Forth & Tay Navigation Service

Forth & Tay Navigation Service (FTNS) is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by appropriately qualified Assistant Harbour Masters who are supported by VTS Operators, themselves qualified to the required MCA V103 standard.

The service they provide includes radar surveillance of the Forth Estuary from the Eastern Port Limit (Tantallon Castle on the south shore to Fife Ness on the north shore), and also of the Tay Estuary from the Abertay Outer Buoy to a line just west of the Tay Rail Bridge.  Their duties also include enforcement of the Forth Byelaws and General Directions for Navigation and the Byelaws for the Port of Dundee.  This ensures a safe and speedy passage of all commercial and naval shipping from sea to port and back to sea again.

Forth Ports has five radars covering the Forth estuary; at Gullane, Leith, Burntisland, Rosyth and Grangemouth, and one radar on the Tay at Buddon Ness.  In addition, FTNS personnel maintain and update a computerised vessel database which records details of all ship voyages in the estuaries.  Both radar picture and vessel database can be viewed and accessed by each Harbour Master in the main ports in the estuary as well as by Forth Pilots, based at Granton.

 
Marine Resources
All FTNS Resources
Notices to Mariners - Forth
Permanent Notices to Mariners - Forth
Notices to Mariners - Tay
Permanent Notices to Mariners - Tay
Notices to Mariners - FRC
Emergency Response Plans
Environment & Legislation
Marine Information
Marine Pro-formas
Marine Safety Alerts
Marine Tariffs
Port Marine Safety Code
Tide Tables
Cruise Resources

VHF Channels

Ch: 71 – Forth & Tay Navigation Service

Ch: 14 – Grangemouth Harbour Masters

Ch: 12 – Leith Harbour

Ch: 12 – Dundee Harbour

Ch: 72 – Forth Pilots (& pilot cutter)

Marine Contacts

Forth & Tay Navigation Service
T: +44 (0)1324 498584
F: +44 (0)1324 668480

Leith Harbour Office
T +44 (0)131 555 8900
F: +44 (0)131 555 8912

Forth Pilots (Granton)
T: +44 (0)131 552 1420
F: +44 (0)131 551 5869

Forth Estuary Towage
T: +44 (0)131 555 8915
F: +44 (0)131 555 8923

Dundee Harbour
T: +44 (0)1382 878141
F: +44 (0)1382 878126

Mailing Addresses

Forth & Tay Navigation Service (FTNS)
South Shore Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UD

Leith Harbour Office
Marine Administration Building
Leith Docks
Edinburgh
EH6 7DR

Forth Pilots
Pilot Station
Middle Pier
Granton
Edinburgh
EH5 1HF

Forth Estuary Towage
Marine Administration Building
Leith Docks
Edinburgh
EH6 7DR

Dundee Harbour Master
Port Office
Stannergate Road
Dundee
DD1 3LU

Useful Links

Key Contacts

Alan McPherson
Chief Harbour Master
Forth & Tay Navigation
South Shore Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UD

+44 (0)1324 668 400

alan.mcpherson@forthports.co.uk

Ashley Nicholson
Senior Harbour Master
Marine Admin Building
Grangemouth Port Office
Central Dock Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UE

+44 (0)1324 668 400

ashley.nicholson@forthports.co.uk

Alasdair Smith
Head of Marine Operations & Development

Forth & Tay Navigation
South Shore Road
Grangemouth
FK3 8UD

+44 (0)1324 668 400

alasdair.smith@forthports.co.uk

Ryan Porteous
Harbour Master Dundee & Leith
Port Office
Stannergate Road
Dundee
DD1 3LU

+44 (0)1382 224 121

ryan.porteous@forthports.co.uk

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