Navigation to Lowestoft Haven Marina Information for the Guidance of Small Craft and Yachts using Lowestoft Harbour and the Seaward Approaches to Mutford Lock.
1 ALL vessels must enter, leave and navigate in the harbour in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
1a Small craft and yachts should give particular attention to “Narrow Channels” Rule No 9b “a vessel of less than 20 metres in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway”.
2 Approaching, departing and transit craft must make every reasonable effort to establish and maintain contact with the Lowestoft Harbour Control on VHF Channel 14.
2a ANY vessel without radio contact must give particular attention to the harbour control lights and navigate with extreme caution in the vicinity of structures, which may mask their presence.
3 ALL vessels must observe the international port traffic signals located on the South Pier and in the Yacht Basin.
* Three vertical red lights - vessels should not proceed.
* Green, white, green vertical lights - a vessel may proceed only when it has received specific orders to do so.
3a For small craft and yachts without VHF communication the green, white, green signal may be considered in favour of proceeding with extreme caution and navigational courtesy, those vessels in the Yacht Basin must contact the Port Control before departure.
3b Mariners should note that port control (located at the harbour bridge) and departing vessels within the Outer Harbour basin have extremely limited vision to the north of the entrance piers and should conduct their navigation accordingly.
4 The Lowestoft Harbour Bridge (between the Outer and Inner Harbours) will only be opened on demand for commercial shipping.
4a Commercial shipping is discouraged from passage: 0815-0900 hours, 1230-1300 hours and 1700-1730 hours.
4b Small craft and yachts may use a bridge opening for commercial shipping provided that prior arrangement has been made with Lowestoft Harbour Control - VHF Channel 14, telephones 572286 or personal visit.
4c In addition to 4b and subject to prior notification of at least 20 minutes, small craft and yachts maybe given a bridge opening at the following times:
Mon-Fri:0300, 0500, 0700, 0945, 1115, 1430, 1600, 1900, 2100, 2400.
Sat, Sun, Bank Hol: 0300, 0500, 0700, 0945, 1115, 1430, 1600, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2400.