There are a number of ports within the Fal Estuary which between them offer a wide range of services to the commercial shipping, fishing and leisure sectors.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are a statutory harbour authority with a large harbour area including the Carrick Roads and a large part of Falmouth Bay which is able to offer sheltered anchorages for vessels taking bunkers, awaiting orders, seeking shelter or undertaking stores and crew changes. Delivery of all grades of marine fuel and a wide range of other services can be arranged for vessels at anchor. There are explosives anchorages with up to 1500t Net Explosive Quantity (NEQ) licences available. Commercial moorings are available within the Carrick Roads and Penryn River capable of accommodating a range of vessels up to 190m LOA. View details of commercial moorings.

Shiprepair facilities are available at the shipyard operated by A&P Falmouth Ltd, which offers a complete package of support ranging from in-service repairs and overhauls to specialist repair capabilities such as aluminium welding and in-situ machining.

Commercial cargo handling facilities are available alongside the docks in Falmouth and further upriver at Lighterage Quay in the port of Truro Cargoes handled include bulk, bagged, packaged and palletised goods.

Deepwater lay-up moorings for vessels up to 219 metres in length are also available in a sheltered location on the River Fal and are operated by the port of Truro.

Within the waters of Falmouth fishing for recreational and commercial reasons takes place. To ensure that fishing gear does not cause a problem a Code of Practice for Deployment and Marking of Fishing Gear (30-201-01) is in place to guide people undertaking these activities.

For Documents giving further information on port facilities, please visit our library’s port information section.