14-2021: Leisure vessels will be permitted to moor overnight on Ha’penny Pier pontoons from Monday 12 April 2021

The mooring facilities at Ha’penny pier will be open from Monday 29 March to Sunday 31 October 2021.

Ha’penny Pier is manned by Pier Master between the hours of 0800 and 0900 and 1600 and 1700 (including weekends and bank holidays).  During the summer school holidays, the pier is manned between 0800 and 0900 and 1230 and 1730.

Following the Government’s Covid-19 Unlock Roadmap, leisure vessels (with members from one household aboard) will be permitted to moor overnight from Monday 12 April on the Ha’penny Pier pontoons.  No fees will be charged. Toilet and shower facilities will not be available.

Visiting leisure vessels up to 20 metres length overall (LOA) can use the facilities at Ha’penny pier pontoons for a maximum stay of 72 hours.  Moorings cannot be booked in advance as we operate on a first come first served basis. Be advised that vessels may be double or triple berthed if the mooring facility is busy and prevailing conditions are suitable.

As shown on the diagram above, the outside berths are prioritised for larger vessels and the inside berths are predominately for smaller crafts.  Leisure vessels must not moor in the harbour ferry or unloading areas, which are clearly marked on the map available on the PDF version.

Fishing vessels

Fishing vessels are restricted to using the unloading area of the pontoon, which is clearly marked.

How to pay?

Leisure vessels with members of one household aboard are permitted to moor overnight from 12 April. No fees will be charged until further notice.

The area around the Ha’penny Pier pontoons is monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day.

Access out of hours

The gate at the top of the pontoon gangway will be closed between 17.00 and 08.00.  The gate allows visitors to exit the pontoon area, but does require a code to access on return. Visiting crafts that intend to stay overnight will be provided with the pontoon gate code on arrival. Visitors using the pontoon after 17.30 who do not intend to stay overnight can obtain the gate’s code by calling 07748 154039. Please note this phone is only manned until 21.00.

Access to facilities

Please note that the toilet and shower facilities on Ha’penny Pier remain closed to visiting sailors. We will continue to review the situation in line with the Government’s Unlock Roadmap.

A water tap is located on the inside of the sea defence wall at the entrance of Ha’penny Pier, which is the property of Tendring District Council – 01255 686868.

Access during bad weather

The mooring facility is affected by both wind and tides and sometimes it might not be possible to use the facility.   During challenging conditions, the bridges between pontoons will be raised to protect them from damage.  In such situations skippers should consider the pontoons closed.

Skippers should always ensure that their vessels are securely moored with fenders in place. Our pier master is always happy to advise about wind, tide and mooring conditions.


Harwich Haven Authority accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any vessel, its contents or injury to any person using the facility.

Vessels entering the pontoons are advised to navigate with caution – due to floating moorings – and keep to the port side when entering the pontoons.

Up to date information related to the Ha’penny Pier pontoons can be found at – https://hha.co.uk/leisure/mooring/

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