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LNTM 11-20 Covid Update 4 July 2020

Until further notice

From Saturday 04 July 2020, owners and crews will be able to remain onboard vessels overnight in Dart Harbour, in line with government guidance announced on 23 June 20. This guidance removes previous restrictions preventing overnight stays away from home.  Visitor berthing facilities will be fully open, but care will need to be taken to ensure that social distancing is maintained when vessels and tenders are berthed.  This means that masters will need to give consideration to distancing before deciding to raft alongside another vessel.

Visitor berths will be allocated on a first come first served basis and advance bookings are not available.  Please call on VHF Ch 11 (DartNav) to speak to a River Officer.

Please note that Dart Harbour relies quite heavily on other organisations for bathrooms and wash facilities and many of these remain closed.

We have positioned signs on landing pontoons and facilities that ask those using them to give priority to people coming off the water.  Please do not go onto a pontoon unless the vessel you are intending to board is alongside and you are able to board immediately.

The layout of our facilities will in some cases necessitate the wearing of face coverings particularly during busy periods.  Please have consideration for others, and carry and use face coverings where appropriate.

Harbour Services

As customer demand increases and staff return from furlough, the period of operational staff coverage will increase:

  • From Saturday 4 July operational staff will be available on Ch 11 from 0730 until 2100 daily and this is likely to be extended to 2300 as the river gets busier, depending on demand and staff availability.  Please check our website for changes in staff hours.
  • In order to prevent queues forming at our facilities, the water taxi will continue to operate an advance booking service (24 hours notice booking through the office on 01803 832337 Office hours 0900-1700 Mon-Fri and 1000-1600 Sat/Sun).  Taxi running times will be 0815 to 2030 daily. For visitors who have not booked in advance during office hours please use VHF channel 69 but note that the capacity of the service is reduced and to guarantee travel a booking should be made. Face coverings must be worn on the yacht taxi. Link to Yacht Taxi Page
  • International Arrivals will need to contact us in advance and ensure they meet the Government requirements, information can be found at www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/at-border-control these requirements may change at short notice.

Please be considerate and allow staff and other river users space to operate.  We appreciate your continued support in maintaining safe and efficient port operations whilst being able enjoy the benefits of getting afloat.

Capt Mark Cooper

Harbour Master/CEO

01 July 2020

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