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Chichester Harbour Notice to Mariners No 12 of 2020 (Updated 18.05.20)


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have advised that all forms of water sport practised on open waters are allowed.

A Q&A has also been produced by DEFRA detailing further clarification for recreational boaters. We highlight that:

  • Commercial boating operations will remain closed. This includes ferry and charter boat operations.
  • Overnight stays on vessels are not permitted
  • Boat skippers may only be accompanied by persons permanently residing at the same address or, where the vessel is sufficiently large to maintain social distancing, with one other person from a different household.

To maintain safety in Chichester Harbour:

  • Please follow social distancing guidance (stay 2 metres apart where possible).
  • Observe the signage on Conservancy jetties and hards.
  • Please wash your hands regularly.
  • There are currently no ferry services operating in Chichester Harbour. The use of tenders is identified as a high-risk activity, and we caution mariners to take extra care when accessing their vessels. Click here for advice.
  • Rescues pose a risk to both the casualty and the rescuer and there is likely to be reduced rescue response capacity in the Harbour. Please ensure that your craft is well maintained and that you sail within the limits of your abilities.  

The current Government advice under the Stay Alert campaign is to ‘Stay at home where possible’ and we would encourage all harbour users to be judicious in planning their recreation.

We appreciate your continued support in maintaining a safe harbour. Stay alert and stay safe.