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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.

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.

1/20 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club − Head of the harbour sailing race Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 22 February 2020, 1300 − 1600 hrs

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.

2/20 City of Bristol Rowing Club at district regatta SS Great Britain to Baltic Wharf

Saturday 18 April 2020, 1000 to 1600 hrs

Experience side by side sprint racing in Bristol docks at this new rowing regatta. The races will start at SS Great Britain and finish in front of Underfall Yard. Each race will last around 2 minutes. Enter the club’s raffle to win prizes from local supporters.

3/20 OMRA, Model boat Race

Sunday 19 April 2020, 1000 − 1700 hrs

This event involves model power boats racing around a set course at Baltic Wharf. All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the north side of the harbour and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

4/20 South West Sea scouts multi sports

Saturday 2 may 2020, 0800 to 1700 hrs

This event is organised by the scouts and will consist of a number of young people taking part in multi activity water sports in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area. Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

5/20 Great Bristol 10k − Prince Street Bridge swing restriction

Sunday 3 May 2020, 0830 − 1400 hrs

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.

6/20 Triathlon

Sunday 17 May 2020, 1000 − 1800 hrs

This event will take place in the Cumberland Basin and will involve swimmers in the Basin. Therefor navigation will be closed into Cumberland Basin for the day.

7/20 South West Sea cadets district regatta

Saturday 23 may and Sunday 24 may 2020, 1000 – 1700 hrs

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.

8/20 SUP Event at Baltic Wharf

Friday 5 June 2020, 0930 to 1600 hrs

This event will involve multiple paddle boarders racing around markers at Baltic Wharf. Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

9/20 South West Sea scouts multi sports

Sunday 7 June and 2020, 0800 to 1700 hrs

This event is organised by the scouts and will consist of a number of young people taking part in multi activity water sports in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area. Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

10/20 Rotary charity dragon boat race to Baltic Wharf

Wednesday 10 June 2020, 1000 to 1700 hrs

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 meter wide course marked by yellow buoys.

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

11/20 Baltic Wharf Sailing club at Sailing regatta

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 20 June and Sunday 21 June 2020, 1000 to 1700 hrs

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.

12/20 SUP Event at Baltic Wharf

Friday 3 July 2020, 0930 to 1600 hrs

This event will involve multiple paddle boarders racing around markers at Baltic Wharf. Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

13/20 South West Sea cadets combined regatta − Baltic Wharf

Saturday 4 July 2020, 0800 to 1700 hrs

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.

14/20 South West Sea scouts multi sports

Sunday 5 July 2020, 0800 to 1700 hrs

This event is organised by the scouts and will consist of a number of young people taking part in multi activity water sports in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area. Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

15/20 Harbour Festival

Friday 17 July − Sunday 19 July 2020

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.

16/20 City of Bristol rowing club to Corporate regatta

Baltic Wharf to Bristol Marina

Sunday 6 September 2020, 1000 to 1400 hrs

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 4 minutes. Take part in the ergo challenge and enter the club’s raffle to win prizes from local supporters.

17/20 See change to Julian house to Charity dragon boat race

Saturday 26 September 2020, 1030 to 1700 hrs

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.

18/20 Bristol half marathon − Prince Street Bridge swing restriction

Sunday 27 September 2020, 0830 − 1400 hrs

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.

19/20 Baltic Wharf sailing club − Head of the harbour sailing race

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 31 October 2020, 1300 − 1600 hrs

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

20/20 Minor events in floating harbour 2020

22 February BWSC Head Of Harbour

18 April BRC Sprint Regatta

19 April OMRA Model Boat Race

2 May Sea Scouts Multi Sport Event to Baltic Wharf

3 May Bristol 10 K

17 May Triathlon

23 and 24 May Sea Cadet Regatta

5 June SUP event

7 June Sea Scouts Multi Sport Event to Baltic Wharf

10 June Rotary Dragon Boat Event

20 and 21 June BWSC Regatta

3 July SUP Event

4 July Sea Cadets Combined Regatta

5 July Sea Scouts Multi Sports event Baltic Wharf

17 and 19 July Harbour Festival

6 September BRC Corporate Rowing Regatta

26 September See Change Charity Dragon Boat

27 September Bristol Half marathon

31 October BWSC Head Of Harbour Race

Times are between 1000 and 1800 hrs approximately.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of these events.

21/20 Water sport activity sessions

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club, racing on Saturdays, 1100 to 1300 hrs, June to September and also 1300 to 1600 hrs, February to December

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club Training session, first Saturday of each month, 1100 to 1300 hrs.

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club Sailing event, Wednesdays, 1100 to 1300 hrs.

Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing, Wednesdays, 1730 to 1930 hrs. May to September at Baltic Wharf.

All Aboard Youth Sailing, weekdays and evenings April to October. At Baltic Wharf.

All Aboard, Sailing/powerboat tuition throughout the year. At Baltic Wharf.

Bristol Canoe Club, Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. At 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.

22/20 Quayside Events 2020

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.

23/20 Cumberland Basin: new BST locking times

Cumberland Basin Locking procedures will be changing from 1 July 2019 until further notice. During British Summer Time, services will no longer be routinely provided between 10pm and 6am (unless during Spring Tides or other operations).

This is so harbour staff can be more effectively deployed. You must give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice if locking operations are needed between these hours, so we can ensure docking staff and bridge operators are available.

Notice to Mariners 27/17 (Notice required for Plimsoll Bridge Swing) is unchanged: 48 hours’ notice is needed for vessels that need Plimsoll Bridge swings, day or night. To arrange these services:

  • Call the Docking Deputy Harbour Master: 0117 9273633
  • Email: docks.office@bristol.gov.uk
  • Call the Bristol Harbour office: 0117 9031484
  • Call emergency control: 0117 9222050

24/20 Safety boat cover for water events

Any Water Events held in Bristol Harbour will need to have adequate safety cover provided and must have permission from the Harbour Master prior to the event happening.

25/20 Short term licences: Netham Lock

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.

26/20 Plimsoll Bridge Swing

With 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.

27/20 Scouring Operations Cumberland Basin 2020

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

January

10/1/20 at 12.15pm 24/1/20 at 12.30pm

February

10/2/20 at 13.30pm 24/2/20 at 13.30pm

March

9/3/20 at 12.30pm 23/3/20 at 12.30pm

April

7/4/20 at 13.00pm 22/4/20 at 13.30pm

The rest are TBC.

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.

28/20 Prince Street Bridge Summer operating Times 2020

Starting Wednesday 1 April 2020 to Saturday 31 October 2020

If you want to pass east or westbound through Prince Street Bridge with a vessel that is higher than the clearance height, you may have arrange to have Prince Street bridge swung at the following times:

Monday to Friday

  • 9.30am
  • 10.30am
  • 11.30am
  • 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 2.30pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.30pm
  • 7.30pm
  • 8.30pm
  • 9.30pm

Weekends and Bank Holidays

Two extra swings listed at:

  • 8.30am
  • 5.30pm

Priority swings

Priority swings 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-published swings will be at the discretion of the Harbour Master.
Swing requests within the tidal period should be made at least one hour in advance.

These requests can be made to the Harbour Office:
Tel: 0117 903 1484
VHF Radio: Channel 73, call sign Bristol Floating Harbour.

Vessels entering from seaward can also contact the Marine Services Supervisor at Cumberland Basin:
Tel: 0117 927 3633
VHF Radio: Channel 14, call sign City Docks Radio.

29/20 Netham Lock: Summer Operating Times 2020

Starting Wednesday 1 April 2020 to Wednesday 30 September 2020

Hours of operation: 6.50am to 10.10pm You should arrive at the lock at least one hour before it closes to ensure passage through the lock.

30/20 Harbour Office Summer Opening Times 2020

Starting Wednesday April 1 2020 to Saturday 31 October 2020,

Opening hours Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 4.30pm The Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licencing and the purchasing of commodities during these times.
Duty Officers will remain on duty until 10pm, carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only.The Baltic Wharf slipway may be locked after 5pm if the Duty Officers are not in the vicinity.

Emergency telephone service
An emergency telephone service, 0117 903 1484 option 2, will be available during operational hours.

31/20 Netham Lock: Winter Operating Times 2019/20

Starting Monday 30 September 2019 to Sunday 29 March 2020.

Locking operations will only be available between: 9.30am to 3.45pm daily. To arrange a locking operation call the Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484. Harbour staff will be on duty between 9am and 5pm daily and will be available to assist with these operations.

32/20 Prince Street Bridge: Winter Operating Times 2019/20

Starting Monday 28 October 2019 to Sunday 29 March 2020

If you want to pass east or westbound through Prince Street Bridge with a vessel that is higher than the clearance height, you may arrange to have Prince Street bridge swung at the following times:

Monday to Friday

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

Priority swings
Priority swings 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-published swings will be at the discretion of the Harbour Master.
Swing requests within the tidal period should be made at least one hour in advance.

These requests can be made to the Harbour Office:
Tel: 0117 903 1484
VHF Radio: Channel 73, call sign Bristol Floating Harbour.

Vessels entering from seaward can also contact the Marine Services Supervisor at Cumberland Basin:
Tel: 0117 927 3633
VHF Radio: Channel 14, call sign City Docks Radio.

33/20 Cumberland Basin: Winter Locking Operations 2019/20

Starting Monday 28 October 2019 to Sunday 29 March 2020

Locking services will not be routinely provided between 5pm and 9am. To arrange a locking operation you must you must give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice, especially when locking requests are during the out of hour’s period. Call 0117 927 3633 where you will be invited to leave a message for the Deputy Harbour Master.

34/20 Harbour Office Winter Opening Times 2019/20

Starting Monday 30 September 2019 to Sunday 29 March 2020

Opening hours Monday to Sunday: 10am to 3pm.
The Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licencing and the purchasing of commodities during these times.
Duty Officers will be on duty between 7.30am to 10pm until 28 October 2019 then 9am to 5pm until 29 March 2019 carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only.
Emergency telephone service An emergency telephone service, 0117 903 1484 option 2, will be available during operational hours.

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 08.30am to 4.30pm

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30am and 10.30pm

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10am to 3pm

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 9am and 5pm

VHF Radio

Channel 73, call sign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487