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MCA calls on ports to work together for PMSC complianceMCA calls on ports to work together for PMSC compliance
Added: 06 Apr 2017
Speaking at the UKHMA’s Spring Seminar in Edinburgh (29 March), the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s new Ports Policy Liaison Officer, Capt Forkanul Quader, called for a strong partnership to be forged between large and small ports, the port associations and the MCA, to ensure effective implementation of the newly revised Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).

The PMSC along with the associated Guide to Good Practice (GTGP) were published respectively in late 2016 and February of this year, and has been welcomed as a further positive step in the enhancement of port safety without the need for further legislation.

In identifying the challenges faced by the port sector today, Capt. Quader said: ’There is a greater shift of management responsibility to harbour masters in smaller ports. Overall there appears to be an awareness issue in smaller municipal or private ports. PMSC, even though a non-mandatory Code, has legislative implications.’

Calling for the port sector to pull together, he continued: ’We need to work together and build a strong partnership in eliminating potential risks in the port sector.’

’In our view,’ he concluded, ’major ports can organise and support smaller harbours in organising awareness forums and training sessions and other mentoring events.’

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