Report for Information


Harbour Master's Report

Presented to:

River Hamble Harbour Board

Presented by:

The Director of Recreation and Heritage


30 January 2009

Distributed to:

Members of the River Hamble Harbour Board


Hard Copy with Reports



Contact name:

Tony Clatworthy


01489 576387



1. Summary

1.1. This report summarises the activities and events on the River from 21 November 2008. Any incidents taking place after this report is distributed will be the subject of a separate Annex to be distributed at the meeting.

2. Recommendation

2.1 That the contents of the report be noted.

3. Background Information

3.1 The River has been patrolled daily by the Duty Harbour Master from 0830hrs until 1700hrs.

4. Incidents

4.1 1 December: Armed robbery in Hamble at the Nat West Bank. A getaway car found in Port Hamble. Patrol liaised with the Marine Police launch at Port Hamble. A person was apprehended in Mercury Marina with money and a knife. The Police helicopter landed in Port Hamble during the incident.

4.2 1 December: Adjusted all signage with the amended VAT prices.

4.3 9 December: The Patrol attended and gave assistance to a 10 metre sailing boat that was found sitting on top of the Spit, under full sail but hard aground. The patrol heeled the yacht over with a halyard from the top of the mast and a fishing boat then towed the boat off the Spit.

4.4 17 December: The Patrol rescued a gentleman from the harbour after his tender had been swamped and capsized. The Patrol was alerted by calls of help from the darkness and on further investigation they found a man clinging to an upturned tender. The man was recovered into the patrol boat and taken to the Harbour Office. The man was fully dressed in waterproof sailing clothing including heavy boots which he was unable to remove. He was unable to swim without sinking as he was not wearing a life jacket. Two other younger persons who had also been in the tender had been able to swim for the midstream pontoon and haul themselves out of the water leaving the older person clinging to the upturned tender. Paramedics and an ambulance attended to the gentleman to ensure he was fit enough to go home. The incident happened in the dark on a very cold night when the water temperature was 8 degrees C and the air temperature was 2 degrees C. He had been in the water for about 5 minutes and was beginning to suffer from the effects of the cold. If the man had been wearing a lifejacket he would have had a better chance of rescuing himself. The tender was overloaded, had no lights and none of the crew had lifejackets on.

4.5 1 Jan: The Patrol attended a fire onboard the Ferry Restaurant at Bursledon. The Ferry Restaurant is based in the former Woolston Ferry, a floating iron/steel barge type vessel which is moored between the Elephant Boatyard and Deacons Boatyard at Bursledon. The Elephant Boatyard offices also occupy part of the barge. The fire affected the kitchen area of the restaurant and there appeared to be little or no damage to the hull. The fire posed no threat to other vessels moored in the area and did not release any liquid or substance that would cause an environmental problem. The Fire Services extinguished the fire and confirmed that the structure was safe.

4.6 18 Jan: A southerly storm effected the Harbour, peaking at around 2200hrs with wind speeds of 50 knots gusting up to 58 knots. Damage recorded to boats in the Harbour was minimal with only two boats being effected.

5. Port Marine Safety Code

5.1 On the 24 December the Designated Person completed an audit of the harbour's Safety Management System. The audit report is attached to this report as Annex A.

6. Lifejackets and Tenders

6.1 The wearing of lifejackets has become a very emotive subject in the sailing world over the last few months. The Harbour Master and the Patrol Team does not wish to get further embroiled in the argument about whether lifejackets should be worn when afloat in a yacht or motor cruiser on a sunny day while sitting in the cockpit, but does strongly recommend the following to those using tenders within the Harbour:

6.2 The Harbour Authority strongly recommends the following to all those using small tenders within the Harbour.





Hampshire safer and more secure for all


Corporate Business plan link no (if appropriate)

Maximising well-being


Corporate Business plan link no (if appropriate)

Enhancing our quality of place

Corporate Business plan link no (if appropriate)


This proposal does not link to the Corporate Strategy but, nevertheless, requires a decision because:


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Direct Links to Specific Legislation or Government Directives




Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background documents


    The following documents discuss facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and have been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report. (NB: the list excludes published works and any documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.)






Annex A

23 December 2008

Mr A Clatworthy

Harbour Master

River Hamble Harbour Authority

Shore Road


Southampton SO31 9FR

Dear Sir


The Port Marine Safety Code requires that the Designated Person audits the Harbour Authority's compliance with the Code and provides independent assurance to the duty holder. We report accordingly and ask that this report be presented to the Board.

We enclose a Certificate of Compliance confirming compliance with the Code subject to the contents of this report. This should be filed in Volume 4 under Tab 4 of the Safety Management System.


This audit has been conducted by Capt. M. Caulkin of Marine Enforcement as he does not regularly assist the Harbour Authority and is able to take a fresh approach to the audit.

It is evident that RHHA manages risks and safety by way of a mature Safety Management System which is constantly being refined. The SMS is subject to external independent audit every 6 months. Failures within such a mature and well scrutinized SMS are usually minor book-keeping/documentary errors. This has been seen on this audit.

Overall, RHHA runs a tight ship, with high levels of understanding, commitment and enthusiasm. Management and staff at RHHA balance many competing and

conflicting demands emanating from the diverse stakeholders. They do it very well.

The operational core of the SMS is the Patrol log sheets, not least because of the supporting reports and consequent actions. Patrol log sheets provide a running commentary on the day to day activities on the River and the actions taken by the staff. A review of several dozen sample sheets over the last 6 months demonstrated a high level of correct form completion and a strong commitment to duties and to customer service by patrol staff. There were a few Incident and Pollution Report forms with signatures missing. On a recent occasion the prompt response of a patrol boat probably saved the life of an elderly gentleman who found himself in the water.





The role of the Designated Person is to provide independent assurance to the Harbour Authority that the Safety Management System is working effectively. I can, subject to the comments detailed in this report, confirm this is the case. I also confirm that I have had direct access to the highest level of the Harbour Authority.

Yours faithfully

Capt. Mick Caulkin

Commercial Director