We have been following the Government’s advice in respect of Coronavirus and have measures in place to limit risks to port users, our staff, emergency services and the public.
As the country moves towards the easing of certain provisions of the lockdown there is an understandable interest from many leisure users who want to get back out onto the water. Whilst we are also keen to see this when advised safe to do so, we need to assess the Government’s latest guidance in respect of what activities will be permitted.
It is expected that a certain number of water based leisure activities will be permitted from Wednesday 13th May, however we are waiting for confirmation of this from government.
Furthermore when facilities reopen, and water based activity is permitted stakeholders should be aware that arrangements to preserve social distancing will be needed. This means that there are likely to be certain measures that the facilities will need to enforce to follow the guidance, and more importantly keep each other, and staff safe.
In the meantime we thank you for your patience and support.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will advise of any further updates or clarification during the course of today.
Captain Richard Allan
Harbour Master and Chief Executive
Cattewater Harbour Commissioners
The Cattewater Harbour Commissioners stands ready to assist the local community in a collective response to COVID-19. Please contact us for more information, or if we can be of any assistance.
For vessel owners, we continue to be afloat at least one per day checking all moorings in the Cattewater. If you have specific concerns about your vessel please contact us.
27th March 2020 – Advice to Leisure Users
Although the port remains open, this is to ensure essential cargoes, such as fuel, can still be transported into the south west. As far as recreational use of vessels is concerned, it is not considered to be essential and those who break the new laws could be fined for doing so. If you believe that the activity you want to conduct on the river is within the 30 minutes of keeping healthy (rowing, paddle-boarding etc) then the guidance we have received is that this should be done from home, avoiding contact with others (unless they are in your family/isolation group). The inference being that the exercise period (not power boating or sailing) should be short and not involve driving to another location.
The MOD police will be challenging water users, checking that voyages are essential and enforcing accordingly.
18th March 2020- General Statement
There are ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the impact this may have on the Port of Plymouth. Cattewater Harbour Commissioners are taking all the relevant steps to ensure the wellbeing of customers and employees, and the continuation of the safe running of the port.
Our primary focus will remain the safety and wellbeing of personnel, followed by maintaining the safe operation of the port. We are in regular contact with the health authorities, statutory bodies and other key organisations to ensure we are following the most up to date guidance and our services are most effective.
Cattewater Harbour Commissioners have taken the following steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Personnel providing critical roles (e.g. Pilots, tug and pilot boat coxswains) are being separated to ensure services can continue.
- Staff are being encouraged to work remotely if possible and practical. If not, social distancing measures are being implemented in all our departments.
- We are monitoring and distributing the latest public health guidance.We would like to reassure customers that the port remains fully operational and the measures are in place to ensure this continues. The national situation is regularly reviewed and our guidance to staff and port users is updated to reflect this.If you need to contact the harbour office, please do so via phone or email. We ask that customers do not visit the harbour office at this time.