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Entry and Departure Guidelines for Vessels:
Regulations to be observed within the limits of the Clyde Dockyard Ports of Gareloch and Loch Long.
Extracted from Admiralty Sailing Directions West Coast of Scotland 2004 edition.
Orders in Council, issued in 1967 and amended in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1983, supplemented by Bylaws which in 1971, 1973, 1986 and 1992, enacted certain rules and regulations to be observed within the limits of the Clyde Dockyard Ports of Gareloch and Loch Long.
The limits of these Dockyard Ports, together with the limits of a restricted channel, restricted and protected areas, and prohibited areas within them, are shown on the charts of the area concerned.
Following is a summary of these rules and regulations enacted by the above Council and Bylaws which are in force (2001).
- PRIVATE MOORINGS
No person shall lay moorings for private vessels, hulks, rafts, pontoons, bathing stages or any floating structures in Rhu Narrows Restricted Channel or in the Faslane or Coulport Protected or Restricted Areas, except with the licence in writing of the Queens Harbour Master. All such moorings shall be laid in a position designated by the Queens Harbour Master with the consent of Clyde Port Operations Limited, and shall be removed forthwith on the order of the Queens Harbour Master.
- CLEARING ANCHORS AND MOORINGS
If at any time the anchor of any merchant or other private vessel hooks any crown moorings, or any electric cable, or moorings of buoys or any pipe, the master of such vessel shall forthwith give notice thereof to the Queens Harbour Master, and shall if safe and practicable, await his instructions or those of Clydeport Operations Limited before proceeding to clear the same.
- FISHING IN FASLANE DOCKYARD PORT
Any person fishing in the Dockyard Ports shall comply with any directions which may be given to him by the Queen's Harbour Master. No fishing from boats or fishing by persons swimming under the water shall be carried on within 150m from the walls, slipways, roadways or boundaries of Her Majesties Naval Establishments, or from any naval moorings, floating docks, or dolphins, save with the licence in writing of the Queen's Harbour Master and in accordance with any conditions attached thereto.
Save with the permission in writing of the Queens Harbour Master and in accordance with any conditions attached thereto, no trawling or fishing by nets, whether drift or set nets, or the laying of lobster and/or crab pots, shall be carried on
- In Rhu Narrows restricted Channel or in the Faslane or Coulport Protected or Restricted Areas; or
- within the degaussing ranges, so far as they fall within the limits of the Dockyard Port, their positions being shown on current Admiralty Charts; or
- in any part of the Dockyard Port where it would obstruct any vessel exhibiting the International Code Flag " Second Substitute" at the yardarm or any submarine when making degaussing range runs over the ranges in (b) above.
- SWIMMING AND DIVING
No person shall swim or dive within 150m of the walls, slipways, roadways or boundaries of any of Her Majesty's naval establishments, or from any naval moorings, floating docks, dolphins or ships of Her Majesty, save with the licence in writing of the Queen's Harbour Master and in accordance with any conditions attached thereto.
If in an emergency it is necessary for any merchant or other private vessel, barge, hulk, raft, pontoon or other floating structure temporarily to lie anchored or secured to moorings in a Protected or Restricted Area, or in or near a main channel anywhere within the Dockyard Port, the master or owner thereof shall not leave such vessel or structure without a shipkeeper on board.
- USE OF WHISTLES
A whistle shall not be used within the limits of the Dockyard Port except:
- As a signal of distress: or
- To prevent collisions; or
- In fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms or any other condition similarly affecting visibility; or
- In accordance with the Rules contained in this Order and for the control of tugs: or
- To test the whistle.
- USE OF GUNS
No gun on board any merchant or other private vessel lying in or passing through the Dockyard Port shall be kept loaded, nor shall any gun be discharged from any such vessel over the waters of the said Port except:
- As a signal of distress: or
- As a signal in connection with the conduct of sailing races.
- ANCHORING AND MOORING
No merchant or other private vessel shall anchor or fish:
- on the line of any electric cable or pipe laid down in the Dockyard Port when such line is indicated by posts or other discernible marks on shore; or
- Within any area shown on the Admiralty Charts as an area in which anchorage is prohibited and in respect of which a warning has been conveyed to mariners by notice issued by the Ministry of Defence.
- No merchant or other private vessel, or barge, hulk, raft, pontoon or other floating structure shall:
- make fast to, or lie at, any of the buoys or beacons placed by the Queens Harbour Master to mark channels or shoals in the Dockyard Port; or
- be moored or fastened to any of her Majesty's naval moorings, buoys, breakwaters, boom defences, dolphins, jetties, piles or vessels in the Dockyard Port, save with the licence in writing of the Queens Harbour Master and in accordance with any conditions attached thereto; or
- be moored or anchored within 150 of any of Her Majesty's naval moorings, jetties, floating docks, dolphins, vessels, hulks, installations or armament depots, save with the licence in writing of the Queens Harbour Master and in accordance with any conditions attached thereto; or
- Be moored, anchored or placed in the Dockyard Port so as to give a foul berth to any vessel already at anchor or at moorings, or to obstruct passage within or entrance into any part of the Dockyard Port.
The Queens Harbour Master may, as necessary, require the owner or agent of any vessel of and above 80 tons net registered to notify him of the times of prospective arrivals and departures of such vessels within the Dockyard Port over a specific period including any unforeseen changes of those times.
- This rule shall apply when it is necessary to carry out the movement of a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine or a Nuclear Powered Fleet Submarine to or from a naval establishment within the Dockyard Port.
The owner, agent or Master of any vessel shall comply with any special directions of the Queens Harbour Master at to any variation of the time of arriving or sailing or as to the navigation of the vessel; within the Dockyard Port.
- TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS DURING THE MOVEMENS OF HER MAJESTY'S SHIPS
When it is necessary for a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine, a nuclear-powered Fleet Submarine, or other large naval vessel to proceed to or from a Dockyard Port, or to be turned, moved, berthed or docked within the area of a Dockyard Port, the Queens Harbour Master may, for the sake of safety of navigation, hoist the following signals. During the period these signals are displayed, no vessel shall enter the waters of the Restricted Area concerned and any vessel within the said area whether under way or at anchor, shall leave the area forthwith. The Restricted Areas and fixed positions at which signals are displayed are indicated on the charts.
- FASLANE RESTRICTED AREA
Three green lights vertically disposed, supplemented by day by Code Pendant Nine, displayed at:
- Faslane - on the Floating Dock or otherwise in a conspicuous position; and
- By tugs or patrol craft in the vicinity of Faslane Restricted Area.
- COULPORT RESTRICTED AREA
Three green lights vertically disposed, supplemented by day by International Code Pendant superior to Pendant Nine, displayed at:
- Coulport Jetty: and
- By tugs or patrol craft at the northern and southern limits of the Coulport Restricted Area.
- RHU NARROWS RESTRICTED CHANNEL
The restricted channel and the fixed positions at which signals are displayed are indicated on the charts. The signals which bring the Bylaws into operation are a red light above two green lights vertically disposed, supplemented by red rectangular flag with a white diagonal bar, displayed at:
- Faslane in a conspicuous position, (normally the QHM building at the southern end of the naval establishment);
- Rhu Hard;
- The DG Range building adjacent to Green Isle;
- The Navy Buildings, Greenock; and
- By tugs and patrol craft in the Rhu Narrows, attending the vessel for which the Restricted Channel is closed.
- PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
During the period these signals are displayed no person shall:
- Enter or pass through or over or remain in or over the Restricted Channel without authority or permission;
- Cause or permit any vessel or thing to enter into or upon or to pass through or over or to be or remain in or upon or over the Restricted Channel without authority or permission.
- Remain in the Restricted Channel after having been requested to leave;
- Make any false statement, either orally or in writing, or employ any other form of misrepresentation, in order to obtain entry to any part of the Restricted Channel;
- Intentionally obstruct any person acting in the proper exercise or execution of his duty within the Restricted Channel;
- Board, climb upon or remain on board any vessel or thing within the Restricted Channel without authority or permission;
- Interfere with, or interfere with the movement or passage of, any vessel or thing in the Restricted Channel.
- TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OFF GLEN MALLAN JETTY
The Queen's Harbour Master may direct that International Code Pendant Nine be exhibited by day or three green lights disposed vertically by night in a conspicuous position at Glenn Mallan, as shown on the chart, to indicate that an ammunition ship is to be berthed or otherwise moved to or from the jetty. Whilst said signal is displayed all vessels shall, whilst observing the prohibited area below, give a wide berth to the ship being berthed or moved.
- PROHIBITED AREA
Every vessel, whilst under way in Loch Long, shall at all times keep clear of the area in the vicinity of the jetty at Glen Mallan, as indicated on the chart.
- PROTECTED AREAS
Protected Areas at Faslane and at Coulport are indicated on the charts.
IN respect of the Protected Areas no person shall:
- Enter or leave the Protected Areas by land except by way of an authorised entrance or exit.
- Enter, or pass through or over or remain in or over either of the Protected Areas without authority or permission.
- Cause or permit any vessel, vehicle, animal, aircraft or thing to enter into or upon or to pass through or over or to be or remain in or upon or over either of the Protected Areas without authority or permission.
- Remain in either of the Protected Areas after having been requested to leave.
- Make any false statement, either orally or in writing, or employ any other form of misrepresentation, in order to obtain entry to any part of either the Protected Area or to any building or premises within the Protected Areas.
- Intentionally obstruct any person acting in the proper exercise or execution of his duty within either of the Protected Areas.
- fail to comply with any notice prohibiting or restricting access to any part of either of the Protected Areas or to any part (or part of any) building or premises, jetty, berth, pontoon, floating dock, or other installation or structure (including any floating structure) within either of the Protected Areas.
- Board, climb upon or remain on board any service vessel within either of the Protected Areas without authority or permission.
- Interfere with, or interfere with the movement or passage of any service vessel in either of the Protected Areas.
- Distribute or display any handbill, leaflet, sign, advertisement, circular, poster, bill or notice within the Protected Areas, or affix the same to either side of the perimeter fence without authority or permission.
- SPEED OF VESSELS NAVIGATING THE DOCKYARD PORT
Within the limits of Rhu Narrows Restricted Channel, the Protected Areas and the Restricted Areas mentioned above, the speed of any vessel shall not exceed 7 knots through the water, or if, to ensure safety of navigation, it is necessary to exceed 7 knots, shall be no greater than the speed necessary for this purpose.
No vessel navigating the waters of a Dockyard Port, other than the channel and areas mentioned above shall exceed 12 knots through the water.
- VESSELS TURNING ROUND
When a power driven vessel under way (including a tug while towing) is about to turn around by day or by night, she shall signify her intentions by four short blasts on the whistle in rapid succession, followed after a short interval, if turning with her head to starboard, by one short blast, and if with her head to port by two short blasts, and whilst turning shall repeat such signal to any approaching vessel. These signals are only to be used by vessels in sight of one another.
- NARROW CHANNELS
For the purposes of interpreting Rule 9 of the "International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (19720 (Narrow Channels), the whole of the Dockyard Port shall be determined to be a "narrow channel".
- LIGHTS, SHAPES AND SIGNALS FOR DREDGERS
A dredger when at work or in position for working shall carry the following lights and signals, viz.:-
- LIGHTS BETWEEN SUNSET AND SUNRISE
- Forward - In the forward part of the dredger at a height of not less than 6.1 metres and not more than 12.2 metres above the hull, a white light in a lantern so constructed as to show a clear, uniform and unbroken light visible all round the horizon at a distance of at least one mile.
- Amidships - Three white lights of the said description placed in a triangular form at least 2.4 metres apart, at right angles to the keel with the apex uppermost, the base of triangle to be at least 3.0 metres higher than the forward light and to be also higher than and clear of the framework funnels, or other erections upon the dredger. If a dredger is so moored or working as to make it necessary to prohibit the passage of vessels on one or both sides, a red light (visible as aforesaid) shall be substituted for the white light at the base of the triangle on the side, or sides, on which passage is prohibited.
- Aft - One white light of the said description at or near the stern of the dredger and at such a height that it shall not be less than 4.6 metres lower than the forward light.
- SIGNALS BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET
Amidships - Three black balls of not less than 0.6 metres in diameter placed in a triangular form at least 2.4 metres apart, at right angles to the keel with the apex uppermost, the base of triangle to be higher than and clear of the framework, funnels, or any other erection upon the dredger. If so moored or working are to make it necessary to prohibit passage on one or both sides, a red flag or flags at least 1.5 metres in the hoist is to be substituted for the lower ball at the base of the triangle on the side or sides on which passage is prohibited.
- SIGNALS IN FOG
In fog, mist, falling snow, or heavy rain storms or in any other condition similarly restricting visibility, a dredger art work or in a position for working shall at intervals of not more than 1 minute sound a gong rapidly for about 5 seconds.
- WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBJECTS
Should a vessel sink, be stranded or become a wreck in any part of the Dockyard Port so that an obstruction is caused, or is likely to be caused, the master or owner of such vessel shall immediately notify the Queens Harbour Master.