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Belfast Docks

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54° 41.71N 005°46.24W


AC 1752 Chart of the Approaches to Belfast, AC 1752 Chart of Belfast Dock,SC 5612. Imray C64 Belfast Lough to Lough Foyle & Crinan

Rules & Regulations

The buoyed channel in Belfast Lough is a “narrow channel” within the meaning of Rule 9 of the Collision Regs, so keep right and don’t get in the way of large ships. Regulations for use of the Port are numerous and can be found on their website (address is in the "Approach" section below)



Tidal Data Times & Range

Belfast is the Standard port for this area and given as Dover +0007...MHWS 3.5 MHWN 3.0 MLWN 1.1 MLWS 0.4...Tidal Flows in the approach to Belfast Dock are low once inside the buoyed channel   (links)

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General Description

Belfast Port Control : VHF Channel 12 (c/s " Belfast Harbour Radio" tel 02890 553504) 
Belfast Port Operations tel 02890 553013
Abercorn Basin Marina mob 07760  994176
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Regulations for use of the Port are numerous and can be found on their website at: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There is absolutely no anchoring in the Victoria Channel or the Docks. The only berths for visiting yachts are now in the Abercorn Basin.  They now have 85 berths for boats up to 25m and 4 metres draft but if you intend taking a boat of over 20 meters you should give Port Operations a ring before setting out. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jul 2022
I reviewed these notes in July 2022. Re the note below; I rang the mobile number we give for the Abercorn Basin and and they answered second ring! The person there was unaware of any "refuelling pontoon" so our notes on that may be more for the insurers than practicalities. There is no convenient chandlery so if you need something you'd probably be better to go into Bangor.
Needs work…
Written by Red Fox | 27th Aug 2021
I tried many times to call the number given… there was no answer so I chanced to arrive not knowing if any berth was available.

The pontoon I landed on was covered in seagull droppings. Some other pontoons were ok, but this one was the dirtiest I have ever experienced.

The electricity card reader would not read my card; fortunately I found a pillar nearby with some credit left.

Berthing payment system and gates worked ok.

Leaving early the next morning, the “facilities” were inaccessible: Nobody answered the intercom.

The location deserves a better performance.
Update Early Summer 2021
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 18th Jun 2021
These notes were reviewed in June 2021. This facility has continued to improve since it first opened. They now have a Marina "Office" which is manned. There have been steady increases in the number of berths and the latest imaging is in our gallery. It's not expensive.
Good harbour
Written by De Verleiding | 18th Jun 2019
Update June 2019 18.00 pound/night free electra, showers, washing machine, dryer, wifi (in office close by)
They starting this week to put more pontoons in the harbour, for more berthplaces
Written by Don Thomson | 28th Aug 2018
We have been monitoring this facility on a regular basis and the text has been updated. The whole place has been transformed over the years and we are receiving positive reports from across the cruising world.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. Although there has been much development ashore, little has changed as regards to the facilities apart from the completion of the amenities block. The hoped for increase in the number of berths is still on the drawing board and firmly in the plans but work has not yet started on them.. There has been a slight increase in prices since we last looked.
Update November 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 11th Nov 2013
These notes were updated by Don Thomson on the11th November 2013. Many of the previous comments about this port have been modified as they have completed much of the rebuild around the Abercorn basin and facilities have improved. At present the basin is run on a self help facility and it is not know whether they will be providing a Marina Attendant.
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