Perth Harbour is owned by Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) and operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL), who sucessfully won a five year contract in 2018 to run the port and harbour on behalf of the council. PKC & CFL are also the navigation authority for the River Tay between the City railway bridge and Balmerino, in the outer Tay.In a prime location just 30 miles from the North Sea, Perth Harbour commands a unique position in central Scotland.
Navigation of the River Tay between Dundee and Perth requires pilotage, which is arranged by Forth and Tay Navigation Service. The Perth Harbour Master will arrange for the services of local qualified pilots to assist vessels in transit between Balmerino and Perth. The contract for the services of a pilot is between the pilot and the vessel's owner and the account will be submitted directly from the pilot to the shipping agent. Masters are strongly advised to make use of this facility although it is not compulsory and is not provided under the terms of the Pilotage Act 1987.
Masters of vessels should note that the Dundee compulsory pilotage area extends to a western limit delineated by a line extending from, on the north side, the rivulet called the Burnmouth of Invergowrie to; on the south side, the place where the Monastery of Balmerino was situated. This area includes both the Tay road and rail bridges.
Reproduced from Admiralty chart 1481 by kind permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office and the UK Hydrographic Office (http://www.ukho.gov.uk/)
Maximum length of vessels accepted 100 metres – acceptance at sole discretion of Harbour Master.
Ample cranes with safe working loads of up to 40 tonnes are available together with mobile handling equipment suitable for all types of cargoes. Fresh water is available at all berths – stores and fuel can be arranged by the agents. Floodlights are available for night work.
Perth harbour is very convenient for the motorway network to all parts of Scotland and the north of England and is well served by direct rail services and by air services (Dundee Airport – 22 miles).
VHF coverage (working channel is 09)
Perth Harbour Office is manned Monday to Friday 0900hrs til 1800hrs