Following the retirement of Harbour Master Michael Ridgway at the end of last year the Maritime Manager has been acting Harbour Master assisted by our Seasonal Maritime Assistant Stuart Austin who has worked at the harbour since summer 2021. Stuart has now joined the harbour on a fulltime basis following the retirement of Ian Kemp. The role of Harbour Master has also been filled by Ben Lawlor who started on 3rd May. Ben will be known to many from his time as Deputy Harbour Master at our neighbouring harbour of Hayle. He will be based at St Ives on a full-time basis and in coming weeks will immerse himself in day to day activity at the harbour and its many users.
Parking permits for 2022 to 2023 have been issued and last year’s permits are no longer valid. Any persons who have not yet collected their permit please do from the harbour office as soon as possible. New conditions affecting the parking of campervans and motorhomes of Smeatons Pier came into effect recently and appropriate signage has been displayed around the Pier.
Following user feedback we have changed the spaces allocated to pop up businesses around the harbour. These businesses are essential to the long term sustainability of the harbour providing much valued income.
Swim buoys will be deployed in coming weeks and we have recently reminded users of the current Harbour Byelaws.
Reporting of incidents, observations or near misses.
The reporting of incidents, observations and near misses is fundamental to compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code and a ‘Hazman Incident Report’ should be completed by users or staff for any occurrence involving marine matters. These reports feed the Maritime Safety Management System and ensure Harbour Masters, Maritime Manager, Designated Person and Harbours Board are aware of any arising actions.
Reports should be made in the following circumstances;
• An incident or accident of any description that affects, or may affect, Maritime operational safety, security or efficiency,
• Whenever a near miss occurs,
• To report vessel defects of any description that are not pre reported by the ships agent/master prior to arrival/departure,
• Whenever there is a berth issue i.e. faults, fendering, mooring difficulties,
• General observations that affect operational safety or efficiency,
• If a procedural system failure occurs,
• Complaints may be detailed on this form, however they must be significant,
• Whenever a vessel causes, or is suspected of causing, any damage to Maritime property,
• When a vessel is damaged in any way,
• Whenever oil pollution is caused or observed,
• For any other reason where it is felt that the Maritime Management should be aware or may need to take action.