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Commercial Vessels' Guide
Dartmouth Harbour is the finest natural harbour of any size between Poole and Plymouth. With the onset of containerisation and the need for better land transport routes, the port's commercial activity has declined.
Dart Harbour is however still a busy port for:
- local fishing vessels, as Dartmouth registered fishing vessels account for a significant proportion of the total UK catch of shellfish (crab and lobster)
- Dartmouth is the home of Britannia Royal Naval College and as such is routinely visited by naval shipping, smaller cruise ships and a wide variety of private luxury yachts in search of a safe port with a unique and historical hinterland
- Shipbuilding and repairs to small tonnage craft
Dartmouth is accessible at any state of tide, in most weather conditions, at any time of day or night.
All visiting commercial vessels should contact the Harbour Office on VHF Channel 11, call sign DARTNAV, for information and berthing details. Please give 72 hours notice to request a tug.