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Dunbar Harbour Trust

Safety Review

Introduction:

As part of its commitment to the Port Marine Safety Code Dunbar Harbour Trust formally reviews its safety record at the first Board Meeting after the end of the year. The aim of this review is to identify any trends that may guide the Trust to find new ways to improve the safety of the harbour.

2019 Safety Review

The incident log for 2019 shows –

58

7/1/19

Mooring lines snapping

Completed

59 

Dec 2019

Dinghy floating in Harbour

Pending

  • There were 2 incidents in the year (2018 -7)
  • There were no RIDDOR reportable incidents ( 2018 – 0

In addition to the above there were numerous near misses reported in the following categories-

  1. Fork lift truck movements being too close to Victoria Harbour with the risk of the vehicle going into the water
  2. Trips around the maintenance bay which confirms the need to upgrade this facility.
  3. Oil spillages which cause environmental damage to the harbour waters.
  4. Moorings breaking which risk damage to neighbouring yachts.
  5. Poor assessment of the state of the tide when approaching Broadhaven from Victoria Harbour risking collision  if the bridge is not lifted.
  6. Swimming in the harbour when boats are operating in the vicinity.
  7. Tombstoning – an activity that risks life and limb at the harbour entrance.

The greatest risks continue to centre round the behaviour of the young people of the town, mainly in the summer months. The number of incident reports does not reflect the occasions when children were tombstoning, jumping off the North Wall or swimming in a harbour used by commercial fishermen. 

The risks that are most likely to cause serious damage to persons or property:

  1. Falls from climbing
  2. Run down by vessel entering harbour while diving or swimming
  3. Trips on uneven surfaces  

Looking at the maritime hazards only these were ranked:

  1. Operational planning error – grounding (especially when moving from Victoria Harbour into the Broadhaven)
  2. Unplanned movement of berthed vessel resulting in collision or sinking. 
  3. Unexpected tidal conditions, including swell – collision with quayside (especially in the harbour entrance)

Initiatives for 2020 include fuller reporting of near misses and incidents, and review and sign off by the Harbour Management Committee.

The set of measurable objectives with actions designed to mitigate identified risks were agreed as being –

  • Continued review of three risks at every Board Meeting ;
  • Publication of a new reporting process
  • Evidence of improved capture  and reporting of incidents
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