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Port Marine Safety Code



1. INTRODUCTION

The Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners (SP&HC) is the Statutory and Competent harbour authority for the River Stour in Kent from the Fairway Buoy to Poulders Sluice above Sandwich.


The Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC), published in March 2000 by the Department of Transport, and revised in October 2009, has established an agreed national standard for port marine safety, and a measure by which harbour authorities can be held accountable for their legal powers and duties to run their harbours in a safe manner.

In compliance with the Code, the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners publishes here the following Marine Safety Plan -  in so far as it affects this small Trust Port for the period October 2014 to October 2017.


2. MARINE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

SP&HC commits to undertake and regulate marine operations so as to safeguard the Port and Haven, its users, the public and the environment; to run a safe, efficient, sustainable harbour operation for the benefit of all users and the wider community.  This to fulfil its legal responsibilities whilst continuing to meet the changing needs of all harbour users; and to meet the national requirements of the PMSC.  In demonstration of these commitments the SP&HCs have produced the following policies:


Port Marine Safety Code Policy

Navigational Safety Policy

Environment Policy

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy

Training Policy

All policies are included within SP&HC Marine Safety Management System. The Policy and Navigational Safety Policy are published on SP&HC Website at www.sandwichphc.uk These policies are reviewed every three years.


3. MARINE SAFETY PLAN OBJECTIVES

In support of its marine policies and procedures, to meet the requirements of the PMSC, SP&HC has set out the following objectives:


a. To keep its powers and duties under review in order to ensure that it can effectively regulate and conserve safe navigation within the Port and its approaches.


b. To maintain the marine Safety Management System (SMS) on the basis of a comprehensive risk assessment.


c. To periodically review identified hazards and associated risks to marine operations to ensure they remain valid and that the controls identified to mitigate against risks are appropriate and effective in reducing risks to as low as reasonably practicable.


d. To implement the monitoring, inspection and review requirements set out in the SMS


e. To carry out audits at intervals of three years of the SMS by the Designated Person, to monitor performance against the required standard.


f. To correct deficiencies or implement safety enhancements identified through the audit or review process within proposed timescales.


g. To maintain comprehensive training and continuing professional development of marine department personnel, in particular those with navigational safety responsibilities.


h. To maintain emergency plans and procedures, including Oil Spill response plans.


i. To provide aids to navigation, which meet the requirements of the General Lighthouse Authority, in order to enhance safety of navigation.


j. To monitor and maintain its aids to navigation to ensure their performance standards meet the target requirements set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.


k. To liaise and consult with river users, by all appropriate means, including an annual river users consultative forum.


l. To formally review its plans, policies and procedures and publish the findings at intervals not exceeding three years.


m. To assess and report on its performance against the plan on an annual basis.


Port Marine Safety Code


1. INTRODUCTION

The Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners (SP&HC) is the Statutory and Competent harbour authority for the River Stour in Kent from the fairway buoy to Poulders Sluice above Sandwich.


The Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC), published in March 2000 by Department of Transport, and revised in October 2009, has established an agreed national standard for port marine safety, and a measure by which harbour authorities can be held accountable for their legal powers and duties to run their harbours in a safe manner.

In compliance with the Code, the Sandwqich Port and Haven Commissioners publishes here the following Marine Safety Plan for the period April 2013 to April 2016.


2. MARINE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

SP&HC commits to undertake and regulate marine operations so as to safeguard the Port and Haven, its users, the public and the environment; to run a safe, efficient, sustainable harbour operation for the benefit of all users and the wider community.  This to fulfil its legal responsibilities whilst continuing to meet the changing needs of all harbour users; and to meet the national requirements of the PMSC.  In demonstration of these commitments SP&HC has produced the following policies:


Port Marine Safety Code Policy

Navigational Safety Policy

Environment Policy

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy

Training Policy

All policies are included within SP&HC Marine Safety Management System. The Policy and Navigational Safety Policy are published on SP&HC Website at www. These policies are reviewed every three years.


3

. MARINE SAFETY PLAN OBJECTIVES

In support of its marine policies and procedures, to meet the requirements of the PMSC, SP&HC has set out the following objectives:


a. To keep its powers and duties under review in order to ensure that it can effectively regulate and conserve safe navigation within the Port and its approaches.


b. To maintain the marine Safety Management System (SMS) on the basis of a comprehensive risk assessment.


c. To periodically review identified hazards and associated risks to marine operations to ensure they remain valid and that the controls identified to mitigate against risks are appropriate and

d. effective in reducing risks to as low as reasonably practicable.


e. To implement the monitoring, inspection and review requirements set out in the SMS


f. To carry out annual audits of the SMS by the Designated Person, to monitor performance against the required standard.


g. To correct deficiencies or implement safety enhancements identified through the audit or review process within proposed timescales.


h. To maintain comprehensive training and continuing professional development of marine department personnel, in particular those with navigational safety responsibilities.


i. To maintain and exercise emergency plans and procedures, including Oil Spill response plans.


j. To provide aids to navigation, which meet the requirements of the General Lighthouse Authority, in order to enhance safety of navigation.


k. To monitor and maintain its aids to navigation to ensure their performance standards meet the target requirements set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and

l. Lighthouse Authorities.


m. To liaise and consult with river users, by all appropriate means, including an annual river users consultative forum.


n. To formally review its plans, policies and procedures and publish a Safety Plan for Marine Operations at intervals not exceeding three years.


o. To assess and report on its performance against the plan on an annual basis.


MARINE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


Set out below are the following Sandwich Port and Haven Policies and Procedures:


Port Marine Safety Code Policy

Navigational Safety Policy

Environment Policy

Enforcement and Prosecution Policy

Training Policy

Stakeholder Consultation


Port Marine Safety Code Policy:       See Above.


Navigational Safety Policy:

It is the Policy of the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners to maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a navigationally safe river on which to work or take leisure.  To that end the Commissioners will ensure that buoys and other marks are positioned (or repositioned) in April of each year and that Trinity House are notified, or invited to inspect.

Being a tidal river - with little water at the bar - regular users will be aware of the irregular nature of the river bed for low water navigation.  New users can gain advice from the Harbour Master or the boatyard shop of Highway Marine in Strand Street.  All users are expected to be sufficiently competent in the use of navigation marks and depth sounding.


Environment Policy:

The waters of the Sandwich Port and Haven form part of the Pegwell and Sandwich Bay Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  Accordingly the Port and Haven fully supports the work of the bodies responsible being Kent Trust for Nature Conservation and the RSPB.


Enforcement and Prosecution Policy:

Where sufficient evidence exists to support a Prosecution for transgression of the Port and Haven Byelaws, flagrant abuse of the Rules for Prevention of Collisions at sea or being in command of a vessel under the intoxication of drink or drugs then a prosecution will be taken to the courts.  Where an offence has clearly taken place but insufficient evidence is available - or for other reasons pertaining to this offence at the time - then a warning / cautionary notice will be issued by The Harbour Master or the Chairman of the Commissioners.  Personal Watercraft are considered to be vessels for the purposes of embracement within this Prosecutions Policy - as are Hovercraft.


Training Policy:

Training will take place as and when need arises for paid staff.  The Commissioners themselves - on appointment if new to the work - will be inducted into their roles and responsibilities at the first meeting of The Commissioners after appointment.


Stakeholder Consultation:

In the interests of Transparency and Stakeholder Participation, the SP&HC will advise Stakeholders that if they have concerns they should feel free to consult the SP&HC.  In any case the SP&HC will endeavour to hold Stakeholders Meetings at least once in every three years.

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