Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC), Marex Compliance Support at Hand

Marex is working with Harbours and Ports as their Designated Person. The Designated Person must be an independent person with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Code (and supporting Good Practice) and associated Port and Marine Legislation. By means of assessment and audit of the client's Marine Safety Management System, it is determined if it is working effectively and complies with the Code (the responsibility of the Duty Holder). Marex has developed a Tool Kit, updated to the November 2016 review of the Code specifically for this purpose. This is being very well received and consequently we now assist many more with their code compliance.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency made inspections during 2015 to assess levels of compliance with the Port Marine safety code (PMSC). One private port, three municipal ports and four trust ports, throughout UK, were checked. Of those, three were deemed non-compliant with the Code and shall get follow up visits this year.

Problems uncovered by the inspectors included: lack of awareness of the roles and responsibilities of duty holders under the PMSC, shortcomings in risk assessments procedures, marine safety, management systems not in place or not being used and no review frequency, no marine/navigational guidance for users.

Marex provide guidance and training on the PMSC and can assist with either the development of the safety management system or act as an Independent Designated Person to Harbours and Ports (as per PMSC). The training to Duty highlights their obligations under the code. Contact us for more information.

P&J Ports Article 2015 - Marex on hand to support compliance

PMSC Article - Marex supporting port compliance

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