Port Facilities at the Port of Wisbech – 01945 587070

Wisbech offered port facilities in medieval times but when the estuary of the River Ouse, became silted up, it was diverted into the sea at Lynn and the present artificial course of the River Nene was constructed from Peterborough to the Wash. The drained marshes provided rich productive farmland, bringing prosperity to Wisbech town and the port East Midlands. It was the centre of a thriving agricultural region and an important trading centre, with shipments of corn and oil seed rape along the coast and to the continent, as well as provide port facilities for imports – particularly coal from the North and timber from the Baltic.

Wisbech offers port facilities for vessels up to a maximum of 83m L.O.A. and 13m beam. If your vessel is over 75m and equipped with an effective bow thruster you will need prior approval of the Harbour Master. Vessels require maximum draft of tidal prediction minus 2 metres up to a maximum of 4.88m. All vessels are required to offer good forward visibility. In order to swing, vessels maximum forward draft to be prediction minus 3 metres.

Masters are advised that adverse weather conditions can cause large variations on prediction, affecting the restrictions on draft. Vessels of unusual construction, or with restricted or limited visibility require prior permission of the Harbour Master and may be subject to daylight only passage and/or a tug attending.12 hours notice may be required to order the tug. For any vessel sailing from Wisbech port facility in loaded or part loaded condition, maximum draft should be calculated by prediction minus 2.4 metres. All such vessels should agree their departure plan with the Pilot Master well in advance of ETD. Outward vessels in ballast are requested to have minimum draft possible prior to departure.

The Port of Wisbech offers quality port facilities at very competitive rates, including competitive wharfage dues, modern mobile cranes, over 20 tonne lifts on application and a rapid turn round.  We also offer an excellent road service to all parts of the country, diesel bunkers with water and stores available at reasonable notice. We are equipped for bulk handling and are an excellent discharge port for abnormal loads allowing minimum road transport from the port East Midlands.

The Port of Wisbech can also offer port facilities with its modern hoist that can handle large commercial fishing boats. We also offer a 100-tonne slipway, re-opened in 2011, that is capable of taking boats up to 24 metres long, which is being used by more and more companies from the whole Wash area. Previously these companies had to send their boats to Grimsby or Lowestoft for repairs or refits. Now they are coming here because we have all the facilities they need and the port facilities offer very reasonable prices.