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Harwich (Haven Port)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Landguard N.Cardinal Buoy 51:55'.39 N 001:18'.87 E


Admiralty 1491, SC5607

Rules & Regulations

Give Way to Ships, 8 Knts Speed Limit, Special Track for Small Craft.


Shipping and Ferries

Tidal Data Times & Range

Dover +0050 MHWS 4.0m, MHWN 3.4m, MLWN 1.1m, MLWS 0.4m   (links)

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General Description

Harwich forms the entry point for both River Orwell and River Stour. ... read more


Any kind of approach to Harwich is going to involve dealing with the shipping channel.... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Moorings in this area consist of Halfpenny Pier on the Harwich side , and Shotley Point Marina opposite. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 24th May 2022
No changes apart from taiffs
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 26th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. There was very little to add, just a small change in prices.
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 9th Apr 2019
These notes were reviewed in April 2019. New charts have been added and the Shotley Marina prices changed. Thanks to Bru for his comments below but, be aware that in some wind conditions Halfpenny Pier can be untenable and we have had experience of that.
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Ha'penny Pier
Written by Bru | 11th Dec 2018
Ha'penny Pier is a perfectly good overnight stop in reasonable weather - you are much better off on the inside than the outside (which is subject to swell and wash from passing ships) where there is room for three or four boats, maybe more if rafted (although space is at a premium). The pier is very busy in the "season" though and don't expect to find space later in the day. Our usual routine is to try for the pier first and if there's no room on the inside head across the river to Shotley
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Written by Don Thomson | 24th Mar 2017
We've replaced the charts with 2017 charts and there's been a small increases in the prices at Shotley Point Marina
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed and updated by Don in March 2015. Only change is to a small increase in the prices at Shotley Point Marina.

Note Wolverstone Marina mentioned in the note of 2011 (below) is covered by us in the Orwell River section
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Update 2103
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 4th April 2013. The only changes necessary were to prices, the navigation advice remains the same.
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Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
5-6/7 – Harwich – Wolverstone marina is a very pretty marina about an hour down the river past Shotley, approaching you have to stay in the small vessel channel following the recommended yacht track, the commercial port is very busy, it’s good to listen to the VTS on channel 14 to see what ships are heading out and coming in. Another thing you have to be aware of is in strong onshore breezes the wind tends to funnel through the harbour which caused a lot of trouble for me as I left with 40 knots of wind in the harbour and as I headed North out of the lands shadow I had a dramatic decrease to about 30knots. Wolverstone is a very nice marina; it has a chandlery, restaurant and everything you ever need.
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