Close to international shipping lanes and less than 100 miles from mainland Europe
The UK's number one vehicle handling port
Europe's Leading turnaround cruise port
The UK's most productive container port
Port of Southampton
As one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep-water ports, Southampton is a natural choice for a wide range of customers and trades, with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo. Its natural deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest vessels. ABP Southampton provides VTS & pilotage services throughout Southampton Water and much of the Central & Eastern Solent.
ABP Port Estate Safety Rules
Safety, security and safeguarding the environment are key values underpinning the Port of Southampton's activities.
Please follow this link to read the guidence on ABP Port estate safety rules.
Operation Wavebreaker & Safety in Small Vessels
Southampton Water has a diverse variety of water users and the safety of all who want to enjoy the water is paramount. ABP are working closely with The Hampshire Marine Police Unit who are continuing with Operation Wavebreaker in 2021 to tackle anti-social behaviour on the waters around the Solent.
ABP will be enforcing the byelaws this summer for anyone found to be in breach of them.
For those who witness any antisocial behaviour please report to the Police through their dedicated online reporting site that can be found here or call 101.
This video was produced to accompany the publication of MAIB's interim report into the 2020 Seadogz accident, which aims to inform operators of small high speed passenger craft and UK port authorities of the circumstances of the accident and MAIB’s initial findings so that appropriate actions can be taken ahead of the boating season
Personal Watercraft Video released by RYA and RNLI to encourage safe riding
The two organisations have worked in tandem with the Personal Watercraft Partnership (PWP) to curate a bite-size checklist of advice and tips for how personal watercraft (PWC) users can safely make the most of their time on the water.
The video, ‘Top 5 ways to enjoy a day out on your PWC’, includes safety tips for PWC users as well as helpful advice on how to enjoy your time afloat whilst also causing minimal disturbance to other water users and marine wildlife.
COVID -19 guidance and roadmap for marine leisure restart in England
The RYA have helpfully produced a roadmap document and have updated their FAQ document on marine leisure restart. Please see below chart for advice on what leisure users can do in line with Governement advice: