Harbour Master National Occupational Standards (NOS)

These National Occupational Standards detail the competencies required of a Harbour Master and are consistent with the Port Marine Safety Code.

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The Harbour Master is responsible for ensuring the safe navigation and use of the harbour. The role will vary dependant upon the size of the harbour and the type of vessels using it, but will typically include the management of:

  1. people, including vessel traffic services operators, port operators and associated staff
  2. finances and marine assets
  3. the pilotage provision
  4. the leisure use of the harbour

 

Target Group for PSS Harbour Master NOS 101 to 117

Unless otherwise stated, these standards apply to individuals who have a duty to facilitate the safe and efficient use of the harbour.  Typically this will be the Harbour Master or Authorised Deputies with delegated powers.

 

PSS HM101 Manage Port Marine Safety

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage port marine safety.
  • It includes: facilitating the safe and efficient use of the harbour; conducting a marine risk assessment; producing, documenting, operating and reviewing port marine safety systems and policies; delegation of harbour master powers.

 

PSS HM102 Produce port marine policies, plans, procedures and systems using structured methodology

  • This standard covers the competence required to produce systematic, consistent and well-documented port marine safety documentation.
  • The approach is applicable to all formal port marine policies, plans, procedures and systems and includes development, review, stakeholder consultation and responding to new information.

 

PSS HM103 Review powers conferred by national legislation and local regulation

  • This standard covers the competence required to review powers conferred by national legislation and the appropriateness of local regulation.
  • It includes the local and nationally conferred powers of the harbour master, as well as conducting periodic and ‘new information’ based reviews of powers.  It also covers application for new local powers.

 

PSS HM104 Develop and operate marine enforcement policy

  • This standard covers the competence required to develop and implement a marine enforcement policy.
  • It includes: the development and operation of a marine enforcement policy; promulgation of the policy to stakeholders; enforcement, including prosecution and administrative action.

 

PSS HM105 Report and Investigate Marine Incidents

  • This standard covers the competence required to Report and Investigate Marine Incidents.
  • It includes: compliance with regulatory reporting requirements; investigating marine incidents; producing and communicating findings; proposing and implementing remedial action.

 

PSS HM106 Determine the need for a port pilotage service

  • This standard covers the competence required to determine the need for an appropriate pilotage service.
  • It includes: determining the need for, and scope of, an appropriate port pilotage service based on a formal risk assessment.

 

PSS HM107 Operate a safe and efficient pilotage service

  • This standard covers the competence required to operate an appropriate pilotage service.
  • The unit covers development, management and review of a pilotage service, pilot recruitment, selection, training and certification and the development, promulgation and operation of pilotage directions.
  • This standard is directly associated with standard HM106 Determine the need for a port pilotage service.  
  • An individual would need to be able to meet standard HM106 before they could meet standard HM107.

 

PSS HM108 Determine the need and scope of port vessel traffic services

This standard covers the competence required to determine the need for an appropriate vessel traffic service based on a formal risk assessment.

 

PSS HM109 Manage Port Vessel Traffic

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage port vessel traffic.
  • This is unit covers the development and operation of Vessel Traffic Services and Local Port Services to maintain navigational safety, including control of dangerous and polluting substances.
  • This standard is directly associated with standard HM108 Determine the need and scope of port vessel traffic services.   An individual would need to be able to meet standard HM108 before they could meet standard HM109.

Target Group

This standard applies to individuals who have a duty to facilitate the safe and efficient use of the harbour and regulate the movement and handling of dangerous and polluting substances within the port’s area of jurisdiction.  Typically this will be the Harbour Master or Authorised Deputies with delegated powers.

 

PSS HM110 Manage conservancy

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage port marine conservancy responsibilities.
  • It includes: management of conservancy; provision of navigational information to port users; undertaking hydrographic surveys; the provision of aids to navigation.

Target Group

This standard applies to individuals who have a duty to facilitate the safe and efficient use of the harbour and conserve the port for the safe use by vessels.  Typically this will be the Harbour Master or Authorised Deputies with delegated powers.

 

PSS HM111 Manage other marine activities

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage other marine activities.
  • It includes: operating and administering port recreational and other activities and port facilities through policies, directions, guidance, licensing and port user engagement.

 

PSS HM112 Plan for and manage port emergencies and periods of disruption

  • This standard covers the competence required to plan for and manage port marine emergencies and periods of disruption.
  • It includes: determining potential navigational and non-navigational emergencies; the preparation, exercising and operation of a port emergency response plan; discharging responsibilities under civil contingencies legislation; contributing to business continuity; responding to a marine pollution incident.

 

PSS HM113 Manage the port marine environmental status

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage a port’s marine environmental responsibilities.

 

PSS HM114 Manage port security

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage port security.
  • It includes: assessing port security needs in consultation with stakeholders; the establishment, operation, maintenance and review of appropriate security; cooperation with relevant agencies; compliance with regulatory security requirements. 

Target Group

This standard applies to individuals who have a duty to facilitate the safe and efficient use of the harbour. This is an essential unit for any Harbour Master with defined responsibilities under national and international security codes and regulations. Typically this will be the Harbour Master or Authorised Deputies with delegated powers.

 

PSS HM115 Manage marine employee workplace health and safety

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage marine employee health and safety.
  • The main focus is on the land-side activities of marine department personnel and others to whom the Harbour Master owes a duty of care.  However this standard may also apply to water-based operations.  The land-side focus differentiates this standard from standard PSS HM101 Manage port marine safety, which has a wider remit and is primarily marine (wet-side) focused. The standard includes conducting a risk assessment; producing, documenting, operating and reviewing safety systems.

 

PSS HM116 Manage marine employees

  • This standard covers the competence required to manage marine employees.
  • The standard includes: establishing the staffing and skill levels required;  identifying employee numbers and skill levels necessary to deliver the port marine services; managing employee recruitment, training and performance.

 

PSS HM117 Contribute to port management

  • This standard covers the competence required to contribute to port management.
  • It includes: developing contributing to and implementing port business; management of non-routine assets and infrastructure; managing projects; operating a port marine budget; change management; quality management; customer service.

 

 

Date approved: September 2011

 

Resource Information

Post date 09/05/2017
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