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Melbourne Marine Services

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account was taken of Melbourne Marine Services' safety record in assessing its application for permission to conduct ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth. (89617)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has the function of assessing whether the submitted oil spill contingency plan covering ship-to-ship transfers in the Firth of Forth and the amendments to the overarching Clearwater Forth contingency plan would adversely affect the integrity of designated nature conservation sites in the Firth of Forth. In doing so, the MCA took into account the global safety record of ship-to-ship transfers. This included the detailed risk assessments which formed part of the package for the consultation carried out by the MCA.

These documents can be located on the MCA website:

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcqa-guidance-regulation/mcqa-consultations/mcqa-consultations-archive/archived consultations 2006/mcqa-consultations-sts forth.htm