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Vacancies - Estate Efficiency Manager and Asset Support Technician

Port of Milford Haven Vacancies

The Port is pleased to be supporting and involved with a new energy project. The Smart Cluster Energy System for the fish processing industry (piSCES) operation will ultimately reduce the costs and carbon footprint of Energy Networks in the fish processing industry by implementing smart grid technologies. This will be done through modelling the usage profile of their energy networks and optimising that against the wholesale energy market and any available onsite generation.

Outcome of 375th Standing Advisory Committee on Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Ships

The 375th Standing Advisory Committee on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Ships was recently held on Friday 3rd March 2017 in Spring Place at Maritime & Coastguard Agency in Southampton and PSS was in attendance.

The following are preliminary Minutes of meeting, with official minutes to be distributed in the near future

Background
Last meeting of this SAC was on 29 Jan 2015. There was no meeting in 2016 as Keith Bradley was due to retire and a replacement had not been found at that stage. Ms Helen North is the new DG representative at MCA and chaired the Meeting.

Safety Notice - Hi-Mast Light Fittings

A recent incident occurred when a light fitting fell from a hi-mast tower.

Fortunately no one was injured it could easily have been very different..

Our investigations to date have established that a single “Nyloc” locking nut had failed and become loose with vibration, allowing the fitting to fall to the ground.

All locations must:

 Check records of inspection and maintenance of all Hi-Mast towers, lattice towers and any other light fittings at height.

 Carry out an inspection of the security of such fixings as soon as possible, if these have not been checked in previous insp

MGN 566 - Change of alcohol limits for seafarers

This guidance note alerts ship owners, ship managers and ship masters that the STCW Convention has been amended. Most of the amendments affect training and certification requirements, and have been dealt with elsewhere.

Marine Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards Submitted

Introduction
This story relates to the industry consultation for and submission of two Port Marine Trailblazer Standards:

  • Marine Pilot – ST0427
  • Port Marine Operations Officer – ST0428

The Standards were developed over a period July to December 2016 by an Employer Led Working Group (working group) following the approval of the expressions of interest for both Trailblazers. The working group is currently Chaired by Amanda Viljoen, Associated British Ports.

Updates to Timber Handling and general Cargo safety guidance

We are delighted announce that the new revisions of Safety in Ports (SiP):

  • 002 General Cargo
  • 004 Timber Handling

… have been approved by HSE’s publication guidance group and are now available on our SiP web page:

http://www.portskillsandsafety.co.uk/publications/safety_in_ports_sip_gu…

These documents have been updated to reflect recent changes in regulations and to address issues raised following accidents and lessons learned.

The work has been undertaken as a joint project combining input from ports, Unite the Union and the HSE.

Crane, Plant and Equipment Maintenance Safety Information Notice

HSE Notice:

On the 08th December 2016 HSE prosecuted a company which maintains container cranes for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA). HSWA 2(1) requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees. The company pleaded guilty to the charges and were fined £39000 at Basildon Crown Court.

Chief Executive of HSE delivers keynote speach at highly successful PSS seminar

Leading a Safe Business seminar – review

We hosted a highly successful seminar aimed at senior executives in the port industry in October. The programme was headlined by keynote speaker Dr Richard Judge, Chief Executive of the HSE. Dr Judge spoke about leadership as “setting the tone” for a business, of going out, listening and getting the real feel of the organisation and of leaders showing that they care. With a strong focus also on health, he placed people and human factors firmly in the frame not just regulations, systems and processes.

Tim Clarke takes up the Chair of PSS

We are delighted to welcome Tim Clarke to both the the PSS Limited Board and as our new Chair. Tim has taken over from Steve Abraham who stepped down from an extended term in December. Our thanks go to Steve for all of his support.

With PSS now operating as a limited company and a new strategy in place, we are looking forward to building on the success of our Leading a Safe Business Seminar under Tim’s guiding hand.

Member Enquiry - LNG Fuelling of Ships in port

One of our ports have made the following enquiry and would like to hear if the rest of the membership have an advice or guidance on this matter ;

A subscriber port has been asked permission to allow a duel fuelled vessel to bunker LNG within the port estate. This operation will not be managed by the port. It will involve delivery of approximately 20m3 of LNG to the vessel by truck.

To get things started, we do not believe that it will come under COMAH but have already suggested that the port checks with their local Hazardous Installation team at the local HSE office.