New bye-laws for Rothesay harbour have been put out to public consultation this week.
The bye-laws, when they are approved, will replace regulations dating back to 1909 governing the use of the harbour area by vessel operators and members of the public.
Comments on the bye-laws, which are listed in full below, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 14.
The council is also considering the formation of a ‘Rothesay harbour user group’ which would advise the Bute and Cowal councillors who act as the Rothesay Harbour Authority, and wants to know whether those who use the harbour for commercial or leisure purposes would find such a user group useful.
Again, responses on this question should be emailed to email@example.com by February 14.
The text of the proposed bye-laws is as follows.
(Editor’s note: Reference is made at various points in the bye-laws to “Plan Number 1” and “Plan Number 2”: number 2 shows the Rothesay port limits and appears at the top of this article, while number 1 shows the harbour itself and the location of two ‘NAABSA’ berths (NAABSA standing for ‘Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground’) on the south-facing side of the eastern and western arms of the main pier.)
Part I - Preliminary
Title and Commencement
1. These byelaws may be cited as the Rothesay Harbour Byelaws 2014 and shall come into operation on the expiration of 28 days from the date of confirmation thereof by the Scottish Ministers.
2. These byelaws shall apply to the harbour area and port limits as defined in byelaw 3 hereof.
3. In these byelaws, unless the context otherwise requires, the following words or expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them:
- “the Authority” means Argyll and Bute Council and their successors;
- “berthed” when used in relation to a vessel means secured to a pier, quay, jetty, wall, bank, pontoon, stage or dolphin, or to any other vessel so secured;
- “competent person” means an individual who possesses such qualification, training or experience that he is competent to perform the duties required of him;
- “diving operations” means commercial diving operations;
- “fairway” means any navigable channel within the port limits which is marked, dredged or maintained as such by the Authority;
- “goods” means all articles and merchandise of every description and includes fish, livestock and animals;
- “harbour area” means that part of the port limits within which the Authority for the time being exercises jurisdiction as a harbour area authority and includes any harbour area premises adjacent thereto being the area which lies within a line of 500 yards from the eastmost boundary of the Burgh of Rothesay, all as shown shaded red and delineated in black on the plan marked “Plan Number 2” annexed and signed as relative hereto;
- “the harbour master” means the person appointed as such by the Authority and includes deputes, assistants and any other person for the time being authorised by the Authority to act, either generally or for a specific purpose, in the capacity of harbour master;
- “the harbour area premises” means the docks, quays, jetties, stages and all other works, lands and buildings for the time being vested in or occupied or administered by the Authority as harbour area authority all as shown hatched and delineated in black on the plan marked “Plan Number 2” annexed and signed as relative hereto;
- “jet craft” means any watercraft (not normally used in navigation and not being a structure which by reason of its concave shape provides buoyancy for the carriage of persons or goods) propelled by a jet engine or other mechanical means of propulsion and steered either -
(a) by means of a handlebar linkage system (with or without a rudder at the stern); or
(b) by the person or persons riding the craft using his or their body weight for purpose; or
(c) by a combination of the methods referred to respectively in (a) and (b) above;
- “machinery” means all cranes, weighing machines, plant and equipment which belong to or are leased by the Authority in its capacity as harbour area authority or which belong to third parties and which are located at the harbour area premises with the permission of the harbour master;
- “master” when used in relation to any vessel means any person having the command, charge or management of vessel for the time being;
- “moored” when used in relation to a vessel, means any vessel-
(a) made fast to a mooring chain or mooring buoy either ahead or astern or both at mooring which is assigned by the harbour master for that purpose; or
(b) made fast against any other vessel so made fast; or
(c) made fast both ahead and astern by anchor in a position which has been approved by the harbour master;
- “mooring” includes anchoring;
- “NAABSA Berths” means those berths shown hatched in red and marked “NAABSA” and “NAABSA” on the plan number 1 annexed and signed as relative hereto [Editor’s note: these NAABSA berths are located on the inside (south-facing side) of the eastern and western arms of the main pier];
- “owner” -
(a) when used in relation to goods includes any consignor, consignee, shipper or agent for the sale, receipt, custody or unloading or clearance of those goods and includes any other person in charge of the goods and his agent in relation thereto;
(b) when used in relation to a vessel includes any part owner, broker, charterer agent or mortgagee in possession of the vessel or other person or persons entitled for the time being to possession of the vessel; and
(c) when used in relation to a vehicle includes any part owner or agent or person having charge of the vehicle for the time being;
- “port limits” means the area shown delineated in black on the plan marked “Plan Number 2” annexed and signed as relative hereto;
- “quay” means any quay, wharf, jetty, dolphin, landing stage or other structure used for berthing
- or mooring vessels, and includes any pier, bridge, roadway or footway immediately adjacent and
- affording access thereto;
- “sail board” means a raft with a sail or sails designed to be operated by a person or persons standing upright thereon;
- “sailing vessel” means a vessel designed to carry sail, whether as the sole or as a primary or
- supplementary means of propulsion;
- “small vessel” means any vessel of less than 12 metres in length and includes a vessel or craft used to tow water skiers or for other recreational use;
- “vehicle” includes any vehicle propelled on rails, any machinery on wheels or caterpillar tracks, caravans and mobile homes and includes a hovercraft or any other amphibious vehicle;
- “vessel” means a ship, boat, raft, sailing vessel or water craft of any description and includes non-displacement craft, seaplanes and any other thing constructed or adapted for floating on or being submerged in water (whether permanently or temporarily) and a hovercraft or any other amphibious vehicle.
Part II - Navigation
4. The master of a vessel shall give prior notice to the harbour master of the vessel’s arrival at, departure from or movement within, the harbour area.
Declaration of particulars or vessel
5. The master of a vessel arriving at the harbour area shall, if required by the harbour master, furnish to him a declaration in the form to be obtained by him containing a correct statement of the tonnage and draught of the vessel, its last port of call, ownership and destination, and particulars of the cargo.
Traffic control signal lights
6. When entering or departing from the inner/outer harbour areas the master of the vessel shall comply with the requirements of the traffic control signal lights which control entry to and departure from the inner/outer harbour areas. The traffic control signal lights, in accordance with guidance of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities have the following meaning: three red lights – harbour is closed, all vessels must stop; two green lights and one white light showing – harbour is open, vessels may proceed with caution.
Vessels to navigate with care
7. The master shall navigate his vessel with such care and caution and at such speed and in such a manner as not to endanger the lives of or cause injury to persons or damage to property and as not to obstruct or prejudice the navigation, manoeuvring, loading or discharge of vessels or cause unnecessary damage to moorings, or other property.
8. (1) Except in an emergency, the master of a vessel, navigating within the port limits, under exception of the harbour area, shall not, subject to the requirements of maintaining adequate steerage way and control, proceed at a speed in excess of 10 knots through the water.
(2) The master of a vessel navigating within the harbour area shall not proceed at a speed in excess of 3 knots through the water.
Small vessel not to obstruct fairway
9. The master of a small vessel which is not confined to a fairway shall not obstruct, endanger or otherwise impede other vessels which can navigate only within the fairway.
Vessels not to be made fast to navigation buoys or marks
10. The master of a vessel shall not make fast his vessel or lie against any buoy, beacon or mark used for navigation purposes.
Notification of collisions, etc
11. The master of a vessel which –
(a) has been involved in a collision with any vessel or property, or has been sunk or
(b) by reason of accident, fire, defect or otherwise is in such condition as to affect its safe
(c) in any manner gives rise to an obstruction to a fairway;
(d) has discharged any pollutant or noxious substance; or
(e) has jettisoned or lost any object which potentially obstructs the fairway; or
(f) has experienced a “near miss” would could have resulted in any of the incidents in (a) to grounded or become stranded within the port limits; or navigation or to give rise to danger to other vessels or property; or (e) above or any other incident with potentially serious consequences, shall as soon as reasonably practicable report the occurrence to the harbour master, and as soon as practicable thereafter provide the harbour master with full details in writing and where the damage to the vessel is such as to affect or likely to affect its seaworthiness the master shall not move the vessel except to clear the fairway or to moor or anchor in safety, otherwise than with the permission and in accordance with the directions of the harbour master.
Part III - Berthing, mooring and anchoring of vessels
12. The master of a vessel within port limits shall at all times keep his vessel properly and effectively moored when berthed or lying at any quay or mooring. Any vessel anchored within port limits shall be moored effectively so as to avoid danger to itself and obstruction to other vessels. A proper anchor watch shall be kept where appropriate to the conditions and the size of the vessel.
Provision of proper fenders
13. The master and the owner of a vessel shall ensure that it is provided with a sufficient number of fenders adequate for the size of their vessel and, when berthing and leaving or lying at a quay or against other vessels, the master shall cause the vessel to be fended off from that quay, or those vessels so as to prevent damage to that quay, those other vessels or any other property.
Vessels to have name marked on
14.The owner of any vessel which is not registered as a ship under the Merchant Shipping (Regulations, Etc.) Act 1993, and marked accordingly shall ensure that the vessel is marked conspicuously with its name or other means of identification.
Access to and egress from vessels
15. The master and the owner (other than of a small vessel) while berthed alongside a quay shall provide and maintain a sufficient and proper gangway for the access and egress of all persons having lawful business on the vessel.
Sufficiency of crew
16. Except with the permission of the harbour master, the master of a vessel shall at all times when his vessel is within the harbour area ensure that his vessel is capable of being safely moored and navigated and that there are sufficient crew or other competent persons readily available -
(a) to attend to his vessel’s moorings;
(b) to comply with any directions given by the harbour master for the unmooring, mooring
(c) to deal, so far as reasonably practicable, with any emergency that may arise.
Vessels to be kept in a moveable condition within the harbour area
17. (1) The master of a vessel shall not, within the harbour area, take any steps to render his vessel incapable of movement without first notifying the harbour master and, subject as aforesaid, shall at all times keep his vessel so loaded and ballasted and in such condition that it is capable of being safely moved.
(2) Where a vessel is at any time not capable of being safely moved by means of its own propulsive machinery, the master or owner shall as soon as is reasonably practicable inform the harbour master forthwith and give to him any further information which the harbour master may reasonably require.
(3) The master of a vessel shall move a vessel from one berth to another within the harbour area or to outwith the harbour when requested to do so by the harbour master for operational reasons or in an emergency.
Vessel acceptance criteria
18. (1) Vessels must remain afloat at all times other than in exceptional circumstances except whilst berthed at the NAABSA Berths and the Inner and Outer Harbour Pontoons.
(2) Vessels berthing at the Outer and Inner Harbour Pontoons shall be of a maximum length overall of 16 metres
(3) Vessels berthing at the Commercial Quay shall be of a maximum length overall of 35 metres and have a beam not exceeding 10 metres.
(4) At the Commercial Quay, vessels may berth alongside each other provided the combined beam does not exceed 10 metres.
(5) The master of any vessel wishing to berth at either of the NAABSA Berths shall provide such evidence by way of risk assessments, reports or others as may be required by the harbour master to satisfy the harbour master that it would be safe for the vessel to use the NAABSA Berth. The master shall also require to provide evidence that suitable insurance is in place in
respect of the vessel covering the usual maritime risks and in force when the vessel is berthed at a NAABSA berth.
Use of engines while vessel is moored
19. The master of a vessel which is moored at a quay including the NAABSA Berths or attached to any mooring device shall not permit the engines of his vessel to be worked in such a manner as to cause unnecessary injury or damage to the pier or the bed of the harbour area or to any other vessel or property.
Vessels not to make fast to unauthorised objects
20. No person shall make a vessel fast to any post, quay, ring, fender or any other thing or place not assigned for that purpose.
Access across decks
21. The master of a vessel alongside a quay or alongside any vessel already berthed within the harbour area shall, if required to do so by the harbour master, give free access across the deck of the vessel for persons and goods to and from vessels berthed alongside his vessel.
Lost anchor, cable or propeller
22. The master of a vessel which has slipped or parted from or lost any anchor, chain, cable, propeller or other solid object which has the potential to obstruct the fairway or any part of the harbour area; o the operator of any vehicle or plant which drops or otherwise loses from the quays a solid object with the potential to obstruct the harbour area shall:-
(a) as soon as reasonably practicable give to the harbour master notice thereof and, if possible, of the position of the anchor, chain, cable, propeller or other object and, if the harbour master so directs, shall cause it to be recovered as soon as reasonably
(b) leave a buoy to mark the position thereof if this is known.
Lights on vessels at moorings
23. The harbour master may, in his sole discretion, require the master of every vessel lying or moored at any quay to exhibit a white light on the outside of the vessel during the hours of darkness.
Requirements as to handling and movement of goods in the harbour area
24. The owner of any goods shall comply with such directions as the harbour master may from time to time give for regulating their time, place and manner of discharging, loading or otherwise bringing into or removing those goods from the quays.
Obstruction or interference at harbour area premises/dock estate
25. No persons shall –
(a) deposit or place on any part of the quays any goods; or
(b) park any vehicle so as to obstruct any road, building, mooring place, plant, machinery; or
(c) use, work, move or tamper with any plant, machinery, equipment or apparatus or the access thereto at the harbour area premises except with the permission of the harbour master.
Safe driving of vehicles
26. No person shall drive or otherwise operate a vehicle in the harbour area quays without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the quays.
Speed limit for vehicles
27. No person shall allow a vehicle to proceed on the quays, at a speed greater than 5 miles per hour.
Supervision of vehicles
28. A person having charge of a vehicle on the harbour area quays shall at all times comply with any directions of the harbour master with respect to the loading, discharging, manoeuvring and removal thereof and shall not, without permission of the harbour master leave the vehicle unattended anywhere within the quay.
Loads not to leak, spill or drop
29. The owner, driver or other person having charge of a vehicle on the quays shall not permit any substance to leak, spill or drop from the vehicle.
Loads to be secured
30. The owner, driver or other person having charge of a vehicle on the quays shall ensure that any load carried thereon or therein is adequately supported and secured where appropriate and that it complies with all such statutory restrictions on the weight of goods to be so carried as are applicable on public roads.
Refuelling of vehicles, cranes and other equipment
31. (1) No person shall within the harbour area quays charge or recharge any vehicle, crane or other equipment with, or empty it of, fuel except with the permission of the harbour master or at a place designated by the Authority for that purpose.
(2) No person shall load or unload fuel or bunkers from a vessel in the harbour area except with the permission of the harbour master and at a place approved by the harbour master.
(3) In all cases when fuel or bunkers are loaded on or unloaded from vehicles, plant or vessels, a responsible and competent person shall be in charge of the operation. All reasonable precautions shall be taken to prevent spillage of that fuel.
Repair of vehicles, cranes and other equipment
32.No person within the harbour area shall repair or maintain any vehicle, crane or other equipment except with the permission of the harbour master.
Accidents to be reported
33. Any person driving or otherwise operating a vehicle involved in an accident on the quay whereby any injury is caused to any person or any damage is caused to any property, shall stop the vehicle and report the accident to the harbour master and shall give his name and address to the harbour master. The requirements of this byelaw are without prejudice to any reporting obligations under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.
Deposit of Refuse
34. No person shall deposit refuse on the quays except in suitable receptacles approved by the harbour master.
Fire appliances etc
35. (1) No person shall, save for the purpose of testing or carrying out maintenance work, or of extinguishing fire, remove or interfere with any fire appliance or fire apparatus within the harbour area.
(2) No person shall place any vehicle, machine, goods, or other thing whatsoever in such a position as to obstruct access by the fire authority or use of any fire appliance or apparatus within the harbour area.
36. (1) No person shall make use of welding, burning or cutting equipment within the harbour area for the purpose of effecting repairs or any other work on board vessels or on the harbour area premises without the consent of the harbour master and subject to such conditions as the harbour master may impose. Any person using such equipment shall take all reasonable
precautions to minimise the risk of fire therefrom.
(2) The master and every person working on or in a vessel in the harbour area shall take all reasonable precautions for the prevention of fire or accidents by fire.
Navigation under influence of drink or drugs prohibited
37. A person shall not navigate any vessel in the harbour area whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of taking proper control of the vessel.
Vessels not to be fumigated without permission
38. The master or owner of a vessel shall not cause or permit it to be fumigated without the prior permission of the harbour master.
Laying down moorings, buoys and other tackle
39. (1) No person shall lay down any mooring, buoy or similar tackle without a licence or prior consent in writing of the Authority/harbour master nor except in accordance with such conditions as the Authority/harbour master may impose.
(2) A mooring, buoy or similar tackle shall as soon as reasonably practicable forthwith be removed by its owner or any other person claiming possession of it if the harbour master so directs. Without prejudice to byelaw 56, if a direction by the harbour master under this paragraph is not complied with the harbour master may himself remove the mooring, buoy or tackle in question and the amount of the cost he incurs in so doing may be recovered by the Authority from the owner of the mooring, buoy or tackle as a debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Dumping in harbour area water
40. No person shall deposit or throw into the waters of the harbour area any rubbish or other material whatsoever or place it in a position it can fall, blow or drift into the harbour area.
Precautions to be taken against goods etc falling into harbour area water or onto harbour area premises
41. The master of a vessel and a person undertaking the loading of cargo into, or discharging of cargo from, a vessel shall use or cause to be used such methods as the harbour master may direct for the prevention of any cargo, dunnage, ballast or other materials from falling or escaping into the waters of the harbour area or onto the harbour area premises.
Drift or trawling nets not to obstruct vessels
42. Within port limits, no person shall cast or place any drift, trawl, or other net in such a position as to be likely to become an obstruction or danger to any property including in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, any vessel or mooring.
No dragging or grappling without permission
43. Without prejudice to byelaw 21(relating to lost anchor, cable or propeller), no person shall drag or grapple for any material or article nor remove the same from the bed of any water area within port limits, without the written consent of the harbour master.
Abandonment of vessels prohibited
44. (1) No person shall abandon a vessel on the shore of the port limits, of which the harbour area forms part.
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (a) of this byelaw, a person who leaves a vessel on the shore of the port limits, of which the harbour area forms part, in such circumstances or for such a period that he may reasonably be assumed to have abandoned it shall be deemed to have abandoned it unless the contrary intention is shown.
(3) If any vessel abandoned within port limits or deemed to be abandoned is or becomes a danger or obstruction to navigation, then the harbour master may direct that vessel be removed, or if ownership is not readily apparent may arrange for the removal of that vessel and charge the owner with the costs of that removal.
Kiting, parachute towing and water skiing
45. No person shall engage in water skiing, kiting or parachute towing within the harbour area. Within the remainder of the port limits, operators of craft undertaking water skiing, kiting or parachute towing shall, in accordance with byelaw 8, avoid impeding vessels constrained to the navigation channel by their size, draft or other constraint and shall take every precaution to ensure the safety of themselves and the persons being towed.
46. No person shall operate or cause to be operated a jet craft within the harbour area. Within the remainder of the port limits, operators of jet craft shall, in accordance with byelaw 8, avoid impeding vessels constrained to the navigation channel by their size, draft or other constraint and shall take every precaution to ensure the safety of themselves and other persons using the water way.
Sailing vessels, boat races, regattas
47. (1) Sailing vessels under sail, boat races, regattas, public processions and other public events involving a number of vessels and/or craft are prohibited within the harbour area, except with the express, written permission of the harbour master following previous consultations.
(2) The organiser of any boat race, regatta, public procession or other public event, when a number of vessels are expected to assemble on the waters within port limits, of which the harbour area forms part, shall give not less than 14 days’ notice thereof to the harbour master.
(3) Every boat race, regatta, procession or other public event shall be conducted on courses and at times previously approved by the harbour master.
Diving operations, swimming and bathing
48. No diving operation, swimming or bathing shall be carried out within the harbour area, except with the written consent of the harbour master.
Prohibition on fishing
49. No person shall engage in any fishing activities from any quay, or within any part or parts of the harbour area by means of angling, lines, nets or any other method, other than at a location agreed in advance by the harbour master.
Unauthorised trading prohibited
50. No person shall engage by way of trade, in buying or selling any goods or property in the harbour area premises without the written consent of the harbour master.
Vessels not to be used for commercial purposes
51. Except with the written consent of an authorised officer no person shall use or permit or allow to be used any vessel moored in the harbour area (other than a vessel bona fide used for navigation) for the purpose of carrying on therein any trade, profession or other business.
Loitering on harbour area premises prohibited
52. No person shall loiter within the harbour area premises and all persons shall, when ordered by the harbour master or a police constable leave the same.
Launching of vessels
53. No person shall launch or allow to be launched any vessel into the harbour area unless that person has obtained the prior consent of the harbour master to such a launch.
54. No person shall use any equipment provided by the Authority for the purpose of life-saving except for that purpose.
Use of cranes, similar equipment or grabs
55. (1) Except with the written consent of the harbour master no person shall use a crane or similar equipment or use or attach a grab on any of the quays or harbour area premises.
(2) No person shall use a crane, similar equipment or a grab on the quays:-
(a) to lift articles of a weight heavier or of a nature different from those which he declared to the harbour master than it was his intention to lift, or
(b) for a purpose other than a purpose so declared and approved by the harbour master.
(3) No person shall lift by crane, similar equipment or a grab operated on the quays or harbour area premises any load in excess of the safe working load displayed on that crane.
56. (1) Any person who contravenes or otherwise fails to comply with any of these byelaws or any condition, requirement or prohibition imposed by the Authority or the harbour master in the exercise of the powers conferred upon them or him by these byelaws shall be guilty of an offence and be liable, on conviction before a court of summary jurisdiction, to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.
(2) When the commission by any person of an offence under these byelaws is due to the act or default of some other person, that other person shall be guilty of an offence, and that other person may be charged with, and convicted of, the offence by virtue of this byelaw whether or not proceedings for the offence are taken against any other person.
(3) In any proceedings for an offence under these byelaws, it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove:-
(a) that he took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of such an offence; or
(b) that he had reasonable excuse for his act or failure to act.
(4) If in any case the defence provided by paragraph 3 of this byelaw involves the allegation that the commission of the offence was due to the act or default of another person, the person charged shall not without the leave of the court, be entitled to rely on that defence unless, within a period ending seven clear days before the hearing, he has served on the prosecutor a notice in writing giving such information identifying or assisting in the identification of that person as was then in his possession.