Categories: Business, Milford HavenPublished On: 06.04.2021512 words2.6 min read

Port of Milford Haven confirms compliance with  National Marine Safety Code

The Port of Milford Haven has confirmed its compliance with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).  The confirmation comes following an audit by leading maritime consultants ABPmer.

The Port Marine Safety Code is a national standard that applies to all harbour authorities.  The Code and its accompanying guidance provide an essential toolbox to ensure the control of risk and the maintenance of safety in ports and in the marine environment.

Port of Milford Haven’s Harbourmaster and Marine Director Mike Ryan is proud of the Port’s continued compliance with the Code.  “This is further endorsement and confirmation of everyone’s commitment here at the Port of Milford Haven to providing a safe operation for all port users,” said Mike.

Monty Smedley, ABPmer’s Lead PMSC Auditor, who conducted the audit, said: “I am very pleased to confirm to the Port of Milford Haven’s Board that their harbour operations demonstrated compliance with the requirements of the Code, with many examples that we considered to be industry best practice.”

The MCA’s Ports and VTS Policy Manager, James Hannon, who leads PMSC compliance for the UK government said: “The Code is recognised across the industry and has been developed in partnership by the UK government and industry over the last two decades.  The resources set out how ports can assess risks, design safety management systems, and also install governance processes to ensure that a Designated Person is able to evaluate controls and report directly to port duty holders and boards.”

The Port of Milford Haven’s Board formally declares its compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code to the MCA every three years.

Source: Port of Milford Haven Press Release

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  • The Port of Milford Haven is the leading energy port in the UK and the biggest port in Wales
  • In 2020 the Port safely facilitated around 1800 shipping movements carrying a total of 33.5m tonnes of cargo
  • For the fourth year running there were zero lost time incidents at the Port during 2020
  • Approximately 95% of the UK’s international trade – imports and exports – is carried through UK ports
  • The Ports Industry directly contributes around £7.6 billion in GVA and accounts for 101,000 jobs.

Port Marine Safety Code

The Port Marine Safety Code (“the 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 UK port marine environment. It is endorsed by the UK Government, the devolved administrations and representatives from across the maritime sector and, while the Code is not mandatory, these bodies have a strong expectation that all harbour authorities will comply. The Code is intended to be flexible enough that any size or type of harbour or marine facility will be able to apply its principles in a way that is appropriate and proportionate to local requirements.

Further information about the Port Marine Safety Code can be found here: Port Marine Safety Code (