I was pleased to read that the Department of Trade and Industry and the ICE have secured funding for a revised Part 8 to BS6349 Maritime Structures. This should assist structural designers of ship to shore linkspans and walkways by drawing together design information from a number of British and European Standards.
However, the 1999 CIRIA report C518 - Safety in Ports' Ship to Shore Linkspans and Walkways - made a number of recommendations.
It pointed out that guidance should be urgently provided to cross-reference information in existing Standards & Classification Rules as well as design guidance on areas not covered by these Standards.
It also said that Type C Machinery Standards should comply with the essential safety requirements of EU Directives.
It is important that specific aspects of mechanical and electrical control of linkspan and walkway facilities are covered by a suitable standard.
It is also hoped the committee of the British Standards Institution will accept the need for a Type C Standard.
I would draw readers' attention to the confidential reporting system set up last year by the Ports' Safety Organisation to collect and circulate information on incidents and failures within the ports industry.
Richard Marks (M), Posford Duvivier, Rightwell House, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DW