It is a statutory requirement that all major accidents and incidents occurring within the harbour limits are reported to Newhaven Port Authority. This is to ensure that immediate actions can be taken and also “lessons learned” can be carried forward to improvements in harbour safety. In the first instance reports should be by radio on Ch 12 to ‘Newhaven Radio’.
The Master, or person responsible for the safe navigation, of any vessel involved in an incident or near-miss should complete the online 'Incident Information form' at:
The online 'Incident Information form' should be submitted as soon as practicable, and in any event within 48 hours of the incident.
Please note: Even “minor berthing incidents” - bumps and scrapes etc. - involving other vessels, need to be reported to either the berth / marina operator or to Newhaven Port Authority. A telephone call or email in the first instance would be appropriate.
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