Departing & escorted vessels
Ships leaving the harbour normally proceed directly from their loading berth to sea. Fully laden vessels, often with a draught of up to 9 metres, have considerably increased stopping distances. It is essential to give the vessel clear passage ahead. Vessels will need to follow a track as near to the centre of the main shipping channel as possible. The pilot will disembark once the vessel is clear of the harbour entrance to a pilot cutter which will be in close attendance.
During peak periods of activity, special events, yacht races and poor visibility, ships are escorted by Harbour Patrol craft to ensure that a safe passage is maintained. All craft must comply with the Patrol instructions