14-2021: Update – 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.

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 PDF version of this notice.

Fishing vessels

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

How to pay?

Leisure vessels can pay mooring fees directly to the pier master who is located in the office next to the Café on the Pier. Fees will be collected after 1600 and before 0900 the following morning. Card payments only.

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 is permanently closed. 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

The toilet and shower facilities located on Ha’penny Pier require a code to access, which will be provided to you by the Pier Master on arrival.

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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