Marine Information

Shipping – Marine Information

Situated on the River Thames
Latitude 51’27.28N and Longitude 0’20.50E
Quay Length – 1,720M / Terminal Capacity 1M TEU

There are no tides within the enclosed dock. The tidal range in the River Thames is up to a maximum rise and fall of 7 metres with maximum current of 3.5 knots in the river.

Lock Information (Inner Berth Only)
Panamax: Maximum ship size 262 M LOA, 32.3 BEAM

Vessels for the port may anchor in any one of a number of areas including Sunk pilot, Southend and North East Spit Pilot Station off Margate.

Bunkering services are supplied by barge and arranged through ship’s agent, permission must be granted for any bunker operation by the Duty Harbour Master (Port of Tilbury).

The Port of London Authority’s London Port Control Centre is responsible for all aspects of navigation and pilotage on the River Thames. Tel (+44) 01474 562305.

PLA Pilotage
Compulsory for all vessels of 50 metres LOA and over navigating within the PLA pilotage area – in this instance between Sea Reach No1 Buoy and the Port of Tilbury. Pilotage is also compulsory for vessels over 80 metres LOA navigating between Sea Reach No 1 buoy and the Sunk and North East Spit pilot stations. Pilotage exemption certificates, subject to exclusion are issued by the PLA. Tel (+44 )01474 562200.

Port of Tilbury
The harbour radio is manned 24 hours a day and listens on VHF channel 4 – call sign ‘Tilbury’, with channels 15 and 17 as the working channels.

Through towage is provided by Svitzer Towage Ltd. Based in Gravesend, the fleet of tugs is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Tel (+44) 845 608 13460. Towage is also offered by Kotug Smit who operate 5 tugs on the Thames that are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week Tel (+44) 1375 641288

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London Container Terminal (Tilbury) Limited. Registered Office: Leslie Ford House, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7EH
Registered in England and Wales. Registered Number 1249844.