Agenda item

Quarterly Designated Person Port Marine Safety Code Audit Report - Ilfracombe and Lynmouth Harbours

Report by Health and Safety Manager (attached)


The Board noted the Designated Person Port Marine Safety Audit report – Ilfracombe and Lynmouth Harbours (circulated previously).


The Designated Person confirmed that the Marine Safety Management System was working effectively, ensuring compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code.


The Designated Person gave the Board the following highlights:

Ilfracombe – actions completed

·         The Audit of both harbours was carried out on 6th April 2021

·         The Boats In had been completed safely on 1st and 2nd April 2021

·         The Trinity House aids to navigation audit had been carried out on 22nd February 2021 and everything was found to be in order

·         The work to the new Fenders on the First Landing had been completed

·         Planning permission had been submitted to replace the existing ladders along Quay wall and Old Quay Head with the addition of protective fendering

Ilfracombe – risk management

·         There were no non-conformities found in the three topic areas that were audited this quarter; Consultation and Consensus, Enforcement and Open Port Duty and Setting Dues

·         A bulge in the wall at Stone Bench was being monitored for future remedial works, the senior engineer was aware of the situation

·         The new CCTV installation had taken place and the Harbour Master was very impressed with the quality of the new system

Lynmouth – actions completed

·         The work to fit a new galvanised hand rail to the wall opposite the steps, at the Rising Sun pub, off the slipway down to the Harbour had been completed

Lynmouth – risk management

·         With the legal status of Lynmouth Harbour still being looked at, the majority of the internal audit matters did not apply

·         Storm damage had been sustained to the Causeway in February 2021.  Access into the Harbour had been cleared of debris to mitigate any immediate risks to users but long term plans for Capital Programme repair work would need to be submitted to the Council via a business case to the Project Appraisal Group

·         The remedial works to the lower steps was still pending due to the weather and tide conditions not permitting works to be carried out but it had been noted there was no further deterioration of their condition

·         Likewise remedial works to the quoins along the edge of the slipway were pending due to weather and tide conditions

·         A worn white line needed repainting at the top of the slipway


In response to a question about the replacement of the pole to the Aid to Navigation light on the sea end of the Harbour Arm at Lynmouth.  The Harbour Master replied that as we were the Local Light Authority we were under obligation to repair faults.  It was hoped to replace the pole with a quarter folding pole.

In response to concerns raised about the installation of the new CCTV cameras.  The Harbour Master advised the Board that no cameras were directed at private property, planning permission was not required to install them as the installation came under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) which regulated public bodies carrying out surveillance.  The purpose of the new system was for the safety of Harbour users and was intended to be a deterrent.


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