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Irvine Harbour

HISTORY OF IRVINE HARBOUR

The harbour for Irvine has a long history and once was one of the most prominent ports in Scotland after Glasgow. Across from the main harbour itself there was a terminal for the ICI-Nobel Explosives plant on the River Garnock. Much of the harbour went into decline in the 19th century when Glasgow, Greenock and Port Glasgow achieved higher prominence as sea ports. Despite this, there was still commercial sea traffic, though the harbour went into further decline in the 20th century. The main shipping in the 20th century was light coastal traffic and vessels destined for the Nobel Explosives facility. This facility had its own quay, which, although now disused, is still visible from Irvine Harbour. A shipyard on the River Irvine, the Ayrshire Dockyard Company, remained active until after World War II, though its last ship was built just prior to the war.

Afterwards it was involved in refitting ships and also in the manufacture of fittings for other vessels including the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2. Irvine Harbour is now officially closed as a commercial port and is used by a small number of privately owned pleasure craft. It is also home to part of the Scottish Maritime Museum with numerous vessels on display, including the “Spartan”, one of the last surviving Clyde puffers.

The Irvine Harbour Co which owns the harbour was established in parliament in 1920 under the Irvine Harbour Order Confirmation Act.

IRVINE HARBOUR TODAY

The Irvine Harbour Co is part of the NPL group who through Ardeer Regeneration Ltd (ARL) own land both at Ardeer and Bogside. Under the Ayrshire Growth Deal in partnership with ARL, North Ayrshire Council are seeking to move forward with an exciting harbourside redevelopment including the Maritime Mile. This will be undertaken in consultation with a number of key community stakeholders involved including amongst others, the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine Water Sports Club, Irvine Boat Owners Association, Coastwatch and Irvine Sub Aqua Club.

Moorings – The IHC does not currently offer any moorings within the harbour.

Pontoons – These are owned and operated by the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Wharfs and Harbour Office – These are owned and operated by North Ayrshire Council.

Private Slipways – There are 2 private slipways in Irvine. One owned by the Scottish Maritime Museum the other owned by the Irvine Harbour Company which is offered on a not-for-profit basis to all (except jet skis) upon application to the Harbourmaster.

Port Marine Safety Code – The Irvine Harbour Company complies with the PMSC and has a Safety Management System in operation.

SAILING DIRECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

CURRENT NOTICE TO MARINERS ARE AVAILABLE AT:
https://www.ukho.gov.uk/nmwebsearch/

THE CURRENT HARBOUR SURVEY IS AVAILABLE HERE

THE HARBOUR SAFETY LEAFLET IS AVAILABLE HERE

THE PLAN OF UPPER NAVIGATIONAL LIMITS OF IRVINE IS AVAILABLE HERE

TO REPORT AN INCIDENT IN THE HARBOUR PLEASE USE THE FORM BELOW OR EMAIL: harbourmaster@Irvineharbour.com

TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY PLEASE DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD.

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