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UKHMA News: New Canal & River Trust license for boat lettingUKHMA News: New Canal & River Trust license for boat letting
Added: 17 Jul 2017
Boating Business
05 Jun 2017
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The Canal & River Trust is introducing a new letting licence to regulate the increasing number of people living on rented boats and ensure their safety.

The charity is responding to the rise in letting websites featuring listings of boats for rent in the already congested waterways of London and further afield, as people try to find alternatives to rising housing costs.

Matthew Symonds, boating strategy and engagement manager at Canal & River Trust, explains: "Boat owners may not be aware that they have greater responsibilities to tenants than they would if they were using the boat themselves, and it’s vital that those renting boats are protected by more rigorous standards to ensure they are safe.”

From June 12, boat owners will be able to apply for a static letting licence, which will cover all types of boat rental.

The licence requires boat owners to have proof of adequate insurance, a non-private boat safety scheme certificate, a detailed handover document including emergency procedures and contact numbers, a landlord gas safety certificate and written permission from their mooring provider.

The charity will also introduce new measures for dealing with boat owners who may be breaching the terms of their licence by renting out their boat.

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Co Antrim firm Redbay Boats delivers £2m contract for Belfast HarbourCo Antrim firm Redbay Boats delivers £2m contract for Belfast Harbour
Added: 06 Jul 2017
The Irish News
By Gareth McKeown
06 July 2017

BELFAST Harbour has just completed a £2 million investment in two new pilot boats in a contract undertaken by Cushendall-based Redbay Boats.

The two-vessel deal allows the Harbour to better serve the large cargo and cruise vessels which regularly call at the port.

The second boat, the ’Ben Madigan’ has now been delivered to Belfast and joins the ‘Captain Michael Evans’, named in honour of the company’s Deputy Harbour Master who was killed in the Cork air disaster.

Belfast Harbour’s operations director Trevor Anderson said the new vessels were already proving to be a major asset.

“With 23 million tonnes passing through the port annually and a record cruise season this year, it’s great to be able to launch a second, best-in-class pilot boat into service. This additional boat has again been developed to meet the Harbour’s specific 24/7 needs and we’re delighted to have been able to source the vessel from a local supplier.”

Design on the development of the new Stormforce 1650 vessel began five years ago when Co Antrim manufacturer Redbay Boats built a prototype to test the technology.

For Redbay, who celebrate 40 years in business it is a significant contract. The firm, which employs 22 staff and builds 40 boats a year, recently invested £500,000 in a new factory to facilitate the growth of its product range.

Operations manager Gary Fyfe added: “At 16.5 metres the ‘Ben Madigan’ is the second of a two-boat order to be delivered to Belfast Harbour. It is the largest and most complex vessel that we currently build.

“The design offers several bespoke features including a high impact fender system, a more fuel efficient hull design and dual work and pilot boat licenses, all of which are a first for this type of boat in the UK.”

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European Marine Safety Agency July 2017 newsletterEuropean Marine Safety Agency July 2017 newsletter
Added: 06 Jul 2017
Please use the link below to view or download the latest EMSA newsletter.

In this issue:

Interagency cooperation on coast guard functions enters new phase;

Strengthening cooperation and capacity building in accident investigation;

Place of refuge coordination and planning for ships in need of assistance;

Strengthening EMSA’s pollution response services in the Black Sea;

Training to get the most out of the new Equipment Assistance Service;

Technical assistance extends to Black and Caspian Sea regions.

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Lives put at risk by ’irresponsible jet ski’ users in Devon watersLives put at risk by ’irresponsible jet ski’ users in Devon waters
Added: 03 Jul 2017
By WMN_PGoodwin
Posted: June 30, 2017
By Gayle Herald

Irresponsible ’jet ski’ users are potentially putting lives at risk in Plymouth Sound, according to the public body running a Devon harbour.

The Queen’s Harbour Master at Plymouth’s Dockyard Port says it has received an increasing number of complaints regarding personalised watercraft users putting themselves and others in danger.

A QHM spokesman said: ’Recently, there has been an increase in complaints concerning irresponsible and potentially dangerous jet ski use.

’Incidents have been reported close to moorings and marinas but, of more concern, are those jet ski users who enter the marked bathing areas within the Sound at speed.’

Personalised watercrafts and other high speed craft are permitted to operate anywhere within the Dockyard Port of Plymouth, except for the exclusion zones around military craft and infrastructure.

However, users should comply with the rules and regulations of the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999, which stipulates a maximum speed limit of 10 knots, reduced to four knots in the designated bathing areas.

The QHM spokesman said patrols are carried out in a bid to prevent incidents, adding: ’The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) Marine Unit act as QHM’s enforcement officers and patrol the waters within the port limits by up to five craft at any one time.

’These patrols are designed to cover as much of the port as practicable and the MDP endeavour to provide a presence in areas where possible conflict of water users can arise; this helps prevent any incidents occurring.

’The vast majority of high speed water users and jetskiiers are responsible and operate within the rules and regulations. However, there are always people who fail to act as we would like and we receive a number of complaints about a range of port users.

’On receipt of a complaint, QHM’s team establish if the alleged incident is in progress.

’If so, the MDP are requested to provide officers to attend and provide a suitable response.’

Several high speed/waterski areas have been allocated within the port. These are marked on charts and explained on the Plymouth water Users leaflets published through the Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum.

In these areas and outside of 400m from the shore in Plymouth Sound, vessels are allowed to proceed above the 10 knot speed limit.

The QHM is urging anyone who witnesses irresponsible watercraft users to report it.

The spokesman said: ’QHM is working closely with the MDP (Ministry of Defence Police) Marine Unit as well as the Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team to take action against offenders.

’To take effective action, reports need to be made as quickly as possible.’
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View the UK national dataset of marine vessel trafficView the UK national dataset of marine vessel traffic
Added: 28 Jun 2017
UKHMA Commercial Member, ABPmer, has made available for open viewing a new national dataset of marine vessel traffic for the UK in 2015.

The data layers display AIS vessel transit lines from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s network of receivers, which ABPmer has mapped on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation.

The dataset shows tracks by vessel type and a further layer shows the average weekly density grid (heat map) for 2015.

To create the layers ABPmer processed raw AIS data sampled from the first seven days of each month. The data processing follows the method contained in ‘Mapping UK shipping density and routes from AIS

To view or download the dataset, click Here

Monty Smedley, maritime specialist at ABPmer said, “AIS is a valuable source of vessel information so we are really excited to share this latest AIS dataset with the maritime community.

Many port and harbour authorities collect this information but are unable to interrogate and map the information in a meaningful way. ABPmer has specialised in decoding and mapping AIS for a range of marine safety and planning applications.

Vessel transits can be examined to identify traffic of a certain type, for example, traffic associated with particular industry, berth or offshore activity.

We can also identify shipping density and look at differences over time to identify shipping trends or changes on a seasonal, annual or project basis. And of course it is really valuable for informing EIA navigational risk assessments to understand the implications of planned developments and activities.”

AIS stands for ‘Automatic Identifications System’ and is used by vessels to automatically transmit their position. AIS is carried by international voyaging ships with gross tonnage of 300 or more tonnes, and all passenger ships regardless of size. AIS is also carried by smaller commercial vessels, the fishing sector and leisure craft users.

The data has been sampled from the first seven days of every month, providing 84 days of AIS information. This amounted to more than 1 billion position reports representing more than 20 million nautical miles of vessel transits. By combining vessel transit data, a weekly density grid at a resolution of 2km2 (2,000m by 2,000m cell size) has been produced.
Newlyn fish market secures £1.3million for major refurbNewlyn fish market secures £1.3million for major refurb
Added: 26 Jun 2017
Cornwall Live
By DaveCDM
Posted: June 25, 2017

Newlyn fish market could become "one of the best in the South West, if not the country" after winning £1.3million for a major refurbishment.

The European funding has been granted after two years of bidding to secure the money.

Newlyn Harbour bosses say that the investment programme will improve facilities for existing users and also open up new selling platforms.

Harbour Master Rob Parsons said that it was his goal when he started in the role to secure the investment needed for the project.

He said: "I have been here for three years and we started the applications two years ago. "It has been a long journey and when Brexit came along it was a bit of a shock, but we have now secured this European funding.

"We are a Trust Port so we do it ourselves and there are certain funds that we can access. We are delighted to get the money and we believe it will be fantastic when complete.

"It will be one of the best in the South West, if not the whole country.

"Under the plans the entire fish market will be refrigerated."

The harbour will be speaking to contractors soon and hope to have work start by July or August and is expected to take a year to complete.

As well as boosting the fish market it is expected to create engineering jobs for those who work on the project.

The harbour has a standard fleet of day runners of more than 100 boats along with scores more including trawlers, Belgian vessels and Scottish vessels that visit in the summer months.

Mr Parsons said: "It will give us a modern, purpose-built fish market, rather than a fish market which looks like the Berlin Wall."

Mr Parsons said that previous attempts to gain funding for improvements had faltered meaning that refurbishment was unable to move forward.

He added: "This is a fresh start for the market and the harbour. We have a close knit team here who have worked hard to make this happen.

"But we still have a long way to go – the really hard work hasn’t even begun."

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Tombstoners at Ilfracombe in Devon could face £1,000 fine as serious concerns raisedTombstoners at Ilfracombe in Devon could face £1,000 fine as serious concerns raised
Added: 26 Jun 2017
By WBgdavies
Posted: June 25, 2017

People who ’tombstone’ into a Devon harbour could face a fine of £1,000 as serious concerns have been raised about people jumping from harbour walls into the water.

The concerns over the issue at Ilfracombe Harbour are due to people not only being unaware of where the shallows are, but also because there are boats regularly going in and out of the harbour.

As a result the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued advice about why tombstoning anywhere is dangerous - there have been problems reported at many harbours across Cornwall over the years.

Young thrill-seekers were warned last year of the dangers after complaints from coastguard volunteers and horrifying witness accounts.

Truro and Penryn’s harbour master said warning signs are being ignored and young people have been spotted jumping from Penryn road bridge into the harbour, with a similar situation in St Ives and Newquay.

In Bude, people have also reported witnessing tombstoners jumping from the lock and the road bridge into the canal - and risked colliding with a rowing boat.

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Devon fishing port invited to twin with America’s top portDevon fishing port invited to twin with America’s top port
Added: 19 Jun 2017
By C_Abbott
June 16, 2017

America’s top fishing port has approached Brixham, which was recently crowned the UK’s port of the year for the second year running, to see if it would be interested in twinning.

The port of New Bedford, in Massachusetts, USA, has much in common with the South Devon port.

Torbay councillor Vic Ellery gave a presentation to Brixham Town Council at its meeting on Thursday evening. Cllr Ellery said he had been approached by South Western Fish Producers Organisation chief executive Jim Portus, at the request of the director of New Bedford Harbour Development Commission, to enquire whether Brixham Town Council would be interested in setting up a twinning arrangement.

A representative of New Bedford Harbour Development Commission visited Brixham last October and was a guest at a fundraising event for the Man and Boy statue which has now been erected on Kings Quay to recognise the port’s fishing heritage and to commemorate lives lost at sea.

Cllr Ellery said the representative was struck by the similarities of both ports, as New Bedford had just erected a statue to the fishermen who had lost their lives in their industry. He said that New Bedford is the number one port in America, as Brixham is the port of the year in the UK for the second year running. New Bedford has numerous fleets of trawlers, crabbers and scallop dredgers, as Brixham does. It also has a thriving crab and lobster sector and competes in prices with Iceland and Norway, as Brixham does with Europe.

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Bare Faced Cheek: Men Charged After Liffey Boat ChaseBare Faced Cheek: Men Charged After Liffey Boat Chase
Added: 02 Jun 2017
Irish Independent
Tom Tuite
1 June 2017

TWO men accused of being drunk during a boat chase on the River Liffey in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday have been granted bail.
Emergency services were alerted to an incident at about 6am when a boat was taken from its mooring at a south Dublin bank sailing club.
Following a pursuit on the Liffey a boat was brought to a halt and later two Dublin men were arrested and taken to Irishtown Garda station. One of them was naked when he was arrested at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
Brian Stacey (44) of Derry Drive, Crumlin and Ronan Stephens (40) from Captain’s Road also in Crumlin face seven charges under the Maritime Safety Act, the Theft and Fraud Act and the Public Order Act in connection with the alleged incident.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade River Rescue recover a boat at the scene of incident on The Liffey at Dublin Port.
They appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court on Thursday evening and were granted bail providing they do not take part in any boating activities on the Liffey unless they have approval in writing of gardai and the Dublin harbour master.
They are accused of being under influence of alcohol and failing to stop for gardai at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club while being the operator of a boat, theft of a pleasure craft worth €11,000, navigating the craft without due care and attention and endangerment of a RNLI lifeboat crew at the Shipping Lane on the River Liffey, trespassing at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club and breach of the peace.
There was no objection to bail with conditions and they have not yet indicated how they will plead.
Garda Paul Moody said Mr Stacey “made no reply” when he was charged. He said the incident began in the early hours of Thursday and was on-going when he took up duty at 7am. Mr Stacey was arrested at 8.25 am at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.
He said it was alleged the incident happened at the Shipping Lane of the River Liffey at the East Link Bridge coming into Dublin city.
Mr Stacey, dressed in a blue Dublin GAA jacket and jeans, smiled as the garda asked for a bail condition that he would have to stay away from the Liffey and that he must notify gardai and the harbour master if he intends to put a boat on the river. The garda also asked that Mr Stacey, who remained silent during the hearing, be ordered to stay away from the Dublin 4 area.
However, Mr Stacey’s solicitor Michael Kelleher told the court his client, who is unemployed and on social welfare, was a member of the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.

Garda Patrick Collins told the court that the co-defendant Ronan Stephens also “made no reply” after caution when he was charged. He was arrested at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and was wearing a red hooded top and jeans during the hearing.
His solicitor Anarine McAllister made an application for legal aid and said her client is not working.
Outlining the bail terms, Judge Walsh warned them that they cannot partake in boating activities on the Liffey without the prior consent, in writing, of the Harbour master and gardai at Irishtown station. They were also warned that they have to be of good behaviour and attend their next hearing.
Mr Stephens replied saying “yes your honour”.
Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions need to be obtained.
Judge Walsh granted legal aid and ordered them to appear again on June 15 next
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Pupils Name New Port Wind TurbinesPupils Name New Port Wind Turbines
Added: 31 May 2017
The Argus
30 May 2017

PUPILS from two schools headed to Shoreham Port for a naming ceremony of the two wind turbines.
The turbines are located on the seaward side of the Outer Lay-by Terminal, off Basin Road South.
The students were from St Nicolas & St Mary’s CofE Primary in Shoreham and Eastbrook Primary Academy in Southwick
After a competition in the autumn, the wind turbines were named Spinny (to the East) and Gusty (to the West).
Ruby Redwood in Year 3 at St Nicolas and St Mary’s named Spinny and Rhiannon Griffiths in Year 5 at Eastbrook named Gusty.

The naming ceremony started in Shoreham Port’s new Visitor and Training Centre at Nautilus House.
The pupils were welcomed by the port’s Director of Compliance, Paul Johnson, before starting their wind turbine quiz.
After finishing the quiz and sharing their answers, the group walked over to the turbines and unveiled the Spinny and Gusty boards, which include drawings by Ruby and Rhiannon.
A huge applause followed as the two girls cut the ribbons.
The Spinny and Gusty boards are attached to the fencing opposite the two turbines and will be a permanent fixture for passer-bys to enjoy.
Mr Johnson said: “It was a lovely event for the children and we hope they will go away with some fond memories of Shoreham Port and their day officially naming Spinny and Gusty.
“Community events like this are at the heart of what we do at Shoreham Port and we are incredibly grateful to the teachers and parents for making today possible.”
Rhiannon Griffiths in Year 5 at Eastbrook said: “I found the day both nerve-wracking and exciting.
“I thought Gusty would be a good name for a wind turbine and I was so happy that the judges thought so too.”

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Invergordon Port Seeks Rig Dismantling TicketInvergordon Port Seeks Rig Dismantling Ticket
Added: 29 May 2017
North Star
28 May 2017

THE Port of Cromarty Firth is poised to move into the lucrative decommissioning market after applying for licences.
The Invergordon port has become the first to seek decommissioning permits from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) under the updated regulations.
The port says the work will bring new jobs to the area and, if permits are granted, decommissioning projects could start in September.
The port lodged two applications, one under Pollution Prevention Control regulations and one under the Radioactive Substances Act.
The radioactive part of the application is for the safe handling of naturally occurring radioactive materials that may be present on energy structures.
Consultation on the port’s plans to bring decommissioning to the area began last August with port users, local community councils and politicians.
Public notices are being issued this week to begin the final consultation phase.
Investment in a new quayside at the port’s Invergordon Service Base means the port has three berths and 80,000 square metres of laydown space ready to accept decommissioning projects from the September deadline.
It is estimated it will cost around £75 billion to decommission oil and gas structures which are coming to the end of their life in the North Sea.
However, to date, most of the contracts have gone to Europe because of the lack of adequate licensed facilities in Scotland.
Port general manager Captain Calum Slater said: "The port is ideally located in the North Sea. Our status as a trust port, together with our proven environmental record, ensures platforms will be decommissioned in a way that meets the latest environmental standards.
"We are already in discussions with customers who have structures to decommission and I can see the first of the new era coming to the firth next year.
"Other ports are aligning to a single contractor, but we’re doing the opposite to provide customers more flexibility and choice.
"Our open port philosophy will allow any reputable client, operator or contractor to use the port’s decommissioning licence.
"The port will work with these companies to ensure that all dismantling activities at the Invergordon Service Base are carried out to the highest standard.
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Port Bosses Give a Hand to Make Waterfront a Cleaner Part of IpswichPort Bosses Give a Hand to Make Waterfront a Cleaner Part of Ipswich
Added: 29 May 2017
Ipswich Star
Paul Gleaner
26 May 2017

Volunteers and workers from ABP Ipswich have come together to give the town’s Waterfront area a spring clean ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The clean-up is part of ABP’s “Tidy Friday” initiative, rolled out across the company’s ports nationwide to encourage port staff to work with the community to keep our ports and the surrounding areas tidy.
Port and marina staff were working with Ipswich Central Business Improvement District (BID) and a number of local businesses to clean up the area.
The work included a litter pick, clearing up of public areas, and cleaning debris and litter from the Wet Dock.
Divisional Manager Paul Ager said: “ABP is delighted to be leading the second Waterfront Tidy Up in conjunction with Ipswich Central with participation from many businesses including McDonald’s and Debenhams in the local vicinity. Our first clean-up took place in January and we were able to make a real difference.”

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Brixham Scoops Port of the Year Title for Second Year Running in National Fishing AwardsBrixham Scoops Port of the Year Title for Second Year Running in National Fishing Awards
Added: 29 May 2017
Devon Live
Caroline Abbott
26 May 2017

Brixham is celebrating after being crowned fishing port of the year for the second year running, while mobile fishmonger Simon Lane scooped the prize for independent fresh fish retailer of the year.
The 2017 Fishing News Awards, the UK’s only commercial fishing industry awards programme, took place on Thursday evening at an event in Aberdeen hosted by comedian Rory Bremner. There were 12 categories, each recognising excellence within an aspect of commercial fishing in the UK and/or Ireland from January to December 2016.

Fishermen, fishing ports, fish restaurants, retailers and processors were honoured at the ceremony. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and dedication of those working in the commercial fishing industry, which continues to be one of the most dangerous professions in the country. The public were able to vote for their favourites in 10 of the categories. The young fisherman of the year and the lifetime achievement award were judged by a panel drawn from the fishing industry.
Brixham beat Ardveenish, Milford Haven, Peterhead and the highly commended Scalloway to the port of the year title. The judges said: "During 2016, Brixham went from strength to strength with regular weekly turnovers of over £1m, and will continue to invest and grow for the benefit of the industry."

Barry Young, managing director of Brixham Trawler Agents, collected the award and told DevonLive: "We’re over the moon. Last year’s award put us on the map, and this year’s award has put us on top of that map. It was great to beat Peterhead in Scotland, which is the biggest port in the UK with a turnover of £183m. Brixham is the biggest port in England, with a catch value of £31m.
"There were a few other awards won by the Westcountry, which shows what a great fishing industry we have in the South West. If the Westcountry continues to thrive, they should move the awards down here!"
Brixham mobile fishmonger Simon Lane was named independent fish retailer of the year. The judges said: "Simon Lane sources his fish and shellfish from his local port of Brixham and sells them across the surrounding area from his van. He is particularly noted for the freshness and variety of his fish, and the quality of his service, with friendliness, reliability, affordability and home delivery all being highlighted."

Simon said he was ’humbled and amazed’ to win. He said: "I didn’t go to Aberdeen for lots of reasons. I’ve got so many people locally relying on me and I had time off recently so couldn’t take any more. I’m humbled because the award was won with votes. To have everyone vote for me was amazing. I’m a very small business and what I do is very specialised – I’m like a milkman but with fish. I help people out with odd jobs as well, like opening a jar or helping to turn over a mattress. It’s the old, traditional style of business. It’s the first award I’ve won. I was nominated for the award and it’s my 30th year of business so it’s all falling into place. It’s quite emotional."
Brixham’s Rockfish and Exmouth’s River Exe Cafe were finalists in the coastal fish restaurant of the year category, but this was won by The Old Boat House in Amble, Northumberland.

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Bravery Award After Ice Hockey Fan Saved From DrowningBravery Award After Ice Hockey Fan Saved From Drowning
Added: 29 May 2017
ITV News
25 May 2017

A Belfast Harbour Police officer has received an award for bravery after rescuing a visiting ice hockey fan from the freezing waters of Belfast Lough in January.
Constable Scott Harkins played a vital role in the rescue operation conducted by emergency services and support agencies and had to be treated for hypothermia himself as a result of the incident.
A woman who had been at the SSE Arena, to watch her team the Sheffield Steelers play the Belfast Giants, ended up in the water and in difficulty.
A PSNI constable was first on the scene before Constable Harkins, a father-of-two from Bangor and who also volunteers with the Bangor Lifeboat crew, also came to the semi-conscious woman’s aid.
I am deeply honoured to have received the Belfast Harbour Police Medal for Gallantry.
The award ceremony will live long in the memory of my family who attended.

Constable Harkins jumped into the water, swam out and brought the woman back to the quayside, where she was treated by paramedics before being taken to the Ulster Hospital.
He has now received Belfast Harbour’s highest award for gallantry at a special ceremony.
“This rescue was a joint effort with my colleagues in the PSNI and NI Ambulance Service, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue and Lagan Search and Rescue,” he said.
“And I’d like to thank them for ensuring that this didn’t turn into a tragedy.”
Constable Harkins added: “Although I went into the water at Abercorn Basin, I did so wearing a lifejacket and with the benefit of specialist training.
“If any member of the public should find themselves in a similar situation, they should contact the emergency services first and throw a life ring to those who are in distress in the water.
“They should not enter the water themselves without the benefit of specialist training and life-saving equipment.”
Constable Harkins is a credit to Belfast Harbour Police and we’re all tremendously proud of him.
– David Dobbin, Belfast Harbour chairman
Belfast Harbour’s chairman David Dobbin said: “Constable Harkins showed tremendous bravery in entering cold water with undercurrents and rescuing this woman.
“He brought her to safety and assisted in her care until other emergency services arrived. Scott himself had to be treated for hypothermia.”
Founded in 1847, Belfast Harbour Police is one of the oldest police forces in the UK or Ireland and is responsible for safety and security throughout the 2,000-acre harbour estate.
The Belfast Harbour Police Medal is awarded in instances where exceptional bravery and courage are displayed in the discharge of duty.
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Ambitious Plans for Stornoway UnveiledAmbitious Plans for Stornoway Unveiled
Added: 25 May 2017
The Press and Journal
25 May 2017

£50million new port, back-up ferry pier, berth for bigger cruise ships…

A strategy to dramatically improve Stornoway’s economic future by radical harbour developments over 20 years will be unveiled tonight.

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300 Years of the Port of Sunderland300 Years of the Port of Sunderland
Added: 25 May 2017
Sun FM News
25 May 2017

It’s a special anniversary this summer for a key location here on Wearside.

The Port of Sunderland was created 300 years ago, and bosses at the site are marking the occasion next month.

Matthew Hunt, Director at the Port of Sunderland, says those forward thinking Mackems helped forge, what our city has become.

Port of Sunderland is celebrating its 300th anniversary this June.
Matthew tells Sun FM living in the modern world, we take for granted what those trailblazing forefathers created 3 centuries ago.

Next year, the Port will be the host for the Tall Ships Race, which is expected to attract more than one million tourists to the city over a July weekend. 

Matthew tell us more about how it’s a time to reflect on the Port’s history but also to consider its future, and how it’s now becoming again an important part of our city’s growing economy.

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National Crime Charity Launches Port Safety CampaignNational Crime Charity Launches Port Safety Campaign
Added: 25 May 2017
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to fight crime and terror at Hampshire ports, amid reports British sites are at the top of a new list of ISIS targets.
Workers at Southampton International Port along with other ports in the county are being reminded to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Crimestoppers began the Portsafe campaign this week – just over 12 hours before the Manchester terror attack – warning staff not to be complacent when observing colleagues and on-site workers.

Sarah-Jane Prew, regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “While much attention is rightly focused on warning the public to be mindful of possible crime, including terrorism, it’s just as important to reiterate to staff the importance of being vigilant.
“Criminal activity and terrorist activities can – in the worst case scenario – involve staff. Often co-workers might feel uncomfortable at raising suspicions over a colleague.
“However, safety at our ports is paramount. We hope that by promoting Portsafe through a variety of mechanisms across Hampshire’s commercial ports, it will act as a consistent reminder to pay more attention to what is seen and report where necessary.”
The port supports 15,000 local jobs and handles 900,000 vehicles every year, contributing a total of £1bn to the UK economy.
A national newspaper reported on Monday that British ports are at the top of a new list of ISIS targets.
It is claimed that intelligence reports revealed plots to attach explosives to the side of vessels carrying millions of tons of liquid natural gas from the Middle East to Britain.
A senior Naval source has been reported as saying that the threat against gas tankers has been countered ever since it came to light a couple of years ago.

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Disney Magic due in PortlandDisney Magic due in Portland
Added: 23 May 2017
Dorset Echo
23 May 2017

PORTLAND welcomes the biggest cruise ship ever to dock at the port.
The Disney Magic is more than 300m long and has 2,809 passengers aboard, making it the biggest cruise ship to ever visit Portland Port.
The ship is due to arrive at 10.30am on Tuesday and is scheduled to depart at 7.15pm.
The port is preparing for several thousand people to potentially visit the area to try and get a glimpse of the ship.
Officials are asking that people do not attempt to visit the port unless access has been authorised in advance.
The berth that the ship will be docked at is not visible from Castletown, however, there are lots of good viewpoints in the local area.
This includes the Nothe Gardens and Sandsfoot Castle in Weymouth, and Hamm Beach, Billy Winters, Taste Café Chesil, The Boat That Rocks, and The Jailhouse Café, all on Portland.
Disney Cruise Lines launched in 1998 and has firmly established itself as a leader in the cruise industry.
Ian McQuade, general manager of Portland Port, said: “The Disney Magic will be the first cruise ship of over 300m in length to call at Portland Port and we do not expect her to be the last.
"The recently completed cruise berth extension will allow us to handle ships in excess of 340m long alongside and with more and more cruise ships over 300m long being delivered to the global fleet we anticipate this to be the first of many.”

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Huge Dredger Docks in Peterhead for Start of £50 Million ProjectHuge Dredger Docks in Peterhead for Start of £50 Million Project
Added: 23 May 2017
Press and Journal
Jamie Ross
23 May 2017

A £50million project to develop a north-east harbour to boost the town’s economy broke ground yesterday when a huge dredger docked.

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Vision of Revamped Harbour and Waterfront Area to Attract Tourists to Musselburgh RevealedVision of Revamped Harbour and Waterfront Area to Attract Tourists to Musselburgh Revealed
Added: 22 May 2017
AN ACTION plan has been drawn up in a bid to increase the profile and use of Musselburgh’s Fisherrow Harbour and waterfront area, with a potential investment of between £1.7 million and £2.3 million in the pipeline.
Future projects could include pontoon berths, dredging the harbour, a designated dog toilet at the East Beach and more dog bins, as well as improved maintenance, marketing and water quality.
Kinross-based consultants Campbell Macrae Associates have produced a 100-plus-page feasibility study into the “valuable local assets”.

They were commissioned by East Lothian Council on behalf of the Musselburgh Area Partnership, which provided £12,000 towards the costs of the report.
It has been suggested that a community-based management group take over running the waterfront area and historic harbour, which is included in the Musselburgh Good Good portfolio and managed by East Lothian Council.
The organisation could include the Berth Holders’ Association, commercial fishing interests, community council, Eskmuthe Rowing Club, Fisherrow Waterfront Group, Fisherrow Yacht Club, local councillors, Musselburgh Sea Cadets and appropriate East Lothian Council staff.
The report stated: “The harbour has been subject to a reactive maintenance regime only over many years; management arrangements lack coordination and communication with users and potential users is poor.
“Income from the harbour over the past five years has averaged £11,500, from around 40-50 berth holders, and it is suspected does not cover direct costs.”
Measures which could enhance visits to the “attractive town beach destination” are: the provision of cycle racks; more seating/picnic tables; step-free access to the Back Sands; provision of shelter, additional information and interpretation; improved soft landscaping; a clear and safe pedestrian/cycle route linking through the car park, as well as a wider range of spending opportunities.
The report sets out potential projects over the short, medium and long term, with the investment potentially £1.7m to £2.3m if all initiatives were implemented.

These include dredging the harbour to increase the tidal window and make it possible for the facility to operate at near capacity of 60 vessels, as well as investigating the possibility of the installation of between 80 and 90 pontoon berths.
Other proposals include developing a beach wheelchair project, a number of regular summer beach activities aimed at local residents, with one larger family fun day event, pop-up shops and beach huts.
The report, which listed possible sources of finance, stated: “It is likely to prove challenging to source the funding to deliver everything, particularly the more expensive options.
“Fisherrow Harbour is the focal point of the waterfront and it is important that it benefits from a proactive approach to maintenance, operates at near capacity and that the harbour managers adopt a more proactive and welcoming approach to increasing use.”
The report “strongly” recommended that the council should use the engineering appraisal to facilitate “a proactive and structured approach” to maintenance of the harbour.
Improving the water quality at the Back Sands and ensuring the beach participated in the Beach Award scheme should be “high priority”, as beach users represented a much bigger user group than direct harbour users.
The report stressed that the area had “no real profile in tourism terms” and inclusion on the Visit East Lothian website could increase awareness and potential use.

The consultants highlighted the need for a parking survey to ascertain current use in relation to any scope to reduce parking.
Gaynor Allen and Veronica Noone, co-chairwomen of the Fisherrow Waterfront Group, issued a joint statement saying: “Fisherrow Waterfront Group welcomes the study, which we think is a very accurate reflection of the state of the harbour and harbour area.
“This survey should help address, in a planned and coherent way, many years of neglect, particularly in the harbour.
“Fisherrow Harbour has a unique history and culture and is a focal point in our community, yet it has not had necessary routine maintenance and repairs for many years. This survey reveals this neglect and the need to do something about it.

“The study has clear action points and we hope to work with the council, Musselburgh Common Good and stakeholders to ensure real improvements are made to enable local people, visitors and boat owners to enjoy the harbour and waterfront for years to come.”
Norrie Law, of the Berth Holders Association, said: “We think that the survey was generally acceptable.”
He said no work had been carried out on renewing ladders at the harbour, despite it being more than a year since the council was given plans and estimates of what was required, and with money available from the Common Good Fund, claiming: “The council have under-managed or mismanaged any work that has been done or needs to be done.”

Stuart Baxter, area partnership manager, said: “There has been a lot of talk over a number of years about what could be done with the harbour area and the report gives a focus.”
A council spokesperson said: “East Lothian Council is pleased to have received the report compiled by independent consultants, which took in the views of the range of users of Fisherrow Harbour, and we look forward to bringing together many of these views to take a common approach to move forward with developments of the harbour.”

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