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The department has the final outcome to this consultation on harbour closure and pilotage function removal orders.
This consultation document seeks your views on a draft guidance document on how 2 new processes will be implemented at harbours in England and non-fishery harbours in Wales.
The Marine Navigation Act 2013 created 2 procedures allowing the relevant administration in England, Wales and Scotland to make an order revoking a harbour authority’s status. The new processes could revoke a harbour authority’s status as a statutory harbour or competent harbour authority — under the Harbours Act 1964 or Pilotage Act 1987 respectively.
Part A covers statutory guidance on the circumstances in which a harbour closure order will be made under section 17A of the Harbours Act 1964. It explains that the the Secretary of State for Transport must have regard to the “underlying purpose” of a harbour closure order. This is defined as “the purpose of permitting or requiring harbour authorities to cease to maintain harbours which are no longer commercially viable or necessary”.
Part B is non-statutory guidance on the process to apply for a pilotage function removal order under section 1(4A) of the Pilotage Act 1987.