Port Procedures

Port Limits

See a map of local port limits.

For information on other harbour authorities with jurisdiction in the River Fal please see the following links:


Falmouth Harbour Commissioners charge dues for vessels using or transiting their harbour area. See the current scale of vessel charges.

Arrival and Departure

Ships arriving at Falmouth or departing from the Port are required by UK Law to supply certain information in advance of their visit.  Submit a Prior Notification Form (90-040-01).


Ships visiting the Port may be subject to compulsory pilotage or may wish to request a pilot for their visit. To ascertain whether you require a pilot or to request a pilot, see Falmouth Pilot Services’ website.

Local Port Service

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners operate a local port service (20-031-01). See details of the port services provided.

Fuel changeover within Port Limits

EU regulations require ships entering port limits to change to fuel with less than 0.1% sulphur content within 2 hours of arrival. Find out more about this EU requirement.

Ship Operations within Port Limits

Certain ship operations require permissions in order to be undertaken within port limits. See details of these and how to apply. In addition we would ask that we are notified of any proposed operation that may be noisy or have an effect on air quality or the marine environment. To voluntarily advise us of these operations please complete the Voluntary Reporting Form (90-012-01).

Emergency Procedures

We ask all visiting ships going to anchor within port limits to print and to keep on their bridge our Emergency Response Card (80-010-01) in order to ensure a correct and rapid response to emergencies.

Bunkering Procedures

The Port is used for supplying bunker fuel to vessels at anchor. See details of procedures relating to supplying or receiving bunkers.

Casualty Reception

Vessels with serious damage or defects which may affect their ability to navigate or operate safely should report their situation to the Coastal State via Falmouth Coastguard prior to making for the Port.

Use of Moorings

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners maintain a number of commercial moorings in the Harbour which may be hired. See details on vessel size limits, charges and connecting procedures.

Tugs and Tows

The port has special procedures for managing tugs and tows. For information on restrictions and reporting, please contact us.


Planned arrivals, departures and certain ship operations are required to be reported in advance. See information on required reports.

Cruise Ship Tender Operations

For a briefing sheet on requirements for cruise ship tenders operating in the Harbour, please contact us.