ABPmer appointed Designated Person for the Port of London Authority
The Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed marine consultancy ABPmer to provide independent Designated Person (DP) services, as described in the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC). The PLA is a Trust Port and has responsibility for maintaining the safety of navigation for 83 nautical miles of the tidal Thames from Teddington Lock to the Outer Thames Estuary. The Port’s jurisdiction covers an area of 400 square nautical miles and includes 70 ports, terminals and wharves. Vessel traffic ranges from Ultra Large Container Ships through to multiple ferry operators, barge transports and a large range of recreational activities.
The PMSC is the national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. A central requirement of the Code is that marine risk management is used to inform the operation of the marine safety management system (MSMS). The Code requires the appointment of a DP to provide assurance directly to the ‘Duty Holder’ that the MSMS is working effectively and is compliant with the Code.
“Safety of Navigation for vessels using the Thames’ wide range of Port and Marine Berths is our key objective,” said Bob Baker, Chief Harbour Master at the PLA. “With a diverse mix of vessel traffic and an increase in the world’s largest container vessels calling into the Thames Estuary, we continue to assess and adapt our procedures to ensure we maintain the very highest levels of navigational safety. We look forward to working with ABPmer through 2020 as our independent Designated Person.”
Monty Smedley, Head of Maritime at ABPmer, said “We are delighted to be appointed to provide DP services for the PLA. The Maritime team at ABPmer look forward to supporting the PLA with port assurance and marine safety management.”
ABPmer has a wealth of experience in providing PMSC support to port and harbour operators. Their Master Mariners, marine scientists, regulatory advisors and auditors provide a total risk management solution tailored to the needs of the port and harbours sector.