PSS Board

A Brief History of PSS

Between 2002 and 2007 we were a limited company.  In 2007 the limited company was wound up and PSS became an unincorporated trade association, a joint venture subsidiary of UK Major Ports Group (UK MPG) and British Ports Association (BPA).  

In 2014 separation of financial arrangements (previously tied to BPA) was effected with separate bank account, tax, vat and payroll established for PSS. Employees were TUPE transferred from BPA to PSS on 1 Jan 2015.  On 1 August 2016, at the behest of the UKMPG Board and BPA Council, PSS once more became incorporated as Port Skills and Safety Limited company number:10131855, a company limited by guarantee.  

The PSS Board

The PSS Board fulfils the statutory duties of Port Skills and Safety Limited.



The annual programme of work, budget and subscription rates are set by the PSS Board which at full strength comprises 12 Executive and Non-Executive Directors.

Port Skills and Safety is the UK's professional ports health and safety membership organisation. We exist to make UK ports safer and more skilled. Our parent organisations, the British Ports Association and UK Major Ports Group, cover most of the UK commercial ports and we draw upon their networks and expertise. PSS is recognised by Government departments and agencies, including the Department for Transport, Health and safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. We work closely with the ports industry, the HSE and trade unions in promoting safety in the workplace and improving the safety culture throughout the industry.


Risk management, governance and financial controls

We are registered at Companies House and are required to comply with the appropriate rules as such.  Our returns are available in the usual way and can be seen by searching: PORT SKILLS AND SAFETY LIMITED, Company number 10131855

Companies House website