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.