Newport Harbour Commissioners


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Marine Policies

PMSC Statement of Compliance

Finance Policy

Strategies, Policies and Plans


Strategic Objectives

The Newport Harbour Commissioners aims are:

The Port Marine Safety Code and Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations

1n 1998 the Department of Transport, in light of the" Sea Empress" disaster, undertook a review of the 1987 Pilotage act, the act of Parliament that had conferred responsibility for Pilotage in the UK upon Competent Harbour Authorities. The review concluded that Pilotage should rightly remain the responsibility of Competent Harbour Authorities and become integrated with other port marine activity under the management and responsibility of the Statutory Authority. Several recommendations also came from this review, the principle one being the Port Marine Safety Code. (PMSC)

The Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) was first published on 15 March 2000 and introduced a national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. The Code establishes a measure by which Harbour Authorities can be held accountable for their legal powers and duties to run their harbours' in safety. It is intended that the Code applies to all Harbour Authorities and, since 2016, other non statutory marine facilities such as marine berths, terminals and jetties.

Put simply, the PMSC serves to outline the requirements of the various applicable laws, acts and orders, in such a way that we, as Harbour Authorities and their appointed port marine staff, can be reasonably assured that if we follow the code we are following the national standard and are most probably fulfilling the various duties and responsibilities under the legislation that we are duty bound to observe.

Both the Code and Guide to Good Practice have been updated and new versions were published in November 2016 and February 2017 respectively.

Marine Safety Plan

The Marine Safety Plan 2018 - 2021 covering marine operations in Newport Harbour. Document

The Newport Harbour Authority Marine Policies & Port Marine Safety Management System.

The Safety Management System prescribed in the PMSC focuses on the safe management of our port marine activities, ensuring that the risks are properly assessed, reviewed and updated as trades and practices change or when our experiences dictate the need. Along with risk assessment, monitoring and review the PMSC expects a Harbour Authorities’ Safety Management System to incorporate safety policies and procedures to:

The Port Marine Safety Code states that a Port Marine Safety Management System should also:

Where appropriate, the Port Marine Safety Management System should assign responsibility for associated matters -such as the safety of berths; for maintaining channels; hydrographic surveys; environmental monitoring; and the provision of appropriate engineering and environmental advice.

Policy document (pdf )

Safety Management System (pdf)

PMSC Statement of Compliance.

The PMSC requires all Harbour Authorities to publish plans and to report on that plans effectiveness, in a format of the Harbour Authorities choosing.

Every 3 years Newport Harbour Commissioners will issue a statement of compliance with the PMSC , please follow the link to view the most recent statement.

PMSC - Statement of Compliance (pdf - 38k)

Finance Policy

1.1 The overall aim of the Newport Harbour Commissioners (“NHC”) is to generate sufficient funds, primarily from Harbour Dues, to allow their duties, as set out in Statute, to be undertaken in an efficient, effective and economic manner.

1.2 The level of Harbour Dues will be kept under constant review. In addition, a detailed review will be recorded formally at both the December meeting of the Commissioners and the meeting, typically in March of each year, where the annual budget is discussed and approved. Where an amendment to Harbour Dues is agreed, this information will be disseminated to all stakeholders as soon as possible.

1.3 When setting the level of Harbour Due to be levied, NHC will have due regard to, inter alia:
a) The predicted level of shipping (measured in tonnage terms) that will be utilising the Harbour over the next 12 months
b) The level of any other income to be generated (e.g. Investment income)
c) On-going costs to be defrayed in undertaking the duties of the Commissioners d) The financial implications of the 1916 Act of Parliament dealing with the funding of the costs of dredging the main channel at the Harbour of Newport
d) Any known “one-off” material costs to be incurred in the future e) The appropriate level of reserves to be maintained by NHC (see 1.4 below).

1.4 NHC will maintain a level of reserves deemed appropriate by the Board. This level will be subject to review on an annual basis (review to be formally minuted at the meeting that the annual budget is confirmed). The current policy is that reserves maintained should be approximately equivalent to 12 months average expenditure.

1.5 Other working policies include:
a) All payments without exception will be approved by the NHC Board. b) All cheque payments will be signed by two Commissioners. In rare exceptions where this is not possible (e.g. illness), the Secretary will act as the second signature
c) If an emergency payment is required in advance of the Board meeting, the Chairman may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a payment. This is subject to later approval by the Board. Wherever possible in this circumstance, the Chairman will discuss the matter with the Vice-Chairman and any other Commissioner he deems appropriate in advance of giving his approval.

November 2018

Finance Policy (pdf - 41k)