Marine Safety

Under the terms of the open port duty vessels using the port are required to pay the necessary charges and to comply with the byelaws, directions and regulations of the port authority, which, together with the International Regulations for the Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 govern the navigation of vessels using the port.

Berth Information

Please see below for more information about Stornoway Port Authority's Pier and Berth information

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Pilotage

As a competent harbour authority (CHA) under the terms of the Pilotage Act 1987, the SPA has decided that under some defined circumstances, it is necessary to impose compulsory pilotage on some defined vessels, navigating within the statutory harbour limits and the approaches thereto. Details of the circumstances in which pilotage shall be compulsory are contained at the SPA Pilotage Directions.  The Pilot will advise and assist the vessel master to navigate the vessel until it has berthed or the pilot has disembarked on vessel departure; he will also ensure that all relevant documentation has been completed by the Master. 

HSEQ

Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality is a major improvement area for Stornoway Port Authority and over the coming years substantial changes will occur around the Port. The safety of our stakeholders, including employees, customers, public, etc is a primary driver of the business. Our employees are trained to a high standard and every member of staff needs to be able to recognise and take responsibility for both their own safety but also of those stakeholders that are either visiting or working on our premises. The Port Authority will endeavour to present a safe environment for our stakeholders providing an affective and efficient place to visit or do business.

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.