Marine Services

Montrose Port Authority offers a wide range of world-class marine services

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Marine services are port-related activities conducted to ensure the safe and expeditious flow of vessel traffic in port approaches and harbours and a safe stay at berth when moored or at anchor.


The port offers an efficient Pilotage through its own in-house Pilotage, line handling and port control operation.

  • Port Control is manned on a 24-hour basis, with VHF watch maintained on Channel 12
  • Vessels arriving should call 'Montrose Port Authority' on Channel 12 at least two hours prior to their arrival
  • Vessels bound for Montrose must keep Port Control advised on any alteration to ETAs at least six hours prior to arrival
  • Vessels are advised to remain east of the outer red buoy at port entrance and await further instructions from the pilot and Port Control who will advise on berthing and anchorage as required

Contact Port Control on 01674 679916

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Vessels Handled

Montrose Port Authority accepts vessels up to 165 metres long and with a maximum draft of up to 7.7 metres are accepted.

Larger vessels may be accommodated depending on type, please contact the Harbour Master.

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Offering around 1000 metres of quayside on both the north and south side of the Harbour, Montrose Port provides a sheltered haven almost half a mile long. Sheltered berthing is available and vessels lying alongside in any weather conditions experience no heave or range.

  • North Quay length 558 metres. Vessels up to 7.7 metre draft can be accommodated
  • South Quay length 475 metres. Vessels up to 7.7 metre draft can be accommodated
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Cargo Handled

A wide range of cargoes passes through Montrose Port, handled by our experienced stevedores. We have the ability to handle almost all cargo type.

These include forest products, dry bulk, agribulk, break bulk, unitised and offshore oil materials and equipment.

Plant, machinery and fully integrated logistics are available on site.

Operations Director & Harbour Master

As the son of the last lighthouse keeper in Scotland, there was no doubt that Tom was going to follow a nautical career. Growing up in Orkney, his love of the sea and boats grew deeper. He left home at 16 to work as a deck hand, sailing all over the world. Promoted to Master at the age of 25, he regularly visited Montrose Port during his travels. In 2000, the Port offered him a job as a pilot, and in 2015, the position of Harbour Master. Now his responsibilities extend to Port - as well as marine - operations. Tom is also the Operations Manager for Montrose Lifeboat Station.

Captain Tom Hutchison
Operations Director & Harbour Master
t: 01674 672 302