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Coronavirus Information - Weymouth Harbour

Dorset Council are working with NHS partners to take all the necessary steps to contain and delay the virus and to ensure we are well prepared for any potential spread. Regular updates and guidance can be found in the Latest Advice section of the Dorset Council emergencies page for Coronavirus .

What this means for Weymouth Harbour Users...

We have been in contact with our annual berthing customers direct regarding the following guidance and invoices which we will update as required.  

19TH MAY 2020

Notice to Mariners No. 05/20 (T) - Weymouth Harbour Return to Boating, Update 1 has been updated for our current operation.  The main change is that we have successfully deployed the Bay buoys today so the PWC restriction is lifted.

18TH MAY 2020

Advice to boat owners from Clive Edwards, RNLI Water Safety Officer Weymouth Lifeboat Area.

15TH MAY 2020

HM Coastguard has released a statement today asking that people respect the coastline more than ever, after boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed once again in England.

13th May 2020

Weymouth Harbour Return to Boating - I am pleased to be able to announce that Dorset Council have now approved a measured return to operations in Weymouth Harbour.  The details are contained in the attached Notice to Mariners.  Please can I emphasise the importance of us all keeping each other safe by following the government guidance for social distancing and cleanliness.

Keith Howorth, Weymouth Harbour Master

13TH MAY 2020 

We have been following the Government’s advice in respect of Coronavirus and are putting measures in place to limit risks to port users, our staff, emergency services and the public. Although the Government is now easing certain aspects of the lockdown in England, there is not yet any specific advice on whether this is applicable to marine leisure activities. The British Ports Association and the UK Harbour Masters’ Association are seeking clarification on this with the Government at national level. Specific guidance is expected shortly. Therefore until we have confirmation that marine leisure activities are permitted and any relevant restrictions on them, we are advising that they should not take place. The safety of our port users is paramount.

Furthermore, even when we are able to reopen our facilities, users should be aware that practices to preserve social distancing will be needed as is prescribed in Government advice issued this week (and further specific guidance to be issued). This means that we may need a short period of time to assess risks and modify arrangements. In the meantime we thank you for your patience and understanding. We share your wish to see safe recreational marine activities again and to kick start the summer season as soon as is practically possible.

12th May 2020 

We are still considering the government’s guidance after it was released yesterday and will be promulgating the way ahead for Weymouth Harbour as soon as possible by e-mail to harbour users.  It is unlikely that we will be making that announcement until later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday).  The current arrangements remain in place and so it is not possible to visit or move any boats yet please. 

RNLI urges people to take extra care following changes to government guidance in a statement released today.

7th april 2020

Weymouth Lifeboat Station release their statement to leisure mariners regarding Weymouth RNLI lifeboats.

30tH MARCH 2020

NTM in force: 02/20 (T) CORONAVIRUS – WEYMOUTH HARBOUR TOWN BRIDGE AND BAY BUOYS

27th March 2020

Harbour Offices

The Harbour Office will remain open for it’s normal winter hours of 0730 – 1700 but with reduced manning.  Both the Harbour Office and Commercial Area have notices on asking visitors to call the harbour staff numbers given or ring the doorbells rather than entering the office space.  Access to the Commercial Area is subject to HM’s approval.

Leisure vessels

The approach is very much about freezing all activity.  New arrivals, leavers or changes of berth are on hold and will be resolved when the restrictions are lifted.  We would like to be kept up to date by e-mail regarding individual’s circumstances.  We will need to consider the financial implications of the decisions in due course.

Visiting vessels 
            We remain an open port and so will deal with visitors as and when they contact us but leisure visitors are not expected.
 
Rounds

We will increase the number of times we check on boats and the infrastructure so that customers have peace of mind that their boats are being looked after.  This should hopefully negate the need for berth-holders to travel too often to complete checks and so abide by the government’s guidance of minimising travel.       

Communication

            Our preferred means of communication with our customers is by e-mail so that we have an audit trail. 

Annual / Temporary Moorings: weymouthmoorings@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Visitor Moorings / Bridge Lifts:  weymouthharbour@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Town Bridge lifts

            Every bridge lift will be subject to HM’s approval so that we can challenge the reason for the activity and deter non-essential trips.

North Quay Facilities

            Our North Quay toilets and showers are locked shut until further notice.  Customers may continue to use 13 Custom House Quay.

Contractors

            No contractors should be working on leisure vessels as there is no 'essential' reason for travel for this. Exceptions should be discussed with                the Harbour Master.

The safety of our customers and staff remain paramount. 
 
#StaySafe