Safety & Security at the Port of Milford Haven
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.
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.
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.
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 (formerly TRANSEC). These plans are tested and reviewed on a regular basis.