Hull is perhaps the largest city on the East Coast of England, and has had strategic importance throughout the years. With the Baltic trade, whaling industry, and in the not too distant past deep sea fishing, Hull has deep connections with the sea. With the decline the fishing industry following the Icelandic " Cod Wars" in the 70s increased importance has been placed on freight handling. 13 million tons of cargo are handled per year, and this is projected to rise with improved rail links.
ABP run the port, and around 5000 people are directly employed in various port services, with a further 18,000 employed locally in ancillary services. Another diversification to cope with dwindling income from fishing has been the creation of a Ro-Ro ferry service to Europe direct from the city area. The ferries handle over 1 million passengers every year.
Yachtsmen and motorboaters have not been neglected either, with the Marina being created in the old Humber Street Dock virtually in the centre of the city. It was opened in 1983 and has 270 berths for yachts, with 20 reserved for visitors. ... read more
Ideally you would want to arrive at the entrance to the Humber about five or six hours before high water Hull, at which point the tide flows into the Humber and reverses to a south going direction off the Lincolnshire coast.
Approaching from the North is complicated by the fact that if you intend to catch the tide going into the Humber.... you will have to fight (a much weaker) north going tidal flow up the coast you are descending....
If due to bad luck, weather, or other unforeseen problems you cannot be in the Spurn Head area at four or five hours before high water Hull, it is unlikely you will get there on your current tide unless you have an exceptionally powerful craft.
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Entry to the Marina is straightforward providing you remember to make allowance for the strong cross tides in the approach to Humber Dock Basin. (See the notes left in the comments below on how to make the entry in strong tides - thanks "Mudpilot") Once within the basin, of course the tide lets up. Locking in is up to 3 hours either side of high water even for vessels drawing up to 2 m. Deep draught vessels can be handled closer to high water, with 4 m available within the dock. Further details and prices:
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