Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Authority is a Trust Port established by Act of Parliament in 1912. It is an independent statutory body governed by its own legislation and guided by Government Code of Practice.
The governance of the Authority is undertaken by a board of eight trustees – four of whom are elected by the local community, three appointed, and the eighth member is the harbour Master/Port Manager.
The Authority is a not for profit organisation recognised as a social enterprise. Like any other self-financing business, THA is dependent on cash flow and profits for its successful operation. All surpluses are reinvested to ensure that the facilities and infrastructure are properly maintained and improved for the benefit of its users.
We work closely with the local community, supporting local events and providing benefits for its stakeholders through improving leisure facilities and amenities.
In 1708 its importance was recognised by an Act of Parliament which empowered the local land owner, together with three justices of the peace nearest to Tarbert and the sheriff Principal of the shire, “to make and keep in good repair a harbour or quay at East Tarbert along with wharfs and buildings as they may be thought necessary for the anchoring of all ships and boats and for landing and laying of fish or merchandise”.
Under the provisions of this Act the landowner was granted the right to charge dues to “all persons and master of vessels using the harbour and its facilities". Such revenues thus raised were to be applied to making, amending and maintaining the said harbour and quay of East Tarbert.
The Harbour Act of 1708 required revision to take into account the changes of the previous 200 years. A petition to parliament by the then land owner (a trader merchant fisherman from Glasgow) resulted in the Tarbert Loch Fyne Harbour Order 1912 and the establishment of Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Authority. The order specified that the maintenance and regulation of Tarbert Harbour be vested with a body of trustees, not to exceed seven in number and although carrying considerable responsibility these positions were unremunerated. Provision was made for elections to be held on the second Tuesday of March every third year. The first sitting of the board of Trustees was held in April 1st 1913. This order was revised in 2007 when the Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Revision Order 2007 was enacted.
The Trustees continue to be unremunerated, with all surpluses returned for the maintenance and improvement of the harbour.
Please see the side bar on the right for up to date PDF documents outlining our safety and environmental policies, as well as the Accounts, strategic plan and biographies of our Trustees.