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 in September 2009.
Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners are 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.
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 safety management system (SMS) 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 a Designated Person who will ensure compliance with the code. The Harbour Authority’s compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code will also be audited by an independent external auditor.