There are 167 Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998 Oil Spill Contingency Plans approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
159 of the 167 plans are harbour authority plans.
Eight of the 167 plans are stand alone oil handling facility plans within a harbour authority.
The majority of the 167 harbour authority plans incorporate oil handling facilities plans within their area.
My officials are working on draft legislation which would control bunker transfers and Ship to Ship Transfers (STS) of oil or other hazardous and noxious substances carried as cargo in the UK's territorial sea and internal waters. It is not intended to apply the regulations to cover operations in statutory harbour areas.