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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 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.

The Dockyard Port safety policies and plans are 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 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. 

Links to supporting SMS documentation can be found below;


Part 1 of the Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) for the Dockyard Port of Plymouth is the overarching document for the SMS.


Part 2 of the SEMS provides detail on the management of the system and includes a list of the top 10 port hazards in priority order. 


All the port hazards are reviewed annually and ranked using the HAZMAN II assessment tool. 


The PMSC requires a safety plan to be published at least every 3 years to illustrate how policies and procedures will be developed to satisfy the requirements of the code.  


Section C of the QHM Manual provides detail and policy for the port incident report and investigation.


Performance against the Harbour Safety plan is assessment via the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Annual Report.


The PMSC requires ports to hold and review a contingency plan for major maritime emergencies.  This plan is called “SOUND OFF” and is reviewed regularly with all stakeholders.  The plan calls for a regular exercise cycle under the “SOUND MOVE” exercise series.


Details of the plan for dealing with Oil Spills within the DPoP can be found at the link below;