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.


3/17 Harbour office summer opening 2017

Sunday 26 March  2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017

Opening hours: 8:30am and 4:30pm seven days a week. 

Open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities. 

It will not be possible to obtain any commodities from the Harbour Office outside of these hours.

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 4:30pm if the Duty Officers are not in the vicinity.

18/17 Bristol Rowing Club: Autumn Head of the Harbour Rowing Race

Totterdown Basin to Baltic Wharf

Sunday 5 November 2016, 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.

19/17 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 11 November 2016, 10:30am to 4:30pm  

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

20/17 Minor Events in Floating Harbour 2017

  • Friday 1 January: Baltic Wharf Sailing Club New Year’s Day Race
  • Sunday 9 April: Offshore Model Boat racing
  • Saturday 15 April: Easter egg Race to BWSC
  • Sunday 11 June: Triathlon (Cumberland Basin)
  • Thursday 20 June: Summer Solstice Race: BWSC at Baltic Wharf 7pm
  • Sunday 3 September: Offshore Model Boat racing
  • Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September: Cabot Cruising Club: Rally, Bathurst Basin
  • Saturday 25 November: Beaujolais Race: BWSC, Baltic Wharf at 1:45pm
  • Saturday 16 December: Mince Pie Race: BWSC, Baltic Wharf at 1:45pm        

Times are between 10am and 6pm approximately.

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

21/17 Water Sport Activity Sessions

  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club, racing on Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm. March to December and Tuesdays (evenings) during June and July.  Baltic Wharf.
  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: training session, first Saturday of each month, 11am to 1pm
  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: social sailing event for retired club members, Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm. Baltic Wharf.
  • Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. May to September. Baltic Wharf.
  • WESSA Youth Sailing: weekdays and evenings April to October. Baltic Wharf.
  • Baltic Wharf Sailing School: 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 Cadet: 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.

22/17 Quayside Events 2017

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.

26/17 Scouring operations Cumberland Basin

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

  • Friday 7 July 2017  from 12.30pm
  • Friday 4 August 2017 from 11.00am
  • Monday 4 September 2017 from 12.15pm
  • Monday 18 September 2017 from 12.15pm
  • Tuesday 3 October 2017 from 12noon
  • Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 12noon
  • Friday 3 November 2017 from 12noon
  • Friday 17 November 2017 from 12noon
  • Friday 1 December 2017 from 10.45am
  • Monday 18 December 2017 from 12.45pm

During these operations:

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.

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.

28/17 Procedures for Prince Street bridge summer operating times 

Monday 22 May 2017 to Saturday 28 October 2017

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).  

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/Bank Holidays only : 2 extra swings listed below:

  • 8:30pm    
  • 5:30pm

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

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

31/17 Christmas Day 2017: Harbour arrangements

Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock, Plimsoll Swing Bridge and Junction Lock Swing Bridge will be closed to vessels following the afternoon high tide duty on 24 December 2017 until the start of the skip tide duty on 26 December 2017.

Netham Lock will be closed to vessels from 4:45pm on 24 December 2017 until 9am on 26 December 2017. 

The Harbour Office will be closed from 3pm on 24 December 2017 until 10am on 26 December 2017.

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.

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: Saturday to Thursday 08.00 to 17.00, Friday 08.00 to 16.30

From 1 June 2016: 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, callsign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487