Responding to the launch of the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency’s latest Port Marine Safety Code Compliance exercise the British Ports Association today encouraged the UK ports industry to participate in the initiative. Every three years the MCA asks that the Duty Holders of all UK ports, harbours and other marine facilities to confirm their organisation’s compliance and implementation of the principles and recommendations in UK Government’s Port Marine Safety Code and Guide to Good Practice.
Noting the launch, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne, encouraged port operators of all sizes and types to take part in this upcoming exercise:
“This is an important exercise for UK ports in demonstrating evidence of their own safety performance and also in ensuring the credibility of the Port Marine Safety Code and Guide to Good Practice. With the ever increasing need to have a clear and comprehensive picture of port safety and we strongly encourage all UK ports to take part in this initiative.”
It has been confirmed this week that the deadline for the compliance exercise is 31st March 2018. The ‘Port Marine Safety Code sets out a national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. Its aim is to enhance safety for everyone who uses or works in the port marine environment. It applies to all harbour authorities and other marine facilities, berths and terminals in the UK.
Source: 29, September 2017, British Ports Association