Marine Leisure Guide – Port of Southampton publishes to help recreational users also on Solent waters
As summer gets underway with leisure activities, ABP’s Port of Southampton has released its Marine Leisure Guide to help recreational users stay safe in and around the Solent and Southampton Water.
As one of the UK’s busiest ports located in Hampshire, Portsmouth is visited by cruise ships, container ships, car carriers, tankers and ferries, as well as countless ships yachts and watercraft as people enjoy the weather on one of the country’s most popular bodies of water. . It is for this reason that ABP publishes this downloadable guide to help those who use water know how to properly prepare themselves.
“The Solent and Southampton Water are fantastic places, and we want people to stay safe when venturing outside,” Southampton Harbor Master Steve Masters tells ABP. “The guide can be easily downloaded to a mobile device, and we urge people to take the time to familiarize themselves with it to ensure they have mastered the basics.”
The marine leisure guide contains useful information on everything from pre-departure preparation, to what equipment to pack, to understanding the tides and weather, the lights and signals used by ships, and boating safety. . It also contains information on local Notices to Mariners and the various VHF channels used by HM Coastguard, Southampton Pilots and ABP’s Southampton Vessel Traffic Service, which monitors shipping movements in and around of the Solent and Southampton Water.
A handy map provides a map of the area, with information on canal approaches, various speed limits and more.
The Marine Recreation Guide is available for download from the Southampton VTS website which provides links to download the full copy of the guide (also available in print).