Plymouth (Port Code:GBPLY) is one of the UK’s most historic ports with a rich maritime heritage spanning many centuries. Today, Plymouth is a bustling modern port, contributing over £95 million to the UK economy, handling around 80,000 tonnes of cargo each year and is home to Brittany Ferries' services to France and Spain. The Port of Plymouth is less than a mile (1.6km) from Plymouth city centre and its geographical advantages ensure that it is well placed to continue to serve European trade and tourist routes.
Plymouth is a Naval port subject to the jurisdiction of the Queen's Harbour Master (QHM) on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence. Access to the commercial parts of the port is via water controlled and regulated by QHM. All vessels are subject to the QHM's authority and must comply with his directions. Commercial vessels may be delayed to permit the safe passage of Naval vessels, particularly nuclear powered vessels. The port also encompasses the commercial harbours of Millbay Docks, Cattewater and Sutton Harbour. Millbay Docks, owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), comprises a tidal basin specialising in Ro-Ro and cruise ship traffic.