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Perth Harbour
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Perth Harbour


1. Introduction

The aim of the Port Marine Safety Code is to enhance safety for those who use or work in ports, ships and passengers using them and the maritime environment. The code applies to all harbour authorities in the UK that have statutory powers and duties and therefore applies to Perth Harbour.


The Code provides a measure by which Perth Harbour Board can be accountable for the legal powers and duties which it has to operate the port of Perth safely and to discharge its obligations effectively.


The Perth Harbour Safety Management System applies to marine operations within the port including pilotage, hydrographic and survey operations, mooring, towage, maintenance of navigational aids and the workboat “Fair Maid of Perth”.


The responsibility for implementation and compliance with the Code rests with the Duty Holder. At Perth Harbour the Duty Holder is the Investment Manager.


2. Policy Statement

Perth & Kinross Council recognises its continuing responsibility to provide a healthy and safe working environment. Hence it has implemented a Council Policy in line with the provisions of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Port Marine Safety Code. Directors are responsible for safe working policies and delegate these responsibilities to competent officers. For Harbour Operations, the responsible officers are the Investment Manager and the Harbour Master.


3. Method


There are 6 numbered hard copies of the Perth Harbour Safety Management System and these are issued to the Harbour Office (2 copies),  the Secretary of the Association of Perth Pilots, the Investment Manager (Duty Holder), the Health Safety & Wellbeing Manager of Perth and Kinross Council and the Designated Person (this copy held by Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy, Aberdeen)


4. The Safety Management System

The Safety Management System comprises the following principal elements – Introduction, Overview of the Port, Risk Management, Emergency Response Procedures, and Performance Monitoring. There are 8 appendices covering Regulation, Legislation and Guidance, Perth Harbour Documentation, Marine Operations Procedures, Safe Operating Procedures, Incident and Near Miss Reporting, Passage Planning, Risk Assessments and Reporting Requirements & Operations Matrix.


5. Auditing and Performance Review

The safety management system is subject to a systematic review of how well it functions based on information from monitoring and independent audits. This is to ensure that continuous improvement is made in development of policies, procedures, systems and risk control.


The Safety Management System is audited at least once a year independently by the Designated Person and is kept under continuous review by the Harbourmaster to ensure currency. The annual audit is undertaken on behalf of the Duty Holder and the results are reported to him/her formally by the Designated Person and then by the Duty Holder to the Harbour Board.


Any actions or observations arising from the audit process will be addressed to the satisfaction of the Designated Person who will then confirm the completed actions to the Board.


6. Key Positions


a) Duty Holder /Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

At Perth Harbour the Duty Holder is also the Chief Executive and is accountable to the Harbour Board for the operational and financial control of the port.


  • The Duty Holder shall take reasonable care that all who may choose to use the harbour may do so without danger to their lives or property.
  • He/she shall promote the safe use of the Harbour and prevent loss or injury caused by any negligence on the part of the Harbour authority.
  • He/she shall ensure that operations in the Harbour are carried out safely, efficiently and economically.
  • He/she shall take such action as is necessary or desirable for the maintenance, operation, improvement or conservancy of the harbour.
  • As CEO he/she shall oversee the implementation of its policies and decisions.
  • He/she has overall executive responsibility for the safety of marine operations and staff.
  • He/she advises the Board on all matters related to its duties and powers, with appropriate advice from the Harbour Master and other officers
  • In addition the Harbour Board will ensure that sufficient resources are available to discharge their marine safety obligations and set the level of dues accordingly.


b) Designated Person

Perth and Kinross Council have appointed Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy, Aberdeen to provide the “Designated Person” as required by the Port Marine Safety Code. The Designated Person is required under the code to provide independent assurance directly to the Duty Holder that the marine safety management system is working effectively. The Designated Person’s main responsibility is to determine through assessment and audit, the effectiveness of the marine safety management system in ensuring compliance with the code. The Designated Person must therefore have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code and supporting Guide to Good Practice and associated Port and Marine legislation.


c) Harbour Master (HM)

The Harbour Master has day to day responsibility for the safety of navigation and the safe operation of all marine activities in the harbour and its approaches. The post holder must be suitably qualified and experienced for the role.


  • The Harbour Master has powers of direction to regulate the movement of vessels in and out of the port and within harbour waters.
  • He /she will ensure the co-ordination and regulation of all vessels within the harbour and its approaches in particular in relation to General Directions and Bye-laws.
  • He/she has overall responsibility for the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation.
  • He/she may delegate his powers for the purposes of complying with the Code and in this regard the delegated officers are the Duty Harbour Masters.


Duty Harbour Master (DHM)

The Duty Harbour Master (DHM) is competent by virtue of qualifications and experience and is charged with assisting the Harbour Master on a day to day basis and when required carrying out the role and duties of the HM including emergency response.

Performance Objectives




The purpose of this report is to detail the safety aims and objectives that the Harbour should strive to achieve thereby demonstrating the port’s commitment to the Port Marine Safety Code.










Continuous review of Harbour Safety Management System and annual independent audit carried out



SMS kept under continuous review for currency + independent audit carried out annually by Designated Person


Audit carried out by Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy on 20th October 2017 and Report issued on 27th October






Publish annual report to Harbour Board showing performance of port in relation to SMS



Annual report presented to Board


First report published December 2016






Ensure that Oil Spill Contingency Plan, issued under the authority of the MCA and Port Security Plan, issued under the authority of the DfT, Maritime Transport Security Division remain valid



Approval of OSCP + PFSP valid for 5 years from date of issue. Plans to be kept under review to ensure they remain fit for purpose and updated as necessary in the event of changes in operating procedures 


OSCP approval valid until 30.10.20

PFSP approval valid until 14.07.18


Plans are current and fit for purpose







Ensure that Harbour Emergency Plan remains valid and fit for purpose



HEP kept under continuous review for currency + updated as required



Current Harbour Emergency Plan issued October 2016






Carry out periodic mandatory oil spill and security training exercises


Various exercises to be carried out throughout year as detailed in Harbour OSCP and PFSP



Programme of training exercises up to date






Continuous monitoring and review of existing and potential hazards to navigation



Full river surveys generally carried out at intervals of approximately 10 years. Discrete surveys carried out as and when required on reported changes to nature of shipping channel



Last full river survey carried out by Aspect Land + Hydrographic Surveys November 2016 as part of capital dredging project







Ensure maximum availability of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) and submit reports + average availability to Northern Lighthouse Board



Target availability 99% (Category C) over three year rolling period. Reports to be submitted quarterly to NLB


Report for third quarter submitted November 2017


All AtoN currently operating satisfactorily








Ensure that Port Waste Management Plan, issued under the authority of the MCA remains valid and annual report submitted



Approval of PWMP valid for 3 years. Return of waste received to be submitted to MCA annually




PWMP issued November 2014


Updated PWMP submitted to MCA for approval 21.11.17


2016/2017 return of waste received submitted 







Ensure that Harbour workboat “Fair Maid of Perth” is maintained in full operational condition and compliance with the MCA Workboat Code



“Fair Maid” is surveyed annually by The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors on behalf of the MCA


Vessel surveyed 05.05.17

Workboat Certificate + Pilot Boat Endorsement valid until 07.05.22