Local notices to mariners

See our local notices to mariners to find out about how events in the harbour may affect you.

Local notices to mariners contain important information on:

  • temporary navigational directions and/or restrictions
  • notification of water events in the harbour

The notices have two digits each for the number of the notice and the year it was issued, for example Notice No 41/10 means notice 41 of the year 2010.

You should check these events as they're in force for the safety of all harbour users and will help you make the most of your visit to Bristol Harbour.

Events in Bristol Harbour

See the local notices to mariners below for events and changes in Bristol Harbour.

41/10 Building works at Finzels Reach

Building works at the old Courage Brewery site are continuing until further notice.

A tower crane will be working across the harbour during the building works but will be limited to carrying loads 10m from the quay wall at any time.

Steel pontoons are installed along the working area connected to the quay walls.

Yellow buoys will be installed to create an exclusion zone around the works and will be lit at night with yellow flashing lights.

Mariners must not navigate within the exclusion zone for any reason at any time and are requested to keep a good look out when passing these works at a slow speed.

31/11 Safety boat cover for water events

The Bristol Sailing School under licence from the Harbour Master’s Office will carry out safety boat cover for Water Events and Water Skiing Sessions held in Bristol Harbour.

During these events the Sailing School Staff will be acting under the same powers of Safety and Navigation Control as any of the Harbour Master’s Staff and as such all directions given should be abided by.

30/14 Short term licences: Netham Lock

Please note, as from 1 April 2014, the duty lock keeper at Netham will not be able to accept any cash payment for short term licences.

The only method of payments will be by debit cards, credit cards or cheques.

27/17 Plimsoll Bridge Swing

Date: Immediate effect from 31 March 2017

A 48 hours’ notice is required for a Plimsoll Bridge swing.  This will affect all vessels of a height above float level of 5.8m entering or leaving Bristol City Docks.  

The Deputy Harbour Master can be contacted on 0117 927 3633 and between tidal watches a message can be left on the answering machine.

This restriction will remain in force until further notice.

29/17 Harbour Office winter opening 2017  

Date: Monday 30 October 2017 to Sunday 25 March 2018

The Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licensing and the buying of supplies between 10am and 3pm seven days a week. 

You won’t be able to buy anything from the Harbour Office outside these hours.

Duty Officers will remain on duty until 5pm, carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only.

The Baltic Wharf slipway may be locked after 3pm if the Duty Officers are not in the vicinity.

These changes apply to both in person and telephone enquiries; an emergency telephone service will continue to be available during operational hours.

Electricity cards: can be bought from the Coffee and Crepe cabin located on Prince Street Bridge.

Slipway use:  You must show some photographic proof of identity to be issued with a short-term navigation licence to use a powerboat or sports boat in Bristol City Docks.

30/17 Procedures for Prince Street bridge operations winter period operating times 

Monday 30 October 2017 to Sunday 25 March 2018

If you want to pass east or westbound through Prince Street bridge with a vessel that exceeds the clearance height you can arrange to have the Prince Street bridge swung at the following times (GMT).  

9.30am   10.30am
11.30am 12.30pm
1.30pm     2.30pm
3.15pm    4.15pm

 

Priority swings: these will be given 3 and a half hours before high water to 1 and a half hours after high water.  Outside these tidal times, the above swings will be at the discretion of the Harbour Master

Making a request

Swing requests should be made at least 1 hour in advance. 

Requests can be made to either the Harbour Office by either: 

  • Tel: 0117 9031484 
  • VHF Radio Channel 73, call sign Bristol Floating Harbour 

If you're entering from seaward you can a make a request with the Docking Supervisor at Cumberland Basin, either:

  • Tel: 0117 9273633
  • VHF Radio Channel 14, call sign City Docks Radio

32/17 Netham Lock: winter operating times 

Sunday 1 October 2017 to Sunday 25 March 2018

Locking operations between 9:15am and 3:45pm

Staff on duty daily between 9am and 4:45pm

33/17 Cumberland Basin:  Winter Locking Operations

Sunday 29 October 2017 to Sunday 25 March 2018
 
Locking services will not be routinely provided between 5pm and 9am.

You must give a minimum 48 hours’ notice, especially when locking requests are during the out of hour’s period.  

Call 0117 927 3633 where you can leave a message for the Deputy Harbour Master.  

If your enquiry is urgent you should also call Bristol Harbour Office on 0117 9031484.

36/17 Scouring Operations Cumberland Basin 2018

Scouring operations in the Cumberland Basin will take place at the following times.

Date Commencing

Tuesday 2 January 2018

12.45pm

Tuesday 16 January 2018

12.15pm

Wednesday 31 January 2018

12.30pm

Thursday 15 February 2018

12.45pm

Thursday 1 March 2018

12.15pm

Friday 16 March 2018

12.15pm

Thursday 29 March 2018

12.15pm

Friday 13 April 2018

12.00 noon

Friday 27 April 2018

11.45am

Monday 14 May 2018

12.45pm

Tuesday 29 May 2018

1.30pm

Tuesday 26 June 2018

12.15pm

Wednesday 11 July 2018

12.00 noon

Friday 10 August 2018

12.45pm

Friday 24 August 2018

12.15pm

Friday 7 September 2018

11.30am

Monday 24 September 2018

1.15pm

Monday 8 October 2018

1.00pm

Monday 22 October 2018

12.00 noon

Wednesday 7 November 2018

12.30pm

Friday 23 November 2018

12.30pm

Friday 7 December 2018

12.30pm

Friday 21 December 2018

11.30am


During these operations please note:

  1. The water level in the floating harbour, Feeder Canal and River Avon upstream of Netham Lock may be reduced by as much as 0.5 metres during the period of approximately 5 hours from commencement of each scour.
  2. Strong currents will be experienced in narrow bridge ways and especially Prince Street Bridge, Totterdown Junction, in the Feeder Canal at Netham Lock.
  3. Vessels proceeding upstream against the current must give way to vessels coming downstream at all bridge ways, Totterdown Junction and at Netham Lock.
  4. All vessels when approaching Prince Street Bridge, Redcliffe Bridge, Totterdown Junction or Netham Lock must sound one prolonged blast of their whistle from either direction.

37/17 Addendum to notice to mariners 32/17
Netham Lock Winter operating times 2017

Any lock requests must be made via the Harbour Office – VHF channel 73 or by calling the office number 0117 9031484. 

1/18 Bristol Rowing Club - Head of the Harbour Rowing Race Totterdown Basin to Baltic Wharf

Sunday 11 February 2018, 12noon to 4pm

This event will take place between Totterdown Basin and Baltic Wharf, with disabled races between Prince St. Bridge and Baltic Wharf and consists of a number of sculls and rowing eights in succession.  Craft should proceed with caution and keep a good lookout for those participating in the race. Marshals will be stationed at all bridges to warn of oncoming participants.  Craft wishing to proceed upstream of Prince St. Bridge or from Totterdown Basin downstream will be stopped to allow the race to take place safely.  Each race will last approximately 20 minutes.

2/18 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - Head of the Head of the Harbour Sailing Race Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 24 February 2018, 1pm to 4pm

This event involves dinghy racing with a large number of sailing craft racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge.  Mariners should navigate with caution.

3/18 Bristol Gig Club Regatta - Princes Wharf to Baltic Wharf

Saturday 24 March 2018, 10am to 4:30pm

This event involves a series of gig boats races from Princes Wharf by the M Shed to Baltic Wharf. All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

4/18 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - Avon Triangle open event Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 7 April 2018, 10.30am to 5pm

This event involves sailing dinghies racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge. The participating clubs are Baltic Wharf Sailing Club, Bradford on Avon Sailing Club and Bristol Avon Sailing Club. Mariners should navigate with caution.

5/18 Varsity Rowing Regatta - Baltic Wharf to Canons Marsh

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April, 2018 10am to 6pm

This event will take place between Baltic Wharf and the Lloyds Amphitheatre, Canons Marsh.  A course will be laid on the north side of the harbour marked by red buoys along the entire length of the course. All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the south side of the red buoys and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

6/18 Bristol Empire Dragon National Race

Saturday 12 May 2018, 10am to 5pm

National League Dragon Boat event held in Bristol for the first time. The event will be run on the south side of the Harbour from the Cottage Inn up to Prince Street Bridge. All navigating vessels in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at slow speed with caution.

7/18 10K Mini Marathon

Sunday 13 May 2018

This event takes place around the Harbour area and several road closures will be in place preventing vehicular access to the Harbour.  Prince St. Bridge will not be swung until 1330 hrs.  Mariners should contact the Harbour Office to arrange this swing if required.

8/18 All Aboard Sailablity Access TT

Saturday 2 June 2018, 9am to 5pm

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf.  Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

9/18 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - Bristol Comet Sailing open meeting Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Sunday 3 June 2018, 10am to 5pm

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf.  Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

10/18 Avon Scout Regatta - Baltic Wharf

Saturday 9 June 2018, 9.30am to 5pm

This event will consist of young people taking part in various activities around the Baltic Wharf area. These activities will be ranging from canoeing, dragon boat racing, sailing and pulling boats. Manoeuvres will also take place in the Cumberland Basin area. Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

11/18 Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Race

Sunday 10 June 2018, 10am to 5pm

This event will take place on the south side of the Harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina. It will consist of groups of dragon boats racing in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys. Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

12/18 All Aboard Shool Games event - Baltic Wharf

Tuesday 12 June 2018, 9.30am to 4pm

This event is a multi-school regatta with able bodied and SEN children competing together.  They will be doing racing in access dinghies, katacanus and rowing boats.  Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

13/18 South West Sea Cadets District Regatta

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018, 10am to 5pm

This event is a multi-school regatta with able bodied and SEN children competing together.  They will be doing racing in access dinghies, katacanus and rowing boats.  Mariners are requested to proceed at aThis event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area.  Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft. slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

14/18 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club Regatta - Baltic Wharf

Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June 2018, 10.30am to 5pm

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf. Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area. The regatta will commence at 1900hrs on Friday 22nd June.

15/18 South West Sea Cadets Combined Regatta - Baltic Wharf

Sautday 7 July 2018

This event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area. Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

16/18 Harbour Festival

Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July 2018

Vessels entered for this event will be moored in the Floating Harbour on pontoons projecting from the quayside at Canons Marsh, St. Augustine’s Reach, Amphitheatre and Hanover Quay. Installation of these pontoons will commence 4 weeks prior to the event and be dismantled within 4 weeks after the event. Vessels moored in these areas that are not entered for the event will be required to moor elsewhere as directed by the Harbour Master.
Aquatic events will take place in this area throughout the above period. Craft moored in this area should be prepared for some wash from these events and ensure their vessels are adequately fendered. Vessels passing through this area may be delayed for periods of up to 20 minutes whilst these events take place.

17/18 Charity Dragon Boat Race - Baltic Wharf

Saturday 1 September 2018, 10am to 5pm

This event will take place on the south side of the harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina.  It will consist of groups of dragon boats racing in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys.  Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

18/18 Bristol Half Marathon - Prince Street Bridge swing restriction

Sunday 23 September 2018, 8.30am to 2pm

The route of the annual Bristol Half Marathon will encompass the Floating Harbour between Prince St. Bridge and Junction Lock Bridge. The race will commence at 0830 hrs and finish by 1400 hrs. During this time Prince St. Bridge will not be swung for vessels. Mariners who may be disrupted by this restriction are advised to contact the Harbour Office to make alternative arrangements.

19/18 Bristol Rowing Club - Autumn Head of the Harbour Rowing Race Totterdown Basin to Baltic Wharf

Sunday 4 November 2018, 12noon to 4pm

This event will take place between Totterdown Basin and Baltic Wharf, with disabled races between Prince St. Bridge and Baltic Wharf and consists of a number of sculls and rowing eights in succession.  Craft should proceed with caution and keep a good lookout for those participating in the race. Marshals will be stationed at all bridges to warn of oncoming participants.  Craft wishing to proceed upstream of Prince St Bridge or from Totterdown Basin downstream will be stopped to allow the race to take place safely. Each race will last approximately 20 minutes.

20/18 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing - Head of the Harbour Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 10 November 2018, 10.30am to 4.30pm

This event involves vintage sailing dinghies racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge. Mariners should navigate with caution.

21/18 Minor Events in Floating Harbour 2018

Monday 1 January Baltic Wharf Sailing Club New Year’s Day Race
Saturday 31 March Easter Egg Race - BWSC
Sunday 8 April OMRA Model Boat Event
Thursday 23 June Summer Solstice Race – BWSC – Baltic Wharf (7pm)
Sunday 8 July Mass Participation (Sky Ride)
Sunday 2 September OMRA Model Boat Event
Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September Cabot Cruising Club – Rally – Bathurst Basin
Saturday 24 November Beaujolais Race – BWSC – Baltic Wharf (1.45pm)
Saturday 15 December Mince Pie Race – BWSC – Baltic Wharf (1.45pm)

 

Times are between 1000 and 1800 hrs approximately.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of these events.

22/18 Water sport activity sessions

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club − racing on Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm. March to December.      Baltic Wharf.
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club − training session, first Saturday of each month, 11am to 1pm.
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club − sailing event, Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm.
Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing − Wednesdays, 5.30pm − 7.30pm . May to September. Baltic Wharf.
All Aboard Youth Sailing − weekdays and evenings April to October. Baltic Wharf.
All Aboard − sailing/powerboat tuition throughout the year. Baltic Wharf.
Bristol Canoe Club − Tuesday/Thursday evenings throughout the year. Baltic Wharf to Netham.
Bristol Rowing Club − throughout the year. Albion Dock to Netham and River Avon.
Ariel Rowing Club − throughout the year. Netham to Hanham.
Guides Association − evenings and weekends. Redcliffe Wharf.
Scouts Association − evenings and weekends. Baltic Wharf.
TS Adventure Sea Cadets − evenings and weekends. Baltic Wharf to Narrow Quay.
Young Bristol − water sports throughout the year. Pooles Wharf.
Bristol Gig Club − gig rowing throughout the year. Bristol Marina to Netham.

23/18 Quayside Events 2018

Throughout the year numerous quayside events take place. These may cause some restrictions to visitor’s moorings.  Visitors are requested to contact the Harbour Office for more details and directions on entering the harbour.

24/18  Temporary Harbour Exclusion Zone

Adjacent to former Sorting Office, Cattle Market Road, Temple Meads

Location: west side of the river starting at Temple Meads Arches and stretching south for a distance of 100m.

Start time: 4 February 2018 for 19 weeks.

Warning buoys will be placed along the length of the development site 6m from the quay wall and will be illuminated at night.

Mariners are requested to keep a sharp look out when navigating in this area and proceed at a slow speed.

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 08.00 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, callsign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487