Port of Falmouth







Falmouth Harbour, including the Carrick Roads, is reputed to be the third largest natural harbour in the world and is the deepest in Western Europe. Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are a statutory port authority with responsibility for the Inner Harbour at Falmouth (excluding Falmouth Docks), the Penryn River up as far as Boyers Cellars, the southern part of the Carrick Roads and a large part of Falmouth Bay. It is also famous for being the start or finish point of various round the world record breaking voyages, such as those of Sir William Robert Pat "Robin" Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur. Apparently Falmouth is a very popular name for a town; to date, 14 Falmouth’s have been found around the world. There is one in Cornwall, Jamaica, Antigua, Tasmania, Canada and in the United States, Falmouth can be found in Massachusetts, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois & Florida. As well as providing regulation of its Harbour Area the Commissioners provide small craft facilities for residents and visitors.

The Fal Estuary and Carrick Roads are designated as a Special Area of Conservation in accordance with the Habitats Regulations.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are members of the SAC Management Forum which is a group of Relevant Authorities who meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the management of the SAC. The SAC regulations require that the regular activities within the area are managed in accordance with an approved management plan and that occasional activities (such as hull cleaning) that are likely to have an effect on the integrity of the SAC are subject to an appropriate assessment to determine whether they can be safely undertaken

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners is a statutory port undertaking created by an act of parliament in 1870. It operates as a trust port and has a board of eight commissioners who act as trustees. Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are committed to operating the harbour in an open and accountable manner and welcome feedback from harbour users.

The role of a commissioner is akin to that of a company director. Commissioners are responsible for the management of the Trust Port of Falmouth which has a turnover of about £1.6M and a geographic area of about 16 square miles. The Commissioners manage the Port in the wider interest of its stakeholders and are subject to comprehensive guidance from the Ports Division of the Department for Transport. The duties of Board Members are accountable for the proper exercise of the Authority's statutory functions and to provide proper oversight and direction in relation to the safety of marine operations and the financial performance of all activities.

Serving as Falmouth’s Harbour Master for eight years, Mark Sansom’s work to champion the port of Falmouth and ensure ongoing viability and future prosperity of the harbour led to him play an instrumental role in the setting up of the Federation of Regional and Local Channel Ports in 2007. The Federation brings together a network of regional commercial ports, local authorities and Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Britain, France and Belgium to exchange best practices concerning common issues which includes the promotion of commercial activities and environmental pressures.

Falmouth’s Harbour Master Captain Mark Sansom also represents the national harbour masters organisation at a European level after being appointed to the European Harbour Masters Committee (EHMC) in 2008. The EHMC provides a platform through which UK harbour masters voices are heard within the forums that influence European policies concerning ports.