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Sovereign Harbour

Safety at Eastbourne Marina

In an emergency 
  • Do not try to tackle the incident yourself - unless you are appropriately trained for the incident at hand - and it is safe to do so 
  • In the event of an evacuation leave immediately and head for the nearest Fire Assembly Point. If the route is blocked, make your way to the nearest Water Evacuation Point 
  • Follow all instructions given by marina staff, security and the emergency services.
General safety advice
  • First aid is available from the Marina Reception 24 hours a day 
  • Locate and familiarise yourself with the positions of the marina emergency boxes – you will find them on the pontoons. Nearby you will find emergency ladders.
  • Report all accidents and potential hazards to the marina reception immediately 
  • Use rescue equipment only in the event of an emergency – advise the marina reception if you use any of the equipment. Misuse of this equipment may have life-threatening ramifications for future users 
  • Keep the pontoons clear of materials, tenders etc. 
  • Do not allow your vessel’s anchors and davits to overhang walkways 
  • While you are in the marina keep your vessel speed to less than 5 knots – do not create wash 
  • Do not ride, or allow children to ride in the marina trolleys 
  • Children should wear suitable lifejackets and be supervised when near the water 
  • In wet or icy weather watch out for slippery pontoons 
  • It is strictly forbidden to swim, fish or scuba dive in the marina 
  • Keep clear of vessels and machinery involved in lifting operations 
  • Do not use bicycles, scooters or skateboards on the pontoons or jetties 
  • Ensure that you use the correct size and quantity of mooring lines for your boat 
  • Do not remove the supports from your vessel in the yard 
  • Have electrical leads checked by a qualified person on a regular basis 
  • Read the safety instructions on the electricity supply pod before connecting your boat to the supply 
  • Do not sail or row boats in the marina 

Advice on fire safety in the marina 
  • Locate and note the position of Fire Assembly and Water Evacuation Points 
  • At the Fuel Jetty: No smoking. Turn off mobile phones, VHF radios, engines and cooking appliances. Extinguish naked flames. Follow any instructions given by Premier staff 
  • Do not use BBQs on boats, jetties or pontoons 
  • Keep minimum stores of petrol, diesel and gas 
  • Install a smoke alarm, test it regularly – fitting a smoke alarm is the simplest step you can take to reduce the risk of fire 
  • Ensure all gas installations are in a sound condition and checked regularly by a qualified registered contractor 
  • Make sure your gas bottle (LPG) is secured and kept away from heat sources 
  • Check that your fire extinguishers and fire blanket are serviceable 
  • Always isolate fuel and gas on leaving your vessel 
  • Check electrical heaters, dehumidifiers and 240v equipment on leaving your vessel 

The Port Marine Safety Code

The Port Marine Safety Code applies to all Harbour Authorities in the UK that have statutory powers and duties. Sovereign Harbour has Statutory Harbour Authority powers and responsibilities within the Eastbourne Harbour Act 1980.

Sovereign Harbour (the Harbour Authority) is committed in discharging all of its statutory duties. Our commitment is to manage the safety of marine operations by complying with all of the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code, including the Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations.