King's Harbour Master Clyde



A: Clyde Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long Order 2011.


1. Mariners are advised that the King’s Harbour Master Clyde has made the following General Direction under the Clyde Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long Order 2011.

2. A near-miss, accident or incident (collectively referred to as events) can range from equipment failure to personnel injury or a significant event which is considered to have an effect upon safety within the Clyde Dockyard Port (CDP) area. No-one can be wrong for reporting an event, however minor it may appear, as it could contribute to a wider understanding of a trend of events which, if identified early, could prevent a major incident from occurring. Examples include but are not limited to delay in berthing / unberthing, parting of a berthing line, personal injury as a result of marine activity within CDP. This General Direction sets out the procedures for event reporting within the CDP.

Process for reporting a marine observation

3. A marine observation (as discussed at Para 2) can be reported to the King’s Harbour Master (KHM) Clyde by the following means:

a. Contacting KHM Harbour Control on VHF Ch 73.

b. Contacting KHM Harbour Control by telephone on 01436 674321 (Option 1, Extension 3555) from 0700-1700.

c. Contacting the Duty Naval Base Officer by telephone on 01436 674321 (Option 1, Extension 4005) from 1700-0700.

d. making a report through the KHM Clyde website.

e. Using a Pilot report form (used only by Admiralty Pilots to report a specific pilotage event).

f. By phoning 01436 674321 Opt. 1 Ext. 7009 (Near Miss / Incident Reporting “hot line”) if the incident is on the waterfront at HMNB Clyde.

g. By emailing [email protected], giving a description of the event.

4. All of these reports are passed to the KHM Port Safety Officer (PSO), who will formally record the event in:

a. Maritime Navigation and Information Services (MarNIS) which includes accident/near miss/incident reporting, recording investigating and data retrieval.

b. Navy Lessons and Incident Management System (NLIMS).


5. All personnel are to use the processes above to allow compilation of the wider safety picture and key trends / lessons identified to prevent re-occurrence. These reporting formats do not replace commercial reporting procedures.

6. This General Direction will be reviewed by 10 Jan 24.

Wednesday 04 Jan 2023

Ian White
King's Harbour Master