Operating in the harbour

This section details the entry and departure guidelines for vessels to be observed within the limits of the Clyde Dockyard Ports of Gareloch and Loch Long. Additional navigational information can be found here

Crossing the harbour

General Rules

General

General

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 movements of HM ships

Temporary restrictions during the movements of HM 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.

FASLANE RESTRICTED AREA
Three green lights vertically disposed, supplemented by day by Code Pendant Nine, displayed at:

  • Faslane - on the QHM Building 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 channels

Rhu narrows restricted channels

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:

  1. Faslane in a conspicuous position, (normally the QHM building at the southern end of the naval establishment);
  2. Rhu Hard;
  3. The Rosneath Mast adjacent to Green Isle; and
  4. By tugs and patrol craft in the Rhu Narrows, attending the vessel for which the Restricted Channel is closed.

Temporary restriction of Glen Mallan jetty

Temporary restriction of 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 Glen 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 activities

Prohibited activities

During the period these signals are displayed no person shall:

  1. Enter or pass through or over or remain in or over the Restricted Channel without authority or permission;
  2. 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.
  3. Remain in the Restricted Channel after having been requested to leave;
  4. 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;
  5. Intentionally obstruct any person acting in the proper exercise or execution of his duty within the Restricted Channel;
  6. Board, climb upon or remain on board any vessel or thing within the Restricted Channel without authority or permission;
  7. Interfere with, or interfere with the movement or passage of, any vessel or thing in the Restricted Channel.

Dredging

Signals between sunset and sunrise

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.

Further Information

 

Anchoring or mooring

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Moorings

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

Shipkeepers

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.