About Cornwall Harbours
Cornwall’s rich and varied maritime cultural heritage of fishing, trade, industry and communications has contributed to the region’s sense of local distinctiveness, place and cultural identity. It is recognised as being a nationally important resource. Cornwall’s marine and coastal environment draws people from all over the world.
Cornwall Council is responsible for a number of local authority owned ports and harbours – Bude, Newquay, Portreath, St Ives, Penzance, Truro, Penryn, Prince of Wales Pier (Falmouth), Portscatho and Portwrinkle together with maritime assets at Downderry and Saltash.
These harbours are of a varying size and operation, with some offering commercial facilities and others more related to the fishing industry or leisure market. All are compliant with the Port Marine Safety Code.
We are committed to the protection and conservation of the environment and we will seek to maintain and improve, wherever possible, high environmental quality through the strict adherence to UK environmental legislation and internationally agreed conventions, directives and resolutions intended to protect the environment.
The Environmental Management System (EMS) for all of the ports and harbours has met and been awarded the new ISO 14001:2015 standard.
The ports and harbours within Cornwall Council:-
- aim to ensure that the areas under their jurisdiction are managed, maintained and improved in the most cost effective and efficient manner to ensure the safety and regulation of navigation together with a good value service to port customers.
- are committed to the protection and conservation of the environment and shall seek to maintain and improve, wherever possible, high environmental quality through the strict adherence to UK and European environmental legislation and internationally agreed conventions, directives and resolutions intended to protect the environment.
- will promote the use of sustainable transportation with regard to the movement of freight and passengers.
- are keen to promote and support marine related business within the harbour areas.
- will encourage the use of the harbours for recreational purposes provided safety and environmental concerns are addressed. Access to the water for the community is considered a priority.
- will continue to work very closely with other agencies and, where appropriate, combine their efforts to produce benefits for the community.
- consider that training forms an important component in ensuring good service delivery to all of our customers. We will ensure that the training needs are relevant and benefit both the individual as well as the organisation.
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