If any person has concerns relating to safety in the Harbour Areas they should contact the Piermaster at the location or the Safety Officer at the Harbour Authority Building. The following is general safety advice to all persons intending to work or visit any of our harbour areas.

Health and Safety Advice to All Port Users

OIC Marine Services endeavors to promote and provide for the safe use and working environment within all harbour areas under their jurisdiction. A Safety Management System has been developed along with Standard Operating Procedures to promote safe and efficient harbour operations. Safe and efficient port operations are of the utmost importance and harbour users and visitors are requested to follow all instructions and guidance relating to safety while in and around the harbour areas.

Safety Management System - Statement of Commitment

  • OIC Marine Services is committed to undertaking and regulating marine operations to safeguard all its harbour areas, its users, the public and the environment.
  • OIC Marine Services aims to run a safe, efficient, cost-effective, sustainable harbour operation for the benefit of all users and the wider community.
  • OIC Marine Services is committed to full compliance with all legal requirements and to meet these requirements in all its operations, while seeking to meet the changing needs of all harbour users.
  • OIC Marine Services is committed to ensuring that all its employees, contractors and port users are well informed, well trained, engaged and committed to the H&S improvement process. OIC Marine Services recognises that safe operations depend not only on technically sound vessels and equipment but on competent people and an active H&S culture and that no activity is so important that it cannot be done safely.
  • OIC Marine Services is fully committed to undertaking hazard identification and risk assessments and the reporting of H&S results.
  • OIC Marine Services expect that all port users recognise that they can affect its operations and reputation, and must operate to its standards. OIC Marine Services will assure itself that its contractors' and others' management systems fully support its commitment to H&S performance.
  • OIC Marine Services aims to meet the national requirements in the Port Marine Safety Code.


Where there are security concerns from any person at a pier or harbour operated by the authority, they should contact the piermaster at the location or advise the operations room at the harbour authority building at Scapa:

Tel: +44 (0)1856 873636
Fax: +44 (0)1856 873012
Email: [email protected]

The vigilance of the public and users of the facilities and the reporting of any suspicious activities or objects is of the utmost importance.

International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

Orkney Harbour Authority has an approved Port Facility Security Plan for its piers and harbours.

For details please contact the Port Facility Security Officer on +44(0)1856 873636.


Orkney Harbour Authority, under the requirements set out in Statutory Instrument No.2003/1809, operates a Port Waste Management Plan. This ensures that all ship generated waste and cargo residue is controlled at all authority piers and harbours. This requirement is applicable to all vessels, except fishing vessels and recreational craft authorised to carry, or designed to carry, no more than 12 passengers.

The Port Waste Management Plan details the location of all waste collection facilities at the Authority's piers and harbours. It also contains a list of the contractors used for waste disposal.

SI 2003/1809 requires all the identified vessels intending to enter the Harbour Authority area, to provide notification of the waste they are carrying (unless they hold a MCA Exemption Certificate). Information, as required in Annex A of MGN 253 (M+F) and in schedule 2 of the Port Waste Reception Facilities Regulations 2003, must be reported prior to arrival.

To comply with the EU Animal By-Products Regulation (1774/2002/EC) and The Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003, all catering waste must be double bagged prior to landing.


Arrangements have been put in place to accept waste from all other vessels that are outside the scope of the requirements. Piers are provided with euro bins and some of the larger piers are provided with skips and waste oil collection tanks. Vessels are made aware of the fee for waste collection through details published in the port's Schedule of Charges.

Contact details (for OHA piers and harbours)

Information should be sent to the Harbour Authority by fax, email or, if necessary, by VHF radio:
Email: [email protected]
VHF: channel 16, 11

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