The statutory Harbour Limits as defined within local legislation are depicted on Admiralty Chart 1152, and are defined within the Port of Bridgwater Operations Manual [395.38KB] .
The limits of the Port are summarised below:
A general plan showing the Port approaches is available here: Port of Bridgwater Approaches Plan [40.98KB] (Please note this is only an approximate plan and should not be relied upon for navigation or any other purpose.)
As the Statutory Harbour Authority, Sedgemoor District Council has responsibilities for:
Sedgemoor District Council has powers to levy charges on Port users in order to raise funds to finance the safe management of the Port. These are detailed on the Charges and Permits page.
There are currently operational commercial berths located at Dunball and a facility at Combwich.
All the berths within the port are privately owned, and use of those berths is dependent upon permissions from the owners. The Harbour Master can provide contact details of Berth owners on request.
The Port is wholly within a dynamic tidal regime, with ranges at Burnham on Sea in excess of 12 metres, and significant tidal flows within the navigable River Parrett. Because of the extreme tidal range, winding river and constantly changing channels, all vessels navigating in the tidal River Parrett south of an imaginary line drawn from Stert Point to the north bank of the confluence of the River Brue with the River Parrett, are subject to compulsory Pilotage with the following exceptions:
For further information, please see the Pilotage page.