King's Harbour Master Plymouth

LNTM No 007/24



1.         This notice is issued for information by the King’s Harbour Master (KHM) Plymouth

2.         There are ever increasing demands on the water space within the Dockyard Port of Plymouth both from the recreational users and also the Naval and commercial traffic. There is a need therefore to reconcile activities so that the water space can be safely used and enjoyed by all.

3.         In addition to The Water Events Diary and the Daily Movements signal available on KHM’s website (, a Water Event Information Document (WEID) is available for recreational events on the waters of the Dockyard Port, particularly in those areas where there is the potential for interaction with other water space users.

Further information can be found here:

4.         A “Water Event” is initially defined as, but is not limited to, an organised recreational activity on or in the water. Examples are, yacht racing, regattas, rallies or swimming events. If there is any doubt consult Longroom Port Control Station (01752 663225) where guidance can be sought and your query directed accordingly.

5.         The WEID is to be completed by organisers (or race officers) of recreational events to seaward of the Saltash and Laira Bridges, and inshore of these locations when they plan to pass to seaward of those bridges. The WEID is designed as a working tool for both the organisers of events afloat and watch keepers manning the Port Control Stations. It aims to resolve ambiguity in communication, thus promoting safety and helping reconcile the differing uses of the water space.

6.         KHM requires information on proposed recreational activities, how to contact organisers, and that organisers appreciate other constraints that there may be to their event, in order to discharge port responsibilities. Organisers of recreational “water events” are reminded that they may be directed to arrange their event, race course, or plans so as to minimise the impact on shipping in the main or deep-water channels. There is no intention to frustrate or inhibit any legitimate use of the waters of the Dockyard Port.

7.         Where an event presents an increase in risk to port safety – for example, above normal background levels, organisers will be invited to present their risk assessment to KHM before approval for the event is granted. Risk assessments should encompass how the risks are to be mitigated and give details of the safety management system to be employed. The Deputy King’s Harbour Master should be consulted early for details if required.


King’s Harbour Master Plymouth

Water Event Information Document



Sections A, B, C, D & E[1] To be completed by the event manager and sent back to:


Part 1

Section A: General - Using The Port For Recreation

Organising Authority e.g., Club


Contact Number


Email Address


Event manager


Contact number Afloat


Number of participants


What is the event?


Date of the event(s)




Start Time



Finish Time



Where will the event take place?


Section B: Local Navigation Rules & information

The event manager is to be aware of the following parts of The Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 2020 and the need to comply with them. (Tick when read)

Schedule 1 Regulations 2 & 12


Schedule 2 Rules 1, 2, & 6


All current Plymouth Local Notice to Mariners have been read and understood


The latest PLNTM sighted was -


Shipping Movements have been sighted


Section C: Communications

A listening watch is to be maintained on Ch 14 throughout the event

Event Safety Coordinator C/S


Race Officer C/S


Safety Vessel C/S


Additional VHF channel(s)


Section D: Briefing

All participants will be briefed regarding local rules


Safety staff will be fully briefed


Section E: Tides

High water



Low water









The water events diary has been checked. Where necessary organisers of concurrent events have been informed of intentions and events deconflicted.




Additional Information




[1] The WEID should be completed by the event organiser and returned to KHM Events NLT 4 weeks prior to the event taking place.

Monday 01 Jan 2024

R Giles
King's Harbour Master, Plymouth