The Port Marine Safety Code (the Code) applies to all harbour authorities in the UK that have statutory powers and duties. The code was refreshed and launched alongside the Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations in September 2009.
Shoreham Harbour Authority is committed to discharging all of its statutory duties and to remaining open, accountable and fit for purpose. Its plan to manage the safety of marine operations is to comply with all of the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code and to follow the guidance in the Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations.
In doing so it will:
- Take reasonable care so that all who may choose to navigate in the harbour may do so without danger to their lives or property.
- Conserve and promote the safe use of the harbour.
- Have regard to efficiency, economy and safety of marine operations.
- Take such action that is necessary or desirable for the maintenance, operation, improvement or conservancy of the harbour.
The Harbour Authority will base its powers and policies on a formal assessment of hazards and risks and it will maintain a formal marine safety management system (MSMS) which will ensure that all risks are managed so that they are as low as reasonably practicable. The Harbour Authority will employ and engage competent and qualified staff and contractors. It has appointed an independent Designated Person who will bi-annually audit the Harbour Authority’s compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code and who will report directly to the Board. The Designated Person shall assess in his reports the Harbour Authority’s performance against its plan of complying with all of the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code and to following the guidance in the Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations. The compliance reports of the Designated Person will be published on the website.