Navigation information & safety advice page

Lat. 50°58.3′ N Long. 1°50.4′ E

  • SHOM 7247-7323-7416/Navicarte: 1010-1011
  • Distance to neighbouring ports: Boulogne 20 M, Dieppe 71M, Le Tréport 62M, Dover 22M, Dunkirk 21M, Niewport 36M, Oostende 44 M
  • Access to the basin depending on the opening times of Henri Hénon bridge. Waiting buoys are available in the harbour entrance
  • Dominant Westerly winds

  • VHF 17 : Harbour Office


Cap Blanc Nez (height 150 m) and the Dover Patrol monument (height 6 metres) to the West of Calais.
Harbour sheltered from SE to SW sector winds, very agitated (1.5m waves) in the inner harbour in NW to NE sector winds.

  • Approach:
    – By day: Cross current (3 knots during spring tides)
    Cross current (3 kts during spring tides)
    – By night: CA6 Buoy, FI(3) R.12s, aligned with the Grand Phare
  • Entrance lights:
    – E pier: lit on request in foggy weather
    – W pier: 5s bell in foggy weather
  • Dangers:
    Marked wreck (not lit) on Blériot beach 1.5M West of the harbour entrance

Signaux de convention de Livourne

  • • Day or night, boats must respect the port signaling (port entry or exit navigation lights), given the traffic, they must not interfere with vessels for which the lights are on.

On entering the harbour

  • Enter the harbour at a maximum speed of 5 knots
  • Do not swim or practise water sports in the basin
  • No fishing
  • Dispose of your used oil and batteries in the containers provided for this purpose
  • Do not throw your rubbish in the sea (bottles, plastic bags…)
  • Remember to close the water taps after use
  • Don’t light fires on the quays

At sea

Before heading off, check:

  • The weather
  • Floats and/or lifejackets which must be quickly accessible
  • The safety equipment in your boat
  • The fuel level depending on your journey and consumption
  • Your itinerary and planned navigation programme, and inform your loved ones
  • Engine maintenance
  • The condition of your electrical and other installations
  • The condition of your fire extinguishers and flares and their expiry dates – read the instructions
  • The condition of your navigation equipment (sail, helm…)
  • Your boat’s load
  • Engine compartment ventilation

During your journey, understand and comply with the maritime regulations and basic safety rules.