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  • One of the highest accolades recognising quality of service and facilities has once again been awarded to two Poole marinas. Following a recent assessment of Poole Quay Boat Haven and The Port of Poole Marina, both operated and managed by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), we......

  • Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) have joined the fight against litter at Whitley Lake following a surge in visitor numbers. A large influx of visitors to the Whitley Lake area in Sandbanks over the Easter Bank Holiday has unfortunately resulted in an increased number of antisocial......

  • Port of Poole cruise officials have introduced a raft of new health and safety measures to help make its land and sea operations as COVID-secure as possible.  The port’s current COVID-safe processes with its ferry partners – which have passed four audits with the Health......

  • A new direct shipping route, which will connect the UK and Morocco, is to be launched shortly. The new service will be based out of the Port of Poole and will operate to and from the Port of Tangiers in Morocco. The route has been......

  • MORE than 94 per cent of patients over 80-years-old at the Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre have received the Covid-19 vaccination. As of 22/02/2021 Lifeboat Quay patients in the following groups had received their first COVID Vaccination:  – 94% of patients 80+ years – 93% of......

  • Dr Alice Hall has been welcomed to the board of Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) to act as their new Environmental Commissioner. At 29 she is the youngest Commissioner to sit on the board in the Trust Port’s 125-year history.  Actively involved in several international research......

  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) will be taking their Annual Open Evening, normally held at the Port of Poole, online this year. To ensure the safety of their valued stakeholders and of the PHC team, this year’s event will be......

  • Vendee Globe hero Pip Hare has today arrived back on dry land in her hometown of Poole, 124 days after setting sail for the start of the Vendee Globe 2020. After 95 days, 11 hours, 37 mins and 30 seconds of racing, Pip was the......

  • Officers in Poole investigating criminal damage to our workboat are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information to come forward. At 9.11pm on Friday 29 January 2021 it was reported that Rough Ryder, a PHC coded workboat, had been set loose and was stuck under......

  • The first Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) Safety Recognition award of 2021 goes to Bob Walpole. For his commitment to protecting the safety of harbour users and going above and beyond to preserve life. Introduced last year, the PHC ‘Safety Champion Scheme’ recognises individuals who have......

  • Following a competitive tender process, law firm, Ashfords LLP, has been successfully appointed as legal advisor to Poole Harbour Commissioners. Ranked Tier One by Legal 500 2021, the Marine Team at Ashfords LLP, led by Legal Director, Lara Moore, is recognised nationally for specialising in......

  • The temporary Mortality Support Facilities (MSF) at the Port of Poole were activated this week as part of Dorset’s ongoing response to the current Covid-19 emergency. Over the last two weeks, the number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in Dorset has increased rapidly.......

  • The Port of Poole has become one of the latest locations to host a GP-led site to vaccinate Dorset’s most vulnerable residents against COVID-19. As part of the phased roll-out of the NHS vaccination programme, from 15th January the Port of Poole was added to......

  • With the travel restrictions currently in place for freight travelling to the EU not looking to change anytime soon, Managers at the Port of Poole are reminding Hauliers to make sure they are ‘border ready’ or risk not being able to travel. Steve Moors, Port......

  • A report setting out plans to submit a joint bid for Freeport status to Government as part of the EU Transition will be considered by BCP Council’s Cabinet this month (January 2021). Cabinet members will be asked to approve the council’s inclusion, and the allocation......

  • It’s been a busy few days, our team have been working tirelessly on one of our most exciting jobs of the year! Yesterday we welcomed Santa to the Port of Poole. We’ve helped him make his list, we’ve checked it twice and can confirm Christmas......

  • Passengers traveling through the Port of Poole will now benefit from enhanced security from the threat of COVID-19, with the installation of a new temperature screening system. World-leading temperature monitoring expert, AMETEK Land, has partnered with Poole Harbour Commissioners who operate the po...

  • The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have joined forces to produce a new series of ‘How to’ videos with advice and tips on how personal watercraft (PWC) users can enjoy the water safely. The two organisations have joined forces with......

  • A popular maritime race in Poole has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The New Year’s Day Bathtub race at the Quay attracts around 3,000 people every year. However, organisers BCP Council and Poole Harbour Commissioners have been forced to postpone the event for 2021......

  • Update in relation to joint agency investigation into marine offences on River Frome in Dorset. A joint agency investigation into the dangerous use of a motor vessel on the River Frome in Dorset has concluded with a man dealt with via a community resolution. The......

  • Poole Harbour Commissioners have facilitated a drive-thru flu vaccination service at the Port of Poole. The service has been offered free of charge to anyone who is eligible for the NHS flu vaccination by Poole Central Primary Care Network (PCN) and enables people to take......

  • As part of our on-going commitment to managing incidents in the Harbour, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) recently simulated a major oil spill to test our capability and processes should we need to respond to a tier 2 hydrocarbon spill. The major emergency exercise, which we......

  • 2021 will see the launch of our 23rd edition of the Poole Harbour and Marina Guide. Advertising opportunities are now available for the 2021 edition of the Poole Harbour and Marina Guide. But hurry, with prices starting at just £265, space for this popular guide is......

  • Poole Quay Boat Haven, operated by the Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), is celebrating after being named the Towergate UK Coastal Marina of the Year (under 250 berths) by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) for the second year in a row. The Towergate Marina of the......

  • Captain Brian Murphy from Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC)  has been newly appointed Vice-President (President Elect) of the UK Harbour Master’s Association. The UK Harbour Master’s Association consists of harbour masters from  publicly owned, privately owned and trust ports across the UK, represen...

  • Next year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. The Poole Harbour Boat Show is the largest, FREE to attend boat show in the UK, attracting over 32,000 visitors each year. After cancelling the 2020 show......

  • This month we bid a fond farewell to Assistant Harbour Master, Pilot and Pilotage Manager, Richard. Assistant Harbour Master, Pilot, and Pilotage Manager Richard Dixon sailed into retirement this month after 12 years of loyal service. Poole Harbour Commissioners would like to thank Richard for......

  • Two Jet-Skiers have been fined for speeding offences in Poole Harbour. Since the easement of lockdown, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) have seen a rise in the number of complaints regarding the inappropriate behaviour of Personal Water Craft (PWC) users. In response to this, PHC are......

  • The Marine Policing Team and Poole Harbour Commissioners are appealing for witnesses to come forward after complaints were received of a motor vessel travelling at excessive speed, causing danger to other water users in the River Frome in Wareham and in Poole Harbour. At around......

  • Every now and then we see a visitor in the harbour that attracts a little attention. That has certainly been the case with the arrival of JB-115. Built-in 2009, Jack-Up Barge 115 (JB-115) is a self-elevating ship built for the offshore industry, predominantly used for......

  • This month we were delighted to announce the second winner of the PHC Safety Champion scheme. There is no higher priority for PHC than the safety and well-being of our workforce. We want to encourage, recognise, and reward colleagues who have gone above and beyond......

  • Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) is looking to appoint new Commissioners to serve on the board of the Trust Port which operates the commercial port of Poole and oversees the 10,000 acres that make up Europe’s largest natural harbour. Each year, the local organisation seeks to......

  • Poole Harbour Commissioners, Dorset Police and partner agencies got together for a day of action on land and sea along Dorset’s coastline on Saturday 1 August 2020, following increasing concerns about speeding watercraft. Police joined officers from Poole Harbour Commissioners, HM Coastguard, Bourne...

  • As big supporters of Pip Hare, we were happy to lend a helping hand to get her 60ft IMOCA class boat back in the water following an extensive 6-month winter refit. Getting Pip’s boat in and out of the water is no mean feat! But......

  • Working jointly with UnifAI Technology Ltd, BCP Council has announced a pilot project which will utilise artificial intelligence (AI) technology to monitor, protect and improve the water ecosystem in Poole Harbour. This exciting pilot project will be undertaken in association with Poole Harbour Comm...

  • Following the latest guidance from the UK Government, we have begun to welcome the first visitors back to our award-winning marinas. Owned and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners, Poole Quay Boat Haven and the Port of Poole Marina started their phased reopening for annual berth......

  • Saturday 4th July marked the restart of sailings from Poole to Jersey, over 100 days after services were suspended back in March. Unlike other modes of travel that can feel confined, Ferry travel lends itself to physical distancing with open deck spaces. This, combined with......

  • Discharging untreated sewage from a boat in a harbour is extremely damaging and antisocial. It can create all kinds of problems and costs, from water quality to cleaning issues. We’re proud to be supporting Natural England and Litter Free Coast and Sea in the launch......

  • PHC continues to monitor the current COVID-19 situation as part of our ongoing commitment to the health and welfare of our workforce, harbour users, and their families. We’re still following the latest government guidance, as well as advice from governing bodies and authorities to ensure......

  • The 2020 Poole Harbour Dues decals commemorate one of the town’s historic World War II vessels – the RNLI lifeboat Thomas Kirk Wright. The RNLI lifeboat Thomas Kirk Wright,  was the first of 19 RNLI south coast vessels to make it to the beaches at......

  • As part of our Aquatic Management Plan, there are a number of designated zones within the harbour to allow segregation of certain waterborne activities. The ‘Harbour Zoning Scheme’ was introduced in Poole Harbour in 1995, after information gathered from recreational surveys continually highlighted t...

  • Whether experienced around water or a novice, the sea can still catch you out. Poole Harbour Commissioners would like to empathise the importance of water safety, especially during these extraordinary times. HM Coastguard responded to 447 incidents over the last weekend in May, making it......

  • The majority of water-based activities in Poole Harbour are subject to the payment of Harbour Dues or permits. We have recently been receiving a high number of calls from harbour users unsure of which they need to purchase. To help, we have put together the......

  • We take our responsibilities seriously. Especially when it comes to the safety and security of our staff and members of the public. We are aware of the concerns surrounding COVID-19, and continue to take the appropriate steps to protect our stakeholders, and to reduce the......

  • Last month, we tasked local children with a fantastic harbour themed colouring competition, where they had to add a splash of colour to our drawing of the Harbour Master in his Pilot Boat. The prize was a delicious sweet hamper from local retro sweet shop,......

  • Mariners are hereby advised that, further to yesterday’s update, we have now received additional guidance and clarification from the government that marinas can now be re-opened. In summary “This is primarily a matter for the marina operators to decide but if it can be done safely......

  • Mariners are hereby advised that, in accordance with the latest government guidance, recreational vessel owners are permitted to use their vessel in Poole Harbour for marine leisure activities as part of their daily exercise and recreation away from their homes. The Department for Environment, Food....

  • Since the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressed the nation yesterday (Sunday 10th May 2020), we have received a high number of calls from members of the public keen to get back out on the water. We are working through the detail of yesterday’s update to......

  • The Port of Poole continues to support supply chains and keep freight flowing at this critical time. We are open for business and continue to review our working practices, implementing new measures when required to keep us aligned with the latest UK Government guidance.  To ensure......

  • There is no higher priority for an organisation than the safety and well-being of their workforce. At Poole Harbour Commissioners we want to encourage, recognise and reward colleagues who have gone above and beyond their duties, and who innovate and promote safer ways of working.......

  • The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine urge recreational boaters to respect Government instructions to ‘Stay at home’.  In a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to ease unnecessary pressure on frontline emergency services, the RYA ask recreational boaters to stay at......

  • In accordance with Government guidelines, the Port of Poole remains open for business. Supporting supply chains and keeping freight flowing at this critical time is a national priority. We would like to reassure our customers and partners, that we have implemented a number of measures......

  • As Statutory Harbour Authority, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) is subject to what is known as “Open Port Duty”. This means that the harbour must be open to anyone, “for the shipping and unshipping of goods and the embarking and landing of passengers”, on payment of the......

  • Off charter super yachts with only crew on board are considered commercial vessels. PHC are maintaining their statutory open port policy by allowing these vessels to arrive at the Port of Poole, and by providing them with lay-by provisions during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, Poole......

  • New design launched for our 2020 Harbour Dues decals to commemorates Poole’s first motorised lifeboat. Last year we broke away from the traditional, but slightly bland design of our Harbour Dues decals and launched a range of new vibrant, colourful designs to celebrate our beautiful......

  • As part of our continued commitment to the health, safety and welfare of our of workforce, port visitors and their families, Poole Harbour Commissioners have been carefully monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation and will continue to do so. We are working closely with......

  • Poole Harbour Commissioners are proud supporters of Light Up Poole 2020....

  • Poole has enjoyed it’s second successful cruise season and next year is set to be even busier! In fact, 2020 will be a recorded breaking year at the Port of Poole with 5 inaugural cruise calls scheduled from Phoenix Reisen, Saga and Ponant. All of whom will be calling at the port for the first time...

  • This week Poole Harbour Commissioners welcomed Brittany Ferries’ Connemara, the largest ferry to ever enter the harbour. MV Connemara has taken over the daily cross channel service from the Barfleur whilst she is in Santander for her winter refit. The 187m ferry will be covering the Poole to Cher...

  • Poole Quay Boat Haven, operated by the Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), is celebrating after being named the Towergate UK Coastal Marina of the Year (under 250 berths) by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) at this year’s Southampton Boat Show....

  • The month of July saw the Port of Poole welcome a sailboat carrying 6000 of Lush Cosmetics 100 % natural and biodegradable cork pots, as well as an abundance of Mediterranean ingredients found in Lush products....

  • Tuesday 4th June marked a momentous day of celebrations at the Port of Poole with the arrival of the Royal British Legion’s D-Day 75 Voyage of remembrance, marking the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings....

  • The new cruise season has officially begun at the Port of Poole this week with the arrival of Astoria. The 160-metre-long Astoria, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, was one of the first cruise ships to sail from the Poole’s new berth (South Quay) when it opened in 2018. It is set to be a fre...

  • Coming soon to Poole Harbour is the fifth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker. Here at Poole Harbour Commissioners, were excited at the prospect of this exhilarating show making its return to our shores. Set to take place from the 7th to the 9th June from its award-winning h...

  • We at Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) are incredibly proud to be supporting Pip Hare as she competes in the Vendee Globe race that starts in November 2020. The marine journalist and sailor, who hails from Poole, will be competing against thirty international skippers to race her 60ft boat around t...

  • Every year, we at Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) choose a charity partner for the Poole Harbour Boat Show. For this year’s show, we have decided to partner with Ocean Youth Trust South, and as part of that partnership, we have a very exciting offer for you! Twelve lucky young people will be given...

  • Here at Poole Harbour Commissioners, we’re delighted to welcome not one but two new commissioners to the Port of Poole. They’ll be joining us to help manage the Trust Port as well as to oversee Europe’s largest natural harbour – all 10,000 acres of it. Martin Pate and Tom Russell bring their wealth ...

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