Fowey Harbour Charter
Fowey Harbour Commissioners are the statutory Trust Port body set up initially in 1869 to promote and regulate trade in the Port of Fowey.
There is a long history of Fowey being an important and a principal trading port servicing the South West region of Britain and providing a significant trading link.
Today, Fowey provides a deep water harbour for the export of 750,000 tonnes of china clay annually in addition to providing a safe haven for in excess of 1500 resident pleasure craft and 7000 – 8000 visiting vessels. The export of china clay is declining so diversification into the leisure sector is more important.
As a Trust port, Fowey is managed by an independent Board of Commissioners. Run on a commercial basis regulated profits are reinvested in the Harbour for the benefit of all stakeholders. All revenues are derived from Port users. The Commissioners receive no remunerations giving their time to support the community.
The role of the authority can be split into two main functions they are:
Regulatory:- the control of harbour operations in a safe and efficient manner
Conservancy:- maintenance of the harbour to ensure that users do so safely and conveniently
Other statutory duties include implementing:
- Port Emergency Plans
- Waste Management Plans
- Oil Contingency Plans
- Environmental Management
- Marine Safety Management Systems
- Port Security
All of these duties are carried out in consultation with many other statutory bodies, stakeholders and interested parties.