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Geographical Position

55° 59’ N 03° .10’W South Side of the River Forth, the port for Edinburgh.

Entrance to Leith docks is through an entrance lock which operates 24 hours / 7 days except on 1st January and 25th December. Lock dimensions are 259.10 x 31.60 metres. Maximum size of vessel which can be handled is 210 metres loa x 30 metres beam x 9.75 metres draft, Max. Draft in Imperial Dock is 9.15 metres.

Water density: Brackish

Leith approach channel from Leith approach buoy to entrance lock is maintained at a dredged depth of 6.71 metres below Admiralty chart datum.


Owned and operated by Forth Ports Plc.

5 Voith Schneider tractor tugs. Bollard pull: 1 x 50 tonnes,1 x 30 tonnes, 2 x 19 tonnes, 1 x 12 tonnes.

Tugs use ship’s lines, vessel is met at Leith approach buoy. Prevailing wind is SW. Manoeuvring at the lock entrance can be difficult during heavy weather.


Principal berths vessels are at Imperial Dock and The Harbour. Available craneage is 2 x Gantry cranes for pipe handling, 3 x 15 tonne grab / general crane, 1 x Liebherr Harbour Mobile 36 tonnes @ 16 mtrs, 4 x Sennabogan 870 Mobile Material Handlers.Normal working hours – dry cargo:
Mondays to Thursdays 0800 – 1700. Fridays 0800 – 1600. Meal break 1200 – 1300.
Overtime is available in the evenings, on nightshifts and at weekends subject to labour availability

Supplies (Bunkers / FW / Stores / Repairs)
Bunkers - Can be supplied using road cars. Prior agreement is required. Shipchandler, laundry, deck/engine repairs, nav aid repairs all available. Fresh Water – available ex quay.



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