Drafting and amending harbour revision orders for UK ports & harbours efficiently and effectively.
The majority of operational ports and harbours in the UK are run by statutory harbour authorities or "SHAs". SHAs powers come from both local and national legislation. Amending existing powers, creating a new SHA or closing a statutory harbour requires a Harbour Order. We draft Harbour Orders - including Harbour Revision Orders, Harbour Empowerment Orders and Harbour Closure Orders; and lead the application process.
If an SHA wishes to amend its statutory harbour powers, introduce new ones or remove those which have become outdated it will need to apply to the relevant regulator.
The relevant regulators are:
A Harbour Order may be either a 'works' Order - i.e., it authorises development works, or a 'non-works' Order -it relates only to the harbour authority's non-works-related powers or constitutional / administrative provisions.
Each regulator’s powers to make Harbour Orders originates from the Harbours Act 1964. There are three types of Orders:
In addition, the Marine Navigation Act 2013 amended the Harbours Act 1964 and introduced Harbour Closure Orders, to enable statutory harbour authorities to make applications to request the removal of the statutory harbour powers and effective 'closure' of a statutory harbour which is no longer commercially viable or necessary. The 'closure' of the harbour does not necessarily mean that it will no longer be used for marine purposes, simply that it will not be run by an SHA. It may, for example become a private marina and the land around the harbour used for development. In England, Harbour Closure Order applications are made to the Department of Transport, rather than the Marine Management Organisation.
A similar regime operates in Northern Ireland under the Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970, administered by the Department for Infrastructure.
We act in respect of Harbour Order applications in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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