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Port (Wisbech)

Wisbech Port is Cambridgeshire's only gateway to the sea, offering excellent facilities and competitive wharfage dues.

Port and Harbour Health

Wisbech served as a port in medieval times, and is still very popular today. After the estuary of the River Ouse became silted up, it was diverted into the sea at Lynn. This led to the construction of the present course of the River Nene from Peterborough to the Wash. The drained marshes provided rich productive farmland, bringing prosperity to Wisbech and its Port. It was the centre of a thriving agricultural region and an important trading centre - with shipments of corn and oil seed rape to the coast and continent, and imports which included coal from the North and timber from the Baltic. All this prosperity led to the magnificent Georgian architecture of the buildings along the Brinks. Wisbech is still a popular place to visit, with work currently underway to develop the Nene Waterfront area.


Although not on the coast, Fenland Distirct Council is the harbour authority for most of the River Nene. As well as operating Wisbech Port and Wisbech Yacht harbour, it provides a Port Health service to commercial ships, leisure vessels and fishing vessels.

Wisbech Port offers a high-quality service at very competitive rates, including:

  • Competitive wharfage dues, with discounts for assured business and high volumes
  • Modern mobile cranes at competitive rates for loading and discharge (up to 20 tonnes max lift)
  • Over 20 tonne lifts on application
  • Rapid turnaround
  • Excellent road service to all parts of the country
  • Diesel bunkers, water and stores available (at reasonable notice)
  • Equipped for bulk handing
  • Excellent discharge port for abnormal loads, allowing minimum road transport

Vessels are welcome up to a maximum of 83m L.O.A and 13m beam. The Harbour Master will need to approve vessels over 75m that are equipped with an effective bow thruster. All Vessels are required to offer good forward visibility, with a maximum draft of tidal prediction minus 2 metres up to a maximum of 4.88m. In order to swing, vessels maximum forward draft to be prediction minus 3 metres.

Masters are advised that adverse weather conditions can cause large variations on prediction, affecting the restrictions on draft. Vessels of unusual construction (or with restricted or limited visibility) require prior permission of the Harbour Master and may be subject to daylight only passage and/or a tug attending. 12 hours notice may be required to order the tug. For any vessel sailing from Wisbech in loaded or part loaded condition, maximum draft should be calculated by prediction minus 2.4 metres. All such vessels should agree their departure plan with the Pilot Master well in advance of ETD. Outward vessels in ballast are requested to have minimum draft possible prior to departure.

For further information or cargo enquiries, please contact the port operator by telephoning +44 (0)1945 587070 or refer to the Tide Timetable booklet.