Milford Fish Docks is Wales’ largest fishing port.
Facilities & Services
As a full service dock close to the Irish Sea, Bristol Channel and the Celtic Sea, Milford Fish Docks offers quality facilities and services for both inshore & offshore fleets and processors.
Our facilities include:
- First class landing berths
- Fish landing platforms
- Fleet of cargo handling/lifting vehicles
- Skilled operatives available 24/7/365
- Purpose built box washing facility – capacity to wash 100 boxes per hour
- 7t capacity ice plant (24hr notice required) and storage for an additional 7t
- New chill store (+2o) with up to 40 cubic tonnes capacity and compartment options
- Fresh water
- Handling of port waste, domestic waste and waste oil
- Part of the Fishing For Litter and Odyssey Innovation Net Regeneration schemes
- Long stay lay-up berths
- Lay-up berths for repairs
- Ship chandlers
- Access to office space on quay with WiFi available
- Storage facilities
- Marine crane
- Newly refurbished shower, toilet and laundry block with disabled access
There are several bunkering companies that service Milford Fish Docks including:
|Jetty or Quay||Quay length (m)||Max vessel length (m)||Design depth (m)|
|Milford Docks (lock entrance: 21m beam)|
|Dry Dock||180m||(19m beam)||3-7.5m|
|J Wall||200m||(19m beam)||5.5m|
|K Wall||150m||(19m beam)||7.5m|
At Milford Fish Docks you will find a hard working team, dedicated to keeping operations running smoothly and safely.
We operate on a 24 hour basis and can accommodate your needs 365 days a year. Our skilled operatives are experts in delivering dockside support to our customers – whether they’re afloat or ashore, and can assist with:
- Cargo handling
- Moving fish boxes
- Box washing
- Diesel and petrol 24/7
Plus we can help put you in touch with local suppliers including commercial property through the Port of Milford Haven, the dry dock and bunkering companies. Whatever you need, just ask and we will do our best to help.
A variety of property is available to let through the Port of Milford Haven. Properties on the quayside tailored for the fishing industry include:
- Office space
- Food processing units
- Light industrial units
- Food-grade primary and secondary processing capacity adjacent to the dockside
- Up to 200,000ft² of storage and operating space
- Competitive rates
- Freezer units and chill storage
- Convenient loading area
- Flake ice supply and cold storage available on site
- Additional storage nearby
- CCTV and manned 24/7
- Access to fresh fish and shellfish
- Close to Irish Sea, Bristol Channel and the Celtic Sea with wet fish and shellfish landings from the local inshore fleet and the Belgian and Spanish fleets
- Uncongested transport access to the motorway networks
- Proximity to complementary agricultural produce from well-respected Pembrokeshire producers
- Your product can be marketed as Welsh produce. The fish and shellfish are classed, in their own right, as landed in Wales, and processed foods can be additionally marketed as local, Pembrokeshire or Welsh.
Situated on the west coast of Wales in the UK, Milford Fish Docks is close to fishing grounds and an uncongested transport network; ensuring a fast route to market for your product.
Find us at Cleddau House, Milford Docks, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom, SA73 3AF.
- Sheltered non tidal quay
- Fast, uncongested routes to the M4/M5/M6 corridors
- Doorstep market with onsite facilities for primary and secondary processors
- Increasing local demand associated with Pembrokeshire’s ‘food’ reputation
- 180m dry dock
- Extensive amenities for shopping, laundry, leisure
- CCTV coverage
- Manned 24/7
- Onsite food processing facilities for both primary and secondary outlets
|City/Port||Distance from Milford Haven|
|Brixham Harbour||233 miles|
|Newlyn Harbour||321 miles|
|Port of Grimsby||349 miles|
Safety, Environment & Navigation
The Port continues to comply, so far as is reasonably practicable, with the Port Marine Safety Code which is a national standard that applies to all harbour authorities. The principle requirements of the Code directs ports to conduct risk assessments, implement a formal safety management system, employ properly qualified marine personnel and ensure that sufficient powers and resources are provided to manage the harbour safely.
Milford Docks is a Statutory Harbour Authority (SHA) by virtue of the ‘Milford Docks Acts 1874 to 1981. Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) as the owner and operator of Milford Docks, has appointed an independent Designated Person to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code. The Designated Person for Milford Docks is:
Monty Smedley of ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) Ltd
All port and harbour users, including Harbour Authority staff have direct access to the Designated Person. Concerns regarding marine safety in the port or harbour, in the first instance, should be raised with the Milford Docks and Marina Dockmaster (David Lockwood), Manager or Deputy Dock Masters (Melanie Durney and Neal Hotchkiss) (or for Authority staff - with your direct line manager).
If additional, independent advice regarding the matter is required, any reasonable concerns can be brought to the attention of the Designated Person by any of the following methods:
Designated Person Contact Details:
By email: DP.MilfordHaven@abpmer.co.uk
Designated Person (PMSC) ‘Milford Docks’
Quayside Suite, Medina Chambers
By telephone: 023 8071 1892 or 023 8071 1889
The Designated Person and the Maritime Team at ABPmer:
- have detailed knowledge of the Port Marine Safety Code, the Guide to Good Practice for Port Marine Operations and accompanying Competency Standards;
- provide independent assurance to the Duty Holder that the marine safety management system required by the Port Marine Safety Code is working effectively; and
- at regular intervals, audit the Harbour Authority’s compliance with the Code.
The Designated Person has direct access to the Duty Holder whenever this is deemed necessary.
Our Port Integrated Management System (PIMS) sets out the roles and responsibilities of key staff, and outlines management procedures and work instructions designed to standardise tasks and reduce risk and drive continual improvement and excellence of our safety performance. It is internally and externally audited.
We also use an Assurance Framework for the management of risk. Concerns and incidents can be reported using an Event Report form, which formally enter the Assurance Framework. Once submitted there is a process for dealing and responding to such matters.
As well as other port-led safety initiatives and requirements, Milford Fish Docks has the following safety measures in place:
- Fixed safety ladders every 50m
- Life buoys every 50m
- Fully trained first aiders
- Operatives trained in man overboard recovery
In addition, Milford Fish Docks is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Weather forecasts are displayed on the noticeboard outside our office, along with Notices to Mariners.
We encourage all fishermen and owners of commercial fishing vessels to keep up-to-date with the latest industry information and guidance to ensure the safety of crews at all times, including the following:
Personal Flotation Devices – 18 February 2014
Between 1992 and April 2013, 103 fishermen died from drowning – over 99% of these fishermen were not wearing lifejackets (Marine Accident Investigation Branch figures).
Read a guide prepared by the RNLI and Fishing Industry Safety Group
We aim to provide users of Milford Fish Docks with efficient, effective and sustainable waste management facilities and therefore have a comprehensive Waste Management Plan in place.
Fishing For Litter is a European initiative aimed at encouraging the collection and shore-side disposal of fishing industry related debris which is encountered during fishing operations at sea.
At Milford Fish Docks we’re pleased to be part of the scheme and help our customers with the waste collected.
Operators interested in taking part in this scheme can contact the Docks Manager by:
Tel: +44 (0) 1646 696300
Mobile: +44 (0)7970 029466
Sending an enquiry
Visiting us at Cleddau House, Milford Docks, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 3AF
For further information, visit the Fishing For Litter website.
Milford Fish Docks is a participating harbour in the Net Generation Scheme pilot project which recycles fishing gear for free with the aim of achieving cleaner and safer seas.
The recycling wheelie bin can be found on K-Wall and the full list of acceptable items which can be recycled is on the Marine Plastic Recycling Guidelines poster >
To find out more about the scheme, visit the Odyssey Innovation website. If you have any queries, please contact the Milford Fish Docks team on 01646 696300.
When navigating to Milford Fish Docks, considerations should be made for the Castlemartin Range Sea Danger Area, Cardigan Bay Danger Area, Notice to Mariners, lock times and the fishing vessel entry requirements below.
Access and egress of Milford Fish Docks is via a lock and therefore all vessels transiting the lock must contact Pier Head on VHF channel 14 (Call sign: Pier Head) before entering or leaving.
Check out Milford Waterfront's website for fish recipes, tips on buying seafood and the history of Milford Fish Docks.