The notices have two digits each for the number of the notice and the year it was issued, for example Notice No 41/10 means notice 41 of the year 2010.
You should check these events as they're in force for the safety of all harbour users and will help you make the most of your visit to Bristol Harbour.
Events in Bristol Harbour
38/23 Bristol Harbour Walkway: Temple Backs to Totterdown Basin
From Monday 27 November 2023, construction work on the Bristol Harbour Walkway will commence.
The work is expected to continue for a period of 3 months and due to be completed by Monday 18 March 2024.
To allow these works to take place navigation will be restricted from a point near to Temple Back and up to Totterdown Basin.
These works will be clearly signed and marked and will include a full closure of the southern Temple Meads tunnel.
- are required to use the northern tunnel when navigating this section of the Harbour
- must use extreme caution and where possible give priority to vessels traveling downstream
36/23 Divers Near SS Great Britain Ferry Pontoon
From Wednesday 1 November 2023 construction work will be taking place close to the SS Great Britain Ferry Pontoon over the next 4 weeks.
To undertake this work divers will periodically be in the water near to this pontoon. Use this area with extra caution over this period.
35/23 Bristol Harbour Boaters Facilities
From November 2023, the Harbour Boat Owners facilities located at Mud Dock, Bathurst Basin, New Harbour Inlet and the Elsan disposal at Wapping Wharf will undergo essential repairs and refurbishment.
To allow these works to be completed, some of these buildings may have to close and be unavailable for short periods of time.
Once this programme is underway, information of any such closures will be publicised on the buildings with details of alternative facilities.
We're sorry for any inconvenience.
33/23 Dredging operations
Dredging operations will be carried out in the City Docks from 13 October 2023 until further notice.
This work will be carried out by the water injection dredger “Innovation” and will display signals as prescribed in the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (1972 as amended) Rule 27 section (b) and (d) as appropriate.
“Innovation” will start at Netham Drain (entrance to Netham Lock) and progress westerly through the City Docks.
Vessels may pass either side of the dredger and mariners are advised to approach and pass with caution at slow speed. The dredgers will keep a listening watch on VHF Channel 14 in Cumberland Basin and Channel 73 in the Floating Harbour.
32/23 Prince Street Bridge winter operating times 2023/24
Mariners wishing to pass east or westbound through Prince Street Bridge with a vessel that exceeds the clearance height, may arrange to have the Prince Street Bridge swung at the following times:
Mariners are advised that priority swings will be given 3½ hours prior to high water to 1½ hours after high water. Outside these tidal times, the above-published swings will be at the discretion of the Harbour Master.
Swing requests within the tidal period should be made at least 1 hour in advance and can be made via the Sail Bristol App, the Harbour Office Tel No: 0117 9031484, VHF Radio Channel 73 call sign “Bristol Floating Harbour” or vessels entering from seaward may also make arrangements with the Deputy Harbour Master at Cumberland Basin Tel: 0117 9273633 or VHF Radio Channel 14 call sign “City Docks Radio”.
31/23 Netham Lock winter operating times 2023/24
Monday 2 October 2023 to Sunday 31 March 2024
Locking Operations between 09.30am and 3.45pm
Staff are on duty daily between 9am and 4:45pm
Mariners wishing to pass through Netham Lock should contact the Harbour Office on 0117 9031484 giving an hours' notice.
30/23 Cumberland Basin winter locking operations 2023/24
From 29 October 2023 to 31 March 2024 locking services will not be routinely provided between 5pm and 9am.
A minimum 48 hours' notice must be given when locking requests fall during the out of hour's period.
Bookings can be made via the Sail Bristol App, or by calling 0117 9273633 where you will be invited to leave a message for the Deputy Harbour Master.
If your enquiry is urgent, contact with the Bristol Harbour Office on 0117 9031484.
29/23 Harbour Office winter opening 2023/24
From Sunday 29 October 2023 to Sunday 31 of March 2024 the Harbour Office will be open 10am to 3pm, seven days a week, for:
- general enquiries
- purchasing of commodities
It will not be possible to obtain any commodities from the Harbour Office outside of these hours.
Duty Officers will be on duty between 9am and 5pm, carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies that occur outside of office opening times.
These changes apply to both in person and telephone enquiries; however, an emergency telephone service will continue to be available during operational hours.
Reminder for all potential users of the slipway
In order for a short-term navigation licence to be granted to use a powerboat or sports boat in Bristol City Docks, photographic proof of identity must be produced. Failure to produce this will result in a licence being denied.
16/23 Temple Island River Wall Repairs in the New Cut
From June 2023, repair works will commence to the Temple Island River Walls in the New Cut between Totterdown Bridge and Bath Roundabout Bridge.
Upon completition of the works a further Notice to Mariners will be raised.
Mariners must proceed at a slow speed, navigation with caution in the area.
43/22 Scouring operations Cumberland Basin 2023
Scouring operations in the Cumberland Basin will take place at the following times.
- 6 January at 12 midday
- 9 January at 1.30pm
- 23 January at 1.30pm
- 6 February at 1pm
- 20 February at 12.30pm
- 22 February at 1.30pm
- 8 March at 1.15pm
- 21 March at 12 midday
- 23 March at 1.30pm
- 6 April at 1.30pm
- 19 April at 12.45pm
- 21 April at 1.30pm
- 5 May at 1pm
- 19 May at 1pm
- 5 June at 1.30pm
- 19 June at 1.30pm
- 4 July at 1.30pm
- 18 July at 1:30pm
- 2 August at 1.30pm
- 17 August at 1.30pm
- 31 August at 1.30pm
- 15 September at 1.30pm
- 29 September at 1pm
- 16 October at 1.30pm
- 27 October at 12 midday
- 31 October at 1.30pm
- 14 November at 12.45am
- 27 November at 12 midday
- 29 November at 1.30pm
- 13 December at 12.15pm
- 15 December at 1.15pm
During these operations, note:
- before the scour it may be necessary to increase the level of the harbour by up to +0.25 metres
- the water level in the floating harbour, Feeder Canal and River Avon upstream of Netham Lock may be reduced by as much as 0.5 metres during the period of approximately 12 hours from commencement of each scour
- strong currents will be experienced in narrow bridge ways and especially Prince Street Bridge, Totterdown Junction, in the Feeder Canal at Netham Lock
- vessels proceeding upstream against the current must give way to vessels coming downstream at all bridge ways, Totterdown Junction and at Netham Lock
- all vessels when approaching Prince Street Bridge, Redcliffe Bridge, Totterdown Junction or Netham Lock must sound one prolonged blast of their whistle from either direction
8/22 Water sport activity sessions
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club racing
June to September: Saturdays, 11am to 1pm.
February to December, 1pm to 4pm.
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club training
First Saturday of each month, 11am to 1pm
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club event
Every Wednesday, 11am to 1pm.
Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing
May to September, every Wednesday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
All Aboard Youth Sailing
April to October, weekdays and evenings at Baltic Wharf.
Sailing and powerboat tuition throughout the year, at Baltic Wharf.
Bristol Canoe Club
Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year, from Baltic Wharf to Netham.
Bristol Rowing Club
Throughout the year, Albion Dock to Netham and River Avon.
Ariel Rowing Club
Throughout the year, Netham to Hanham.
Evenings and weekends at Redcliffe Wharf.
Evenings and weekends at Baltic Wharf.
TS Adventure Sea Cadets
Evenings and weekends, from Baltic Wharf to Narrow Quay.
Water sports throughout the year at Pooles Wharf.
Bristol Gig Club
Gig rowing throughout the year, Bristol Marina to Netham.
27/17 Plimsoll Bridge Swing
With immediate effect from 31 March 2017 a 48 hours' notice is required for a Plimsoll Bridge swing.
This will affect all vessels of a height above float level of 5.8m entering or leaving Bristol City Docks.
The Deputy Harbour Master can be contacted on 0117 927 3633 and between tidal watches a message can be left on the answering machine.
This restriction will remain in force until further notice.
30/14 Short term licences: Netham Lock
The duty lock keeper at Netham will not be able to accept any cash payment for short term licences. The only method of payments will be by debit cards, credit cards or cheques.
31/11 Safety boat cover for water events
Any Water Events held in Bristol Harbour will need to have adequate safety cover provided and must have permission from the Harbour Master prior to the event happening.