Bunkering

Bunkering: refuelling or transferring waste fuel

What you must do when you’re refuelling, or transferring waste oil when bunkering.

Bunkering is when any fuel is transferred to or from a vessel.

Before bunkering

You must give us at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re going to bunker. 

You can call us 0117 903 1484 or email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

We need to know:

  • name of the vessel
  • location of bunkering
  • date and time of the bunkering

You must also complete the Bristol Harbour bunkering form (word doc, 53KB) (opens new window) before the bunkering takes place.

To complete the form you’ll need to know the:

  • names or registration of any vessels or vehicles taking part 
  • names and ranks or positions of the people in charge of the vessels or vehicles

After bunkering

The bunkering form must be signed by the delivery driver and the person in charge of the vessel and returned to the Harbour Office.

You can return the form either: 

Incidents or spillages

You must immediately report any incidents or spillages to us:

  • Call: 0117 903 1484: option 2  
  • Radio: VHF 73 

Any incidents must be recorded in the bunkering form.

Contact information

Harbour Office

Underfall Yard

Cumberland Road

Bristol, BS1 6XG

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities daily (except Christmas Day) as follows:

Summer (BST)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 08.30 to 16.30.

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30 and 22.30

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 15.00

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 09.00 and 17.00

VHF Radio

Channel 73, call sign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487