Port of Cromarty Firth COVID-19 Workplace Measures
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
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 has 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 is following the instructions from the 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.
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.
Port of Cromarty Firth 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 regularly. An independent external audit is carried out annually by the designated person, with the results provided to the Duty Holder (Board of Directors).
The last external audit confirmed 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 the Port’s Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) team, where this is deemed necessary by changes in procedures or when advised by the designated person.
Accordingly, the Port submitted its 3-year letter of Port Marine Safety Code compliance to MCA in March 2021.
Primary channel navigation buoys are maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board under contract, with the remainder managed internally and by local stakeholders. Navigation aid statistics of reliability from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020:
- Category 1: Target 99.80%, actual 100%
- Category 2: Target 99%, actual 99.77%
- Category 3: Target 97%, actual 99.93%
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.