Situated at the mouth of the River Ouse in East Sussex, the entrance to Newhaven's harbour lies between two piers, protected from the prevailing southwesterly wind by a substantial breakwater to the west. The port is used by a variety of operators, including LD Transmanche Ferries which provides at least two crossings per day for passengers and freight to Dieppe in France. The statutory harbour authority and owner of the port is Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd. There are two commercial areas of the port, namely East Quay Terminal and the North Quay. There is also a medium sized Marina and fishing fleet operating out of the port. A helicopter pad is also available on the site. Newhaven harbour can accommodate vessels of up to 145m in length, with a maximum draft of 8m (subject to vessels maneuvering capabilities, the tide and the weather). The entrance is dredged to a depth of 6.0m. Main cargo import is stone/aggregates. Main cargo export is scrap steel.

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