Brightlingsea Harbour is home to the Gunfleet Wind Farm (Orsted) support vessels, as well as a number of fishing vessels. Also Olivers Wharf Ltd operates a commercial wharf within Brightlingsea Harbour and subject to tidal restrictions is able to operate vessels up to 120m length overall and drafts up to 5.0m. For more details on Olivers Wharf access Olivers Wharf Ltd or Uniconnection Shipping Ltd .
The details of pilotage are within Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners' Pilotage Direction No 3 issued 23 July 2015. Pilotage Direction No 3.