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'Beaulieu River Radio'
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Beaulieu River > Notices

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 safe

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.


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 between navigation piles 20 and 22
  • No mooring onto navigation buoys, beacons or marks
  • No underwater diving activities without permission of Harbour Master.
  • No swimming
  • 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 the river.

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:-

  • 1 x 8 cubic yard bin litre bins for general refuse including food waste
  • 4 x 1100 litre bins for general refuse including food waste
  • 2 x 1100 litre wheeled bins for glass and bottle re-cycling.
  • 4 x 1100 litre wheeled bins for mixed recycling.
  • 1 x 1200 litre for recycling waste oil (engine & gearbox only).
  • Storage area for Batteries.
  • Storage area for paint cans including anti foul.
  • 1 x 50 gallon drum for oil filters.
  • 1 x 50 gallon drum for Anti-Freeze.
  • 1 x 50 gallon drum for squashed paint cans.
  • 1 x container for the collection of used Gas cylinders.
  • 1 x Sewage pump out located on visitor pontoon south – Free of charge

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.

Any Non-compliance actions will be reported to the MCA for legal enforcement.

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.

19.  UK/EU Entry & Exit Instructions when travelling

All river users are advised that following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, owners of recreational pleasure craft (non-commercial) who sail their craft to and from the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands) must notify the UK border authorities upon their first arrival into a UK port.

Before leaving the UK (which includes going to the Channel Islands), you must advise the Border Force of your intentions by posting form C1331 (the address it must be posted to can be found on the form).

If you are arriving from outside the UK (and this includes the Channel Islands) you must fly the 'Q' flag, where it can be readily seen, as soon as you enter UK waters (the 12 mile limit). Do not take down the flag until you have finished reporting to the customs authorities. Failure to comply will make you liable to a penalty.

When arriving direct from outside the UK you must phone the National Yacht line on 0300 123 2012. You will need to inform the Yacht line if any of the following apply:

  • UK VAT has not been paid on the vessel
  • you have on board goods which are to be treated as surplus stores.
  • you have any prohibited or restricted goods
  • There is any notifiable illness on board
  • There are any people on board who need immigration clearance
  • Any repairs or modifications, other than running repairs, have been carried out since the vessel last left the UK
  • You have any goods for personal use on which you need to declare and pay UK tax or duty and cannot do so via the online service.

Wendy Stowe 
Harbour Master
Beaulieu River
25 January 2021