The current situation
The Oban Bay Management Group (OBMG) has been considering options to improve marine safety within Oban Bay since 2007. The OBMG is made up from representatives from Argyll and Bute Council, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), CalMac Ferries Ltd and the Chair of the Oban Bay Stakeholder group. Over the last 10 years the OBMG has been monitoring marine activity with Oban Bay, has instigated several Navigation Risk Assessments, initiated wide consultation and has been gathering incident data over the last 12 months.

Activity

North Pier & the Transit Berth Facility handles approximately 5,600 large vessel movements per annum.

Railway and South Pier handle approximately 13,000 large vessel movements per annum.

NLB Pier handles approximately 500 large vessel movements per annum.

Small vessel movements easily exceed 20,000 movements per annum.

The OBMG has concluded that a statutory harbour for the wider Oban Bay area is required to be able to significantly reduce the current risks that have been identified and to enhance the commercial viability of Oban both as a harbour and a town. The anticipated costs of establishing and operating each SHA option have been closely examined and demonstrate in Year 1 these are likely to be:
            A&BC £278,000

            CMAL£268,000

            Trust Port £966,000
The OBMG propose to move the situation on in a timely manner by:

a. Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd promote a harbour revision order (HRO) to extend their current harbour limits to cover the whole of Oban Bay, to seaward boundaries that are yet to be determined, with the Argyll & Bute Council statutory harbour area remaining nested within this larger area. Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and Oban Bay Management Group are committed to improving marine safety within Oban Bay and managing activities in a collaborative manner for the benefit of all users. As the duty holders under the Port Marine Safety Code the CMAL harbour board would oversee the expanded harbour area. It is proposed the OBMG would feed directly into the CMAL board to ensure local considerations continue to have a strong voice.

b. As a starting point for consultation, it is proposed the extended statutory harbour area would reflect the principles covered, as far as is practicable, in the current Oban Bay Code of Practice. All current marine activity with the Oban Bay area is expected to remain as ‘business as usual’ with the proviso that risk levels are as low as reasonably practical and marine operations are managed in compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code.

The current SHA status of Oban Bay
There are currently 2 SHAs operated at Oban but they only extend approximately 100m from the main piers, in a line from North Pier to South Pier. The harbour masters of Argyll & Bute Council (A&BC) and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) are responsible for the activity in these SHAs. The majority of the water at Oban Bay is UK inshore waters covered by the general International Rules for the Prevention of Collision at Sea. There is a voluntary Code of Practice for vessels operating at Oban Bay. The OBMG acknowledges there are various items of legislation covering the Bay that may have created a lack of clarity in respect of the current SHAs. During the consultation period all current legislation will be subject to legal scrutiny and opinion.

Definitions
Oban Bay is loosely defined as all waters inside of the Isle of Kerrera. The area being considered in this proposal includes all navigable waters of Oban Bay and approaches. This is yet to be confirmed but will probably not exceed the area bounded to the north by a line joining Rubh 'a' Bhearnaig (56 degrees 25'.52N, 5 degrees 30'.08W) and Maiden Island (56 degrees 25'.92N, 5 degrees 29'.65W) continuing in an easterly direction to a point at 56 degrees 25'.92N, 5 degrees 28'.97W, and to the south by a line passing east-west through Sgeirean Dubha Light (56 degrees 22'.82N, 5 degrees 32'.26W)’.

A statutory Harbour Authority (SHA) has legal powers to enforce rules within a defined harbour area to effectively manage the safety of all users in that harbour.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is a government company which owns the ferries, ports, harbours and infrastructure for the ferry services serving the west coast of Scotland and the Firth of Clyde.

A large vessel exceeds 20 meters in length or 3 meters draft.

The aim
This questionnaire asks for your thoughts with respect to addressing these matters. Feedback from the questionnaire will be used to enhance the consultation process, by better understand the public perception of the situation and to design a Harbour Revision Order relevant to all who use Oban waters, the wider Oban community and any other interested local parties. The survey will close on 31 July 2018.
Do you live in the Oban area?

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1. Do you live in the Oban area?

Are you representing yourself, or, a company or organisation?

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2. Are you representing yourself, or, a company or organisation?

Which type of vessel or business do you operate or represent? Please tick all that apply.

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3. Which type of vessel or business do you operate or represent? Please tick all that apply.

Have you looked at the Oban Harbour Website in the last 4 months

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4. Have you looked at the Oban Harbour Website in the last 4 months

Are you aware of the work of the Oban Bay Management Group?

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5. Are you aware of the work of the Oban Bay Management Group?

How would you rate the quality of information provided by the Oban Bay Management Group? 1 poor 5 good

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6. How would you rate the quality of information provided by the Oban Bay Management Group? 1 poor 5 good

Are you familiar with the Oban Bay Code of Practice?

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7. Are you familiar with the Oban Bay Code of Practice?

Where did you access the Code of Practice? Please tick all that apply.

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8. Where did you access the Code of Practice? Please tick all that apply.

Will a statutory harbour authority for Oban Bay be beneficial to navigational safety

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9. Will a statutory harbour authority for Oban Bay be beneficial to navigational safety

What type of vessel or vessels cause the greatest safety risk at Oban? Please tick all that apply.

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10. What type of vessel or vessels cause the greatest safety risk at Oban? Please tick all that apply.

Does Oban Bay require better Aids to Navigation (buoyage, lights etc.)?

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11. Does Oban Bay require better Aids to Navigation (buoyage, lights etc.)?

If a wider harbour authority passes the costs for running a harbour at Oban onto all marine users, will this affect the commercial viability of marine businesses at Oban?

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12. If a wider harbour authority passes the costs for running a harbour at Oban onto all marine users, will this affect the commercial viability of marine businesses at Oban?

Which type of users should a wider harbour authority pass its running costs onto at Oban? Please tick all that apply.

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13. Which type of users should a wider harbour authority pass its running costs onto at Oban? Please tick all that apply.

Which harbour operator is most suitable to apply for a Harbour Revision Order to operate the wider Oban Bay as a harbour?

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14. Which harbour operator is most suitable to apply for a Harbour Revision Order to operate the wider Oban Bay as a harbour?

Should CMAL go ahead with a Harbour Revision Order to extend their SHA?

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15. Should CMAL go ahead with a Harbour Revision Order to extend their SHA?

What activities, events, facilities, areas or management considerations you think the new harbour legislation should accommodate or exclude?

Please add all your thoughts and considerations. If you wish to add comment with regard to previous questions please also add them here.

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16. What activities, events, facilities, areas or management considerations you think the new harbour legislation should accommodate or exclude?

Please add all your thoughts and considerations. If you wish to add comment with regard to previous questions please also add them here.

The Oban Bay Management Group would like to follow up this survey with a consultation to ensure the correct feedback has been received. Please enter a name, e-mail address or phone number if you wish a follow up conversation.

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17. The Oban Bay Management Group would like to follow up this survey with a consultation to ensure the correct feedback has been received. Please enter a name, e-mail address or phone number if you wish a follow up conversation.

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