PILOT NOTES ROYAL QUAY MARINA
The following pilotage notes and
the accompanying chart are provided
for guidance only. However, please
consult the latest Admiralty charts
and publications for navigational
The entrance to
the River Tyne is straightforward.
The harbour entrance which is 360m
wide lies between the North
Pierhead lighthouse (F1 (3) 10s 26m
26M horn 10s) and the South
Pierhead lighthouse a grey round
stone tower (0c WRG 10s 15m 13-8M
Bell (1) 10s).
From the entrance, the dredged
channel which is clearly marked by
light-buoys runs WSW to the narrows
which lie by the Fish Quay. From
here, the channel is easy to follow.
Progress upstream keeping to the
starboard hand side of the channel.
A watch should be kept for the
Shields ferry, which runs between
North and South Shields. Royal
Quays Marina is situated in the
former Albert Edward Dock, the
entrance to which is at 54º 59' ·75 N
1º 26' ·75 W Some 2.0nm from the
pierheads. A starboard hand light
marks the waiting pontoon whilst
the lock traffic lights are located
above and behind on the middle
From Royal Quays when leaving
the marina lock, vessels should be
aware that they are entering a major
shipping channel and keep a proper
If leaving to seaward, vessels
should (if it is clear to do so)
immediately cross the main channel
at right angles and proceed seawards
on the southern side of the channel.
If after exiting the lock it is not clear
to cross the channel, you should turn
to starboard and progress upstream
on the north side of the channel until
it is clear to cross to the south bank.
If leaving to proceed upstream,
vessels should turn immediately to
starboard and progress upstream on
the north side of the channel.
All boats should be aware that
there are regular movements of
large commercial craft from
The Northumbrian Quay and the
International Ferry Terminal (Ro Ro’s
3 & 4) immediately adjacent to the
marina. The marina has radio contact
with Tyne VTS and advice on
impending shipping movements can
be obtained from the Marina on VHF
channel 80 whilst locking through.
At all times when boating on the
river, you should observe the
International Rules for Preventing
Collisions at sea and keep clear of and
not impede large vessels that are in the
channel and as such are limited in their
ability to manoeuvre.