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Green Light For New Lock Operating System


Premier Marinas is delighted to announce the new computerised system that operates Chichester Marina’s Lock has undergone finishing touches and flown through testing to now be fully operational. 

The maintenance team at Premier have been extensively testing and adjusting the lock to ensure an effective compromise between safe water sluicing, the corresponding effect on boats, and the speed of the lock cycle, which varies as the tidal height and differential of water inside and outside the lock changes.

Paul Cook, Marina Manager, said: “The new lock system is working extremely well and is operating much quicker than previously. We are also operating COVID-19 friendly manning and support in the lock to maintain a 2m distance between each boat and our staff, to ensure everyone’s safety. The manning system is working well and boats are self-helping with the yellow hose encased lock side rope, with the staff passing a line if required.”

Premier Chichester would also like to remind everyone about the lock protocols and emphasise that boat owners should always maintain a listening watch on VHF 80 radio when transiting the lock:

  • Boat owners should call Chichester Marina on VHF Ch 80 before leaving the berth, not on approach to the lock. During busy times the marina team operates a first come first served waiting system, which orders the boats by name and number to help manage the rate at which boats arrive at the lock and reduce overcrowding of the marina fairways.
  • Each boat is called forward from their berth or along the outer fairway as their lock slot dictates and anyone caught jumping the queue or not having requested a slot will naturally be placed at the bottom of the list. Inbound calls should be made at Birdham Spit.

To read the full Chichester Locking Procedure click here: https://www.premiermarinas.com/UK-Marina-locations/Chichester-Marina/Getting-to-Chichester-Marina/Locking-Procedure