Port Marine Safety Code

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013

The Port Marine Safety Code, with its associated Guide to Good Practice, provides industry-agreed guidance on every aspect of port marine safety. Its principles help ports to protect workers, ships, passengers and the environment. However, a recent investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has expressed a concern that the operators of non-statutory harbour facilities may not be aware of the Code, or appreciate its relevance to their activities.


In response, the Department for Transport, with the support of national industry bodies, is seeking to raise awareness of the Code and urging all harbours to apply the principles of the Code appropriately. The Department has already written to the operators of the busiest non-statutory harbours around the UK and wants to spread the message among smaller facilities too.


We can all play a part in upholding safe and efficient maritime operations by checking that harbours, whatever their legal status, are aware of the Code and encouraging them to operate a safety management system that is consistent with it. Both the Code and Guide are available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/port-marine-safety-code


The full Department For Transport letter can be seen from the link on this page