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Ports and Shipping Policy S-PS-1

Proposals that may have a significant impact upon current activity and future opportunity for expansion of port and harbour activities should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts upon port and harbour activity, or
d) if it is not possible to mitigate the significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

Policy Considerations

1. The proposals should provide evidence of an assessment of the potential impact on port and harbour activities. The evidence should show how these organisations have been consulted, and how their activities and future growth have been considered. For example consideration of:

  • navigational access channels
  • navigational approach channels
  • port administrative areas
  • harbour areas
  • other relevant areas, such as anchoring areas

2. If it is not possible to avoid impacts, minimisation or mitigation of direct and indirect should be considered. Proposals should include how this will be achieved. For example, showing that the proposal will complement port or harbour activity, co-ordinating proposal activity to take place when other port activity is minimal.
3.Proposals should include impact on port master plans, including neighbouring port or harbour authorities.