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QHM Clyde is a Statutory Harbour Authority with powers conferred from The Clyde Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long Order 2011, Faslane, Coulport and Rhu narrows byelaws (1986) and Rhu narrows byelaws (1992). He is accountable to the Secretary of State for Defence through the Chief of Materiel (Fleet) and the Naval Base Commander (Clyde) with jurisdiction over the Clyde Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long. The Authority has legal and operational responsibility for the movement of shipping within these areas.  He can issue General Directions to any vessel within his jurisdiction for the purpose of Navigational Safety. This power is also delegated to specifically authorised deputies and assistants (including Harbour Controllers).  These General Directions are to be construed in conjunction with the Clyde Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long Order 2011, Pilotage Directions and Clyde Warning Notices (Local Notices to Mariners).

The port has evolved from its early days as a Submarine trials area, use as a military port during WW 2 and later as a depot ship, to the port of today largely handling military vessels (both submarine and surface) and a small amount of commercial and leisure traffic.  There are approximately 1400 movements per year, both military and civilian and a significant amount of military training.

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