Port Marine Safety Code

Portland Harbour Authority Ltd. are the Statutory Harbour Authority for the Port of Portland and have responsibilities and duties under various Health & Safety, Environmental and Maritime Legislation and Guidance.

The Port Marine Safety Code, revised in 2016, is a Department for Transport Document, written in consultation with the Port's Industry to produce a code that has been developed to improve safety in UK ports and to enable harbour authorities to manage their marine operations to nationally agreed standards. 

It provides the standard against which the policies, procedures and the performance of harbour authorities can be measured. It also descibes the role of board members, officers and key personnel in relation to safety of navigation and summarises the main statutory duties and powers of harbour authorities.

To obtain an independant monitoring of compliance, external consultants are employed to audit the us on an annual basis to confirm compliance and make recommendations to improve. 

Compliance Statement

Portland Harbour Authority is committed to complying with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code. Members of the public may have access to the documents relating to compliance by applying to the Harbour Master in writing. These public documents contain the statements of policy and the procedures that have been adopted by Portland Harbour Authority in respect of its duties and powers relating to marine operations.

These documents have also been lodged with the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions.