Tides on: 23/08/17
  • Sunrise 06:04
  • Sunset 20:08
  • HW 00:43 4.8m
  • LW 06:20 0.5m
  • HW 13:19 4.8m
  • LW 18:41 0.6m
  • SP NP 4.3m/120%
All times are Local and have been corrected for BST where appropriate.
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Harbour Patrols

Ministry of Defence Police Marine Unit

The Ministry of Defence Police Marine Unit are responsible for the security and policing of the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth, which embraces not only the harbour but also much of the north-eastern Solent. The Ministry of Defence Police Marine unit consists of fast motor launches and rigid inflatable boats (RIB's) that provide a high profile security and policing service to protect warships transiting and berthed within the port area, together protecting the waterfront area of the Naval Base.

The Police Marine unit Officers work in close liaison with their colleagues from the Hampshire Constabulary Marine unit, HM Customs and Excise, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the UK Border Force in order to contribute towards safety and port security.

Ministry of Defence Police

Volunteer Harbour Patrol

The Volunteer Harbour Patrol is on the water during the summer months to assist and advise mariners; it is not a police service, nor waterborne traffic warden service, they are rather a friendly welcoming and helpful presence in the sometimes demanding conditions of the Harbour Entrance. They do recover a fair number of stranded or disabled craft in the area, and do so as “good neighbours” with the UK Standard Conditions for Towage and other Services applying to their liability.

If there is a major event, the Patrol invariably provides marshals and assists. Throughout the summer season, the Patrol is a re-assuring presence on the water at evenings, weekends and bank holidays – the busiest times. No other port in the country has any organisation on this scale or with these unique assets.

The Patrol is a registered charity, entirely dependent on voluntary donations and the goodwill of the experienced volunteers. The Patrol operates four craft (very kindly donated by Trinity House and Aluminium Shipbuilders Ltd.) and have a total of over 40 dedicated coxswains and crew. All give up their time freely to help and are RYA safety boat, first aid, RYA sailing and radio trained with, of course, substantial sea-time behind them.

The whole organisation is run by a Board of six directors, of which the Queen’s Harbour Master is the Chairman. The Patrol is particularly fortunate to have Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, the former Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, as its Patron.

Volunteer Harbour Patrol Craft