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NTM 07/2020 - Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Harbour Restrictions

 

NTM No7 of 2020 

29/05/2020

 

NOTICE TO MARINERS

 

Perth Harbour

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Harbour Restrictions

 

Guidance from the Scottish Government is currently being updated on a regular basis and most recently the route map setting out the gradual and incremental phases by which the current lockdown will be relaxed was published. This NTM has been issued to reflect the move to Phase 1 following the 28 May end-of-cycle review of the COVID-19 regulations.

 

CFL Harbours, are strictly following the Government guidance and hence mariners are informed that with immediate effect restrictions in force at Perth Harbour are as follows. Open port access to Perth Harbour and facilities continues to be closed to all nonessential visiting vessels. These specifically include:

  • Recreational vessels (see end note)
  • Cruise ships
  • Superyachts
  • Tour boats
  • Other small commercially operated vessels that are chartered or are carrying fare paying passengers.

 

Perth Harbour remains open to the following essential vessel traffic:

  • Local fishing
  • Commercial ships operated in support of local communities and essential businesses
  • Vessels seeking a port of refuge
  • Marine casualties or other similar emergencies
  • UK Warships and Naval Auxiliary ships on active service
  • Northern Lighthouse Board and Marine Protection Vessels
  • Emergency services vessels, e.g. RNLI, HM Coastguard, HM Border Force, Police, Fire & Rescue
  • Medivacs

 

All non-local vessels entering the Perth Harbour limits must contact the harbour office via VHF 09 or telephone 01738 624056 and follow any further instructions.

Where a vessel cannot establish contact with Harbour Office, please communicate by email via perth.harbour@calmac.co.uk confirming particulars of the proposed call and vessel contact details.

 

Note: Recreational Boating

There has been some initial relaxation of restrictions on recreational boating activities as part of daily exercise activities but there are still important restrictions that apply in line with the latest public health guidance.

The Scottish Government has been clear, this is still a public health crisis and there has been an extension to exercise options, but not complete freedom to return to boating. Notwithstanding, as of Friday 29 May, people in Scotland are now permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but Scottish Government strongly advise to stay within a short distance (5 miles) of your local community.

With this restriction in mind all forms of recreational water sports practiced on open waterways within the Perth Harbour limits are now permitted, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding and the use of motorised craft. Only daytime activity should be undertaken, and all activity should return to the local point of departure within the same day.

Recreational mariners should not stay overnight on their vessels.

 

Further information about Covid-19 may be found at:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019    

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronaviruscovid-19

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

RYA Scotland Statement

 

 

Harbour Manager

Perth Harbour