News & Events

Chichester Harbour Conservancy Weekend Bulletin - Week 24


Weekend Navigation Bulletin

Welcome to the Weekly Navigation Bulletin.

To get in touch with our patrol team call CHICHESTER HARBOUR PATROL on VHF Channel 14 or telephone the Harbour Office on 01243 512301. In an emergency please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Covid-19 Response

Recreational Boating

The guidance issued by DEFRA for ‘Using a Boat Inland and on the Coast’ was withdrawn from 04 July 2020, meaning that there are no longer any specific restrictions on waterways businesses or recreational boating. This includes skippered charter and passenger boat operations, as well as those wishing to stay overnight on their boat.

To view our full Covid-19 statement please visit our website.

Vessel Traffic & Activity

Detailing notable vessel traffic, racing start times and other activities on the water that may affect navigation.

Saturday 12th September

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Hayling Island SC 1400 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 0930 – 1040 Keelboats
Itchenor SC 1050 – 1100 Singlehanders, Merlin
Bosham SC 1125 Laser Race Day
Itchenor SC 1410 – 1430 Various Classes

Sunday 13th September

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Hayling Island SC 1100 Bart’s Bash

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 1030 – 1050 Keelboats
Itchenor SC 1100 – 1110 Bart’s Bash
Bosham SC 1100 – 1130 Various Classes

Chichester Marina Free Flow Times (BST)

Chichester Marina operates a ‘free flow’ for its lock during periods of high water to maintain water levels in the marina basin. For details of the times that the lock is in free flow please click here.

Know Your Harbour - Boating in Safety

This season, along with 'hard hitting' Colregs questions, we will be mixing in facts about the harbour and some tips, tricks and safety information all geared towards making Chichester Harbour a pleasant, fun and safe place for all.

Q. With strong winds prevalent in the current weather forecast, what Beaufort wind force is described by ‘Wind Speed 28 – 33 knots, Sea heaps up and white foam from breaking waves begins to be blown in streaks along the direction of the wind’?

Click here for the answer.

Other News

Fatal Man-overboard, Outer Hebrides

A recent man-overboard incident in the Outer Hebrides, tragically resulting in a fatality, highlights several safety issues for many vessels in Chichester Harbour, commercial operators, and private vessels alike.

Operating a vessel alone can be very dangerous. Wearing a lifejacket and a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) can quite literally save your life in a man-overboard situation. UK waters only really feel warm at the surface, even during summer months. Even strong swimmers can fall victim to Cold Water Shock at any time of year and be unable to keep themselves above water without aid.

It is important to recognise the severe hazard associated with falling overboard. If navigating a vessel single-handed, for fishing or any other purposes, you should ensure that every precaution has been taken to prevent going into the sea in the first place.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have carried out an investigation into the man-overboard incident, and a flyer highlighting safety lessons has also been produced.

Harbour Dues

During our ongoing plaque checks we find that there are vessels that have purchased a current plaque, however it is not being displayed.

Harbour dues are deemed not to have been paid if not affixed so it is important to affix them to your port quarter – it saves us administration and you the chance of a fine!

If for any reason you are unable to get to your boat our Patrol team can affix your plaque for you. Call the Harbour Office for details.

Wash and Slow

Excess wash can cause serious problems for smaller craft. When making way against a tide, larger vessels can leave large waves behind them, even when travelling at or below the 8-knot speed limit.

We would urge all mariners to be aware of the wash from their vessel, and the effect it may have on nearby water users. Especially while transiting mooring areas, mariners should be aware of small vessel traffic, such as tenders, which could be taken unaware and are at risk of capsize.

While the speed limit in Chichester Harbour is 8-knots, vessels frequently need to travel slower than this to reduce their wash. Many harbours across the Solent area operate different speed restrictions, please click here for further information.

UK Vessels – Returning Home

In-line with current Government advice, all UK flagged vessels that are returning from foreign ports must have completed a Passenger Locator Form prior to disembarking in the UK.

Failure to complete the form is a criminal offence.

Complete the online form, or for further information please click here.

New Waste Pump-Out at Itchenor

A new waste pump-out facility, purchased by the Friends of Chichester Harbour, has been installed at the Harbour Office jetty, Itchenor. This facility is free for all harbour users and is available 24/7.

With a universal fitting, the pump-out has a push-button operation (green for go, red for stop) and is quick and easy to operate. Contact the Harbour Office for further information.

Harbour Life

Find out all that the Habour has to offer by reading the latest edition of our Harbour Life magazine here: Harbour Life - Summer 2020