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Perth Harbour
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Perth Harbour

Perth Harbour Facilities

Perth Harbour offers many facilities, which are listed below.


The area of the Tidal Basin is 1.2ha, with 418 metres of quayage. Depths at the quays at low water vary according to the height of the river. Vessels lie aground at low water and the harbour bottom is mud. Depth in the Harbour at HWST is 4.6 metres.


Ample mobile cranes available for cargo handling with S.W.L. from 5 to 40 tonnes. Bulk grain elevators, forklifts and modern handling machinery are also available.

Handling Restrictions

As an inland port, Perth Harbour is ideally suited to the handling of 'Rhine barge' type vessels up to 100 metres in length. Normal safe fresh water draft in the upper river is set at 0.2 metres less than the predicted height of tide on which transit is to take place as published in the Harbour Tide & Port Information Book. The maximum fresh water draft permitted is 4.2 metres all the foregoing at the sole discretion of the Harbour Master. During periods of high pressure cuts in the actual tide height may be experienced and additional reduction in draft may be necessary.


Bunkering can be carried out from road tankers by arrangement with shipping agents.

Fresh water

Fresh water is available at all berths.


The Perth Harbour Master will arrange for the services of local qualified Pilots to assist vessels in making passage between Dundee and Perth. The contract for the services of a Pilot is between the Pilot and the vessel's owner and the account will be rendered direct 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.

Radio Communication

Perth Harbour Radio Channel 9

Ship Repairs

Small ship repairs can be undertaken locally.

Tidal Reference

HSWT is 4.6 metres. Depth at low water varies according to the height of the water in the river, but the harbour never dries out. The harbour has a NAABSA classification (Not Always Afloat but Safe Aground). Heights of Spring and Neap tides can vary with barometric pressure, and with the direction of the winds. After periods of heavy rains, or melting snow, a spate is experienced which can considerably increase the height of the river and the strength of current. Under normal conditions the tidal current rate at half flood is typically: Spring 3 knots, Neap 1.5 knots, and at half ebb: Spring 4 to 5 knots, Neap 3 knots.


2 x 50 tonnes (privately owned).