Harbour Dues

We would like to remind our leisure community that the following apply - if you have any queries on the below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Public right of navigation is subject to the payment of harbour dues.
  • Harbour users are reminded that vessels are not permitted to use Shoreham Harbour without exhibiting a current valid harbour dues plaque indicating that harbour dues have been paid.
  • Harbour dues are deemed not to have been paid unless a plaque is displayed.

To pay your Harbour Dues you can pay via Bacs transfer as stated on your invoice, or you can contact our finance team to pay with you card via telephone.

Locking guidance for small vessels

If you are a small vessel owner (please see our definition of small vessel here) please review this important information below:

  • The Prince George Lock is fitted with sector gates, which enables easier and faster passage for yachts, smaller commercial vessels and fishing boats.
  • The lock is available in the high and low water periods.
  • Departure times from the canal will be on the hour.
  • Entry times in to the canal will be at the half hour.
  • Small craft when waiting for the Prince George Lock are allowed to wait on the outer lead-in and inner lead-in to the Prince George Lock but at all times must remain manned and ready to move.
  • The entry allowance for all vessels transiting through the Prince George Lock is the tidal height minus 0.25 metres equaling the vessels draft.

Personal Watercraft users (PWC’s)

PWC’s are fast and fun and are easily launched and manoeuvred on and off of the water. Their use is now an established form of water sport with a band of enthusiastic participants who enjoy the performance this kind of craft can provide. However, most PWC use takes place in the close inshore zone and harbours. This poses a management challenge to ensure PWC users can enjoy themselves without risking the safety and enjoyment of others. Shoreham Port Authority (SPA) considers that suitably experienced and trained PWC users pose a medium to low risk if used responsibly. We are working closely with Sussex Marine Water Sports Ltd. and The Harbour Club (SPA current designated launch sites) to manage these craft effectively.

We require all Personal Watercraft users to:

  • Register owner details with Shoreham Port Authority, purchase Harbour Dues and display a valid Harbour Due plaque on the craft. 
  • Hold third party liability insurance of at least £2 million.

The Master (rider) of a Personal Watercraft is required to:

1. Launch only from sites designated by the Harbour Master, and pay a fee to the site operator.
2. Be at least 16 years old.
3. To be in possession of a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised PWC qualification. 
4. Report any incident to the Harbour Master, whether directly involved or witnessed. 
5. Where safe to do so, navigate straight to sea and not up river as per the attached diagrams. 
6. Obey all Harbour Byelaws, General Directions, SOLAS requirements & Collision Regulations, ensuring they navigate and manoeuvre in a safe and courteous manor. 
7. Assist the Harbour Master and his representatives in the investigation of any incident within the Harbour or approaches.

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