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ABPmer undertakes Port Marine Safety Code Assurance Audit in the Shetland IslesABPmer undertakes Port Marine Safety Code Assurance Audit in the Shetland Isles
Added: 19 Nov 2018
Shetland Islands Council, in its role as Harbour Authority, recently contracted UKHMA Commercial Member ABPmer to carry out an assurance audit of its compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).


Image: Shuttle Tanker Loch Rannoch at Jetty 4 Sullom Voe Oil Terminal (copyright John Bateson)

The Council operates a number of ports, the largest of which is Sullom Voe, a major UK oil terminal. In addition, it also has responsibility for the operation of a number of smaller ports and piers located around the islands which service the offshore oil, gas and renewable sectors as well as fishing and aquaculture.

The PMSC applies to all Harbour Authorities and provides a national agreed standard concerning safety management of marine operations. Under the Code, there is a requirement for Harbour Authorities to seek an independent and systematic audit to ensure that the Marine Safety Management System (MSMS) is being operated effectively. It is recommended that such audit is carried out every three years.

Monty Smedley, Head of Maritime Services at ABPmer said, “We were delighted to undertake an independent PMSC audit again for Shetland Islands Council. Our compliance audits are undertaken in a similar way to the MCA’s port health-check, using the ten key elements identified in the Code as a benchmark”.

In addition, the Council requested a review of Sullom Voe’s port services with reference to the EU Port Services Regulations which are expected to take effect at the end of March 2019.”

ABPmer is a recognised provider of PMSC assurance audits and has a wealth of experience in supporting port and harbour operators. Their Master Mariners, marine scientists, auditors and regulation advisors offer a total port risk management solution.


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 Navigation in Restricted Visibility in Cowes Harbour
Added: 31 Oct 2018
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Dragging anchor and subsequent collisions by general cargo vessel Celtic Spirit Dragging anchor and subsequent collisions by general cargo vessel Celtic Spirit
Added: 31 Oct 2018
Accident Investigation Report 18/2018

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and actions taken:
MAIB investigation report 18-2018: Celtic Spirit

Summary
During the morning of 1 March 2018, the UK registered general cargo vessel Celtic Spirit started to drag its anchor in heavy weather on the River Humber, UK

The watchkeeper did not immediately identify this and Celtic Spirit subsequently collided with the research and survey vessel Atlantic Explorer and the general cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, which were at anchor.

All three vessels sustained shell plate damage, but there were no injuries and no pollution.

The report highlights the importance of ensuring taking tidal and environmental conditions fully into account when going to anchor and ensuring that the frequency and accuracy of position monitoring is commensurate with the conditions experienced.
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New Port of Blyth animation shows estuary redevelopment potentialNew Port of Blyth animation shows estuary redevelopment potential
Added: 23 Oct 2018
Port of Blyth has revealed (see External Link below) exciting plans for how the River Blyth’s upper estuary could look following the planned redevelopment programmes currently under way at its Bates and Battleship Wharf terminals, as well as at the neighbouring Northumberland Energy Park.

Bates Terminal has recently been created by the joining together of two existing terminals – Wimbourne Quay and the original Bates site. By merging the two terminals, the Port has created a highly flexible eighteen hectare facility with two heavy lift quays, 16,500sqm of existing warehousing, a marine fuels terminal and up to 10ha of prime, quayside located development land.

Battleship Wharf is a 17ha multi-use terminal with excellent road and rail connections, a range of both covered and open storage available and 480 metres of heavy duty quays. The Port has recently been granted a decommissioning licence for a designated 2.3ha decom site within the terminal to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of offshore energy materials per year. The focus will be on small to medium sized projects and pieces up to 4000 tonnes in response to demand.

Northumberland Energy Park is a hugely exciting 200ha land development project being delivered by Northumberland County Council in partnership with the Port. A Government investment of £25m will shortly see a new heavy lift quay installed and associated land remediation carried out in preparation for the creation of major quayside manufacturing and engineering opportunities.

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Report 18/2018. Dragging anchor and subsequent collisions by general cargo vessel Celtic Spirit
Report16/2018: Unintentional release of carbon dioxide from fixed fire-extinguishing systems on ro-ro vessels Eddystone and Red Eagle
Report 3/2018, Safety warning about keel failures on sailing yachts
Report 14/2018: Catastrophic engine failure and fire on board ro-ro passenger ferry
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