The Board has various duties and responsibilities in relation to the maintenance and upkeep of the Harbour
OPEN PORT DUTY
(UNDER HARBOURS DOCKS AND PIERS CLAUSES ACT, PILOTAGE ACT AND LOCAL ACTS)
To take reasonable care, so long as the Harbour is open for public use, that all who may choose to navigate in it may do so without danger to their lives or property by maintaining Harbour infrastructure and the provision of an uninterrupted and cost effective pilotage service.
CONSERVANCY DUTY (UNDER HARBOURS ACT)
To conserve the Harbour so that it is fit for use, maintain clear navigational channels and provide users with adequate information about conditions in the Harbour.
GENERAL DUTY TO ENSURE SAFE AND EFFICIENT PORT MARINE OPERATIONS
(UNDER VARIOUS SAFETY LEGISLATION AND LOCAL ACTS)
To consider the efficiency, economy and safety of the services and facilities provided in the Harbour and ensure appropriate resources are made available to meet the Harbours marine safety obligations.
(UNDER LOCAL ACT AND VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION)
To manage environmental features in the
Harbour and have due regard to nature conservation as well as pollution control and response; and to liaise with relevant authorities for conservation, flood defence, erosion risk and coastal management locally.
CIVIL CONTINGENCIES AND PORT SECURITY DUTY (FROM CIVIL CONTINGENCIES ACT 2004)
To take account of the Harbour’s responsibility as a Category 2 response organisation, including planning, preparing and co-ordinating responses to emergencies which threaten serious damage to human welfare, the environment or security and to appoint a port security officer with responsibility for port security as required.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR REVISING DUTIES AND POWERS
(UNDER THE PORT MARINE SAFETY CODE)
To keep under review the powers and jurisdiction of Langstone Harbour in relation to its duties as a statutory Harbour authority, to comply with appropriate standards of governance and amend statutory powers as and when required.
To ensure that the Harbour is properly funded to carry out its core functions for safety, conservancy education and interpretation and to generate income through gathering Harbour dues, provision of leisure moorings for residential and visiting vessels and the provision of other cost effective marine services for the benefit of Harbour users.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY (UNDER PORTS GOOD GOVERNANCE GUIDANCE)
To participate in appropriate local, regional and national consultation and to engage effectively on significant decisions where appropriate with a wide range of stakeholders through a stakeholder advisory body, open forum, social media presence and production of an annual report.
RESPONSIBILITY TO PROMOTE AND IMPROVE THE HARBOUR AS AN ASSET
(UNDER PORTS GOOD GOVERNANCE GUIDANCE)
To safeguard Langstone Harbour as a valuable asset and to hand it on in the same or better condition to succeeding generations through promoting its environmental importance and improving the Harbour for commercial and leisure marine sectors.