The Port and Haven of
A Trust Port Managed by the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners under Acts of Parliament
With one exception all vessels moored in the Sandwich Haven for longer than two weeks are due to pay Conservancy Fees. Vessels making periodic visits that overlap into succeeding weeks are deemed to be staying for greater than the two weeks mentioned and fees are therefore due.
The Conservancy Fee (formerly known as Port and Haven Fees) is a standard charge per vessel of £65.00 for 2017 Of necessity this fee is reviewed by ‘The Commissioners’ on an annual basis. The fee this year will be:
£75.00 commencing 1st April 2018.
The ‘Exception’ mentioned above is for vessels of less than seven metres in length over all not fitted with machinery for propulsion or for generating electricity.
Leisure vessels transiting The Haven do so free of any charge but this is under review.
In addition late payers -
The Sandwich Port and Haven is that area of water covered at Mean High Water Spring Tides, including all inlets, slipways and gullies as well as Pegwell Bay to the cliffs and that High Water Mark along the beach and saltings. Also to the latitude southward of where Shellnes was in 1925 when the Act of Parliament setting up the Sandwich Port and Haven Commission came into being. It begins at the mean low water mark of ordinary Spring Tides in Pegwell Bay up river to North Poulders Sluice, beyond Gazen Salts field and the nature reserve.
Owners / Custodians of vessels for which a Conservancy fee is due, and who fail to pay that fee, risk the following action being taken by the Port and Haven Commissioners. This in compliance with their required duties under the Trust Ports provisions:
1. Arrest of the vessel. Hugely expensive -
2. Rendering the vessel immovable. Cutting the securing chain is a prosecutable offence.
3. 7 day notice to remove the vessel from the Haven.
4. Send the account to the owner of the berth -
5. Issue a County Court Summons. Cost added to fee.
6. For further guidance on Trust Ports management see the page:/about/modernising trust ports or click here
These shall pay the same Annual Fee structure as for leisure vessels. But if landing or taking on passengers anywhere in The Haven shall pay an additional fee of
£00.10p per passenger.
Other Commercial Vessels.
£1.00 per Gross Ton (GT) per entry
Thereafter £1.00 per GT every four days for the period the vessel remains in The Haven.
If bringing in cargo, discharging and taking on another cargo then a further £0.48p per GT becomes payable on leaving The Haven.
Registered Fishing Vessels
£0.36p per GRT per entry of The Haven.
Thereafter £0.36p per GT every four days for the period the vessel remains in The Haven.
The Sandwich Port and Haven is that area of water covered at Mean High Water Spring Tides, including all inlets, slipways and gullies as well as Pegwell Bay to the cliffs at 001° 23,82 E, and the High Water Mark along the beach and saltings.
Also southward into Sandwich Bay to the latitude of 51° 18 N = where Shellness was when the Port and Haven Commission was set up by Act of Parliament. In length it extends from the Low Water Mark Ordinary Spring Tides in Pegwell Bay up river to North Poulders Sluice beyond Gazen Salts field and the nature reserve.
If you prefer, payment by Cheque or Cash is still quite acceptable, addressed to:
Clerk to the Commissioners, Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners,
Fishergate, The Quay, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9EN
If paying by cash it should be of the correct money in a sealed envelope
by registered post or hand delivered.
Click here to download the form.
Sandwich Town Quay
The Quay is owned by Dover District Council. Vessels visiting are due to pay mooring fees for the duration of their stay. These fees are collected by The Sandwich Port and Haven Harbour Master on behalf of Dover District Council.
See Contact Details.
Under the Harbours Act 1964:
These charges apply to all working vessels. Be they entering, residing or bringing in goods, articles or other things shipped or unshipped, received or delivered or otherwise working within the limits of the Sandwich Port and Haven.
The Limits in Pegwell Bay is defined as that area of water that ‘covers’ at Mean High Water Springs, equating to 6.8 meters at Dover, from the shoreline to 51° 18.640 N and 001° 23.800 E.
Payments can be made by Bank Transfer
Sort Code: 20 17 92 Account Number: 10781371
You may be required to use our IBAN number (International banking account number)
This is: GB28 BARC 2017 9210 781371
Very important: Please include your vessels name or download and send the payment form to the address below quoting bank transfer payment details.
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