ABP Marine Operations

ABP as a Statutory Harbour Authority, and the Port Marine Safety Code

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the Statutory and Competent Harbour Authority for 22 separate ports and harbours located around the UK. The breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that comes from managing these ports and harbours has enabled ABP to play a leading role in the ongoing development of the Port Marine Safety Code.

The Port Marine Safety Code, which was revised in December 2012, serves to highlight the responsibilities that are allied to being a Harbour Authority and has established a requirement for all Harbour Authorities to formalise their procedures.

In publishing the ABP Marine Policy we aim to demonstrate our commitment to the safe and responsible operation of our ports and harbours by detailing areas of primary concern and bringing a greater degree of transparency to our work than has ever been witnessed before. Linked to this policy, each ABP port and harbour has prepared plans detailing the precise manner in which this policy is to be implemented.

We have continued to strengthen our reporting procedures and introduced performance targets; we have nominated a designated person to provide assurances that the ABP marine safety management systems are working effectively and we have introduced a system for auditing and reviewing our performance against this policy.

By implementing this policy, ABP continues to build upon its known track record of safe and efficient operations, while endeavouring to identify further opportunities to improve that record whenever and wherever we can.

Pilot Boarding and Landing - An example of applying the principles of the PMSC to ensure ABP Ports remain safe.

July 2013. Following a recent accident at an ABP port, when both side ropes of a pilot ladder parted simultaneously with the pilot on the ladder an additional safety control measure was developed following the incident investigation, and is being introduced with immediate effect at all of those ports where ABP operates a pilotage service

Masters of all vessels taking a pilot will be REQUIRED to participate in this additional control. The master must ensure that the pilot ladder, or combination arrangement when the climb is greater than 9 metres, is properly constructed, recently inspected, in good condition and rigged as per SOLAS Regulation V/23 and IMO Resolution A.1045(27) “Required boarding arrangements for pilot”. The master will be asked to give verbal confirmation of this to Port Control (VTS) in advance of the pilot transfer taking place, both inbound and outbound.

In the event that this control measure is not complied with or the pilot detects that the ladder is not fit for purpose, the transfer will not take place and the vessel may be directed to a safe anchorage.

Click HERE to view further information from the IMO / IMPA regarding Pilot boarding and landing arrangements.

ABP Marine Policy

Please click here to download a copy of the ABP Marine Policy (Revised October 2012)

Port Marine Safety Code Compliance Statement

The Directors of Associated British Ports, as Harbour Authority and Duty Holder, recognise that they have a responsibility under the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) to publicly report on PMSC performance.

An Annual Performance Review of the Marine Safety Management Systems at ABP ports and harbours, for the year ended 31 December 2012, was conducted under the direction of the Designated Person Capt P. J. Cowing, Marine Advisor to the Board.

The Board are pleased to confirm that the Annual Performance Review 2012 indicates that the requirements of the PMSC are being met.