Health & Safety


Pilots are Compulsory for vessels carrying Dangerous Goods in bulk and for Passenger Ships in excess of 5000gt. Licensed Pilots available for other vessels on request. Vessels engaged in specific operations which may restrict their ability to manoeuvre, may be required to take a pilot.

Pilots are available 24hours, 7 days a week. Vessels requiring pilots should notify the Harbour Master 24 hours in advance. An update should be transmitted to the Harbour Watchroom 2 hours before arrival, confirming ETA and draft of the vessel. The Harbour Watchroom maintains a 24hour watch on VHF Channel 12, for the purposes of updating vessel arrival time.

Please find the Pilotage Directions enclosed below.

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Pilotage Directions


The UK Consolidated European Reporting System requires vessels to report their arrival time, last port and persons on board to the Harbour Office 24 hours prior to arrival. If the duration of the voyage is less than 24 hours then the information should be provided no later than the time of departure from last port. This doesn’t apply to vessels under 300 gross tonnes, Naval Vessels, vessels engaged in Government service, small Fishing vessels or recreational craft having a length of less than 45 meters.

All vessels should contact Stornoway Port on VHF Channel 12 or by telephone when approaching Arnish Point, advising of their movements and intentions, at which point a berth will be allocated. This applies to all fishing vessels as well as visiting pleasure craft. Commercial vessels should notify Stornoway Port Authority of their arrival details, using the Notification form.

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Stornoway Port Authority is working closely alongside our partners the MCA and Police Scotland to keep all areas of the port clean by eradicating the pollution problem within the harbour at its source.

If you happen to see oil or any other pollution coming from any vessel or other source please notify the port immediately on either VHF Channel12 or by calling 01851 702688. Any photographs you take of the pollution source will also greatly assist in keeping the port clean. Your cooperation would be much appreciated.

Under its Environmental Policy, Stornoway Port Authority requires all business units, assets and vessels operating within the confines of Stornoway Harbour to preserve the environment for the benefit of the community and to preserve the integrity of wild life habitats. As such, dumping of any material overboard is strictly prohibited.

Vessels intending to visit Stornoway who have Waste for disposal, should complete the relevant Waste Notification Form, and transmit same to the Harbour Office.

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Ships Waste Notification Form.pdf


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Duty of care waste transfer note.pdf


The requirement to have an Oil Spill Contingency Plan for Harbours, Ports and Oil Handling Terminals around UK waters has been formalised by the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998, which implements the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC, 1990).  The convention, adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMP) is aimed to “mitigate the consequences of major oil pollution incidents involving, in particular, ships, offshore units, sea ports and oil handling facilities.”

Stornoway Port Authority Oil Spill Contingency Plan has been prepared in accordance with the “Oil Spill Contingency Plan Guidelines for Ports, Harbours & Oil Handling Facilities” and is approved by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The MCA regularly carry out audits on this Plan to ensure compliance and effectiveness in responding to an Oil Pollution incident.

Where there is any spillage of an oil based substance which is likely to impact on the marine environment, you should notify the Harbour Master immediately, so that Oil Spill Contingency Plan measures will be implemented. In the meanwhile, every effort should be made to contain the spillage and until such time as the Oil Spill Response Team arrive at the scene.


Stornoway Harbour is fully compliant with the requirements of International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. Commercial vessels engaged in international voyages intending to enter the Port of Stornoway, are required to submit the relevant Security Forms 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Any vessel intending to enter the Port of Stornoway and is not compliant with the requirements of ISPS is to remain outside the Port limits until given directions by the Port Authority. For more information please see:

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All vessels not in possession of current charts or navigational publications should make arrangements for a pilot to board on arrival. The Port Authority as the local Lighthouse Authority provides a network of navigation marks to assist vessels in navigating within the confines of the Harbour. Several shoal patches are marked with unlit framework towers, or unlit beacons. The entrance to Stornoway Harbour is dominated by Arnish Point Lighthouse. Approach to the outer limits of Stornoway Harbour should be made within the White sector of Arnish Point Light (bn.122º and 193º).

Vessels should approach the Harbour from the south, keeping within the White sector of Battery Point Light (58º 12.2 N and 006º22.1 W), and maintaining a distance of 2 cables east of Arnish Point, thereafter heading across the Harbour, keeping within the White sector of Creed Point Light (58º 12.03N and 006º23.48W). When Goat Island is abeam to starboard, and the White sector of No.1 Pier light is open, vessels should adopt a northerly heading, actual course dependent on which berth has been allocated.

Vessels planning to use the facilities at Arnish Pier should make use of the Glumaig sector light (58º11.3N and 006º22.75W) for the best line of approach to the berth.

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