Providing safe navigation and a secure harbour are the priorities of Port Authorities around the globe. International security and border control are increasingly important in the modern world and the Port of Cromarty Firth’s main concern is for the safety and security of the people and vessels that visit the Firth.
Port Marine Safety Code
Every Harbour Authority within the UK is accountable for managing the marine operations within its port safely and efficiently. The aim of the Port Marine Safety Code 2013 (and the Guide to Good Practice 2015) is that all ports in the UK should apply nationally agreed standards for the safety of marine operations within their area of jurisdiction. This aim should be achieved through the implementation of a Marine Safety Management System based on a formal risk assessment process.
Audits and inspections play an important part of the Marine Safety Management System. Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) audits are undertaken on behalf of the Duty Holder, by the Designated Person (Mr I Scott of 1st Safety Solutions,) on a schedule designed to capture all areas of the Code. The 2015 audit identified no Non-conformances and only some areas for improvement. The 2016 audit is scheduled for December.
Port of Cromarty Firth Pilot vessels are subject to a strict inspection and survey regime as laid out in the Small Commercial Vessel Code, looking at all areas such as safety equipment, hulls and machinery, through hull fittings, etc. These surveys are carried out to a strict schedule by an Independent surveyor (Mecal Ltd).
Marine staff training has been completed to the standards laid out in the Port of Cromarty Firth Marine Safety Management plan.
Drills and Exercises
With responsibility for safeguarding the waters under our control; the Port undertakes regular drills and exercises to test procedures, training and responses to situations including oil spills, evacuations, security breaches etc.
Providing safe navigation and a secure harbour are the priorities of port authorities around the globe. International security and border control are increasingly important in the modern world and the Port of Cromarty Firth’s main concern is for the safety and security of the people and vessels that visit the Firth.
Cromarty Firth Port Authority, Port Office, Shore Road, Invergordon, IV18 0HD
+44 (0) 1349 852308
Chief Executive – Bob Buskie
General Manager – Calum Slater
Finance – Richard Fea
Marketing and PR – Joanne Allday