The Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) was published by the Government in March 2000. The Code establishes an agreed national standard for port marine safety, and formalises the duties and responsibilities for safety and environmental protection within UK ports and harbours. The Code is applicable to all harbour authorities, and compliance is not optional.
The Code requires that all harbour authorities base their powers, policies, plans and procedures on a Formal Safety Assessment (FSA), and that they maintain a Safety Management System to control the risks that are identified to a level which is as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
The Broads Authority (Pilotage Powers) Order 1991 confirms that the Broads Authority is a “Competent Harbour Authority” as defined the Pilotage Act 1987, and as such the Authority falls under the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code.
Unlike a port, the Broads Authority is designated a “Special Statutory Authority”, affording the same level of protection as National Park status, but with tailor-made legislation relating to navigation. The Authority therefore balances the navigational duties and powers of a harbour authority with the conservation and recreational duties and powers of a National Park authority. These duties and powers are principally set out in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988.
The Broads Authority, as Duty Holder for the Broads, has developed a Safety Management System (SMS) in accordance with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code taking cognisance of the advice in the Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations. Noting the status of the Authority as a Special Statutory Authority, a pragmatic approach has been taken to the application of the Code.
The SMS documents the arrangements put in place by the Broads Authority to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of those working on, visiting or using the Broads.
The Broads Authority is committed to compliance with the requirements of the Code and the further development of the Safety Management System where necessary. Please visit the safety monitoring web page for up-to-date figures on the Authority's safety indicators.
As part of our commitment to enabling safe boating on the Broads we have developed a Navigation Safety Policy.