When approaching Cardiff you should use the following publications:
- Admiralty Charts 1182 and 1176 (also contained in the Bristol Channel Admiralty Leisure Folio)
- Admiralty Sailing Directions – West Coasts of England and Wales Pilot
Please note that information may be subject to change and mariners should use all available navigation aids when at sea.
It is important to keep a proper look out for vessels approaching or leaving Cardiff Docks, as they are constrained by their draft.
You should also maintain a listening watch on:
- VHF Channel 68 South Wales Radio (Associated British Ports, Cardiff) in this area.
When on your final approach to Cardiff Bay Outer Harbour, you should call Barrage Control on VHF Channel 18 to request a lock in. They will advise you of the next available lock and provide instructions regarding entry to the Outer Harbour and locks. However, occasionally it may be necessary to restrict access into the Outer Harbour.
Please see Barrage locking procedure for further details.