Poole Harbour becomes superyacht haven

Off charter super yachts with only crew on board are considered commercial vessels and are arriving in Poole. The charter market has dried up and many vessels need somewhere safe to berth until the market returns. The vessels coming in have been at sea for a couple of weeks, only stopping to refuel. 

Currently, Poole is hosting an 83m Super Yacht on Town Quay, with four more vessels due to arrive at the port in the coming weeks.

Poole Harbour Commissioners are maintaining their statutory open port policy by allowing these vessels to arrive at the Port of Poole, and by providing them with lay-by provisions during the Covid-19 crisis.

The health and welfare of their workforce, port visitors and their families is a top priority for PHC, and they continue to work closely with Public Health England (PHE) and Port Health to ensure that they continue to follow the most up-to-date rules and guidance from the UK Government.

“By law, the captain of a visiting ship must submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) if a crew member, or guest on board is showing any signs of illness,” says  Captain Brian Murphy, Harbour Master, Poole Harbour Commissioners. “Like many other ports across the country during this national pandemic, we are insisting that all vessels submit an MDH for every arrival, including nil returns. Procedures are in place to deal with all scenarios including self-isolation of crew for a minimum of 14 days

“We are adhering to strict rules and guidelines. The MDH ensures that all crew members are fit and healthy before entering the harbour. Once here they will remain on board to protect the local community as well as themselves. They should have plenty of supplies on board, if not they will be provided by their normal specialist suppliers, therefore will have no impact on the availability of goods in the local area.”

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