Dangerous Substances

The Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987

The Harbour Master has powers to regulate or prohibit the entry into a Harbour or Harbour Area or require the removal of any Vessel, freight container, portable tank, receptacle, or vehicle carrying dangerous goods, if in his opinion the condition or those goods, or their packaging, or the Vessel/Vehicle carrying them is such as to create a risk to health and safety of any person.

The Harbour Master also has powers to regulate the handling, movement or position within the Harbour of Vessels carrying dangerous goods.

A person to whom directions are given shall comply with those directions.

Directions may be given by the Harbour Master in any such reasonable manner as he may think fit.

A minimum period of 24 hours notice must be given in writing to the Harbour Master before the Dangerous Substances enter the Harbour Area. This is the responsibility of the ships Master (or Agent) with regard to imports from sea, and the Haulier for exports from inland. (A lesser period may be agreed with the Harbour Master for short sea operations, for example cross Channel Ferry services).

The Harbour Master may refuse the entry of un-notified Dangerous Substances.


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