MCA to approve amended Firth of Forth oil contingency plans – Fishupdate.com

MCA to approve amended Firth of Forth oil contingency plans Published:  14 July, 2006

THE Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that it has informed Forth Ports plc of its intention to approve the Oil Spill Contingency Plan covering ship-to-ship transfers in the Firth of Forth that was submitted to it by the harbour authority, and the harbour authority’s proposed amendments to the overarching Clearwater Forth contingency plan.

However, the MCA has informed Forth Ports plc that this approval is subject to a number of specified changes being made to each of the plans.

Forth Ports plc have been asked to comment on the specified changes within the statutory three week period beginning today.

The MCA’s decision follows a public consultation that was launched on February 16 and which followed an application by Forth Ports plc for a revised oil spill contingency plan. The application had been prompted in turn by a proposal from Melbourne Marine Services to carry out, within the Forth Ports harbour authority area, ship-to-ship transfers of oil carried as cargo.

The MCA co-ordinated the 12 week consulation for the purpose of assessing any implications of the revised contingency plans for relevant nature conservation sites. The consultation was designed to establish whether the revised plans would adversely affect the integrity of those sites and concerned the adequacy of the contingency plans to deal with incidents in the harbour authority’s area of responsibility.

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