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The harbour is used for the import of bulk material associated with local asphalt production. Vessels up to a length of 79 metres overall can be accommodated and other cargoes may be accepted by arrangement of the wharf operator.
The Littlehampton Harbour Board is a competent Harbour Authority and under the Pilotage Act 1987, pilotage is compulsory for craft over 60 tonnes. PILOTAGE DIRECTIONS
Vessels should notify the requirement for a Pilot at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Items required prior to acceptance includes, crew list, copy of waste certificate and ship’s information proforma.
The boarding and landing of pilots is under taken by the Board’s Pilot Boat ‘ERICA’ which is a blue hulled multi-purpose workboat (displaying pilotage lights and marked PILOT when operating), and takes place 1nm south south east of the main entrance.
It is the responsibility of the Master to inform the Pilot of the ship’s length, draft, beam and any defects that may affect the operation of the craft.
ERICA will then lead the craft into harbour ensuring that the channel is clear of any other craft. The ERICA can also assist the ships coming alongside and harbour staff will act as berthing crew.
Charges are found at page 14 of the LHB Tariff
Insurance Requirements: all vessels should hold appropriate third party insurance cover while visiting the Littlehampton Harbour.