All vessels and persons using the harbour are obliged to follow the General Directions as made by the Littlehampton Harbour Board. A person who fails to comply with a General Direction, or who intentionally obstructs or threatens an officer of the Board, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (up to £2,500).
- The owners of two Jet Skis berthed within Littlehampton Harbour were each fined £200 and must each pay £30 victim surcharge and £500 costs after being found guilty of exceeding the speed limit on the River Arun between Littlehampton and Ford on 15th September 2019.
- The owner of a 25ft motorboat berthed within Litltehampton Harbour was fined £1,000 and must pay £50 victim surcharge and £1,690 costs after being found guilty of not listening to the port’s designated VHF radio channel, failing to comply with verbal directions from harbour staff and subsequently impeding the passage of a large commercial vessel on 3rd August 2019.
- The skipper of a 21ft sailing yacht berthed within Littlehampton Harbour was fined £300 and must pay £30 victim surcharge and £500 costs after being found guilty of not listening to the port’s designated VHF radio channel and subsequently impeding the passage of a large commercial vessel on 3rd August 2019
- Identification: Vessels must be obviously marked with a name OR other obvious means of identification such as a DataTag number of Small Ships Register number
- Harbour Dues and Vessel Registration: It is an offence to launch a vessel onto, enter, or keep a vessel in the harbour without first registering with the Harbour Master, paying the appropriate Harbour Dues and supplying the owner’s name and contact
details, details of the vessel, and the place where the vessel is normally kept
- Changes in vessel name, ownership or owner contact details: Notice of any changes in ownership or changes to the details of the registered vessel or owner must provided in writing to the Harbour Office
- Small commercial vessels: Must register with the Harbour Office before carrying paying passengers from or within the Harbour and must hold the appropriate certification and commercial coding
International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at sea – two page summary
External regulations for leisure vessels – further advice for leisure vessels and some detail on what external regulations apply can be found in this document which covers the following topics:
- Definition of ‘passenger ship’
- Safety equipment requirements
- SOLAS V for pleasure craft
- Passage planning
- Radar Reflectors
- Life Saving Signals
- Assistance to Other Craft
- Misuse of Distress Signals
- Navigation light requirements
- Pollution and waste
More specific information can be obtained by researching the individually mentioned regulations or by contacting the MCA.