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UNORTHODOX CROSSING OF THE DOVER STRAIT TRAFFIC

Please check with the MCA and UK.gov web sites for the latest update www.mcga.gov.uk

Be aware you may contravene French Law and be subsequently apprehended, charged and fined
by the French Authorities under the new French rule "rule 28" brought into force as of June 2013 if
you enter French waters while attempting a Channel crossing without the correct written permission.  
Be aware that you could be faced with liability for damages if you contributed to an incident involving 
other persons or vessels, and should consider obtaining insurance cover against such events; 
Inform both British Coastguards at Dover MRCC and the French Authorities via  CROSS Gris Nez 
and Cherbourg of any attempt you intend to make and be sure you have the correct written permission
 from the French authorities to enter French waters.
Use an escort boat properly equipped to ensure the safety of your crossing and which complies with 
the Merchant Shipping (Small Work Boats and Pilot Boats) Regulations and the new EU rules and 
"MLC 2006" regulations now in place. 
Be aged 16 or over on the date of the attempt. 

IMPORTANT ADDRESSES ARE:

UK COASTGUARD
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency 
HM Coastguard,   
Langdon Battery   
Swingate   
DOVER   
Kent CT15 5NA  
Tel: +44 (0)1304 218500 (Office hours)   
+44 (0)1304 210008 (H24)  
Fax: +44 (0)1304 218505 (Office hours)   
+44 (0)1304 202137 (H24)  
Email: channel.navigation@mcga.gov.uk   
wm.dover@mcga.gov.uk (H24)  
Web site: www.mcga.gov.uk 
CNIS Manager  
Dover MRCC  
DDI: +44 1304 218503  
MOB: +44 7730 812921  
FAX: +44 1304 218505  

 

FRENCH MARITIME AUTHORITY

Requests for permission: 


Channel Crossing Permissions  
Division action de l'Etat en mer  
50115 Cherbourg  
Octeville  
CEDEX  
France  

FRENCH COASTGUARD

Centre Regional Operational De
Surveillance et de Sauvetage

CROSS Gris-Nez  
Audinghen 62179  
Wissant  
FRANCE    
Telephone: (00 33) 3 21 87 21 87  
Fax: (00 33) 3 21 87 78 55  

 

Pedro BoatsUK/CS&PS 
(Channel Swimming & Piloting Services)
E-mail: csps.office@btinternet.com 
Website: http://www.channelswimming.net

Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF)
Email: secretary@cspf.co.uk
Website: http://www.cspf.co.uk 

Channel Swimming Association (CSA)     
Email: swimsecretary@ntlworld.com   
Website: http://www.channelswimmingassociation.com    
Channnel Swimming & piloting Services (CS&PS)
Email: csps.office@btinternet.com  
Website: http://www.adventurerowing.co.uk

Pedro Boats UK/Dover Sea School - Seacraft
Email: dss.office@btinternet.com  
Website: http://www.doverseaschool.co.uk

Channel Crossing Association (CCA)
Email: seakingboat@btinternet.com
Website: http://www.channelcrossingassociation.com