Border Force


Border Force will be in attendance at this years Southampton Boat Show where we will be promoting two national campaigns:

Project Kraken 

Border Force covers over 11,000 miles of mainland coastline, operating in and around small ports and marinas. It raises vigilance and awareness of suspicious behaviour which may be linked to terrorism or other serious crime.

Project Kraken is a joint law enforcement operation tackling maritime border crime.

What do we mean by coastal crime?

Coastal crime is any crime that has an impact on, or happens around, our coasts and borders, including smaller ports, docks and marinas.

Crimes include theft, smuggling and criminal damage.

Warning signs
For anyone around the coast
  • seeing boats moored up in strange or isolated places or at strange times
  • boats unloading scared or suspicious people, or unloading packages
  • people making attempts to signal or guide boats offshore
  • people putting objects into waterways near bridges or marinas
  • people loitering with no sense of purpose, and / or acting nervously
  • people taking an interest in port security or buildings – maybe taking pictures or videos, or trying to gain access to restricted areas
Extra signs to spot if you work in the maritime industry
  • nervous crew who show a lack of knowledge of maritime protocols
  • boats showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage
  • people making a large cash payment for maritime equipment
  • people charting or hiring boating making unusual requests
  • someone trying to gain access to restricted areas

Report it, let’s sort it

Make a report online or call the Coastal Crime Line on 0800 011 3304 to report suspicious or unusual behaviour on the coastline or at sea.

You do not have to give your name when making a report.

In an emergency, always call 999.


Submit a Pleasure Craft Report (sPCR)

Tell Border Force and HMRC you are sailing to or from the UK in a pleasure craft

Use this service to:

  • Tell Border Force and HMRC about your next voyage plan
  • Update an existing voyage plan
There are now new rules in place for entering the UK.
Find out more here.
From 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will only be able to enter the UK using a valid passport. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document for entry into the UK. For further details and exceptions, please check GOV.UK.
What you’ll need:
  • your pleasure craft details, including registration if applicable
  • the skipper’s details
  • the passport or travel document details for all people on board
  • date and estimated departure and arrival times for your plan

You’ll also need to sign in or create and account to use this service.