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ABPmer Appointed Designated Person for Langstone HarbourABPmer Appointed Designated Person for Langstone Harbour
Added: 13 Aug 2018
UKHMA Commercial Member ABPmer has been appointed by Langstone Harbour Board to provide an independent Designated Person (DP) service and associated annual Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) audit.

Langstone Harbour Board is the statutory harbour authority for Langstone Harbour and a Competent Harbour Authority (CHA) under the Pilotage Act 1987. Situated between Portsmouth and Chichester Harbours, Langstone has two commercial aggregate wharves and is home to both charter fishing and commercial fishing vessels. The harbour also has a large recreational community and extensive International, European and National nature conservation sites designated for their important marine habitats and species.

The PMSC is the national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. A central requirement of the Code is that risk management processes are used to inform the implementation of a marine safety management system (MSMS). The Code recommends the appointment of a DP to provide independent assurance directly to the ‘Duty Holder’ that the MSMS is working effectively and is compliant with the Code.

Monty Smedley, head of maritime services at ABPmer, said; “We are delighted to be appointed as the new PMSC Designated Person by Langstone Harbour Board. We will shortly undertake a comprehensive review of their marine safety management system, associated procedures and risk register to provide reassurance that the Harbour Board is fully compliant with the Code.”

ABPmer has a wealth of experience in providing Port Marine Safety Code support to port and harbour operators. Their marine scientists, Master Mainers, regulatory advisors and auditors provide a total risk management solution tailored to the needs of the ports sector.

Learn more about ABPmer’s Port Marine Safety Code services via the link below.

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Understanding seal interactions with fishing gear and catchesUnderstanding seal interactions with fishing gear and catches
Added: 18 Jul 2018
To Harbour Masters in English Waters
From: ABPmer

Seals eat catches from fishing gear in areas throughout English waters. This is costly to the industry both in terms of loss of catch but also in damaged gear.

A new project is underway to gain an up-to-date understanding of the issue, and to identify and trial possible seal deterrents with the fishing industry to help improve advice on ways to prevent seals from taking fish catches without recourse to shooting.

The project is being implemented by ABPmer and NFFO for Defra and the Marine Management Organisation.

We would like as many fishermen in English waters as possible to complete an online survey about their experiences of interactions with seals, whether they experience an issue or not

There is a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher for completing the survey, which can be found via the external link below.

For further information, or to obtain a poster about the project to display in your port, please call or email Suzannah Walmsley on swalmsley@abpmer.co.uk or 02380 711 858.

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Marine planning milestone for the south coast of EnglandMarine planning milestone for the south coast of England
Added: 17 Jul 2018

17 July 2018 -

A new Government framework has been launched for the South coast which is designed to inform decision-making on what activities take place in the marine environment. It will guide where and how this is developed, protected and improved over the next 20 years.

The plan covers from Folkestone in Kent to the River Dart in Devon - an area of approximately 1,700 kilometres of coastline and over 21,000 square kilometres of sea. It is designed to inform and guide decisions by regulators managing the development of industry in marine and coastal areas, while conserving and enhancing the environment and recognising leisure uses.

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Tri-GLA Fleet Review successTri-GLA Fleet Review success
Added: 12 Jul 2018
News alert from Trinity House.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani endorses the recommendations of the tri-GLA Fleet Review for maintaining an essential maritime safety service

The three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the United Kingdom and Ireland—Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Irish Lights—welcome the endorsement by the Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP of the tri-GLA Fleet Review’s conclusion that the three GLAs require seven vessels of mixed capability to provide risk response, incident intervention and routine planned marine aids to navigation (AtoNs such as lighthouse and buoys) maintenance and offshore support work.

The tri-GLA Fleet Review was initiated to identify the optimum number of ships, their capabilities and appropriate ownership and management needed to deliver the GLAs’ statutory functions.

The provision by the three GLAs of AtoNs and their ability to locate and mark wrecks and other hazards to shipping—as well as the risk of pollution of the environment—remains a critical safety requirement for the UK and Ireland, helping to ensure continuity of trade to both countries.

Captain Nigel Palmer OBE, Chairman of the Joint Strategic Board that brings together the three GLAs at the highest level, offered the following comment:

“This Review is the result of a coordinated effort by the three GLAs with support from both Government and Industry. It provides an evidence based analysis of the GLAs’ Fleet requirements to carry out their essential activities and provides the foundation for future planning and monitoring of performance. This will support the many thousands of mariners who rely on our aids to navigation and can be assured of the continuation of the same high level of service.”
The Minister offered her thanks and recognition of the contribution made by the three GLAs:

“I want to add a personal thank you to all who have been involved in any capacity in the project, as I believe it has already delivered significant gains. It has been a tremendous effort over a number of years from inception and as a result we are now in a far better place going forward. Maritime Safety Week is an ideal opportunity to highlight the GLAs and recognise the critical work which they undertake on a day-to-day basis.”

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Maritime Safety Week: BPA call for drink drive limits for recreational marinersMaritime Safety Week: BPA call for drink drive limits for recreational mariners
Added: 09 Jul 2018
At the beginning of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week, the British Ports Association (BPA) has called for new legislation to introduce alcohol limits for non-professional mariners, replicating the rules that already exist for commercial ships in British waters.

Commenting on the anomaly, the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne (pictured left), said:

“As it is Maritime Safety Week its right that we revive the debate around the gap in legislation regarding alcohol limits for non-professional mariners. We understand there will be technical challenges to overcome and also that enforcement will not be easy but it cannot be right in this day and age that such a sizeable section of our maritime sector is exempt from drink-drive rules. There have been too many occasions when alcohol has endangered lives in the maritime environment, both within and outside ports and harbours.”

Professional mariners and fishermen in charge of commercial ships are covered by alcohol limits but there is a loophole for those in the leisure sector.

Laws to introduce drink driving offences for non-professional mariners were included in the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 however this has never been brought into force.

Mr Ballantyne continued:

“This issue was last seriously looked at a decade ago when there was resistance from parts of the recreational marine community. However times and attitudes are changing and we feel that if the UK Government brought forward proposals now, the marine leisure and yachting sector would be more conducive to change.

’Rules for road users brought about a gradual change in culture for vehicle drivers but without new legislation in the marine environment it is difficult to see how we can drive a similar shift in behaviour. We have raised this with the UK Government and would welcome a constructive discussion with the with organisations such as the Royal Yachting Association and the Cruising Association along with the Department for Transport and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, to look at how legislation might be drafted.”

Maritime Safety Week is a UK Government initiative for the UK maritime sector to promote safety in the marine environment. During the week Government and industry will be able to share knowledge, experience and best practice about what the UK maritime sector is doing to respond to the safety challenges it faces as well as plans for the future.

The BPA will be actively promoting what ports are doing and highlighting the successes of initiatives such as the UK Port Marine Safety Code and the activities undertaken of the port’s industry’s safety organisation, Ports Skills and Safety.


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