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Safety Management System

The Dockyard Port of Plymouth (DPoP) exists to serve the defence interests of the UK. Safe operation of the Dockyard Port is essential to support the operational programme of the Royal Navy but also for the safety of the many commercial and recreational users of the Dockyard Port waters.

For ports other than Dockyard Ports, the Department for Transport (DfT) Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) recommends harbour authorities maintain a dedicated Navigational Safety Management System (SMS) for marine operations within the port.

Although the PMSC is not binding on the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the MOD recognises it as the authoritative articulation of best practice in port safety, and is committed to meet these or equivalent standards as far as is reasonable and practical. However, the legislative background under which Dockyard ports operate is different from that on which the PMSC is based and the powers of the QHM are not directly analogous to those vested in a Statutory Harbour Authority (SHA). For this reason, as observed by the DfT, the PMSC is not wholly appropriate to a Dockyard Port such as Plymouth.

With this in mind, the Dockyard Ports Board has developed the Dockyard Port Marine Safety Policy (DPMSP) using the PMSC as a basis. The DPMSP details the policies to be adopted by the MOD Dockyard Ports to achieve standards at least equivalent to those provided for in the PMSC so far as is reasonably practicable. At all times, Dockyard Port safety policies and plans are to be based upon identification of the hazards, assessment of the risks and implementation of effective control measures to minimise or remove those risks, thus ensuring the safety of the Dockyard Port and its users. This allows for safe operation of the Dockyard Port and supports PMSC compliance by the Statutory Harbour Authorities within DPoP.

This SMS is designed to satisfy the requirements of the DPMSP and thus the requirements of the PMSC so far as is reasonable and practical.

The complexity and diversity of activity within DPoP means that achieving the desired level of safety and environmental performance for the port requires an integrated and cooperative approach. It is intended that this manual will provide a mechanism through which the management efforts of all port stakeholders can be coordinated and aligned.

The Navigational Safety Policy and complementary Marine Policies define the organisation and arrangements that the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) has established to monitor, promote and proactively manage the conduct of navigation and other marine activities so that safety is enhanced.




Where maintenance dredging is carried out in a Natura 2000 site, the UK Government has requested that a “baseline document” is prepared to assess the activities in accordance with Article 6(3) of the EC Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). The baseline document should draw on readily available information to describe current and historic patterns of dredging in relation to the conservation objectives of adjacent European marine sites.

This report represents the ‘Baseline Document’ for the MoD at Devonport Naval Base,and contains information relevant to the integrity of the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries European Marine Site (EMS), comprising the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Tamar Estuaries Complex Special Protection Area(SPA) and eight associated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

Maintenance Dredging Baseline Document

More Links

Dockyard Port Marine Safety Policy     

Sound Off - Dockyard Port of Plymouth Emergency and Contingency Plan   

Whole Port Risk Assessment