DOCKYARD PORT OF PORTSMOUTH AND THE PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON - TRAFFIC CONTROL AND VHF COMMUNICATIONS IN THE SOLENT
- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a port operations and information service
covering The Solent and Southampton Water including the ports of Portsmouth
and Southampton, has been established to monitor and co-ordinate shipping
movements. This LNTM is published in agreement with the Harbour Master Southampton
to ensure the continuity of communications and co-ordination of shipping movements
between the two Harbour authorities involved.
- Harbour Authorities. - The "De facto" Statutory Harbour
Authority is the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth (QHM) who has jurisdiction
within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth as shown on Admiralty Charts. Co-ordination
of shipping movements within The Solent is carried out by Vessel Traffic Services
(Callsign "VTS"), Port of Southampton. QHM Harbour Control (Callsign
"QHM") controls the traffic entering/leaving Portsmouth Harbour
north of a line between Fort Gilkicker and Horse Sand Fort, although navigational
direction will need to be established before passing OSB.
- Southampton VTS. - To co-ordinate shipping within the Solent, Southampton
VTS maintains radar surveillance of the Eastern Solent. VHF communications
are maintained in accordance with current Notices to Mariners issued by the
Harbour Master, Southampton.
- QHM Portsmouth. - QHM Harbour Control maintains radar coverage of
the Eastern Solent including the Portsmouth Harbour Approach Channel. A continuous
listening watch is maintained on VHF Ch 11 and 13, Ch 11 being the primary
channel for the co-ordination of shipping movements entering and leaving Portsmouth.
Ch 13 is normally used to control naval movements within the naval base but
on occasion QHM may authorise its use in the event of Ch 11 being busy.
- Mandatory procedures. - The following procedures are mandatory:
- For all vessels over 20m in length:
- All vessels entering or leaving the Eastern Solent are to report to
Southampton VTS on VHF Ch 12 at the following points.
When on an arc 10 NM from the Nab Tower.
When passing latitude 50 40.0N giving their position as a distance east
or west of the Nab Tower.
- Within the Solent and remaining south of a line between Fort Gilkicker
and Horse Sand Fort, vessels should maintain a continuous listening watch
on VHF Ch 12. They are to report to Southampton VTS when passing the appropriate
reporting points and at other times, as designated in the Admiralty List
of Radio Signals Volume 6(1).
- Vessels proceeding to an anchorage in the Solent for shelter or subsequent
berthing must report to Southampton VTS when anchored giving their approximate
position. Whilst at anchor vessels must maintain a listening watch on
VHF Ch 12. Vessels leaving their anchorage must also report to Southampton
VTS and advise of their intended destination or whether they are leaving
via the Eastern or Western Solent.
- For all vessels:
- All Gas tankers before navigating within the area between the Warner
and North Sturbridge buoys are to establish communications with QHM Portsmouth
on VHF Ch 11 to advise of their transit and to ascertain movements into
and out of Portsmouth Harbour.
- All vessels which have sustained damage outside the limits of the Dockyard
Port of Portsmouth and the Port of Southampton which affects or is likely
to affect the seaworthiness of that vessel are to inform the Harbour Master
of the respective port before entering the port limits. If oil or dangerous
or inflammable substances are escaping or are likely to escape from that
vessel permission to enter the port limits must also be requested.
- Vessels entering Portsmouth Harbour. - QHM co-ordinates all shipping
movements within Portsmouth Harbour and its approaches to the north of a line
joining Fort Gilkicker and Horse Sand Fort. In addition to making reports
to Southampton VTS vessels intending to enter Portsmouth Harbour approaching
from the east should notify QHM on VHF Ch 11 of their position when passing
the Nab Tower and the Warner buoy and vessels approaching from the west are
to report their position to QHM when passing the Prince Consort and North
Sturbridge buoys. Vessels approaching from either direction are to request
permission to enter Portsmouth Harbour when in the vicinity of the Saddle
Buoy. Navigational direction will need to be established before passing OSB.
Listening watch should be maintained on Ch 12 until north of a line between
Fort Gilkicker and Horse Sand Fort at which point listening watch is to be
changed to Ch 11.
- All vessels over 20m in length underway in Portsmouth Harbour and remaining
north of a line joining Fort Gilkicker and Horse Sand Fort are to maintain
a continuous listening watch on VHF Ch 11. All vessels must request permission
from QHM before moving within the Harbour or leaving their berth.
- This notice is issued jointly by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth,
the Harbour Master Southampton and the Harbour Master Portsmouth International
- Portsmouth LNTM 01/15 is hereby superseded.
Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational
Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made
known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.