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Hartlepool (and a few words about The River Tees)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Outer Piers approaching Marina 54:41'.3 N 001:11'.54 W


Admiralty 2566

Rules & Regulations

4 Knts Speed Limit in Marina, No Toilet Pumping.


Longscar Rocks to the SE of Marina

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0427 MHWS 5.4m MHWN 4.2m MLWN 1.8m MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

Whilst this article mainly deals with Hartlepool Marina,..... ... read more


Pilotage details for yachtsmen and motorboaters planning to enter the River Tees or Hartlepool Marina: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Locking in is required for Hartlepool Marina, details are in the section above this. The waiting pontoon showing on the UKHO chart is no longer there. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Up date May 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th May 2023
We have had a look at the groundings in the approach channel again; there was another one last autumn - only a six metre boat but it looked from images to be off the centre line of the approach. It's not all that clear but the UKHO chart 2566-3 shows a DRYING height of 0.6 metres in the middle of outer harbour approach. Do be careful given our previous information about the effects on the tide height in varying pressure systems.
Update June 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 8th Jun 2022
I reveiwed these notes in June 2022. The only change is the prices.
Visit May 2022
Written by julianc | 2nd May 2022
Super nice and helpful staff. Had an excellent meal at Grace's. Rail links working well for leaving boat and returning.
Kafiga landings/Victoria Harbour
Written by Bryant | 6th Apr 2022
"The Victoria harbour at Hartlepool is a harbour with busy commercial traffic.
This traffic is controlled by Tees VTS on channel 14.
Kafiga Landings in the Victoria harbour is a private mooring with no space or facility for unauthorised visitors.
Kafiga Landings is controlled by the Kafiga Landings Association."

From William Todd
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 5th May 2021
I reviewed these notes in May2021. There have been no further reports of grounding in the approaches here. We have confirmed the absence of a waiting pontoon and there are no intentions of replacing it. Prices have gone up.
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Written by Bob Jones | 24th Oct 2019
There is no waiting pontoon outside the lock, just 2 piles where a pontoon may once have been
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 16th Apr 2019
I reviewed these notes in April 2019, replaced the charts and changed the prices. The discussion reference the depth in the channel to the lock was interesting; the harbour master runs in and out of here with a 2.1m draft and is sometimes short on time for race starts. He "adjusts" the tide height with pressure and wind direction and says it can vary as much as half a metre either way. This means that LW is+or - that given in the tide tables. You need to go in on a rising tide and adjust your time accordingly
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Depth in the approach 2017
Written by Don Thomson | 11th Jun 2017
We have had another report of less than CD depth in the approach channel - from a yachtsman who had been told by the harbour that there would be sufficient. He was aground in the middle of the channel for four hours. Do not be mislead by the Navionics white "dredged Channel" indication on their chart. To be absolutely sure of the depth in the approach you might follow the advice given in 2016 and assume that the channel may only be CD + 0.8m
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Written by Don Thomson | 30th Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. We queried the depth in the approach channel (raised by Nick Kelly below) and the marina said it was probably high pressure at the time. I've added a warning to the main text re depth. I've added a larger scale chart to show the Tees approach Buoy which has replaced the Tees Fairway Buoy. Prices are being held for another year.
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Far less depth than described in approach channel.
Written by Nick Kelly | 1st May 2016
There is now far less depth than advertised in the approach channel. It is certainly not dredged to CD. I would estimate it is currently sitting at CD + 0.8m. This makes access for yachts [even a lift keel like ours more like H+or - 3, nothing like the H+or_5 that the pilot and the marina publish.
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