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Marine Safety Management Plan

Marine Safety Management Plan

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is the statutory harbour authority for Cowes Harbour and the River Medina as far as the Folly Inn. CHC is obliged to comply with national legislation, in particular that concerning Health and Safety. Her Majesty’s Government expects that CHC will comply with the Department for Transport’s ‘Port Marine Safety Code’ and the associated ‘Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations’.

This Marine Safety Management Plan encapsulates the key elements of CHC’s Safety Management System. A more comprehensive overview of the structure, management and maintenance of the harbour’s Safety Management System (SMS) and CHC’s compliance with the PMSC in support of this plan is contained within the SMS manual held at the Harbour Office. The aim of this plan is to provide detail about the management measures in place and to set measurable performance targets.

The Code requires the development and maintenance of appropriate policies, plans and procedures. All of CHC’s policies, plans and procedures are based upon formal risk assessment in order that risks are eliminated or reduced to a level that is ‘as low as reasonably practical’ (ALARP).

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