The Harbormaster's Office is responsible for ensuring the safe and enjoyable use of navigable City Waters, including parts of the Severn River, Back Creek, Spa Creek, and Weems Creek. The Harbormaster manages public moorings for transient boaters, annual moorings for residents and non-residents, 1,500 feet of bulkhead, 18 slips at City Dock, more than 17 miles of shoreline and the use of various park docks and street-end landings by boaters.
During the busy summer season, the Harbormaster employs supplementary staff of Dock Assistants and Assistant Harbormasters who collect fees, operate boats, and otherwise assist in management of the harbor. They are empowered to enforce City regulations and policies on behalf of the Harbormaster in the latter’s absence, and can handle any problems, requests, or questions you may have in relation to your visit to our harbor.
The Harbormaster's Office operates three vessels. Two of the vessels are multifunctional patrol boats, while the third provides mobile pumpout service. During the boating season, generally two of our boats are on duty in our City Waters.
On October 13, 2011, the Harbormaster announced that two, newly-repowered boats are part of the City's fleet. See pictures from the Press Conference. For additional information about the City's hybrid boats please see the articles from Workboat and The Capital Gazette.
The Harbormaster’s Office hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. The office always opens at 8:30 a.m. In the winter, the office closes at 4:30 p.m. In the spring, the office closes at 6 p.m. During the summer months the office closes at 9 p.m. A Watch Commander is always on duty during business hours. The office closes only three days per year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. If there is an emergency on any of these days, please use the individual contact numbers seen below.
For emergencies after hours: