ABPmer reviews Western Isles’ harbour authority operations


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the Statutory Harbour Authority for 32 harbours in the Western Isles, and the owner and operator for 51 pier, jetty and slipway facilities.

Recognising that it is good practice to regularly review operations, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently commissioned ABPmer to appraise its current arrangements for discharging its duties as a Statutory Harbour Authority.

Monty Smedley, maritime specialist at ABPmer said, “We were delighted to undertake this independent review for the Comhairle.

“ABPmer’s dedicated maritime team has in-depth knowledge and practical application of the various standards and expectations laid down in port and harbour authority codes such as the Department for Transport’s ‘Port Marine Safety Code’ and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘Safety in Docks’ Approved Code of Practice.

“Our specialists conducted a series of interviews and meetings with members of the Comhairle’s marine team, port management and elected Council Members, in September. ABPmer presented the findings from the review to the Comhairle’s Harbour Board in a meeting held in Stornoway in early December”.

ABPmer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited and has a wealth of experience in providing operational support to both small and large scale port operations.


Rupert Malins


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