Marine Information


As the Statutory Harbour Authority, the Port of Tyne is responsible for the safety of navigation and the safe use of the River Tyne. Our jurisdiction covers a 19 mile stretch of the river and three miles of sea outside the piers.

We are committed to serve all our river users, including commercial shipping, berth owners and operators, and recreational users.

Highly qualified, experienced mariners operate Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) around the clock.  Our pilotage service has the distinction of being accredited by the International Standards for Pilotage Organisations.

Accessible at all states of the tide, with a sheltered entrance provided by the Tynemouth Pier and South Shields Pier, the Port of Tyne is one of the UK East Coast’s primary Ports of Refuge. The River Tyne is navigable for a distance of 15 miles, with no length or beam restrictions.


• A primary East Coast Port of Refuge

• Accessible 24/7 

• Expert VTS and pilotage