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The harbour is used for the import of aggregates for local asphalt production. Vessels up to a length of 70 metres overall can be accommodated and cargoes other than stone 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 (UPDATE OCTOBER 2013) – Final

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 ‘Jumna’ which is a black hulled craft with P1 on the bow, and takes place 1 nm due south 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.

Jumna will then lead the craft into harbour ensuring that the channel is clear of any other craft. The Pilot crew assists the ship coming alongside and harbour staff act as the 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.