From the New Year harbours in the UK must brush up on safety

Harbour authorities throughout the country must implement the ‘Port Marine Safety Code’ before 1st January 2002. The Code is an initiative of the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) in the wake of recommendations made by Lord Donaldson into the Sea Empress pollution incident in Milford Haven in 1996.

The Code adopts a new approach to the management of safety in ports, introducing a national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. It aims to improve safety for those who use or work in ports, their ships, passengers and cargoes, and the environment.

It also establishes a measure by which harbour authorities can be held accountable for their legal powers and duties.