents.

Pre Arrival Form A shall be completed fully and detail all services required.

Vessel ETA should be notified by VHF at least 2 hours prior to arrival at which time services and berthing details will be confirmed.

Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 50m LOA although Pilotage Exception Certificates may be granted to Qualified Deck Officers meeting certain qualifying criteria. For further information please view the Pilotage Directions in Online Documents or contact the Harbour Masters Office.

Boatmen are compulsory for all inward vessels over 50m LOA.

All visiting fishing vessels or pleasure craft shall contact the Harbour Masters Office by VHF prior to entry at which time berthing details will be confirmed. To view or download the Port’s Marine Leisure Activity Policy Statement, click Documents.

Fish landing for visiting fishing vessels is undertaken at Dun Cow Quay with overnight berthing available at Commissioners Quay subject to availability.

There are no berths available for pleasure craft within the Port, however, the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club operate a visitors pontoon and provide visitor facilities.

For details of availability and procedures the RNYC should be contacted direct. Details available at www.rnyc.org.uk.

Minimum width of channel

82.3 m

Depth of approach channel

8.53 m LAT

Depth from entrance to Alcan Berth

7.62 m LAT

Depth of South Harbour & remaining navigable channel

6.70 m LAT

Turning basin diameter

270 m

Maximum vessel length

180 – 200 m (depending upon terminal)

Maximum vessel draft

9 – 10 m LAT (depending upon terminal & tidal parameters)

Maximum vessel beam

30 – 55 m (depending upon other vessel parameters)

Maximum vessel deadweight

Up to 35,000 DWT (above 35,000 DWT on a vessel by vessel basis)

(Dredged depths as guides only & not guaranteed. Parameters may be increased or reduced dependent upon weather conditions, vessel type, allocated berth and ultimate discretion of Harbour Master)