Port of Milford Haven

Safety & Security


Achieving the highest standard possible on matters relating to health, safety, security and the environment continues to be of the utmost priority. The MHPA Act refers to specific requirements for the Port to "prevent or reduce the discharge of oil, or the risk of discharge of oil, into the water".

Additionally, the Port of Milford Haven seeks to minimise incidents that may cause disruption to Port operations and also invests in systems and procedures that aim to eliminate risks and/or assist with response to incidents should they occur.

Port Marine Safety Code

The Port continues to comply, so far as is reasonably practicable, with the Port Marine Safety Code which is a national standard that applies to all harbour authorities. The principle requirements of the Code directs ports to conduct risk assessments, implement a formal safety management system, employ properly qualified marine personnel and ensure that sufficient powers and resources are provided to manage the harbour safely.

Designated Person

In meeting our obligations under the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC), the Milford Haven Port Authority ( Port of Milford Haven) has appointed a ‘Designated Person’, who maintains a right of direct access to the Board.

The role of the ‘Designated Person’ is to:

  1. Provide independent assurance to the MHPA Board, as ‘Duty Holder’, that the Port has an effective and appropriate Marine Safety Management System.
  2. Provide the MHPA Board with independent and professional advice regarding the Port’s overall compliance with the requirements of the PMSC.

The Designated Person for the Port is Monty Smedley BSc.

He can be contacted at:

Designated Person (PMSC)
Milford Haven Port Authority
Quayside Suite
Medina Chambers
Town Quay
Southampton SO14 2AQ

Email: DP.MilfordHaven@abpmer.co.uk
Tel: 023 8071 1892 or 023 8071 1889

Safety and Environmental Management System

The Port has amalgamated its Safety Management System and Environmental Management System into a single, more efficient Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) which is internally and externally audited. The SEMS system sets out the roles and responsibilities of key staff, as well as a suite of management procedures and work instructions designed to standardise tasks and reduce risk.

As well as the above, the Port has established a system for reporting, recording and resolving concerns and incidents; this forms part of the company wide Assurance Framework for the management of risk.

Concerns and incidents can be reported using an Event Report form. A set of instructions on how to complete and submit this form, as well as an outline of the process for dealing and responding to such matters, is included in the link above.


Since 2000, statutory reportable accidents in ports have reduced by 60% and have become safer but nobody thinks that the job is done. Our industry has made huge progress but is on a plateau.

It is essential we work together to deliver a shared strategy to get us off this plateau and the Port of Milford Haven confirms its support for the Port Industry Health & Safety Sector Plan and the shared vision to continue to raise standards.

The Port is committed to safety as a core value and to giving it priority in everything that we do and the Health & Safety Sector Plan provides a means of:

  • Voluntarily and proactively demonstrating to stakeholders, such as the HSE, that our industry is meeting its duties and has the expertise and drive to deliver continuous improvement.
  • Setting and measuring industry targets
  • Better understanding where and how to take new improvement action.

Click to find out more about the Port Industry Health & Safety Sector Plan


Security within the Port area is covered through the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) which requires terminals and other organisations to develop and maintain security plans that are approved by the Department for Transport Maritime Security team. These plans are tested and reviewed on a regular basis.