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River Users are advised that Beaulieu River Harbour Authority will be holding an oil spill exercise on Thursday 11th October 2018.

This will involve the deployment of booms in the vicinity of Beaulieu River Sailing Club, Needs Ore, in the lower reaches of the river. It will impede the main fairway and for a short period close the river in this area.

The exercise is expected to occur between 10.00 and 13.00. We advise you to contact us on VHF channel 68 “Beaulieu River Radio” before transiting this area and we will advise the current situation.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

This notice is self-cancelling on the 12th October 2018.

Wendy Stowe
Harbour Master

Please be advised that there will be no unleaded fuel available from the 3rd September to 7th September due to maintenance work being carried out.

Diesel will still be available and not affected by this work.

Please make alternative arrangements during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wendy Stowe
Harbour Master

This event will take place on Sunday 20th May 2018

The swimming section will take place in the Beaulieu River starting at 05:15 finishing by 07.30. Over 400 swimmers will be taking part.

Any vessels navigating on the river between Buckler’s Hard Marina and Gilbury Hard during these hours are asked to proceed with caution.                                 

Harbour staff will be patrolling and river users are asked to obey any instructions given to them by the patrols.

This notice will self cancel on completion of this event.

Wendy Stowe
Harbour Master

Due to the refurbishment of our fuel tanks, no fuel will be available from the 8 January 2018 to early March 2018.

Please make alternative arrangements during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Wendy Stowe
Harbour Master

1. 5 Knot speed limit and minimum wash

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.

2. Depth of River at Buckler’s Hard

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.

3. Risk of Collisions

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.

4. Reporting Concerns relating to safety

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.

5. Lifejackets

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.

6. Recovery of Casualties – Persons and Vessels

  • Ambulance Recovery
    • The nominated location for the disembarkation of all casualties to an ambulance is Buckler’s Hard Marina.
    • Masters of vessels with casualties or vessels being assisted under tow with casualties aboard should call Beaulieu River Radio on VHF Channel 68 to request assistance or, out of office hours, call the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 or 67.
  • Fire and Rescue
    • The nominated recovery point for vessels in danger from fire, or vessels recovered into the harbour in danger of catching fire, or on fire, is the slipway at Buckler’s Hard or Gins Farm.
    • Masters of vessels in danger from fire that require assistance should call Beaulieu River Radio on VHF Channel 68 or, out of office hours, call the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 or 67.
  • Vessels in danger of sinking
    • Vessels in danger of sinking should not enter the harbour without the prior consent of the Harbour Master, which will not be withheld unreasonably.

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:

  • damage to and collisions between vessels; 
  • damage to navigation marks, harbour structures or facilities; 
  • malfunctioning navigation marks; 
  • dangerous near-miss situations between vessels; 
  • vessels proceeding at an excessive speed or creating excessive wash, and; 
  • Any other dangerous occurrence.

7. VHF Radio Communications

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.

8. International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea

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.

9. River Regulations

  • Keep to Starboard side of Fairway
  • No jet skiing, water skiing, or board sailing
  • Anchoring only permitted below Need’s Ore
  • No mooring onto navigation buoys, beacons or marks
  • No underwater diving activities without permission of Harbour Master.
  • Prior permission is required to launch boats, kayaks and canoes on the Beaulieu River. Contact Harbour Office for details.
  • Prior permission from the Harbour Master is required before using the scrubbing grid.
  • Barbeques are not permitted on marina pontoons, piers and jetties, in Buckler’s Hard Village and on the riverside walk. They are also not allowed on board any vessel moored in the marina or on the visitor’s pontoons. Contact the Harbour Office to obtain permission for barbeques for rallies and events.
  • Organised events and races are only to be held after permission has been granted by the Harbour Master.
  • To ensure their safety, please ensure children wear lifejackets and dogs are kept on leads at all times. Do not secure children or dogs to kayaks while paddling the river.
  • Sky Lanterns are not to be released on the River or any land adjoining the river.
  • Use of drones on the River whether commercial or private is not permitted without prior permission from the Harbour Master.

10. Swimming

Swimming is prohibited in and around the Marina although swimmers may be encountered in other parts of the river. River users are therefore asked to keep a good lookout for swimmers when using any vessel on the river and should be prepared to give a wide berth or slow down or stop should it be necessary.

11. Unsupervised Children

  • Please ensure that young children are supervised at all times on the Marina.
  • It is advised that children wear lifejackets at all times whilst on the marina or river.
  • Please ensure that unsupervised children using tenders on the river wear lifejackets and keep to the speed limit of 5 knots.
  • Children should wear footwear at all times whilst crossing the boatyard.
  • Please do not allow children in Marina trolleys.

12. Time Expired Pyrotechnics

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:

  • how many flares you have to dispose of
  • how old they are
  • what condition they are in

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:

  • put flares in carrier bags or drop them in general household rubbish or public litter bins
  • leave flares on the doorstep of coastguard rescue equipment stores, sector bases or Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat houses
  • dump them anywhere where members of the public could come across them

13. Use of kill cords in powered craft

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:

  • Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated. 
  • Make sure that the cord is in good condition. 
  • Always attach the cord securely to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the boat is put in gear. 
  • Stop the engine before transferring the kill cord to another driver.

14. Pontoon Safety

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.

15. Suitability of Tenders

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:

  • The strength of the tide
  • The effect of the wind on sea state
  • The presence of vessels restricted in their ability to manoeuvre
  • The likelihood of encountering wash from other vessels
  • The remoteness of the parent vessel

In addition a full appraisal of prevailing and forecast weather and sea conditions should be made whenever a tender is used on the river.

16. Pollution Prevention and Waste Disposal

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:-

  • 2 x 2000 litre bins for general refuse including food waste
  • 2 x 1100 litre wheeled bins for glass and bottle re-cycling. 
  • 2 x 1100 litre wheeled bins for paper and cardboard recycling. 
  • 1 x 1200 litre for recycling waste oil (engine & gearbox only). 
  • Storage area for Batteries. 
  • Storage area for paint cans including anti foul.

Used oil filters and rags are not collected. River users are responsible for the correct disposal of these materials themselves.

17. Pollution

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.

18. Contractors

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.

Wendy Stowe
Harbour Master

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:

  1. Addition of a FL.G.4.s light onto existing post number ‘13’ - 50°46’.943N, 001°22’.725W
  2. Addition of a FL.G.4s light onto existing post number ‘17’ - 50°46’.815N, 001°23’.352W
  3. Addition of a red lateral buoy number ‘26’ FL.R.4s in position - 50°46’.799N, 001°24’.045W
  4. Addition of a green lateral buoy named ‘Gins’ FL.G.4s in position - 50°47’.052N, 001°24’.561W
  5. Addition of a green lateral buoy named ‘Fiddlers’ FL.G.4s in position - 50°47’.484N, 001°24’.499W
  6. Addition of a green lateral buoy named ‘Mulberry’ FL.G.4s in position - 50°47’.663N, 001°24’.604W
  7. Addition of a red lateral buoy number ‘28’ FL.R.4s in position - 50°48’.003N, 001°24’.696W
  8. Addition of a light FL.G.4s to existing lateral buoy in position - 50°47’.996N, 001°25’.163W


Adam Lewis
Deputy Harbour Master
01590 616200