Fowey is a busy commercial port handling in the region of 450,000 tonnes of cargo each year, the primary cargo is china clay but other cargoes such as rock salt and aggregate are handled.

Fowey is also a popular destination for cruise ships where they take centre stage in our beautiful harbour

Fowey is a deep water port accessible in all weather and all states of the tide.

The harbour entrance lies between St Catherine’s Castle on the west side and the Polruan Headland on the east side.  All vessels in excess of 37.5m require a compulsory pilot in the lower harbour from 20 metres above Prime Cellars.

Ships over 92 metres are required to swing in the lower harbour and are then towed astern by the harbour tug/s to the loading berths which are situated on the western bank of the channel approximately 2km from the harbour entrance.

Ship movements are generally carried out at slack water.  The terminals at Fowey are operated by Imerys Minerals Ltd, there are 4 loading berths available.

Contact Fowey Harbour Office for more information

Tel: +44 (0)1726 832471
VHF Ch. 12
Take a look at the approaches and navigation marks within our virtual tour of the harbour.


Fowey Harbour are the Pilotage Authority for Fowey, Par and Charlestown

Fowey Harbour provide all the marine services for supporting the commercial operations in the Port of Fowey and are also the pilotage authority for the neighbouring ports of Par and Charlestown, to the west of Fowey.

Fowey Harbour provide the pilots and pilot boats essential to all the large ships navigating into the Port of Fowey.  All vessels in excess of 37.5m require a compulsory pilot in the lower harbour from 20 metres above Prime Cellars.

For further information, please contact Fowey Pilots:
Tel:  +44 (0)7890 555563
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Tugs have been assisting ships in and out of Fowey Harbour for over 120 years

Tugs are an essential part of the commercial aspect of Fowey Harbour. They guide vessels to the loading jetties upstream, turning the ships in the lower harbour if the ship is over 95 metres in length.

About 40% of the cargo handled in Fowey is transported in ships that require tug assistance for berthing within the port.

Fowey Harbour operate 2 Voith Tractor Tugs ‘Cannis’ and ‘Morgawr’ with 32 ton and 23.5 ton bollard pulls respectively. These vessels operate in Fowey but also work out of port, especially in the neighbouring ports of Plymouth and Falmouth.
For more information, please contact the Fowey Harbour Office.

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