1. This notice is issued for information by the Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth, pursuant to the Dockyard Ports Regulation Act 1865 and the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999.
  2. The Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999 has been updated.  A new Port Order 2020 (DPPO 2020) has completed due parliamentary process and will come into force on 10 December 2020.  A copy of the DPPO 2020 can be viewed on QHM Plymouth’s website:Dockyard Port of Plymouth Port Order 2020 
  3. The Port Order has been amended to reflect changes in operating procedures, types of vessels, infrastructure and security postures.  The revision will enable the introduction of more flexible controls to ensure the continued safety of all port users and effective movement of vessels.   Key changes include:  
  • The extension of reporting requirements to all vessels over 20m vice 25m.
  • The incorporation of the requirement for adequate levels of bridge manning in vessels over 20m (as currently detailed in Plymouth Notice to Mariners 17/20).
  • Removal of the rules associated with the Port Control traffic signals.  As an alternative, the establishment of a moving exclusion zone (moving haven) around designated vessels will be introduced.
  • The Incorporation of Plymouth Local Notice to Mariners 16/20 in order to clearly define responsibilities between small craft and the Torpoint ferries.  
  • Renaming the skiing areas as high-speed areas.
  • Removal of special sound signals which are no longer used, placing greater emphasis on the use of manoeuvring signals as detailed in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
  • Extension of the requirement to maintain a watch on VHF Ch14 to all vessels engaged in commercial activity, diving operations or over 20m in length.    

      4.     Detailed directions concerning the application of the moving exclusion zone are contained in PLNTM 71/20.

      5.     Review this PLNTM 31 December 2020.

04 December 2020


Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth