The Port of Tyne is supportive of the film industry and the media sector in the North East region and will consider all requests to use the Port land or premises for filming or photography.

Filming and photography on the Port's estate is not permitted without authorisation. These guidelines provide information on how to request permission to film or take photographs and the restrictions that apply.

The Port's Marketing and Communications team is happy to discuss commercial filming and photography requirements. The decision to grant permission or otherwise is at the sole discretion of the Port of Tyne.

Due to the nature of the location, filming and photography at the Port of Tyne is subject to security and operational restrictions. The Marketing and Communications team will review each application received on a case by case basis and will advise if permission can be granted.

All authorised filming and photography at the Port (excluding news) is classed as commercial and is subject to a location charge.

Filming and photography requests must be received in good time to allow for the necessary planning and administration. We may not be able to accommodate requests made at short notice so please advise the Port of Tyne of your request as soon as possible. Generally a request must be made at least ten working days prior to the date you wish to film or take photographs.

Due to the number of filming requests received, the Port of Tyne is unable to facilitate student projects, filming for pilot projects or un-commissioned filming or photography requests.



Film and photography locations at the Port of Tyne include the Port's estate both north and south of the River Tyne, including its berths at the International Passenger Terminal and Tyne Dock. In addition the Swing Bridge (below the road including the motor room and pump room) the Herd Groyne and lighthouse, Tynemouth Pier and lighthouse, South Shields Pier and lighthouse, the Fish Quay and Western Quay.

Included in these locations are the immediate approaches to the Port on land and water.

Private berths and facilities are not within the Port's responsibility but may require liaison with the Port; likewise filming and photography on the River Tyne not immediately in the vicinity of the Port's berths and in the seaward approaches may require liaison with the Port.

Location requirements should be discussed with the Marketing and Communications team. All filming and photography within the Port's secure estates at Tyne Dock and North Shields will require crew members to be issued with security passes and camera equipment and personnel may need to go through security searches. Crew may be required to wear appropriate Personal Protection Equipment as required by the Port of Tyne's safety regulations. All permitted filming and photography at the Port of Tyne requires staff escorts.



• Please note that filming on board ships, including with the ship's crew and in all areas of the ship is only permitted with the full permission of the shipping line, the agent and usually the ship's Master. In accordance with security regulations most shipping lines require a minimum of 72 hours' notice with photo ID provided in advance.
• Filming of business partner property such as the Fish Quay, DFDS facility, check-in desks, car terminals, any of the Port's tenants or cargo discharge operations, or of staff, must only be done so with prior permission from the Port of Tyne.
• No filming is permitted of the security procedures or security areas at the Port of Tyne and the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal including the control agencies, HM Customs, UK Borders, Police and Special Branch Officers, MCA inspections or Port Health Officials.
• Requests must not contravene the Port's image and that of its customers or the Port of Tyne Byelaws.
• All cast and crew will be required to undergo a Health and Safety Induction and wear appropriate personal protection equipment.


Past productions

Previous filming productions at the Port of Tyne have included:

TV series
• Sea Cities Tyneside (BBC2)
• Vera - ITV production episodes for series 4, 5 and 6
• Great British Railway Journeys (BBC1)
• Coast (BBC1)
• Country File (BBC1)
• Mega shippers (Discovery Channel)

• Bliss 2015
• Waterboys 2015
• Nopv 2012
• Ways to Live Forever 2019

• Korea Exchange Bank
• Stoptober 2012
• Barbour 2014
• Barbour 2016


Location Charges

Location charges will vary depending on the nature of your request and include staff costs, cost of hire of plant and equipment, and if filming / photography is in office hours (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm), or over a weekend, Bank Holiday or filming out of office hours. Please note the hourly rate will also be charged for set up time.



Once you have submitted a filming or photography request you will be required to provide:
• A certificate of Public and Employee Liability Insurance
• A full Risk Assessment (s) and method statement
• Storyboard/synopsis of piece
• Port of Tyne Permission to Enter Form signed (download here)
• Bank details (where commercial location fees apply)

All of the documentation must be received and checked before permission can be granted.


Drone filming / photography

Use of a drone above the Port of Tyne estate and berths at Tyne Dock, South Shields, and the North Bank estate is expressly forbidden without prior consent by the Port of Tyne. Requests for authorisation to use a drone requires production of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licence(s), pilot permits, flight plans, public and employee insurance certificates and a risk assessment.

The proposed use of a drone to film above the River Tyne also requires prior notification to the CAA, the relevant local authorities, Northumbria Police, the land owners and the Port of Tyne. The Port of Tyne will not authorise use of a drone in any circumstances where it would impede navigation of the river and the safety of shipping and other river users.


Filming / photography outside the Port perimeter

If you intend to undertake filming or photography outside the Port environs, please refer to the professional guidance on filming/photography in public spaces available from the British Film Council or your own professional agency.
As a major UK port, in accordance with its obligations laid down in the International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities, the Port of Tyne is required to maintain a high level of vigilance in monitoring and controlling access to the Port facility. These obligations expressly extend not only to the Port facility itself but also to the monitoring of its nearby approaches on land and water. Therefore it is helpful to contact the Marketing and Communications Team in advance if you are likely to be filming outside the perimeter or entrances to the Port's sites.


Filming / Photography on the River Tyne

Any film production or photography activity undertaken by boat or in, on and around the River Tyne is subject to the Port of Tyne bye-laws. It is advisable to seek the guidance of the Port of Tyne Harbour Master in advance of any planned activity on the water and this will be subject to safety management plans being in place and agreed. The Port of Tyne's Harbour Master can provide river event management and marine safety advice. In the first instance, contact marketing@portoftyne.co.uk.



To make a request to film or take photos contact marketing@portoftyne.co.uk, providing as much detail as possible about the purpose, scale and duration of the shoot.

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