OIL SPILL RESPONSE
The requirement to have an Oil Spill Contingency Plan for Harbours, Ports and Oil Handling Terminals around UK waters has been formalised by the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998, which implements the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC, 1990). The convention, adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMP) is aimed to “mitigate the consequences of major oil pollution incidents involving, in particular, ships, offshore units, sea ports and oil handling facilities.”
Stornoway Port Authority Oil Spill Contingency Plan has been prepared in accordance with the “Oil Spill Contingency Plan Guidelines for Ports, Harbours & Oil Handling Facilities” and is approved by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The MCA regularly carry out audits on this Plan to ensure compliance and effectiveness in responding to an Oil Pollution incident.
Where there is any spillage of an oil based substance which is likely to impact on the marine environment, you should notify the Harbour Master immediately, so that Oil Spill Contingency Plan measures will be implemented. In the meanwhile, every effort should be made to contain the spillage and until such time as the Oil Spill Response Team arrive at the scene.