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.
HSE Guidelines for all Facility Users
The purpose of the HSE Guidelines is to draw attention to the key areas for consideration when using or working on Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF) premises and outlines the minimum standards expected. Due to the multi-user nature of PoCF premises, the primary objective of these Guidelines is to ensure that undertakings on PoCF premises by any Facility Users are managed, controlled and co-ordinated in conjunction with other Facility Users.
While on PoCF premises it necessary that all Facility Users adhere to these Guidelines in addition to complying with all relevant legislative requirements. Failure to comply may result a Facility User being asked to stop work and/or leave PoCF premises immediately.
For the purpose of this document, the following areas together are referred to as PoCF Premises:
• Invergordon Service Base (Including West Harbour)
• Port Office with adjacent yard
• Saltburn Pier
- NHS Inform – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
- Department for Transport – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-shipping-and-sea-ports-guidance/guidance-for-shipping-and-sea-ports-on-coronavirus-covid-19
- Health Protection Scotland– https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/
- World Health Organization– https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- NHS– https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Port of Cromarty Firth – Cruise Season Update
Given the ongoing developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Port of Cromarty Firth can confirm that due to cancellations, there were no Cruise calls to Invergordon in 2020. The Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and the Port Health Authority are taking proactive measures to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 and are providing instructions for the Port of Cromarty Firth to follow. Efforts are now focused on securing our 2021 season and implementing protocols to keep everyone safe.
Port of Cromarty Firth Health & Safety Procedures
The Port of Cromarty Firth operates within the Transport industry and directly supports the Utilities industries (oil, gas, electricity and water), therefore our staff and activities are included in the UK Government’s ‘Key Workers’ classification. The health and safety of Port staff, Port users and the public is vital, whilst also minimising the disruption to our essential operations. Accordingly, the Port have been following the Port of Cromarty Firth Business Continuity Plan, and implemented effective measures in our offices, onsite and in the Firth.
The key health and safety measures which the Port has taken include:
- Mitigating the risk to staff by reducing to core functions only onsite.
- Non-essential visitors are not permitted to enter Port buildings.
- Stringent cleaning practices are in place and continued awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing is being provided.
- A contractor has been appointed in order to provide NHS compliant deep cleaning services, if required.
- Strict Government maritime procedures for all vessels entering the Cromarty Firth have been implemented.
In light of global precautions for COVID-19, Port of Cromarty Firth have put in place safeguards to mitigate against the risk of COVID-19 entering the Cromarty Firth and the surrounding environment. The Port are following the instructions from Scottish Government, Public Heath Scotland, Port Health Authority and the World Health Organisation.
As Highland Council’s Port Health Authority is the regulating authority for communicable diseases (including COVID-19), they engage directly with the NHS and Scottish Government to follow and implement procedures under the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulations to prevent the spread of diseases into the community. The Port will follow statutory guidelines and will assist in the Port Health Authority’s procedures.
The Port are closely monitoring new developments and our policies and procedures will be modified as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of the public, our staff, passengers and crew members.
View the Port’s COVID-19 Good Practices here: Port of Cromarty Firth – COVID-19 Good Practices
View the Port’s COVID-19 Contingency Plan here: Port of Cromarty Firth – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Plan – PDF
Port Marine Safety Code
The Port Marine Safety Code (the Code) applies to all harbour authorities in the UK that have statutory powers and duties. The Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations was refreshed in February 2018 in conjunction with the current version of the code which was published in 2016.
Cromarty Firth Port Authority (t/a Port of Cromarty Firth) is committed to discharging all of its statutory duties and to remaining open, accountable and fit for purpose. To comply with all of the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code and to follow the guidance in the Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations, Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF) publish a marine safety plan every 3 years. The plan details how PoCF conducts marine operations in the Cromarty Firth within its area of jurisdiction.
PoCF’s marine safety policy and operational procedure documents are based on the principles of risk assessment and produced to ensure that risk is either eliminated or reduced to as low as reasonably practicable. All associated marine safety documentation is reviewed regularly and after any relevant incidents.
PoCF manages its marine operations through the marine management team, in accordance with its marine safety policy and Port Marine Safety Code requirements. The organisation works with others in managing its resources and the services needed to achieve this result, however it prioritises the need for safety to be critical to all aspects of its marine operations and the environment throughout.
PoCF recognises that a robust Marine Safety Management System (Marine SMS) requires external and internal checks to ensure that performance against its policies and procedures is reviewed. An independent external audit is carried out annually by the designated person, with the results provided to the Duty Holder (Board members). The last external audit was carried out in August 2020 by the independent Designated Person on behalf of the Duty Holder and the Port was deemed compliant across all areas of the Port Marine Safety Code. Internal audits are also carried out by the Marine management and the Ports Health and Safety team where this is deemed necessary by changes in procedures, risk assessment reviews or when advised by the designated person.
Channel navigation buoys are maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board under contract. Navigation and statistics of reliability from 1 January 2017 to 31 Dec 2020 were: Category 1, 100%; Category 2, 99.77% and Category 3, 99.95%.
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.
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
Commercial & Finance – Richard Fea
Business Development – Joanne Allday
Marketing and PR – Stuart MacDonald Butler