The Port and Haven of

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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.  

Sandwich - the entry port to the British Isles for 1000 years - and Roman Richborough 600 years before that.

- by raid and by trade.

More under the HISTORY tab.


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This site is the Intellectual Property of the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners

Copyright 2019©

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.

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Leisure boating guide


USERS - PLEASE OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT OF


8   KNOTS


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,  or hitting the river banks and  causing damage to the sensitive saltings and mudflats.  The Harbourmaster is available to assist with advice.  

Tel:      07463 721714

Email    sandwichphc@yahoo.com

VHF      marine radio, Channel 08


Please also…


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.


Wildlife…

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. Be aware that larger craft - not necessarily travelling very fast - can send a surge of the river some distance ahead of them, of which they will be completely unaware.  Such surges cause moored craft to snatch at their mooring warps and themselves to surge back and forward.


Check the weather and tides before going afloat

Wear a lifejacket, carry a marine VHF radio.


Personal Rubbish

Dispose of your rubbish safely and sensibly and not

by littering the Haven.  Leave nothing but your wake.


Effluent. Please do not discharge ‘black’ water (effluent) into the waters of The Haven - or higher up the river.


Useful contacts:


Kent Marine Police

Address: Tactical Operations, Coldharbour, Maidstone, Kent ME20 7SL

Telephone No: 01622 608056


Project KRAKEN

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.


IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO WORK THAT WILL AFFECT SAFE NAVIGATION, OR THE WATERWAY IN THE HAVEN IN ANY WAY YOU

MUST

OBTAIN A LICENCE TO CARRY OUT THE WORK.

Forms are available for specific activities and are to be found on the Health and Safety tab above. They are mandatory!

Their use triggers issue of a Notice to Mariners on your behalf as well as ensuring a safe system of work is planned and approved.

   They are ‘Licences’ for:

Diving

Tree Felling or Pruning works

Use of Hovercraft

Construction or Dredging

Hot Works

There is a charge of £30.00 per licence     listed above.


Also… Forms for Navigation Marks Reporting

 and

Irregular Occurrence Reporting -

(Incident / Accident)

FORMS AVAILABLE HERE

Forms

For more information on Kent Police and the matter of cross channel illegal immigration in small craft, please see the NEWS page.

For the LINK click HERE

NEWS

 

Faulty Swing Bridge in Sandwich - Update


As of Thursday 5th June 2019 the bridge has finally failed.  It has though failed in the open to river traffic position which is causing great traffic problems in this genuinely medeival town’

For a condensed outline of Kent County Council progression, of the necessary work, please see the Notices to Mariners page - click HERE.  Clearly no notice is required for an openning as it is already open.


New Estuary Chartlet for summer 2019

This Chartlet is now published (late March 2019).  See HERE and HERE


Sandwich Fairway Buoy moved.  See Notices toMariners  HERE

Harbourmaster

Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Harbourmaster      Ian Broughton.

Ian has a long connection with the river through Sandwich and down to the sea.

Ian can be contacted on mobile telephone number 07463 721714 or for the moment email at sandwichphc.uk  Also when afloat on VHF 08.


Notices to Mariners Estuary Chartlet Estuary Chart Notices to Mariners

Site update 3rd May 2019

Notices to Mariners