Latest News from the Harbour

Harbour Exercise -

Marine Pollution Response

Exercise Cindery

Brightlingsea Harbour Authority will be testing its capability for dealing with a marine pollution incident within the harbour.

Exercise Cindery will be taking place on the 9th February starting at 10:00 UTC and finishing 13:30 UTC.

Location of the exercise will be NW of Cindery Island in Brightlingsea Creek.

The following Emergency Services will be taking part:- HM Coast Guard, Fire & Rescue and Police.


The Funeral service of Stephen Chick will be held at All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex.

on Tuesday 2nd February at 13.45, followed by a private cremation. 

Family flowers only.

Donations to be divided between RNLI and King George V Fund for Sailors. 

All donations and enquires to

John Smith Funeral Directors

Tower Street



Essex. CO7 0AL 

Phone:01206 308400


Stephen Chick

It is with great sorrow that the Commissioners and Harbour staff wish to pass on the sad news that the Brightlingsea Harbour Master, Stephen Chick, died at home on Saturday, 9 January 2016.


Stephen has been Brightlingsea Harbour Master for eighteen months; his energetic approach, commitment and skills will leave a lasting legacy.


Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends at this time.


A book of remembrance has been opened and will be available during the club's office hours at Colne Yacht Club and at other times in the Harbour Office.


Activity is already underway to remove the pontoon sections, and it is expected that both marina basins will be clear by 16th January, to enable dredging to commence 18th January.

More detail is available on the news section.

New Commissioners

Following significant interest in filling the vacancy for a Commissioner, both Fiona Brown and Andrew Scott have been welcomed onboard. More detail on our new Commissioners will follow shortly.

Commissioners' Aim

The commissioners recently agreed the following aim   to retain the character of the harbour’

 and following objectives:

  • Ensure sufficient water depth is established and maintained.

  • Maintain similar mix and number of moorings.

  • Establish dedicated area for visiting boats.

  • Identify gaps in services and, where appropriate, either work with others to provide or provide ourselves.

  • Work towards achieving relevant quality standards (eg ISO, Eco Port).

  • Establish and maintain financial model which ensures sustainability, phased capital equipment replacement and a regular maintenance schedule.

  • Maintain and build strong working relationships with all harbour users and stakeholders.

  • Provide value for money.

  • To maintain, protect and enhance our natural environment.



Weather information page

Our updated weather page now has live local weather data, plus information on tide predictions and tide levels and links to weather forecast sites. Click here


Welcome to Brightlingsea Harbour


Brightlingsea Harbour is a small mixed leisure and commercial port with a rich heritage, situated in Brightlingsea Creek close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries.


The Harbour is within a nature conservation area of international importance. The River Colne is navigable on the tide for 7 miles to Colchester in Essex and the River Blackwater is navigable for 11 miles to Maldon. Brightlingsea is a day sail from most ports on the Thames Estuary.


Brightlingsea Harbour is a Trust Port managed by Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners. The Harbour Master leads a dedicated team of permanent and seasonal staff who oversee the day to day activities within the Harbour.


The Harbour provides a total of about 500 berths and moorings and welcomes many visiting boats, which can number 100 on a busy weekend. Boats of up to 50 feet (15m) and 8 feet (2.5m) draft can be accommodated and a warm welcome awaits all. Facilities at Brightlingsea Harbour have steadily been upgraded over recent years and now includes the addition of a laundry facility for Harbour users and the sale of diesel fuel from a floating barge berth.


Use the links on the menu above to access further information about Brightlingsea Harbour, including details of the Foot and Cycle Ferry service from Brightlingsea, useful information for visitors and what you can find to do in the surrounding area.


If you cannot find the information you require, please contact us.