VTS, Marine Services | Port of Milford Haven

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)

The Port of Milford Haven is a public trust harbour and pilotage authority with local legislative powers provided by statute. It is responsible for the navigation, safety and traffic regulation of all vessels navigating within the Haven as defined in the Directions.

Port Control provides 24/7 vessel traffic services to all Reporting Vessels navigating the Haven. These vessels must be equipped with a fully operational and well maintained VHF radio. All other vessels navigating the Haven are recommended to be equipped with a fully operational and well maintained VHF radio in order that they can monitor communications to and from Port Control using Channel 12.

Whilst it is the duty of the Master of any vessel navigating on the Haven to comply with these Directions they do not in any way diminish the Master's responsibility for the vessel of which he is Master, the persons on board that vessel, its cargo or any third parties or the property of any third parties.


We have powers under our 2002 Act to make General Directions for the Port. The first of those were issued in 2006. The Harbourmaster wishes to make changes to those Directions, therefore we welcome your views on the draft (below). Any comments should be sent to enquiries@mhpa.co.uk or the Harbourmaster, Port of Milford Haven, Gorsewood Drive, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3EP by Monday 22nd February.

Milford Haven Port Authority General Directions (2006)


Draft Milford Haven Port Authority General Directions (2016)

VTS Brochure (Vessel Traffic Services) - What the shipmaster can expect of the VTS and what is expected of the shipmaster