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Exclusion Zones for the Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft


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

B.          The Air Navigation Order 2016 (SI No 765) (as amended)

C.         Civil Aviation Authority Drone Code

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

2.         The Exclusion Zones which apply in respect of submarine and surface vessel moves within the Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long are defined in Reference A schedule 6 paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively.

3.         For safety and security reasons and to provide adequate restrictions on the operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft (as defined in Reference B) in the vicinity of Royal Navy and foreign warships and submarines, the definition of each of the Exclusion Zones set out in Reference A are extended in accordance with paragraph 3(a) below.

(a)        The area of exclusion around a surface vessel or submarine underway within the Dockyard Port of Clyde is defined as a zone of 250 metres radius surrounding the surface vessel or submarine. This zone shall extend to a height of 250 metres above the surface of the water within the boundaries of the Dockyard Port.

4.         No Small Unmanned Aircraft (drone) shall enter, pass through or remain in the zone described in paragraph 4(a) of this direction without the permission of the QHM.  Any such unauthorised breach of this zone will be regarded as a breach of the Dockyard Port of Gareloch and Loch Long Order 2011.           

5.            This General Direction will be reviewed by 10 Jan 21.


Queen's Harbour Master

Renown Building
HM Naval Base, Clyde.



Thursday 09 Jan 2020

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Queen's Harbour Master
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