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Local notices to mariners

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.

31/18 Harbour Office winter opening 2019 

Notice is hearby given that from Monday 29 October 2018 to Sunday  31  March 2019 the Harbour Office will be open for telephone and general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities between 10:00am and  3pm seven days a week.  It will no longer be possible to obtain any commodities from the Harbour Office outside of these hours.  When closed, electricity cards can be purchased from the Crepe and Coffee Cabin located on Prince Street Bridge. 

Duty Officers will remain on duty until 5pm and will be on call to respond to emergencies. 

The Baltic Wharf slipway may be locked at  4.30pm.  

An emergency telephone service will continue to be available during these operational hours.

Reminder for all users of the slipway:  In order for a short-term navigation licence to be granted for powerboat or sports boat in Bristol City Docks, photographic identity must be produced.  

32/18 Netham Lock winter opening times 2018 

Notice is hereby given that the following dates will apply: Monday 1 October 2018 to Sunday 31 March 2019

Winter hours of operation 

Locking operations will only be available between 9.30am and 3.45pm daily and should be arranged by contacting the Harbour Office on 0117 9031484

Harbour Staff will be on duty between 9am and 5pm daily and will be available to assist with these operations.

33/18 Procedure for Prince Street Bridge operations 

Winter period operating times: Monday 29 October 2018  to Sunday 31 March 2019

Mariners wishing to pass under Prince Street bridge with a vessel that exceeds the clearance height may arrange to have the Prince Street bridge swung at*:

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

(All times GMT)

*Mariners are advised that priority swings will be given 3.5 hours prior to high water to 1.5 hours after high water.  Outside these tidal times, the above published swings will be at the discretion of the Harbour Master.

34/18 Cumberland Basin winter locking operations

Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 31 March 2019

Notice is hearby given that from Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 31  March 2019 locking services will not be routinely provided between 5pm and  9am.

A minimum 48 hours’ notice must be given especially when locking requests are during the out of hour’s period.  

Please call 0117 9273633 where you will be invited to leave a message for the Deputy Harbour Master.  If your enquiry is urgent please also make contact with the Bristol Harbour Office on 0117 9031484.

35/18 Scouring Operations Cumberland Basin 2019

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

Date Starting

Monday 7 January 2019

1.30pm

Monday 21 January 2019

12.45pm

Monday 4 February 2019

12.45pm

Tuesday 19 February 2019

12.30 pm

Tuesday 5 March 2019

12.15pm

Wednesday 20 March 2019

12.15pm

Wednesday 3 April 2019

12.45pm

Wednesday 17 April 2019

12noon

Thursday 2 May 2019

12.15pm

Friday 17 May 2019

12.30pm

Monday 3 June 2019

1.30pm

Monday 17 June 2019

1.30pm

Monday 1 July 2019

12.30pm

Monday 15 July 2019

12.30pm

Wednesday 31 July 2019

1pm

Wednesday 14 August 2019

1pm

Thursday 29 August 2019

12.45pm

Thursday 12 September 2019

12.30pm

Friday 27 September 2019

12.30pm

Friday 11 October 2019

12.15pm

Monday 28 October 2019

12.45pm

Tuesday 12 November 2019

12.30pm

Wednesday 27 November 2019

1pm

Thursday 12 December 2019

12.45pm

Friday 27 December 2019

1.30pm


During these operations note:

  • Prior to the scour it may be necessary to increase the level of the harbour by +0.20 metres or +0.25 metres. 
  • 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.
  • Strong currents will be experienced in narrow bridge ways and especially Prince Street Bridge, Totterdown Junction, in the Feeder Canal at Netham Lock.
  • Vessels proceeding upstream against the current must give way to vessels coming downstream at all bridge ways, Totterdown Junction and at Netham Lock.    
  • 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.

Events in the city docks

1/19 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Head of the Harbour Sailing Race

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge, Saturday 23 February 2019, 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.

2/19 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Avon Triangle Open Event

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge, Saturday 6 April 2019, 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.

3/19 Great Bristol 10k: Mini Marathon

Sunday 5 May 2019

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 13.30pm.  Mariners should contact the Harbour Office to arrange this swing if required.

4/19 Varsity Boat Race, University Of Bristol 

Baltic Wharf to Bristol Marina (300m), Saturday 8 June 2019, 10am to 6pm

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

5/19 Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Race

Sunday 9th June 2019, 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 should proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

6/19 South West Sea Cadets District Regatta

Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June 2019, 10am to 5pm

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.

7/19 All Aboard School Games Event: Baltic Wharf

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 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 should proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

8/19 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June 2019, 10.30am to 5pm

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf. Mariners should proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area. The regatta will commence at 7pm on Friday 22 June.

9/19 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Bristol Comet Sailing Open Meeting

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge, Saturday 29 June 2019, 11am to 5pm

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

10/19 South West Sea Cadets Combined Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July 2019

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.

11/19 All Aboard Sailability Access Tt

Monday 15 July 2019, 9am to 5pm

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

12/19 Harbour Festival

Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July 2019

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 four weeks before the event and be dismantled within four 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 while these events take place.

13/19 Junior 8 Hour Race Day

Saturday 17 August 2019, 8.30am to 6.30pm

The event will consist of multiple teams from the south west all competing in an eight-hour race. Teams will sail around a set course in the Harbour between Baltic Wharf and the SS Great Britain for the entirety of the event, with regular changes of team members throughout the day.

The race will consist of Hartley 12s and Toppers. Anyone under 18 is welcome to compete.

14/19 City Of Bristol Rowing Club: Corporate Regatta

Baltic Wharf to Bristol Marina, Sunday 1 September 2019, 10am to 2pm

Side by side sprint racing from Baltic Wharf to Bristol Marina. Eight of Bristol’s leading companies compete in eights against each other after learning to row in August. Each race will last around four minutes. Refreshments available. Take part in the ergo challenge and enter the club’s raffle to win prizes from local supporters.

15/19 Bristol Half Marathon: Prince Street Bridge Swing Restriction

Sunday 15 September 2019, 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 8.30am and finish by 2pm. 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.

16/19 See Change: Julian House Charity Dragon Boat Race

Saturday 28 September 2019, 10.30am 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 should proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

17/19 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing, Head of Harbour

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge, Saturday 2 November 2019, 1030am to 4:30pm  

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

18/19 Minor events in Floating Harbour 2019

  • Tuesday 1 January: Baltic Wharf Sailing Club New Year’s Day Race
  • Sunday 7 April    : OMRA Model Boat Event
  • Saturday 20 April: Easter Egg Race - BWSC
  • Monday 22 April: All Aboard Watersports – Open Day
  • Monday 27 May: Push the Boat Out RYA Sailing Supported (10am to 4pm)
  • Sunday 16 June: Mass Participation - Sky Ride
  • Wednesday 26 June: SUP Charity Event (Baltic Wharf)
  • Sunday 25 August: All Aboard Watersports – Open Day
  • Sunday 8 September: OMRA Model Boat Event
  • Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September: Cabot Cruising Club – Rally – Bathurst Basin
  • Saturday 16 November: Beaujolais Race – BWSC – Baltic Wharf (1.45pm)
  • Saturday 14 December: Mince Pie Race – BWSC – Baltic Wharf (1.45pm)     

Times are between 10am and 6pm approximately.

Vessels should proceed with caution in the vicinity of these events.

19/19 Water sport activity sessions

  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club racing on Saturdays, 11am to 1pm, June to September, 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, May to September, Wednesdays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Baltic Wharf
  • All Aboard Youth Sailing, April to October, weekdays and evenings, Baltic Wharf
  • All Aboard sailing and powerboat tuition throughout the year, Baltic Wharf
  • Bristol Canoe Club, Tuesday and 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

20/19 Quayside Events 2019

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

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