Great Yarmouth Port Authority

The Port of Great Yarmouth is a Trust Port administered by Great Yarmouth Port Authority. It is the Statutory Harbour Authority and Competent Harbour Authority for the Port of Great Yarmouth and the reversionary landlord of the port estate.

In 2007, GYPA leased the Port of Great Yarmouth to the Great Yarmouth Port Company Ltd. (GYPC), for 99 years pursuant to Section 43 of the Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour Act of 1986. In 2015 GYPC was acquired by Peel Ports

GYPA’s current non-executive board is appointed under the terms of the GYPA (Constitution) Harbour Revision Order (HRO) 2015. On the 12 June 2015, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) made a reconstitution order which revised the board appointments.


Photograph courtesy of Mike Page aerial photography

GYPC (Peel Ports)

GYPC (Peel Ports) became the owner and operator of the port business and the employer of the management and staff at the port previously employed by GYPA. GYPC (Peel Ports) acts as agent for GYPA in the discharge of its duty as Statutory Harbour Authority and some elements of its responsibilities as Competent Harbour Authority.

GYPA: Port of Great Yarmouth

The Port of Great Yarmouth

The Port of Great Yarmouth comprises a deep-water outer harbour accepting vessels up to 220 metres in length and up to 10.5 metres draught at all states of tide along with the river port which accepts vessels of up to 120 metres in length or up to 6.2 metres dependant on tidal conditions. It is a modern, multipurpose facility with 24/7 unrestricted operations.

For information regarding the quays and wharf and the facilities available on both sides of the River Yare click here.

GYPA: Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour - Robin Hill

Strategically Located

The Port of Great Yarmouth is strategically located to serve the gas fields of the southern North Sea (SNS) and offshore wind farms, having established itself as a centre of excellence in the offshore gas and wind energy sectors. It sits at the centre of the largest concentration of offshore wind projects in the world within 100miles. It also offers the shortest North Sea crossing between Great Britain and continental Europe.

Additionally, the Port of Great Yarmouth has a long tradition with general and projects, handling a wide range of cargoes including fertilisers, grain, timber, aggregates and dry and liquid bulks.

GYPA: Port of Great Yarmouth

Board Members

Robert Smith, Chairman
Ashley Harrison, Vice-Chairman
Gary Doyle, Harbour Master
Anna Smith, Clerk
Roger Arundale, Independent Member
Patrick McNamara, Independent Member
Martin Swinley, Independent Member

GYPA: Port of Great Yarmouth

Reports and General Information

The next Public Meeting of Great Yarmouth Port Authority will be held on 25th March 2020, please see attached invitation.

Unfortunately, the Public Meeting which was due to be held on 25th March 2020 has now been cancelled following government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.




GYPA Harbour Revision Order GYPA Accounts Financial Year 2019
GYPA: Port of Great Yarmouth
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website, find out more.