Navigation and Pilotage

Belfast Harbour Port Operations is responsible for providing a safe and efficient service to all customers and stakeholders working in or visiting the Port.


All visitors to Belfast should be aware that the Port is fully operational 24 hours a day and is used for a variety of shipping requirements and crafts.

In 2017, Belfast Harbour had 5,817 ship arrivals of which a substantial proportion were daily scheduled services. 

Belfast Harbour VTS operates both a traffic information and traffic organisational service; descriptions of which can be found in the Notice to Mariners No 2 of 2013 and in the VTS Manual.

Recreational users of Belfast Lough are encouraged to download the Tide Tables

Marine Operational Safety Plan 2017-19.pdf

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Full details of pilot requirements for vessels are available in the Pilotage Directions. Pilot bookings are arranged via Port Control on Belfast Harbour Radio on Ch 12 VHF. Pilots are delivered to vessels entering the port by pilot launch.

Pilotage Directions and Management

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Belfast Harbour Navigational Guidelines

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