The Port and Haven of
A Trust Port Managed by the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners under Acts of Parliament
to the website of the Sandwich Port and Haven.
The Sandwich Port and Haven is a Trust Port managed by the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners for the safe benefit of all Users / Stakeholders.
Although the Port and Haven in its recognisable form has been around for over 200 years, the
activities of the Haven go back as far as Roman times.
More under the HISTORY tab.
This site is the Intellectual Property of the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners
Unless otherwise shown all pictures on this website were taken by the Webmaster Robert Holden. If you have something you would like to contribute relevant to the River Stour we would be pleased to hear from you.
Contact details on the contacts page via the site navigation buttons above.
Leisure boating guide
Byelaw 3 Refers
PLEASE ALSO CONTROL YOUR WASH THROUGH MOORINGS AND
REDUCE SPEED ACCORDINGLY.
Byelaw 2 refers
Note that there are wide areas of shallow water in Pegwell Bay and in the entrance to the river. Be careful to avoid grounding, hitting the river banks and causing damage to the sensitive saltings and mudflats. The Harbourmaster is available to assist with advice.
Captain Colin Carr
Tel: 07958 376183
VHF marine radio, Channel 08
Do respect other water users – keep well clear of other craft.
Observe the Speed Limit of 8 Knots, less if necessary through moorings to avoid disturbance to moored craft.
Swimmers. Swimming is not encouraged, especially around moored craft where the run of the tide makes swimming extremely dangerous. If falling in near moored craft, strike out for the centre of the river and land where it is easy to climb out clear of moored craft. Getting very muddy indeed is considered better than drowning.
Comply with the ‘rules of the road’ – consider taking an RYA approved course. Sandwich Sailing and Motor Boat Club run courses. Tel: Paul Miller on 07595 839044.
The river and it’s margins are important wildlife habitats of international importance…
Be aware of wildlife and avoid sensitive areas
Do not disturb birds nesting in the salt marshes and scrub. Many species of birds are protected by law.
Watch your wash. Excessive wash causes riverbank erosion and is a nuisance to other boaters.
Check the weather and tides before going afloat
Wear a lifejacket, carry a marine VHF radio.
Dispose of your rubbish safely and sensibly and not
by littering the Haven. Leave nothing but your wake.
Effluent. Please do not discharge grey or black water into the waters of The Haven -
Kent Marine Police
Address: Tactical Operations, Coldharbour, Maidstone, Kent ME20 7SL
Telephone No: 01622 608056
Project KRAKEN is a joint initiative aimed at encouraging the public to report suspicious or unusual activity around the coastal and maritime environment.
Seen or heard anything unusual? Report it.
Call your local Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote KRAKEN.
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Seal pictures above and below with thanks to Russ Miles.
A dip into the Minute Book of the Commissioners meetings of long ago.
Copperplate handwriting at its very best!
Site updated 26th April 2018
NEW CHART PUBLISHED 26th April 2018
The river estuary has undergone fundamental changes to it’s course across Pegwell Bay during the winter months. Both loops are now silted up completely. Accordingly the Fairway buoy has been moved to the SSW by 4 cables, redundant buoys withdrawn and the newly formed channel marked with two buoys -
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