Harbormaster's Office



Announcements:

  1. The Dock Street office will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.
  2. Be advised of the Fireworks Display Safety Zone on New Year's Eve located in the Severn River near the entrance to Spa Creek.
  3. The Pumpout Boat has ceased daily operation for the season. During the winter months the pumpout boat will operate on Saturday only, weather permitting.
  4. We are currently accepting applications to be placed on the waiting list for winter dockage.


About:

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.

  • Maintains the City’s waterfront assets
  • Watches over the maritime ecology of the City
  • Works with other agencies to insure homeland security from the water side
  • Contributes to special events planning and hosting
  • Reports to the Mayor on community maritime issues

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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.

Hours:

Office:

Patrol Boat:

Pumpout Boat:
Daily – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Operation will resume next spring

Sat. only – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Harbormaster’s Office and service boat hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. 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 after-hours emergency contact numbers seen below.

Contact:

Main Office:


VHF:              17 & 9

Phone:          410-263-7973

Fax:               410-295-9018

E-mail:          harbormaster@annapolis.gov

Address:      1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401


For after-hours emergencies:


William "Bill" Brookes, Acting Harbormaster - wrbrookes@annapolis.gov - 410-320-6883

J.P. "Flip" Walters, Acting Director, Recreation and Parks - jpwalters@annapolis.gov