Shetland, the northernmost part of the United Kingdom, has over 900 miles of coastline with several ports and many piers. The largest port is Sullom Voe, which handles oil from the Atlantic Frontier to the west of Shetland. As Harbour Authority, the council has responsibility for operating a number of smaller ports and piers, many of which provide lifeline ferry services.
The MarNIS ‘Port Assessment Toolkit’ has been designed as a pragmatic marine risk management software package built to fully cover the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code. The software helps Harbour Masters and marine professionals to create and organise marine risk assessments, log accidents/incidents and produce Key Performance Indicator information for board reports.
Claire Brown, ABPmer Project Director, said “We are delighted to be providing this MarNIS Toolkit for Shetland Islands Council. The Toolkit is ideally suited to Shetland’s needs, providing a version of the MarNIS Toolkit designed specifically for port authorities who operate in a number of locations. The single software application has a number of databases allowing harbour staff from different locations to use a common approach whilst sharing best practice”.
The MarNIS Toolkit prototype can be downloaded from the following website link: http://www.abpmer.net/MarNIS/. A customisation service can be provided by ABPmer along with ongoing technical support, product upgrades and help desk facilities.
ABPmer has over 60 years port related research and consultancy experience and appreciates that the successful operation of ports, harbours and wharfs is dependent on understanding both the marine environment and port operational requirements.
ABPmer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited.
The MarNIS port assessment tooikit was also recently supplied to Littlehampton Harbour Board (http://www.abpmer.co.uk/newsarticle/121/)