PLA appoints ABPmer for DP services
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 PMSC is the national standard for every aspect of port marine safety and stipulates that 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 that the MSMS is compliant and effective.
“Safety of navigation for vessels using the Thames’ wide range of port and marine berths is our key objective,” explained 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.”
Monty Smedley, head of maritime at ABPmer, said that the company was delighted to be appointed. “The maritime team at ABPmer look forward to supporting the PLA with port assurance and marine safety management,” he said.
By Rebecca Strong
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