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
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 2017 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 Sept 2016 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 or Ports Health and Safety team where this is deemed necessary by changes in procedures or when advised by the designated person.
Channel navigation buoys are maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board under contract. Navigation and statistics of reliability in 2017 were: Category 1, 100%; Category 2, 99.84% and Category 3, 100%.
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 – Stuart MacDonald Butler