The waters S of Funen, Ærø E-point
54o51,0’N 10o31, 4’E – chart 152
owned by the municipality of Ærø, can be approached via three different channels:
From the N through the Rudkøbing Channel (3.2m), from the W through Mørkedyb (3.2m) and from the S through Marstal Søndre Channel (5.5m).
The Rudkøbing and Marstal Søndre Channels occasionally sand up.
E of Ærøshale on the stretch between the middle of the 1st and 2nd pair of buoys and the middle of the 3rd and 4th pair of buoys the depth is 4.5m only in the centre of the channel with a width of 20m. Outside this area, the depth is reduced to around 4.0m along the edges of the channel. Approximately 125m NE of the harbour entrance lies a separate breakwater.
NW of Kalkovnen are three dolphins used by laid-up ships.
The laid-up ships are moored with chains to sunken concrete blocks in the shallow waters E of the dolphins and to a steel post at the Kalkovn.
The depth of the harbour is up to 4.5m. By the quayside: 3.0-4.5m. Please also refer to the plan.
which can enter the harbour: length 115m, width 25m and draught 4.5m. The harbour entrance is 32m wide.
The difference between mean high water and mean low water is 0.5m. Strong winds from NE and E can cause high water up to 1.2m. Strong winds from SE, S and SW can cause low water up to 1.2m.
In bad weather, currents by the harbour entrance may be strong. A N-going current will carry towards the shipyard. The current in Marstal Søndre channel is usually S-going in S’erly to W’erly winds reaching speeds up to 3-4 knots during extreme conditions, and N-going in E’erly winds.
During the approach, and passage through, Marstal harbour from the S you must keep S and W of the separate breakwater NE of the entrance to the harbour.
A ship during approach to the harbour along the Marstal Søndre channel must wait for any ships leaving the harbour. Ships during approach to the harbour should contact the harbour master’s office (phone/VHF) to ensure there are no ships leaving the harbour.
Ships with a draught in excess of 4.2m should contact the harbour master’s office prior to arrival. All ships with displacement in excess of 300 tonnes should notify the harbour master’s office prior to arrival. Arrangements for ship passage can be made through the harbour master’s office.
Max. 5 knots. No appreciable wake is allowed, regardless of the speed.
The entrance to the channel from the N is marked by a white buoy with a red ball top. NW of Hovvig Grund is a black/yellow buoy with a N top marking. The channel is marked on the N and W sides by green buoys with top markings and on the S and E sides by red buoys with top markings.
At the approach from the S to Marstal Søndre channel there is a red/white landfall buoy with a ball top marking. The channel is marked on the W-side by green buoys with top markings and on the E-side by red buoys with top markings. On the SE-side of Hvinegrund there is a yellow/black buoy with an S top marking.
Navigation marks in the harbour consist of buoys with top markings; please also refer to the plan.
Marstal N rear and front beacons, N of Marstal town, leading beacon kept aligned (254.8o) through the dug-out channel between Meyers Grund and Mandens Grund and N around Hovvig Grund to Marstal S leading line.
Rear beacon: post with red triangle, pointing downwards.
Front beacon: post with red triangle, pointing upwards.
Marstal S rear and front beacons, by the approach to the harbour, leading beacon kept aligned in bearing (178.7o) from Marstal N leading light line W around Hovvig Grund and Hvinegrund to the harbour.
Rear beacon: grey trellis mast with red triangle, pointing downwards.
Front beacon: grey trellis mast with red triangle, pointing upwards.
Marstal Søndre channel rear and front beacons, on the sea area NE of the harbour, leading beacon kept aligned (319.4o) from the landfall buoy through the dug-out channel.
Rear beacon: grey trellis mast on white tubular post.
Front beacon: grey trellis mast on white tubular post.
Please also refer to the plan.
Marstal N rear and front lights leading light kept aligned (254.8o) through the dug-out channel between Meyers Grund and Mandens Grund and N around Hovvig Grund to Marstal S leading line. The lights show a constant red.
Marstal S rear and front lights leading light kept aligned in bearing (178.7o) from Marstal N leading light line W around Hovvig Grund and Hvinegrund to the harbour. The lights show a constant green.
Marstal Søndre channel rear and front lights leading light kept aligned (319.4o) leading light through Marstal Søndre channel. The lights show white with isophase.
Marstal Light, on the pier N of the harbour entrance. Directional light, which is showing white, red and green with dark phases. The white light angle (286.4o – 290.4o) leading light from Marstal Søndre channel light line through Hestegrund and Hvinegrund to the harbour or Marstal S light line. Grey tubular post.
Please also refer to the plan.
approximately 0.2NM N of the harbour entrance and between the W’erly and E’erly pier heads as well as towards the S’ern end of the floating dock. Immediately S of the slipways there are electric cables for use by the laid up ships. See the plan.
in the roads N of Marstal N leading light line and in the Baltic S of the landfall buoy. Please be aware of the cable field Ristinge-Marstal. Cable beacons with lights on both shores.
Please see Cables.
Tug with 750 hp and 8.5 tonne bollard pull is available.
Electricity by the quayside and on all jetties in the marina. Water by the quayside and in the marina. Fuel from road tanker by the quayside. Several shipyards and engine workshops as well as a wooden shipyard. A floating dock with a 3,500-tonne capacity, max. 115m x 15.5m, draught 4.8m and two repair yards. Two slipways, which can accommodate ships up to a length of 67m, width of 11m, draught of 3.6m and weight of 500 tonnes, as well as a small slipway for smaller craft. Two 6-tonne cranes, two 4-tonne cranes, one 4.6-tonne tower crane and an 18-tonne and a 9-tonne mobile crane. A 6-tonne travelift in the marina. Diving assistance. Ferry connection to Rudkøbing.
Phone +45 63 52 63 65
Fax +45 63 52 63 66
VHF Channel 71
Phone +45 65 43 73 00
This is limited towards the area from the waters to the N of Marstal light line, towards the E by a line from position 54o52’(07”)N 10o31’(27”)E (formerly Hovvig Grund bell buoy) to the sea mark at the most SE’erly end of Hvinegrund and from there following the E’ern edge of Marstal Søndre channel to the landfall buoy and from here to Ærøshale.
For the regulations, the standard regulations of Danish industrial harbours apply “Standardreglement for overholdelse af orden i danske erhvervshavne” with the following additions:
At the E’erly side of the border of the shipyard situated N of the harbour entrance, mooring of vessels, boats, barges and the like is not permitted, and neither is it allowed to have anything extending beyond this line from vessels etc. which are placed within this shipyard’s E’erly borderline.
In addition, the regulations in force from time to time set down by the harbour board regarding shipyard traffic outside this line must be followed.
It is not permitted to obtain from, or leave behind, any ballast on the dock or harbour areas without the port authority’s prior permission and direction. It is not permitted to dig ballast or take sand, gravel, seaweed and the like from Ærøshale, in or around “Det lille Hav” nor from the areas E and S of the harbour pier.
Note: In the area W of the channel leading from the N into the harbour, it has to be expected that on the stretch from the harbour entrance to the N’erly border of the harbour there will be a number of poles for mooring boats and small vessels and four the use of fishing.