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Safety and Environmental Management System

The QHM Navigational Safety Policy can be found Here

The QHM Portsmouth Safety and Environmental Management System can be found Here

The Dockyard Port of Portsmouth 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 Dockyard waters.

The Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) sets out a national standard encompassing port marine safety. Although the Dockyard Port is not governed by a harbour authority within the meaning of the Harbours, Docks, Piers and Clauses Act 1847 and the Harbours Act 1964, the Secretary of State for Defence’s Policy Statement states that where legislation is not binding on the MOD, the MOD should nevertheless comply with the legislation, so far as reasonably practical or put in place something as good as, or better. In recognising this requirement, the MOD acknowledges that the PMSC provides best practice across the industry. With this in mind, the Dockyard Port Board (DPB) has developed the Dockyard Port Marine Safety Policy which details the over-arching 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.

In addition to the DPMSP compliance, the Portsmouth SEMS meets the requirements of guidance laid out by the Defence Maritime Regulator in the policy document DSA 02-DMR-MOD Ports and Harbours Regulations for Safety and Environmental Protection.

Version 5 of the SEMS is based upon a rigorous and thorough identification of hazards that are not only present within the operational requirements of the Royal Navy, but also to leisure users and commercial operators within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth. In order to comprehensively identify a variety of existing hazards, a hazard identification (HazID) day was held in October 2016 upon which the port suite of risk assessments is based. This utilised the wealth of knowledge and experience from a range of stakeholders and frequent users of the Dockyard in order to highlight hazards not only specific to their individual operations, but universal hazards. The safety policies and plans are based upon such hazards, assessment of the risks and implementation of effective control measures to eliminate those risks or reduce them to ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) in order to provide a safe Dockyard for a diverse range of stakeholders. 

Safety and Environmental Management System

More Links

QHM Portsmouth Navigational Safety Policy

Dockyard Port Marine Safety Policy

Understanding the Port Marine Safety Code

MCA Guidance - Navigation safety for UK seafarers

QHM Portsmouth 2016 PMSC Annual Report