24-hour security at Port Solent
Port Solent Marina is a locked marina, meaning all boat movements in and out of the marina are monitored by Premier Marinas staff. Onshore, along with external support, staff are fully trained to deal with security issues. Our Marina Hosts at Port Solent Marina patrol the marina throughout the day and our Lockmasters patrol the marina three times a night. Management also patrol the marina weekly, vigilant to defects and any changes and the main team also patrol the marina daily.
Premier Marinas' CCTV, made up of thirteen cameras, operate throughout the site, complemented by The Boardwalk’s own security measures, which include additional CCTV cameras and a separate security team. Besides CCTV Port Solent operate a 24 hour gated security access control system. The marina’s three bridgehead gates are only accessed by berth holders and visitors using control fobs. New fan shape security shields were fitted in February 2019 to provide additional security and to prevent unauthorised pontoon access.
The south side lock pontoon was refurbished in April 2019, following works on the north side pontoon in October 2018. The refurbishment included hydraulic and welding works and new lines fitted to provide a safer and more user friendly experience when transitioning through the lock.
Alongside Premier Marinas' own security measures Premier is also committed to supporting Project Kraken - a joint coastal crime prevention initiative that’s delivered by the National Crime Agency, Border Force and Police. This initiative encourages close and regular liaison between our marinas and the local Police force who look to both Premier and its customers to report security issues or suspicious situations. If you are at Port Solent and you experience any of the situations described below we ask that the you report it immediately to either the marina team or call the local police on 101, or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 'Kraken'.
What you should report to your Premier marina team or the Police – as appropriate
Project Kraken: “We want you to report any unusual or suspicious activity near the coastline and in maritime environments. This could include:
- Boats with names or identification numbers painted out, altered or erased.
- People or packages landed or disembarked from boats in unusual locations and transferred into waiting vehicles. Why are they suspicious? Note times, locations, descriptions of vessels, persons, including boat names, sail numbers, hull colours or other distinctive markings. If vehicles are seen note make, registration, colour and nationality.
- Boats moving late at night or early in the morning in suspicious circumstances, showing little or no navigational lighting or signalling to persons or vehicles ashore.
- Boats which may be overloaded, appear low in the water, contain people who do not appear to be able to handle the vessel or are inadequately dressed for the prevailing weather conditions.
- Boats containing people who appear to be engaged in unusual boat handling techniques such as recovering swimmers or divers from the water.
- Rigid inflatable boats moving at unusual times or seen in unusual locations and fitted with extra fuel tanks.
- Suspicious or unfamiliar persons seen in marinas or coastal areas carrying tools, paying attention to or taking photographs of vessels with high value items such as engines and electronic navigational equipment.
- Suspicious persons who ask questions about security procedures
- Suspicious vessels observed entering maritime restricted areas or seen in close proximity to large cargo or passenger vessels whilst underway or at anchor.
- Crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs.
- Vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.
- Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day.
- Any attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual landfall.
How to make a report
If you see unusual or suspicious activity, report it to the marina team if appropriate or call the local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 'Kraken'.
Record as much information as you can - the smallest detail could be significant. Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups.
If it is an emergency, call 999.