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Safety Management System

Port Marine Safety Code Compliance and the Harbour’s Safety Management System

Littlehampton Harbour Board (LHB) is a Trust port and the Statutory Harbour Authority (SHA), Competent Harbour Authority (CHA) and a Local Lighthouse Authority (LLA) for the harbour approaches and River Arun as far as Arundel Bridge.  The CHA area extends further than the SHA area by virtue of ‘The Littlehampton (Pilotage) Harbour Revision Order 1988’.  LHB is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of all vessels within its area of jurisdiction.  This is delivered through a number of primary controls including the Pilotage service, seasonal harbour patrols and the Authority’s marine staff.  LHB has appointed an independent Designated Person to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code.  The Designated Person for Littlehampton Harbour is:

Monty Smedley of ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) Ltd

All port and harbour users, including Harbour Authority staff have direct access to the Designated Person.  Concerns regarding marine safety in the port or harbour, in the first instance, should be raise with the Harbour Master (or for Authority staff with your direct line manager).  If additional, independent advice regarding the matter is required, any reasonable concerns can be brought to the attention of the Designated Person by any of the following methods:

Designated Person Contact Details:

By email:

By post:

Designated Person (PMSC) ‘Littlehampton Harbour’


Quayside Suite, Medina Chambers

Town Quay



SO14 2AQ

By telephone: 023 8071 1892  or  023 8071 1889

The Designated Person and the Maritime Team at ABPmer:

  • have detailed knowledge of the Port Marine Safety Code, the Guide to Good Practice for Port Marine Operations and accompanying Competency Standards;
  • provide independent assurance to the Duty Holder that the marine safety management system required by the Port Marine Safety Code is working effectively; and
  • at regular intervals, audit the Harbour Authority’s compliance with the Code.

The Designated Person has direct access to the Duty Holder whenever this is deemed necessary.

The LHB’s Safety Management System was last reviewed and audited by Nicholson’s Risk Management Ltd in November 2019 and found to be compliant with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code published by the DfT.

This means that there is a safety management system (SMS) which enables the Board to continue to set out its safety policies, the organisation which can put them into practice and the procedures for a planned and systematic approach to policy implementation.  The latest LHB SMS can be found at the link above.