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Marine Safety: Navigation

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the responsibilities of a competent harbour authority whose port is adjacent to marine enhanced high risk areas and whose access channel runs between such areas or through particularly sensitive sea areas in respect to changes to the navigational safety regime of that authority; and whether the Department for Transport would expect to be consulted on any proposed changes to this regime.[HL6979]

The fact that a port is adjacent to marine environmental high risk areas, or that its access channel runs between such areas or through a particularly sensitive sea area, does not add to the responsibilities of that port's competent harbour authority.

There is no requirement for my department to be consulted on proposed changes to harbour authorities' navigational safety regimes. Harbour authorities are, however, expected to ensure that any changes are consistent with the Port Marine Safety Code.