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The boat "Trinity" entering the Littlehampton Harbour.

Ship Movements

All ships over 60 gross tonnes or 20m in length carrying more than 12 passengers entering the harbour take a pilot on board .  The pilot is there to advise the Captain so that the ship navigates safely into the harbour.  The harbour workboat ERICA acting as pilot cutter precedes the vessel into the harbour and may issue instructions to other vessels afloat.

During some acts of pilotage the harbour is closed to all other vessel movements.  The Pilot will transmit a Securite message on VHF CH 16 inviting mariners to go to the harbour working channel VHF CH71 for a traffic information broadcast.

Shipping movements are normally posted on the Littlehampton Harbour Facebook and Twitter accounts @litharbour.  For realtime AIS shipping information go to Marine Traffic or scroll around the map below.