Comhairle imposes port and harbour restrictions

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has closed its ports and harbours to all but essential vessels. in line with COVID-19 government guidelines.

‘Protecting our communities being a priority for the Comhairle, mariners are informed that with immediate effect the following restrictions are now in force at all CNES facilities,’ said the council last Friday.

‘Open port access to all Comhairle ports and harbours is now closed to all non-essential vessels. These specifically include recreational vessels.

‘For clarity, the government advice stands for waterborne activity just as for shore side activity. Stay at home, only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons.’

Comhairle facilities remain open to the following essential vessel traffic: lifeline ferries; local fishing and fish farm vessels or those only landing catch or taking on supplies; commercial ships operated in support of communities; vessels seeking a port of refuge; marine casualties or other similar emergencies and Medivacs.

For further information contact the harbour master at

The restrictions will remain in force until further notice.