Ramsgate Maritime Plan - Executive summary

Ramsgate’s port and Royal Harbour, owned and operated by Thanet District Council, is located 76 miles from the heart of London, and close to continental ports and harbours across the North Sea and Straits of Dover. 

The commercial port has for the past decades, until recently, operated ferry services to both Dunkerque and Ostende and has become both a construction and now operation and maintenance base for three nearby offshore wind farms. The port adjoins the Royal Harbour.

The Royal Harbour forms a fantastic visual link between Ramsgate’s attractive waterfront and the open sea. The dominant activity in the Royal Harbour is created by separate, well-appointed commercial and leisure marinas which provide safe berths for both local and visiting vessels.

The port and harbour lie in an environmentally sensitive marine area. The latter comprises of a number of nature conservation designations including Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas for birds together with Ramsar sites, the Thanet MCZ (Marine Conservation Zone) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

We have published this Maritime Plan, which has an evolving scope and purpose, as a high level guide for the future operation, development and management of the port and Royal Harbour.




Yacht rigging 

Sea bird in the marina

Yacht Valley arches