Marine Works


The Harbour Master, Humber, is responsible for obtaining dredging deposit licences under the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food and Environment Protection Act 1985. He is also responsible for obtaining a licence for capital dredging deposits.

Sunk Dredged Channel

The Harbour Master is the Engineer for the Sunk Dredged Channel. In this role, he is responsible for calling in the dredger when the channel is shoaling and requires dredging to its guaranteed depth of 8.8 metres below chart datum.

The Sunk Dredged Channel was dredged to enable deep-draughted vessels to use the deep-water terminals of the Immingham Oil Terminal and the Immingham Bulk Terminal.

Click here to view our chart of the Sunk Dredged channel Volume Dredged 1969-2010.

Notes for Guidance

Harbour Works Consent Application Form (PDF)

Notes for Guidance Setting Out Consents Procedures for the Carrying Out of Works Below Mean High Water Marks

Associated British Ports (ABP), by virtue of the Humber Conservancy Acts, 1852 – 1907 and the Humber Harbour Reorganisation Scheme, 1966, Confirmation Order, 1967, is the Conservancy and Navigation Authority for the River Humber (including Lower Trent to Gainsborough) as defined in the Acts and also the Local Lighthouse Authority within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894. ABP is also the beneficial owner, by virtue of long term lease, of most of the foreshore and bed of the river.

 The carrying out of all works, including the erection of bridges and other like structures, below Mean High Water Mark of Ordinary Spring Tides requires the prior written approval of the following authorities:-

 1)     ABP for the purpose of Section 9 of the Humber Conservancy Act, 1899 as amended by Section 6 of the Humber Conservancy Act 1905.

 2)     The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for the purpose of Section 9(i) of the Humber Conservancy Act, 1899 as amended by Section 6 of the Humber Conservancy Act, 1905 and Section 34 of the Coast Protection Act, 1949.

 3)     The MMO for the purposes of the Food and Environment Protection Act, 1985.

 4)     The Environment Agency for the purposes of the Water Resources Act 1991.

The consent of ABP above will be dealt with by the Harbour Master, Humber and for these purposes THREE copies each of the following drawings are required:-

(i)               An Ordnance Sheet on the scale of 1/2500 of the immediate locality with the work indicated upon it in distinctive colour. High and Low Lines of Ordinary Spring Tides should be shown on the Ordnance Sheet; and

 (ii)              A detailed plan and cross section of the riverbed and foreshore affected, with the work delineated in distinctive colour and shown in elevation. The section should be drawn on a scale not less than 1/200, and should show the High and Low Lines of Ordinary Spring Tides, the position of Ordnance Datum and have the principal dimensions figured upon it.

 The consent of the MMO, as referred to in (2) above, and the licence, also issued by the MMO as per (3) above can be applied for jointly on application to:-

Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne

 The consent of ABP cannot be granted until the MMO consent has been issued. You are advised, therefore, to forward a copy of this consent to ABP AS SOON AS IT IS RECEIVED.

 Any approval granted by ABP will be subject to certain conditions to protect its Conservancy and Navigation interests and these will include the requirement for the works to be marked and/or lighted if considered necessary.

 If the site of the works is on, under or over Crown foreshore and bed of river within the area of ABP lease-holding the works will be subject to licence arrangements and the payment of such annual financial consideration as may be determined.

 Before submitting formal application and final drawings to ABP you are advised to obtain any necessary Planning Approval from the appropriate local government authority.

 As previously stated, the above statutory procedures apply to all works (including dredging and depositing) below Mean High Water Mark of ordinary spring tides. Applicants are required to satisfy themselves that they have approval of the owner of the land above High Water Mark both for construction and access before formally approaching ABP.


i)                 This Authority cannot consent to works in the River Humber beyond or riverward of the River Lines as defined in Section 13 of the Humber conservancy Act, 1905; such works requiring the authority of an Order under the Transport & Works Act 1992.

ii)                The Humber is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the purposes of Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981; as Special Protection Areas under European Union Directive 79/409/EEC on the Conservation of Wild Birds; as Wetlands of International Importance under the “Ramsar Convention” and as a Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Regulations. You are advised, therefore, to consult with Natural England, Institute for Applied Biology, University of York, York, YO1 5DD. A copy of any consent issued by them must be furnished to ABP.

 iii)              Any temporary works (coffer dams, causeways etc.) needed to facilitate construction should also be shown on the scheme drawing and marked “Temporary – to be removed”.

 iv)             Applicants should allow sufficient time for consents to be obtained from the MMO, in respect of Section (2) above, due to the extensive consultations that have to be undertaken.

Harbour Master, Humber
Associated British Ports
Cleethorpe Road
North Lincolnshire, DN31 3LL