Port of Southampton

As one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep-water ports, Southampton is a natural choice for a wide range of customers and trades, with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo. Its natural deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest vessels. ABP Southampton provides VTS & pilotage services throughout Southampton Water and much of the Central & Eastern Solent.

Updated COVID-19 advice during second lock down

On Thursday 5 November new national restrictions came into effect to try and help curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Port of Southampton as a Statutory Harbour Authority will remain open. Marinas, boatyards and other similar businesses situated within statutory harbour authority areas are not currently on the list of businesses that are required to close under the published government guidance.

The same government guidance permits travel (local where possible) for the purposes of outdoor recreation.   That outdoor recreational activity can take place either with a person’s household, or bubble, or with one person from outside their household. 

Overnight stays away from a person’s primary place of residence are not permitted except in the limited circumstances published.

It is recommended for any marina or marine operation in ABP Southampton’s SHA to:

  1. Review their current COVID-19 risk assessments and if necessary, update them.
  2. Communicate to their stakeholders (and where they run marina, boatyard or similar businesses, their customers) that overnight stays on leisure vessels are not permitted apart from in accordance with the published exceptions (i.e. primary place of residence etc.).
  3. Current Government guidance does not provide complete clarity and there are some uncertainties including Government’s definition of ‘exercise outdoors or visits to an outdoor public place’. Until further clarity is available marinas may decide to accept that their customers should be able to make their own choice based on Government guidance.  When communicating with stakeholders / customers they will again draw attention to the Government’s published guidance and urge people to comply with it.

For the Government’s advice please see:


New Personal Watercraft Video released by RYA and RNLI to encourage safe riding

The two organisations have worked in tandem with the Personal Watercraft Partnership (PWP) to curate a bite-size checklist of advice and tips for how personal watercraft (PWC) users can safely make the most of their time on the water. 
The video, ‘Top 5 ways to enjoy a day out on your PWC’, includes safety tips for PWC users as well as helpful advice on how to enjoy your time afloat whilst also causing minimal disturbance to other water users and marine wildlife.
For further information on personal watercraft safety and RYA training, please visit www.rya.org.uk/go/pwsafety.