Tel: 01674 672 302
Email: info@montroseport.co.uk


Port Information  

Anchorages
Berthing
Cargo Handling
Chandlery
Charts
Communications
Containers
Craneage
Customs Facilities
Diving Services
Electric Power
Fire Fighting
Fuel Bunkering
Freight Forwarding
Fresh Water
Grain Handling
Local Labour
Maximum Size of Vessels
Mooring
Navigation Channel
Office Accommodation
Open Storage
Pilotage Direction
Port Control/Pilotage
Plant
Quays
Security Sheds/Warehousing
Stevedoring
Surveys
Towage
Transportation - Rail
Transportation - Road
Vehicle Parking
Waste Oil
Weighbridge
Workshops

Anchorages
Port Control will, on request, advise vessels on the most suitable anchorages.
These anchorages may be found around two miles off the coast or nearby Lunan Bay.
For further information call: Port Control 01674 672302 or Channel 12 VHF

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Berthing
Berthing is available at:
North Quay – 558 metres long with a minimum dredged depth at MLWS of 5.5 metres below chart datum.
South Quay – 475 metres long with a minimum dredged depth of 5.5 metres below chart datum for 250m and 8m for 225m.

Chart datum is 2.65 metres below ordinary datum Newlyn (0.7 metres above MLWS at Montrose). Sheltered berthing is available and vessels lying alongside in any weather conditions experience no heave or range.

The range of tide is 2.5 metres above chart datum at Neaps, 5 metres at Spring.

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Cargo Handling
A wide range of cargoes pass through the port. Experienced stevedores in Montrose handle imports and exports of forest products, all bulk, semi bulk, break bulk cargoes and containers including pulp, timber, grain, scrap, feedstuffs, fertilisers, potatoes, offshore oil materials and equipment. Plant, machinery and transport are available on site.

Mobile cranes with lifting capacities of 15 to 750 tonnes, fitted for hook, grab and attachment lifting and grain elevators are all on site. Fully integrated freight forwarding and transport systems are available. Fresh water and stores provided. Repair and lay-by berths may be available on request.

For further information call:
Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd 01674 676 794
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd 01674 672 827

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Chandlery
Ship Chandlery is available

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Charts
Admiralty charts relating to the port are chart No. 190 'Montrose to Fife Ness and Chart No. 1438 'Harbours on the East Coast of Scotland'.

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Communications
Telephone: 01674 672302
Fax: 01674 675530
Email: info@montroseport.co.uk

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Container Services
Container handling is undertaken by site based operators:
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd 01674 672 827
Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd 01674 676 794

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Craneage
Mobile and crawler cranes with a wide range of lifting capacities are available on site.
Associated equipment includes grabs for offloading bulk cargoes.
Heavy lifts are a speciality of the port.
Craneage not available on site is readily available on request.

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Customs Facilities
Full HM Revenue & Customs facilities are available.

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Diving Services
Diving services are available locally.

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Electric Power
A wide range of shore power is available at all berths.

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Fire Fighting
The local firestation is based 300 yards from the North Quay of the port.

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Freight Forwarding
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd and Kinnes Shipping provide freight forwarding services.
Kinnes Shipping Ltd 01674 675 328
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd 01674 672 827

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Fresh Water
Fresh Water is available from points on the North and South Quays at a rate of up to 90 tonnes per hour.
Call Montrose Port Authority on 01674 672 302

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Fuel Bunkering
South Quay – Pipes from storage tank farm
North Quay – Road tankers

For further information call:
Highland Fuels Ltd 01674 252 004

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Grain Handling
Grain elevators

For further information call:
Angus Cereals Ltd 0845 607 7011
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd 01674 672 827
William Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd 01674 676 794 or 07876 354 711

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Local Labour
Montrose being at the forefront of the offshore support industry can boast a wide range of oil related companies as well as traditionally based firms offering a wide variety of skills.

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Maximum Size of Vessels
Vessels up to 150 metres long and with a maximum draft of up to 7.4 metres are accepted. Larger vessels may be accommodated depending on type.

For further information call:
Port Control 01674 672 302
Or Channel 12

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Mooring
Experienced port staff are available 24 hrs per day for the mooring/unmooring of vessels.

For further information call:
Port Control 01674 672 302
Or Channel 16

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Navigation Channel
The entrance channel is dredged annually to a minimum depth of 5.5 metres MLWS and a minimum width of 50 metres.

The channel is marked by leading lights. The outer leading light is red and the inner leading light is green.

For further information call:
Port Control 01674 672 302
Or Channel 12 VHF

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Office Accommodation
Office space is available on South Quay.

All offices are fully carpeted and serviced by central heating. Ample parking facilities are provided.

For further information call:
Montrose Port Authority 01674 672 302

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Open Storage
The port has approximately up to 30 acres available of open ground which can be used for either general storage or fabrication work. Much of this area is made up of fenced compounds.

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Pilotage Direction

In accordance with Section 2 of the Pilotage Act 1987, Montrose Port Authority as a Competent Pilotage Authority, makes the following Pilotage direction pursuant to Section 87 of the Pilotage Act, 1987.
The Pilotage District is “the Port”, as defined by and as marked on BA Chart 1438.
The new Direction will commence on 1st January 2012 and will be termed “Pilotage Direction”.

Compulsory Pilotage;

  1. Pilotage shall be compulsory for all vessels within the Port of Montrose Pilotage District, with the exception of vessels less than 25 metres in length (O.A.)
  2. Pilotage shall be compulsory for all vessels entering, leaving or transiting within the Port of Montrose with the assistance of tugs or while under tow.
  3. Pilotage shall be compulsory for any vessel with a defect in its hull, machinery or equipment, which might materially affect the navigation of the vessel.
  4. Pilotage shall be compulsory for passenger vessels, licensed to carry more than 12 passengers.
  5. Pilotage shall be compulsory for all vessels carrying dangerous substances (as defined by the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations, 1987).

Exemptions:
A Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) may be granted to the Master and First Mate of vessels, excluding those referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3 above, subject to meeting the prescribed qualifying criteria.

Non-compulsory Pilotage:

  1. At the discretion of the Authority for named vessels and Masters engaged in dredging operations or the transport of dredged materials.
  2. For vessels anchoring within port limits.

Pilotage Exemption Certificates:
A Certificate for a bona fide Master or First Mate of a vessel of up to 100m will be granted by the Authority on examination, and on the written application of such Master or First Mate, provided that such Master or First Mate shall:

    1. Hold a valid Certificate of Competency for the class of vessel to which the Certificate is intended to relate, and
    2. Have experience of navigation in the Port, knowledge of the Port Byelaws, and fluency in the English language. Such experience deemed sufficient, in the opinion of the Authority, to enable the applicant capable of navigating the vessel of which he is Master or First Mate in the Port and of manoeuvring the said vessel alongside, and
    3. Have satisfied the Authority in examination that he has the skill sufficient for the purpose of piloting the vessel to which the Certificate is to relate within the Port, and
    4. As bona fide Master or First Mate of a vessel of substantially the same class as that to which the Certificate is to relate, have performed:
      1. Not less than 24 trips (12 in, 12 out), or
      2. At least one of such trips shall be undertaken in darkness and all within the period of 12 months immediately preceding the application for a Certificate.  During each such trips the applicant must have been with the bridge team of such vessel.  The trip in darkness shall preferably be inward bound and shall preferably be under the supervision of a Licensed Pilot and the Harbour Master.

Where the Company is not satisfied that the necessary experience referred to in paragraph c. above has been attained, the Authority may require such Master or First Mate to perform one or more further trips accompanied by a Pilot until it is so satisfied.

Renewal of Certificates
A Certificate will be renewed annually on the first day of January in any year on the written application of the relevant Master or First Mate, provided that the said Master or First Mate shall have performed 12 trips (6 in, 6 out,) in the 12 months preceding the date of renewal as bona fide Master or First Mate of a vessel to which the Certificate relates.

Revalidation of Certificates
Where a certificate is continuously renewed, the holder will be subject to a reassessment during the year after the fourth renewal by means of a check ride.  It the candidate’s performance is satisfactory, the subsequent renewal will be classed as a revalidation.  If there is any cause to doubt a candidate’s performance or evidence that their local knowledge has not been kept up to date, then a full re-examination will be required.

Procedure in relation to accidents or incidents involving the holder of a Certificate;
Preliminary Procedure
Following any accident or incident to a vessel within the Port whilst under the charge of a Master or First Mate who is the holder of a Certificate such Master or First Mate shall submit in writing to the Harbour Master, and as soon as practicable, a report of the accident or incident.

On receipt of such report, the Harbour Master may request an interview with such Master or First Mate who may, if requested, be accompanied by a companion.

Having established the facts, the Harbour Master may take no further action or refer the matter to the Duty Holder who may suspend such Master or First Mate and hold an inquiry.
The Inquiry
The Inquiry shall be heard before the Authority’s Pilotage Committee, which shall be chaired by the Harbour Master and shall include a Representative of Montrose Port Authority Board.
The Master or First Mate may, if he so wishes, be accompanied by a companion.
The facts of the case and the disciplinary action to be taken shall be submitted to the Authority for its endorsement.  The Authority may take the advice and penalty as so given by the Pilotage Committee or reduce it, but shall not increase it nor impose no penalty.
The following actions may be taken in relation to the relevant Master or First Mate:

  1. A caution to be recorded and deleted after six months
  2. A warning to be recorded and deleted after six months
  3. A reprimand to be recorded and deleted after one year
  4. A re-qualification and re-examination and/or a check trip
  5. Revocation of Pilotage Exemption Certificate

Appeal Procedure
The relevant Master or First Mate may, within five business days from the date of being informed in writing of the Committee’s decision, appeal against that decision by notifying the Harbour Master in writing of his intention to appeal.  The appeal shall be heard by a director of the Shipping Company, the Harbour Master and a Member of the Board of Montrose Port Authority. The decision of the Appeal Committee will be final.
For the avoidance of doubt, where an appeal against revocation of a Pilotage Exemption Certificate is unsuccessful, the effective date of the revocation will be the date of the inquiry and not the appeal.

Vessels Warping in the Port or Moving
A vessel which is being warped from one berth to another within the Port and without the release of mooring lines shall not be required to have a Pilot on board.  A vessel which is being moved from one berth to another with the assistance of a tug , shore based machinery or with use of engines in the Port shall be required to have a Pilot on board.

Estimated time of Arrival

  1. Inward Bound Vessels
      1. An Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) shall be sent to the Port Operations Control for each inward bound vessel for which a Pilot is required.  The ETA must be received at the Port Operations Control at least 24 hours before the expected time of arrival of the relevant vessel at the Pilot Station at which the Pilot is to be boarded, and shall state:

Ship’s  Name, Draft, Gross Tonnage, overall length, date and time of expected arrival of the vessel, past 10 ports of call, ISPS security level relating to the relevant vessel and origin of message, Waste and Crew List details.

      1. If a vessel will not arrive within 3 hours after the time specified in the ETA, an amended ETA must be sent to the Port Operations Control at least 8 hours before the time stated in the original ETA (and at least 12 hours before the new ETA).
      2. If a voyage is of less than 24 hours duration, a vessel shall be required to give the ETA to Port Operations Control immediately on leaving its last port prior to arriving at the Port of Montrose
      3. If a vessel fails to arrive at the Pilot Station within 6 hours after the time stated in the last ETA notification, the ETA shall be deemed to have lapsed.
      4. Failure to comply with the above requirements will result in an increase of Pilotage charges payable for the vessel, as provided in the schedule of Port Charges.
  1. Outward Bound Vessels
      1. An Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) shall be sent to the Port Operations Control for each outward bound vessel and each vessel to be moved solely within the Port and for which a Pilot is required.  The ETD must be received at the Port Operations Control at least 2 hours before the intended departure time of the relevant vessel and shall state the estimated time of departure, next port of call and her sailing draft.
      2. When a Pilot is required for an outward bound vessel or a vessel moving solely within the Port at less than 2 hours notice, a Pilot will be supplied as soon as possible but an additional charge may be payable as provided in the schedule of Port Charges.

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Port Control/Pilotage
All shipping movements in and around Montrose Port are controlled and monitored from Port Control situated in the Port Offices on the South Quay.

Port Control is manned 24hrs a day with VHF watch maintained on Channel 12.

Vessels arriving should call 'Montrose Port Authority' on Channel 12 at least two hours prior to their arrival.

The 24 hour pilotage service is maintained at the port and is compulsory for the movement of all vessels (except fishing vessels) using the port. Incoming vessels are normally boarded by the Pilots at the boarding area approximately at one and a half miles ENE of Scurdy Ness Lighthouse.

Vessels bound for Montrose to keep Port Control advised on any alteration to ETAs at least six hours prior to arrival.

Vessels are advised to remain east of the outer red buoy at port entrance and await further instructions from the pilot and Port Control who will advise on berthing and anchorage as required.

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Plant
An extensive range of plant is maintained at the port capable of handling all types of cargoes. In addition to craneage, there are forklifts and excavators with specialised attachments for specific cargoes.

For further information call:
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd 01674 672 827
Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd 01674 676 794

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Quays
The port has around 1,000 metres of quayside on the North and South Quays.

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Security
24 hour CCTV security cover is operated by the Port Authority. Both North and South Quays are completely fenced around their boundaries. Montrose Port is fully ISPS compliant.

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Sheds/Warehousing
Up to 425,000 square feet of warehousing is available throughout the port for storage or as transit sheds. 275,000 square feet of storage is located on the North Quay and 150,00 square feet on the South Quay. All warehousing is well lit with heating available in some areas.

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Stevedoring
Stevedoring is provided by Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd and William Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd. Efficiency, flexibility and inexpensive overtime are the hallmarks of the stevedores in the port, enabling vessels to turn round efficiently and cost effectively.

For further information call:
Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd 01674 676 794
Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd 01674 672 827

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Surveys
Vessel surveys for on hire/off hire, accident damage etc. can be undertaken in Montrose.

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Towage
Towage is available on request.

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Transportation - Rail
A station for both freight and passenger service is immediately adjacent to the port. Freight handling facilities are available.

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Transportation - Road
Many hauliers are available. The A90 Dundee to Aberdeen dual carriageway road runs close to the port and has no weight restrictions.

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Vehicle Parking
Safe vehicle parking areas are available.

For further information call:
Montrose Port Authority 01674 672 302

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Waste Oil
A waste oil facility for the reception, processing and resale of waste oil is situated on the South Quay.

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Weighbridge
Weighbridges are situated on the North and South Quays.

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Workshops
There are three workshops on the South Quay with a total area of 32,000 square feet. One of the workshops has overhead cranes and all have offices and are fully heated.

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