Marine parameters & documentation

Delivering safe
marine operations

All visiting vessels should familiarise themselves with the following information and complete all applicable documentation provided below prior to arrival.

Port Control is situated in the Harbour Master’s Office and operates a 24 hour service on channels VHF 12 and 16. (Call Sign: Blyth Harbour Radio). For all enquires contact the Marine Department via telephone on 01670 357 020 or email at


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 (depending upon other vessel parameters) 200- 220 m
Maximum vessel draft (depending upon terminal & tidal parameters) 9-10 m LAT
Maximum vessel beam (depending upon other vessel parameters) 30-55 m
Maximum vessel deadweight (larger on request) 35,000 DWT

DISCLAIMER: Dredged depths are a guide only & are not guaranteed. Parameters may be increased or reduced dependent upon weather conditions, vessel type, allocated berth and ultimately at the discretion of the Harbour Master.

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Vessel Arrivals & Documentation

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:

All vessels must supply a crew list (FAL 5 & 6) and provide notification of any dangerous cargo onboard. Please also ensure to provide any additional information requested by the Marine Department prior to entry.

Please note:

  • 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 [link] or contact the Marine Department.
  • Boatmen are compulsory for all 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.
  • 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. Details available at


The Port operates in accordance with the following policies, codes & regulations.

The following codes and regulations can be viewed on request via

  • Port Emergency Plan
  • Port Waste Management Plan
  • Port Oil Spill Contingency Plan
  • Marine Safety Management System
  • International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code