02-2019: Protection of Harwich Haven Authority employees from passive smoking

UK domestic legislation requires all UK workplaces, with some limited exceptions, to be smoke free environments since 1st July 2007. Whilst this legislation does not encompass ships within its scope, Harwich Haven Authority wishes to protect their employees from the detrimental effects of passive smoking at all times whilst they are at work. Harwich Haven Authority, as an employer, has a duty to protect the health and safety of its employees whilst undertaking all of their duties regardless of the location of those duties.

There is significant evidence to show that smoking is the major, yet avoidable, cause of some cancers, stroke and heart disease. The adverse effects of passive smoking are well recognised and are more difficult to avoid as passive smoking can often be outside the control of the non-smoking individual.

To ensure that our employees are protected from the harmful effects of smoke whilst at work we request that owners, operators and masters of vessels provide:

  • a smoke free working area in all enclosed spaces that a HHA employee may be required to work in; and
  • a smoke free environment for occasions when a Harwich Haven Authority employee is not engaged on pilotage duties but is on board the vessel for other reasons, i.e. over-carriage.

All Harwich Haven Authority employees have been instructed not to smoke in enclosed areas of the vessel and may only smoke in suitably designated areas of the vessel with the permission of the master. Harwich Haven Authority employees must comply with all ship board rules and regulations.

Harwich Haven Authority would like to thank all vessel Owners, Operators and Masters for their co-operation in this matter.

The Authority’s first public meeting for stakeholders receives high praise

Harwich Haven’s first public meeting for stakeholders – 9 March 2017 – was a huge success with more than 60 people joining us at The Waterfront, Dovercourt.

The event provided the opportunity to inform various stakeholder groups, including local residents, community groups, representatives from the port industry and local authorities about our work, strategic goals and to introduce our new website.

Attendees were actively engaged throughout the presentations, given by Chief Executive Neil Glendinning and Harbour Master Mike Dunn, and useful feedback, suggestions and ideas were gratefully received.

An open feedback session allowed members of the audience to ask questions, which included reporting a potential navigational hazard, mooring during the winter months at Ha’penny Pier and pollution provisions.

“We were delighted to welcome so many interested stakeholders along to the meeting,” says Neil Glendinning, chief executive.

“Feedback has been positive and we thoroughly enjoyed talking to people about the work we do to conserve, protect and maintain the Haven.”

Local resident Linda Green, commented: “I thought it would be an interesting evening and I wasn’t disappointed.  I learnt a lot about the work at the Authority and the questions raised a lot of interesting topics too.”

02-2012: Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS)

As of 1st May 2012 Harwich Haven Authority will no longer be transmitting vessel arrival/departure details to the Consolidated European Reporting System (CERS) at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

This responsibility will rest with the Port Operator, Vessel Owner, Master or Agent from this date.

However, in accordance with Appendix 2 of the Harwich Haven Authority General Directions for Navigation 2011, the Authority will continue to require arrival details of all regulated vessels.

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Harwich Haven Authority spreads a little Christmas cheer to local families

The Harwich Haven Authority will be providing Christmas hampers – to the value of £1,000 –to ensure approx. 20 of the community’s most disadvantaged families can sit down to a special meal on Christmas day.

The hampers will contain everything required for a slap-up Christmas meal, including vegetables, turkey, stuffing, chocolates, sweets and a Christmas dessert. The Authority will also be providing essentials such as nappies, toothpaste and fuel cards.

The initiative is a collaboration between Harwich Haven Authority and Harwich FoodBank, who work tirelessly to support local families in the Harwich and Dovercourt area. They are based next to Morrisons on the Iconfield Park, Garland Rd, Harwich.

“As a Trust Port it’s important for us to invest in our local community,” says Neil Glendinning, chief executive, Harwich Haven Authority.

“We’re also one of the largest employers in Harwich so we were very keen to get involved with the Christmas hamper initiative.

“It’s a special time of year and my staff were eager to lend support. We’re also collecting unwanted, good quality winter clothes, bedding and footwear that we’ll distribute to the community in the New Year via the local Fire and Rescue Service station in Dovercourt.”

Councillor Ivan Henderson commented: “This remarkable act of generosity will make a genuine difference to many local families who would otherwise not have had a special meal on Christmas Day.  Thanks to Harwich Haven Authority’s kindness those in this dreadful situation will enjoy what those of us who are more fortunate take for granted.”

Les Nicoll, chairman, Harwich FoodBank added: “I am extremely pleased and excited about this generous offer from Harwich Haven Authority. Their kind donation to Harwich and the wider community will definitely make a huge difference.

“As I sit down with my family for Christmas dinner it will be fantastic to know that because of this generous and unselfish offer other families in our town will be able to enjoy the celebrations without worrying.

“The Harwich FoodBank will also match the fuel card offer to ensure families remain warm throughout the entire holiday period.”

About Harwich FoodBank: We are a voluntary organisation originally set up by Harwich Churches Together to address some of the problems stemming from the growing level of poverty within our district.  Although it is essentially a Christian Organisation, the FoodBank is not tied to any particular church or ministry.  It draws its team members from, and serves, the whole wider community.

Our primary mission is to give Emergency Food Aid to those in financial distress.  But even for those who are not in need of one of our food parcels, we can still provide a friendly supportive place just to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

The FoodBank serves the same area as Harwich & District Town Council, including Ramsey and the outlying villages.

We aim to help anyone, irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity, ability, religion or political views, who is in genuine crisis and in need of Emergency Food Aid.  However, the FoodBank is not a free-for-all; clients need to be referred to us by one of our partner organisations before they can claim a Food Parcel.

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MMO approves trial use of new maintenance dredging disposal site

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has approved a scheme that allows for two trial dredging disposal operations at a new site, which is five miles closer to shore that the current site. The trial will require an enhanced programme of monitoring.

Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) has been in discussion with the MMO since January 2011 regarding the possibility of approving a new site to reduce the significant dredge cost and CO2 emissions. The current site is a 49-mile round trip from the harbour – around 80% of the total dredge time is spent sailing to and from the disposal site.

To determine whether a new site could be approved, HHA held initial discussions with the MMO and carried out a range of studies and public consultations. Local fishermen expressed concerns, and although the studies predicted very small changes that are unlikely to have a negative effect on fisheries, a revised monitoring programme was developed to track whether these changes occur.

Once trial disposal operations have been completed at the new site, further disposals will return to the existing site. A report will be submitted to the MMO, including the results of the monitoring and any evidence provided by fishermen or other local stakeholders.

If the changes are more extensive, disposal will remain at the existing site and further assessment will be undertaken. HHA aims to be using the new site and monitoring disposal operations in June and August.

“HHA is delighted to finally receive approval for this trial from the MMO, and following this monitoring exercise we look forward to them granting permission to use the alternative site.”

Neil Glendinning, CEO of Harwich Haven Authority

Changes reported in distribution of birds on Stour and Orwell estuaries

Over the past 15 years Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) has been carrying out bird counts to monitor the wintering birds feeding on the mudflats and saltmarshes of the estuaries.

Recently, HHA has worked with Natural England in a joint-funded project to review the numbers and study the changes in the distribution of birds across the estuaries. The project represents the first steps towards pinpointing areas of concern low waters of the rivers Stour and Orwell, and to find and address the potential cause of changes in the distribution of species.

The data has since been published and will be used by the Stour and Orwell Estuary Management Group to consider the next steps.

“HHA takes great pride in its contribution to the environmental stewardship of the Stour and Orwell estuaries,” said Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority. “It is gratifying to be able to offer the results of our studies to assist the estuaries management group in their work to protect these important habitats.”

Sarah Dawkins, Norfolk & Suffolk Area Manager, Natural England, commented:

“The Stour and Orwell estuaries are home to some of England’s most important ports and wildlife sites. Natural England recognises the importance of balancing these needs. We welcomed the exciting opportunity to work with Harwich Haven Authority on this report. We look forward to working collaboratively with the local Estuary Group to collectively use this information to enable sustainable growth alongside the sensitive management and enjoyment of the wonderful wildlife of these estuaries.”

Harwich Haven Authority to carry out marine research on invasive species

Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) is getting ahead of forthcoming environmental legislation by carrying out a new marine study.

A convention under the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is due to come into force during 2016 regarding the management of a ship’s ballast water. Since it could require new surveys and studies on marine invasive non-native species, HHA is implementing research based on extensive data that it has already collated in this area.

Marine non-native species are animals and plants that have been introduced to UK marine waters, sometimes on the hulls or in the ballast tanks of commercial vessels. Some species such as the Chinese Mitten Crab and ‘Killer Shrimps’ are fairly well known whilst others are less so, such as Slipper Limpets, Japanese Wire Weed and Carpet Sea Squirts.

HHA has appointed Thomson Ecology to review all the biological surveys carried out in the past five years by HHA and other local organisations such as the Environment Agency and Natural England. The review will look into the range and number of identified non-native species, and advise on the likely impact on the local environment. The results will enable HAA to consider what further survey and analysis might be required in the future.

John Brien, Harbour Engineer of Harwich Haven Authority, said:

“There is growing interest in monitoring non-native species in our waters, and legislation has been introduced to identify the species that pose a particular threat and introduce measures to control their spread, if possible. We are carrying out the first stage of what may become a wider scale study in collaboration with other regulators and conservation bodies in the area.”

 Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority, added:

“We recognise we are tasked with the important responsibility to ensure the protection of the environmentally critical habitats in the haven’s ports whilst, at the same time, preserving and improving vessel access to our nationally significant ports. This study is just another example of how we balance the needs of both the environment and the commercial activity in our area of jurisdiction.”

Preservation work due to begin on visitor centre

Next week Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) will begin work to replace the roof of the

Grade II listed building used by The Harwich Society as a Visitor Centre on Ha’penny Pier.

 One of the town’s main attractions, the Victorian pier houses the Harwich Visitor Centre, run by The Harwich Society. Built in the 1850s, the building is owned by Harwich Haven Authority who maintain the building as a valued community asset.

In recent years the building has suffered from a leaking roof. HHA has carried out minor repairs as required, but after an inspection to evaluate the extent of the problem it was decided a full repair of the roof was needed to maintain the building.

The Visitor Centre is of particular value to Harwich and the local community, encouraging tourism and making Ha’penny Pier one of Harwich’s most visited tourist attractions. During the repairs the building, which is already closed for the winter, will have scaffolding placed around it. The pier itself will remain open throughout and it is hoped the work will be completed by Easter.

Jim Warner, Assistant Harbour Engineer at HAA, said:

“The Authority is pleased to play a in part in maintaining one of the historic buildings of Harwich. By carrying out this essential work it means the Harwich Society will be able to continue encouraging tourism in the area.”