Local Port Service
Local Port Service does not interact with vessel traffic and neither does it have the resource or competence to address developing vessel traffic conditions. Most importantly, Local Port Service does not maintain a current traffic image and so the port cannot make the sort of decisions that are more properly the preserve of the master or pilot. For example, a Local Port Service cannot give permission for a vessel to enter harbour, it is for the master of the vessel to decide whether or not it is safe for his vessel to enter the harbour. What a Local Port Service can do is equip the Master with pertinent information in time to enable the Master or pilot to make their decisions.
To manage the safety of navigation more effectively and protect the environment within Stornoway Port Authority port limits, it is necessary to provide an effective Local Port Service (LPS) throughout the port to:
- Pass timely and accurate information on berth and port conditions and
- Implement port emergency plans.
- Facilitate liaison between the Port, berth owners and operators and vessels.