A free region-wide harbour directory for visiting vessels has been launched outlining useful details of the five ports within control of Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The first directory of its kind in Dumfries and Galloway, the guide details depths, tides, currents and other aids to navigation. For visiting boats, the directory also outlines facilities at each harbour as well as nearby amenities.
The aim of the booklet is to allow visiting vessels, particularly but not exclusively leisure craft, to visit safely.
The need for the booklet was identified as part of the marine risk assessment process carried out in accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code. The code stipulates that harbours operators have legal duties relating to the safety of people using harbours and also nearby communities.
The harbours in control of the local authority are Kirkcudbright, Port William, Isle of Whithorn, Garlieston and Stranraer.
Each of the council’s harbours is managed by a locally based harbour master. Currently a full time harbour master and part time assistant are based at Kirkcudbright. The other four harbours are managed by part time harbour masters. Contact details are provided within the directory.
The directory is available free of charge to harbour users. It is also available online at www.dumgal.gov.uk/harbours.