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Ship's Agencies and Husbandry

Based in Grangemouth, we also provide ship’s agency services at Leith, Methil, Rosyth and other ports in the Forth Estuary, as well as Glasgow and Clyde ports.

We have a wealth of experience in handling all kinds of dry cargo vessels and cargoes. We enjoy excellent working relationships with the local Port Authorities and Stevedores which can enhance handling and turnaround time. Our team are well know to all and contactable 24 hours a day.  Our ‘can do’ attitude ensures that vessel and crew are served quickly and efficiently to meet all husbandry requirements in port or at anchor.

General navigational information for ships calling at ports in the River Forth Estuary.

The principal ports on the Forth Estuary are owned and operated by Forth Ports Plc.

The navigation services for the River Forth and also for Dundee on the River Tay, are combined and operated under FORTH & TAY NAVIGATION SERVICE. Those operations are now located in Grangemouth.

Call sign: Forth Navigation Service VHF Channel 71
Telephone: +44 (0)1324 498584  
Telefax: +44 (0)1324 668480  
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Harbourmaster Grangemouth VHF Channel 14
Harbour Leith VHF Channel 12

Inbound vessels should give Forth Navigation at least 24 hours notice of their ETA at the Eastern Limits or as soon as possible after departure from their previous port if the passage time is less than 24 hours. Any adjustment of the ETA of more than 2 hours should be reported in the same way. Contact Forth Navigation again on VHF 71 when crossing the Eastern Limits and advise ETA at the Pilot Boarding Position, or anchorage.

Pilotage services are provided by Forth Pilots.

Call sign: Forth Pilots VHF Channel 72
Telephone: +44 (0)131 552 1420  
Telefax: +44 (0)131 551 5869  

Pilotage is compulsory for vessels calling at Hound Point, Grangemouth, Leith, Methil, Rosyth, Braefoot Bay and Burntisland.

Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels, distance from Pilot Boarding Position, (Narrow Deep Buoy) to Leith Lock is approx. 8 miles.

Vessels taking a pilot should contact Forth Pilots, giving 24 hours, 12 hours and 2 hours notice of their ETA at the boarding position.

The normal Pilot Boarding Positions are:

For vessels bound to:

Rosyth , Grangemouth, Burntisland: North of no.3 Fairway Buoy.
Leith: N.E. of the Narrow Deep Buoy.
Methil: Methil Roads.
Kirkcaldy Kirkcaldy Roads.

All vessels must have prepared a Pilotage Passage Plan before arrival at the boarding position, which can then be discussed and agreed with the Pilot on boarding.

All vessels must have corrected up to date charts , must be latest editions.

Charts required for navigation to/from the undernoted Ports and Terminals

Port Terminal 175 728 733 734 735 736 737 741
Braefoot Bay        
Hound Point          


175: Fife Ness to St. Abb’s Head (Not Compulsory)
728: Rosyth
733: Firth of Forth, Burntisland to Dalgety Bay
734: Firth of Forth, Isle of May to Inchkeith
735: Approaches to Leith and Burntisland
736: Firth of Forth, Granton and Burntisland to Rosyth
737: River Forth, Rosyth to Kincardine
741: Plans in the Firth of Forth and River Forth

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on this and the preceding pages, W. Knight Watson & Co. Ltd. does not accept any responsibility for any inaccuracy on the part of themselves or others.

For up-to-date port information, please check Forth Ports website www.forthports.co.uk/#/marine/information/


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