The harbour channel, between the outer piers and west end of Corporation Quay, has been dredged to a depth of 7.50m LAT, with a depth of 8.50m LAT at Corporation Quay itself (these depths are subject to siltation).
The following approximate distances apply to the harbour channel:
Maximum parameters for vessels entering South Docks:
Maximum Length - 141.8m; Maximum Beam - 18.9 metres;
Reliance should not be placed solely upon published data regarding water depths. Where appropriate, advice should be sought from the Harbour Master.
Vessels intending to enter, move within or sail from the port must contact Sunderland Harbour Radio on Marine VHF channel 14 or 16.
24-hour notice of ETA for shipping is generally required, with amendments at least two hours in advance.