UK MCA - Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations


( The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a very useful Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations.

This document is intended to supplement the Port Marine Safety Code. It contains useful information and more detailed guidance on a number of issues relevant to the management of ports and other marine facilities.

The Code and this guide are applicable both to statutory harbour authorities and to other marine facilities which may not necessarily have statutory powers and duties. These are collectively referred to in the Code as ‘organisations’, and may include, but not be limited to, the following examples:

  • Competent Harbour Authorities (authorities with statutory pilotage responsible for managing a pilotage service)
  • Municipal Port or Harbour Authorities
  • Trust Port or Harbour Authorities
  • Private Port or Harbour Authorities
  • Marine berths, terminals or jetties

Whilst applicable to all ports the guide should be applied reasonably and proportionately to each port. It is designed to provide general guidance and examples of how an organisation could meet its commitments in terms of compliance with the Code. This Guide should not be viewed as the only means of complying with the Code and for some organisations; it may not be the best means of achieving compliance.

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Source: UK MCA



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