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Drones

Before flying a drone, whether you are an individual or a registered commercial drone operator, over the Harbour Authority area, please make sure the drone is registered and you have talked to the Harbour Master giving details such as area and duration of operation, take-off and landing zone and Drone ID. The Harbour Master may place additional restrictions in addition to the usual drone code.

The following web sites will give you more information:

https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/

https://dronesafe.uk/

https://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/

For Recreational operators Article 95 of the ANO states that, if you wish to fly your camera fitted unmanned aircraft:

  • within 150m of either a congested area or an organised open air crowd of more than 1000 persons
    and / or

  • within 50m of people or properties/objects/vessels that are not under your control

then you will need to obtain a Permission from the CAA in order to do so legally.  

For commercial operators a permission from the CAA is required to be held if you wish to conduct a commercial operation with your aircraft (iaw ANO 2016 article 94[5]), or if you wish to fly your aircraft:

  • at a height of more than 400 ft above the surface (iaw ANO 2016 as amended article 94A),

and/or

  • within 150m of either a congested area or an organised open-air assembly of more than 1000 persons (iaw ANO2016 article 95),
    and/or

  • within 50m of people or properties/objects/vessels that are not under your control (iaw ANO2016 article 95)

Therefore, please be aware that with the density of moorings within the Harbour Authority area you will almost certainly be within 50m of vessels that are not under your control.

Commercial operators will be asked for a risk assessment if they wish to operate in the Harbour Authority area.

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