FIPASS (Falklands Interim Port and Storage System)
Situated to the South East of the Narrows on the South shore of Stanley Harbour, FIPASSS consists some 300 metres of berthing space with two barges being available for berthing and cargo handling, re-supply of ship’s stores or passenger movements. A third barge is available for berthing but also provides a warehouse facility and therefore allows limited cargo handling. The remaining three barges are dedicated to warehousing and storage and offer some 8000 square metres of space. The depth of water varies from 6.5m on the East Berth to 7.1m on the Centre Berth.
By arrangement ships may take fresh water and bunkers at the berths however no shore side electrical power or telephone connections are available. Small craft, yachts and tenders may berth on the southern side of FIPASS although limited space is available.
Payphones and Wi-Fi are available on the dock but will require the purchase of cards. These cards are not available on the dock. Garbage and sludge disposal services are also available as is freezer space by arrangement with those service providers.
FIPASS has been allocated VHF CH 15 for the management of all vessels using the facility. Vessels are to make direct contact with the FIPASS Duty Operations Manager on completion of making their report to Stanley Port Control after passing the reporting line inbound.
FIPASS has been designated a restricted area and is not a public right of way, consequently unauthorised access to the dock area is prohibited in line with the ISPS. To gain access, passes are required, which are issued by Atlink Ltd security staff. Personnel wishing to enter FIPASS will be required to show a valid pass to Security Staff situated in the security hut at the entrance to the causeway. CCTV is in operation on the port to monitor safety and access within the area.
All vessels intending to berth at FIPASS must take a Pilot in order to protect this vital infrastructure. To order a Pilot a request must be made not less than 24 hours in advance via the local Ship's Agent.
FIPASS is able to provide up to 70 tonnes of fresh water without notice at a rate of 25 tonnes per hour. With 24 hours’ notice 100 tonnes of water can be supplied. Larger quantities can be provided providing sufficient notice is given.
For any updates on the use of FIPASS including temporary closures or limitations please check their news page AtLink - Falkland Islands FIPASS Management and Administration |.
Port William has designated anchorage areas divided into inner (9) and outer areas (6) positions of which can be found in the Harbours Information Booklet. Vessels requiring a particular anchorage should make a request to Stanley Port Control on VHF CH 10.
Towards the Western and inner part of Port William, particularly during the summer months, larger cruise ships use this area to provide passenger access to Stanley. They are normally allocated the inner areas IW1, IW2 & IW3.
Port William offers good anchorage for deep draft vessels seeking shelter from Westerly gales. Shelter from North Westerly or North Easterly gales may also be obtained off the North shore East of Doctors Point with good holding ground of soft mud.
Vessels are requested to avoid anchoring close to the line of the leading lights (185.7°) through the Narrows, and Masters will be instructed to re-position their vessels should their position impinge on navigational safety, particularly on the approaches into Stanley Harbour.
A deep water bay with good holding ground, Berkeley Sound is used frequently for the transhipment of frozen fish and squid and for licensed bunkering operations from tankers and reefers by prior arrangement with Stanley Port Control.
There are no designated anchorages within Berkeley Sound and Masters are free to choose their own anchor position using the ordinary practice of good seamanship. However, all vessels must advise Stanley Port Control of their final anchor drop position.
Public Jetty & Pontoons
Used only for landing passengers from launches and other small craft. Yachts may use these facilities to obtain Customs clearance & for short stays, but only when not required for cruise ship tenders. There is no mooring or access permitted to the north face of the Public Jetty.
The Camber Dock
Situated to the East of FIPASS and predominately used by local yachtsman and small vessels. The area has only limited availability for visiting yachts and small pleasure craft.
Maiden Harbour Marina
There is no provision for towage with designated Falkland's Harbours. Agency launches with limited capability are available for berthing assistance.