Safety Management System

Portsmouth International Port

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This is the Home Page for Portsmouth International Port's, Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC). The Port is committed to maintaining a dynamic, robust safety management system, underpinned by a vigorous safety culture covering all aspects of port marine operations.

These pages are in addition to other principal documentation, eg., Nautical charts, radio signal lists, light lists, tide and tidal stream tables, pilot books, etc.

198 metre Europa on Albert Johnson Quay

This Code complements the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth's Port Marine Safety Code, which should also be taken into account.

Code Background Information

Stemming from the "Sea Empress" disaster in the Bristol Channel and culminating in a review of the Pilotage Act 1987, published in 1998; The Port Marine Safety Code was introduced, by the UK Government, for implementation from 1st January 2002.

The Code's aims are:

Portsmouth International Port worked closely with the Dockyard Port and was a member of the Port Marine Safety steering group for the whole harbour. This group was instrumental in consultation with all the stakeholders when the code was first being implemented. The group was superseded by the "Dockyard Port Forum", which was set up primary for consultation with stakeholders and it will continue to meet to discuss port marine safety matters. This further demonstrates ownership and a commitment to policy and involvement of stakeholders.

Safety Policy