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Port authority

Portsmouth International Port, on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, is the Competent Harbour Authority (CHA) for Portsmouth, and a Statutory Harbour Authority (SHA). 

Our responsibilities overlap with the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth’s (QHM), who's primary responsibility is to serve the defence interests of the UK and in discharging these duties, to facilitate the safety of navigation for all water users within the limits of the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth (DPoP). ABP Southampton also have overlapping CHA responsibilities and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) responsibilities via a local memorandum of understanding.