We are looking for new members

North Berwick Harbour Trust Association is seeking to recruit additional members to serve on the committee of the Trust. If you are interested in promoting our charitable objectives and the interests of the harbour and its users, and are prepared to give some of your time and skills then please get in touch.

The positions are unpaid and for an undefined term. For further information and an application pack please contact Jane McMinn by email chair@nbharbour.org.uk; alternatively visit our web site at www.nbharbour.org.uk

The Trust is looking for applicants with a wide range of skills and in particular skills in Project Management; Property Management and Maintenance; and Software Systems including financial. Preference will be given to applicants who live within approximately 15 miles of North Berwick.

Interviews are expected to be held during September.

COVID 19 Phase 3 Guidance – Issue 3 – 6th Aug 2020

Please find  below the current COVID guidance for the Harbour.

Regrettably previous guidance has been ignored and a rule must now be introduced to prevent use of other people’s property without permission.  This includes using other boats for access.

The Harbour Master will record any infringements. Harbour facilities may be withdrawn from those who choose to ignore the health of others.

  • If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean.  Seek to dissuade others from taking access via other people’s property.

At this time ELYC continue to extend the use of their punts to other harbour users.  Please observe the previously issued guidance for their use.


Phase 3 restrictions of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown are likely to be in place for at least another four weeks further

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 2 measures.  Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:

  • Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
  • Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
  • Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
  • Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
  • Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering

Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed

  • Physical distancing requirements are still in place – stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart.

Specific guidance is published and updated here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/meeting-others/

The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home

Some rules:

  • The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.
  • A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and is in use.  Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade.  Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.
  • If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean.  Seek to dissuade others from taking access via other people’s property.

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Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

  • Maintain a 2m social distance at all times – except children 11 years and under.  Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.
  • Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment.  Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.
  • Be prepared to cancel your plans.  If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time.  The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.
  • Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities. 
  • Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”.  Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands
  • Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean
  • The washdown facility is open but should be cleaned before and after use.
  • If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Further changes likely:

  • A one-way system may be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

COVID 19 Phase 3 Guidelines V0.1

Local Notice to Mariners 30/07/2020

From Friday 31st July 2020 at 12.00hrs the entrance to North Berwick Harbour will have a width restriction caused by a drilling platform overhanging the North West quayside.

 

  • The width will be reduced by 700mm at the level of the quayside. 
  • Plastic chain will be hung from the outer edge of the platform as a guide.  Do not attempt to pass under the platform
  • Pass with caution at DEAD SLOW
  • Wider vessels (over 3.5m beam) must co-ordinate entry and exit with the drilling contractor.  This can be done through the Harbour Master

COVID 19 Phase 2 Guidance – Issue 2 – 3 July 2020

On Thursday 3rd July 2020 the First Minister announced some relaxation of Phase 2 restrictions of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown.

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 2 measures.  Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:

  • Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
  • Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
  • Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
  • Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
  • Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering

Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed

  • Physical distancing requirements are still in place Children over 11 years and adults must stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart when meeting others from outside their household.
  • Meeting others is limited – No gathering of more than 8 people is permitted 

Specific guidance on meeting others outdoors is published here https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/meeting-others/The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

  • Maintain a 2m social distance at all times – except children 11 years and under.  Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.
  • Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment.  Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.
  • Be prepared to cancel your plans.  If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time.  The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.
  • Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities. 
  • Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”.  Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands
  • If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean
  • Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean
  • The washdown facility is open but should be cleaned before and after use.
  • If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Some rules:

  • The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.
  • A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and is in use.  Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade.  Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.

Further changes likely:

  • A one-way system may be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

Regards

Bill Roberts

Secretary & Harbour Manager

COVID 19 Phase 1 Guidance – Issue 1 – 29 May 2020

On Thursday 28th May 2020 the First Minister announced that from 29th May water sports would be included in the list of exercise and activity permitted during Phase 1 of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown.

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 1 measures. Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:

• Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
• Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
• Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
• Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
• Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering

Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed

Physical distancing requirements are still in place People must stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart when meeting others from outside their household.

Travel is still restricted. You are permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but strongly advised to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel or cycle where possible

Meeting others is limited You may meet up with another household outdoors in small numbers, less than 8, but with physical distancing required and only meet with one other household per day.

No public gatherings are permitted Except for meetings of two households, outdoors and with physical distancing

• This means that events such as organised races, club trips and events that would involve people from more than two households meeting at the harbour are not permitted.

Specific guidance on meeting others outdoors and travel for exercise is published here . The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

• Maintain a 2m social distance at all times. Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.

• Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment. Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.

• Be prepared to cancel your plans. If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time. The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.

• Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities. No group activities are allowed during Phase 1.

• “Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”. Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands

• If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean

• Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean

• The washdown facility can create a pinch point – do not use. It may be locked off.

• If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Some rules:

• The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.

• A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and will be live from 1st June. Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade. Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.

Further changes likely:

• A one-way system is likely to be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

Regards

Bill Roberts
Secretary & Harbour Manager
North Berwick Harbour Trust Association
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North Berwick Harbour COVID 19 Restrictions

The harbour is closed for all recreational use. No leisure craft may launch from the harbour, slipway or piers.

Commercial Fishermen and other working boats may continue to operate but must follow the Scottish and/or UK government guidance for safe working practices. The following links give general government and RYA advice for sailors.

www.gov.uk covid 19 shipping and sea ports guidance

www.forthports.co.uk Notice to Mariners COVID 19 Guidance

www.rya.org.uk coronavirus advice and information for recreational use

East Lothian Council harbour protocol: Notice to Mariners

Beach Huts – 2020 season


The NBHTA beach huts on the harbour esplanade will soon be opening again. We have huts available for rent for the 2020 summer season. These are available to local community groups or individuals who could benefit from a space to support their cause or display their products. Preference will be given to schemes which support the charitable objectives of NBHTA (found on our website www.nbharbour.org.uk) For further details please contact our Chairperson Jane; contact details at our website.

Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm

Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Ltd (NnGOWL) are submitting an application to Marine Scotland for safety zones at the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm. As required under the guidance on such applications and in line with the standard process, NnGOWL are undertaking consultation with ports deemed local to the project.

The application can be found here

Co-op Fundraising

The current round of the Co-op Local Community Fund scheme has completed. We are delighted to report that NBHTA received over £1000 thanks to Co-op customers registering to support us. This money will be used for new safety equipment around the harbour.

Our friends and neighbours, the North Berwick RLNI are one of the recipients on the latest round of the Co-op community fund. Hopefully they will be supported as generously as we have been.

Thanks to all that contributed.