All vessels must keep a listening watch on VHF Ch12 ‘Tyne VTS’ and when approaching the entrance of the Tyne all vessel must report in, stating the name of your vessel and that you wish to proceed from the Piers to Royal Quays. The North and South Piers mark the entrance of the River Tyne and are lit by lighthouses F1 (3) 10s and 0c WRG 10s respectively. The white sector of the sector light at the mouth of ‘The Narrows’ Dir Occ W10s & OccRG10s guide you between the two piers at approx 249°.
The 360m wide dredged channel initially runs on a WSW course and its well marked by port & starboard hand buoys. As the channel turns southwards, keep a watchful eye on the Shields Ferry which crosses between North and South Shields and the marina is on the right almost immediately after the ferry. Waiting pontoons are located adjacent to the starboard hand light at the entrance of the marina.
Access to the marina basin is via double sector lock gates. The lock operates at all states of the tide and is available 24 hours a day under the following schedule:
Locking-Out: on the hour and half hour
Locking-In: on the quarter past & quarter to the hour
All boat movements are controlled by traffic lights located on the middle pier.
RED - lock closed or in use, please keep clear of the gates.
GREEN - proceed into lock.