All vessels using the harbour are liable t.o pay an annual harbour due
For our mooring customers, this charge is included in your mooring payments.
Visiting vessels’ dues are also covered by the nightly mooring fee.
Harbour Dues are reinvested into the harbour through training, maintenance and other similar measures. The charges are, ultimately for the conservation of the harbour and to allow us to police it, as well as continue its upkeep and fulfil the many duties of a Harbour Authority.
Some of the work harbour dues help to fund include:
- Surveying & Dredging
- Marking of Navigational Channels
- Environmental duties
While the vast majority of those who pass through our waters are law-abiding patrons, we have unfortunately had incidents where it has become necessary to arrest vessels and sell them in order to repay harbour dues. The harbour authority has this right under section 44 of the Harbour, Dock and Piers Clauses Act 1847 and will exercise that right should they encounter such a situation.
If you pay your harbour dues, you are required to display your ‘harbour dues decal’ on your vessel. Doing this clearly indicates to harbour staff, who check vessels at random intervals, that you are adhering to harbour byelaws. If your craft does not have this decal, the harbour authority is within their right to stop you, to check dues have been paid.
The current harbour due per recreational vessel is £55.00 (+VAT) per vessel per annum. It is anticipated that season 2022-23 the charging schedule may change and be charged per m in line with other Harbour Authorities, making it a fairer charging schedule for water users. Commercial harbour dues are charged weekly or per movement. Please discuss with the harbour office.