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Dover (Port of...), inc. Marina and Anchorage

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Flag, Red Ensign


Western Entrance 51:06'.774 N 001:19'.777 E Eastern Entrance 51:07'.258 N 001:20'.753 E Both Approx. Mid Entrance


Admiralty 1698, SC5605

Rules & Regulations

Boats MUST have permission before approaching or entering, see text. 8 Knts speed limit Main Harbour, 4 knts Marina


Constant Ferry Traffic

Tidal Data Times & Range

MHWS 6.7m MHWN 5.3m, MLWN 2m MLWS 0.8m. Tide-tables:   (links)

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Dover is unmistakable whichever direction you approach it from. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Yachtsmen and motorboaters will normally make straight for the New Marina, located in the inner harbour or, more probably, the even Newer Outer Harbour (just opened) ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Marina in Outer Harbour open
Written by LouJ | 12th Jun 2023
Outer Harbour marina visited June 2023 - marina has many spaces and they say don't yet need reservations. Facilities (showers, laundry, wifi) are good, although they may need more if the marina ever fills up.
Entrance process was a little confusing on the VHF as we were told by Dover Marina (Outer Harbour, Ch80) that we could not enter the Outer Harbour marina until we had Port Control authority (Ch74). We advised we had been given authority to enter the outer harbour by Port Control, but the entry lights on the OH marina entry walls were still showing red, until we went around a couple of times and randomly they then showed green, which allowed the OH marina to give us/have authority to enter the marina...!
Anyhow, once inside the walls you call the marina on VHF80 again, they give you a berth number, and are flexible to let you have your port or starboard side-to. Staff very friendly and informative in the office. Fuel berth not yet functional in the Outer Harbour marina, so have to arrange to go through the lifting bridge to an inner marina if you want fuel.
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Update March 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Mar 2023
The new marina officially opens on the 1st April 2023. This makes their 2023 handbook out of date and our information out of date. We are chasing Dover for information.
Update to Dover closure
Written by galeus | 12th Jul 2022
I believe that from July 4th that limited moorings are now available.
Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 29th Apr 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 9th Mar 2021
I have edited this webpage as far as possible in early March 2021. The New Marina is complete as is the lock into the Wellington Basin at the Northern end of that. The Granville Dock and Tidal Basin are still accessible. Anchoring in the Outer Harbour is not allowed. Prices have not been updated for 2021 yet.
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Interim update summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 10th Sep 2019
Things are advancing here at a great rate. The construction of the new marina basin is basically finished but still a lot of work to be done before it opens. This completion means that the restrictions on movement near it have been lifted and the new restrictions near the new Cruise Ship Berth are in place; we've edited the present chart and uploaded it to our chart Gallery. There's also a new video for procedures for yachties to get to and from the marinas.
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New Navigation Mark
Written by Bryant | 8th Nov 2018
I am writing to inform you that we, the Port of Dover, have received approval from Trinity House for the installation of an Unlit Green Pile in position Lat. 51° 06.869’ N, Long. 001°19.314’ E.

Mark Burton


Dover Port Control.

Written by Don Thomson | 26th Mar 2018
For 2018 the Tidal Marina, Grenville Dock Marina and the Wellington Dock will operate as normal but the entrance will be obstructed by the development on the land side requiring a dog leg into the dredged channel controlled by traffic lights. Otherwise the new development will not effect your stay (other than the noise!) The prices have gone up here by about 20p a metre.

We, at visitmyharbour, will keep a close eye on things here and do another edit for the winter of 2018/19
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Anchorage in the outer harbour not allowed due to exclusion zone
Written by Mark_7654 | 7th Jul 2017
Anchorage in the outer harbour not allowed due to exclusion zone for new marina piling and dredging work. Seems it will be like that all Summer 2017. Check Dover Port NtMs before planning on anchoring.

Overnight stay 1st April
Written by Jaypea | 11th May 2017
Contacted Port Control about 2miles out with boat info and preferred entrance. We were asked to keep well to North side and call them when we were about 2mins out for confirmation of entry. All smooth and we headed across the outer harbour to the marina. Allocated a spot in the tidal marina we found costs reasonable, staff friendly and helpful, good local info and guidance available. Facilities were a bit of a trek from the boat but good enough quality. There is a petrol station over the road for those able to top-up with cans.
Upon departure, Port Control need to know your preferred exit and onward destination....I think this avoids folk leaving West for convenience then heading East across the ferry lanes without them knowing!
There is a huge development project underway which will see the marina move into what is currently part of the Outer harbour with two of the three current marinas being filled in !!!! Yes, really!! Little impact on us in 2017 by the looks of it but 2018 may be a different story.
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