The Safety Department at Harwich International is available to provide critical advice to customers, employees and port management, and to carry out safety inspections and environmental monitoring of cargoes.

Advice can be provided concerning UK, European and international health, safety and environmental legislation

Routine safety inspections, tours, job task safety analyses, risk assessments and accident investigations are all performed by the Safety Department, in addition to safety training for port personnel to increase safety awareness and to reduce accidents and loss. 

Certificated to 18001 (Safety) 14001 (Environmental), 50001 (Energy) and 9001 (Quality) standards, the management systems provide for continuous improvement across all areas.

The Department can be contacted during normal working hours through our switchboard, or out of hours via our Freight Services department on +44 (0)1255 252125.

With the support of the Safety Department, the Dangerous Goods Centre (DGC) oversees the movement of hazardous cargo through the port. This ensures that cargo is safe and handled without risks to health, and that the requirements of both The Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code are met.

Notification of all dangerous goods to pass through the port must be made to the DGC through the Freight Services department, with written prior approval and special data required for explosive and radioactive cargoes. Notification for all hazardous cargoes being imported is made electronically through the Destin8 Dangerous Goods Reporting System. Remain On Board dangerous goods cargoes must also be reported and may also be notified through Destin8.