Harbour authorities—duties and powers
Produced in partnership with Nicola Canty, Barrister of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers
Harbour authorities—duties and powers

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Nicola Canty, Barrister of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Harbour authorities—duties and powers
  • Brexit impact
  • Duties and powers

Brexit impact

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice Note: Brexit—environmental law implications, which details the relevant aspects of the withdrawal process, as well as providing insights into developments affecting environmental protection, such as the draft Environmental Principles and Governance Bill.

The date and time of withdrawal of the EU (exit day) is specified in UK law (under section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018), but until the legal terms of the withdrawal negotiated with the EU are finalised, there remains a possibility that the UK’s membership will lapse automatically on exit day, without all the necessary legal and transitional arrangements in place. This has implications for practitioners considering specific environmental law regimes. For information on no deal guidance for these regimes, see Practice Note: Brexit—key publications on implications for environmental law, which provides links to relevant no deal guidance published by the government.

For details on Brexit related regulations relevant to the environment, see: Environment legislation tracker 2019 and Environment legislation tracker 2018.

Duties and powers

Harbour authorities

A harbour authority is an independent self-governing body that is responsible for safely managing and efficiently running a harbour.MSA 1995, s 313

Most harbours are administered by statutory harbour authorities (SHAs), empowered and governed by local legislation which is generally tailored to the particular requirements of the harbour in question.

There are various definitions according to different legislation.PiA 1987, s 1

Section 313 of Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (MSA 1995) defines 'harbour authority' as including all persons entrusted with the