River users are reminded that the speed limit is 5 knots in the river all the way to or from the entrance at the Dolphin.
All river users are reminded of the need to control their wash when using the river, particularly in the proximity of small tenders.
Please remember that excessive speed or wash may lead to steps being taken that may lead to prosecution.
River users are reminded that the depth of water in the river on the approaches to Buckler’s Hard is similar to that on the bar at the entrance to Beaulieu River.
Care should be taken when navigating this section of the River particularly at low water springs.
There is a strong tidal current that runs through the Marina both on the ebb and the flood. All River users are therefore reminded to heed the strength and direction of tide when entering or leaving their allocated berth.
If uncertain please obtain advice from Harbour Office or Harbour Staff afloat. When able, Harbour Staff will gladly assist your vessel in or out of the Berth.
Harbour users are requested to report immediately to the Harbour Master any reasonable concern they have regarding safety in the Beaulieu River. Harbour users are also requested to report incidents and damage which may affect safety in the harbour.
It is advised that lifejackets should be worn at all times when afloat, on piers and jetties and at the waterside. Particular care should be taken when using tenders, dories and dinghies.
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999 or call SOLENT COASTGUARD on VHF Channel 16 or 67
To report incidents or damage call “Beaulieu River Radio” on VHF Channel 68 or telephone 01590 616200. You may be asked to submit a written report. Photographs or video of incidents or damage should also be submitted if available.
Incidents and damage that should be reported include:
All vessels whilst underway within the limits of the Beaulieu River are advised to monitor Beaulieu River Radio on VHF Channel 68. VHF transmissions should be kept short and relevant. All visiting craft are requested to radio Beaulieu River Radio on arrival to the river.
All commercial vessels, vessels over 20m and vessels not under command, restricted in ability to manoeuvre or towing another vessel or structure are to give notice of their movements by issuing an “all ships” when entering the harbour to advise other river users of their intentions.
The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) applies to all vessels, regardless of size and type that use the Beaulieu River. Those in charge of vessels who fail to comply with the COLREGS may be prosecuted.
Swimming is prohibited in the river.
If you have out-of-date or damaged flares, first contact the place where you originally bought the flares. They may operate a ‘take back’ scheme. If not, contact your local Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) on 02392 552100, who will advise you on how the flares can be disposed of safely.
You’ll need to tell the MRCC:
The MRCC will then help you make arrangements to take your flares to a licensed disposal site.
The MRCC will tell you where your nearest disposal site is and its opening times. You’ll have to deliver the flares to the disposal site at an agreed time. It’s likely that you may have to travel a long distance, depending on the facilities available in your area.
If you go to one of these sites without an appointment, you will be turned away. The disposal sites can only accept out-of-date or damaged flares from members of the public. If you are a commercial organisation, you’ll need to make your own arrangements.
If a flare is so damaged that it is in a dangerous condition, the MRCC will arrange for its immediate disposal. This is at their discretion.
It’s against the law to use flares in a non-emergency situation or dump them at sea. You also must not discard them irresponsibly – never:
The kill cord serves only one purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls. It is essential that all owners and operators of vessels fitted with kill cords:
The pontoons can become very slippery when wet or icy, wear appropriate footwear and avoid running, take particular care in the dark.
High winds can cause mobility problems and strong gusts can catch you off guard.
Customers are advised not to go onto pontoons in adverse weather conditions unless absolutely necessary. Particular care should be taken when negotiating the gangways and getting on or off boats.
Emergency ladders are located on all marina and river pontoons.
Owners of vessels moored on the Beaulieu River should ensure that any tender used to transport personnel or equipment to and from their vessel, is of a suitable size and construction and sufficiently stable to provide safe passage in all conditions likely to be encountered on the river. In assessing the suitability of any tender the following factors should be considered:
In addition a full appraisal of prevailing and forecast weather and sea conditions should be made whenever a tender is used on the river.
It is an offence for any vessel, including recreational vessels, regardless of size, to discharge any refuse overboard within specified distances from land, and in the case of plastics and other persistent rubbish, in any sea area surrounding the UK (International Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78)
Beaulieu River Harbour Office provides the following facilities for the disposal of waste:-
Used oil filters and rags are not collected. River users are responsible for the correct disposal of these materials themselves.
All river users are requested to report all sightings of pollution immediately to the Harbour Master via Beaulieu River Radio on VHF Channel 68 or by telephone on 01590 616200.
At times when the Harbour Master’s Office is unmanned, reports should be made to Solent Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 or 67, or by telephone on 02392 552100.
In the event of an oil pollution incident within the Beaulieu River, the Harbour Office is to be informed of the circumstances as soon as possible. Should it be considered that the use of oil treatment products will be required, the Harbour Master will seek approval from DEFRA. No oil treatment products are to be used until specific approval is given and the Harbour Master issues specific instructions for their use. The use of ‘washing-up liquid’ (either domestic or industrial) falls within the scope of this notice.
All Contractors must be adequately insured and report to the Harbour Office on arrival and departure. Contractors are to provide Beaulieu Harbour Staff with a copy of their third party liability insurance policy for a minimum of £2 million cover. Contractors should follow the guidelines for working on site that covers HSE rules compliance.
Mariners are advised that to improve navigation into the Beaulieu River a number of new Lateral marks have been installed as well as additional lights onto some of the existing Navigational Aids. Please note that the new buoyage is slightly in from the withies to give a minimum charted depth of 1m.
Below is a list of the new Buoyage/Lights and their characteristics:
Deputy Harbour Master