||No consent is required but operators must produce and maintain an Oil Pollution Emergency Plan as outlined below.
|What is Included in an Oil Pollution Emergency Plan:
||To be effective a plan must be clearly laid out and user friendly and it should contain certain essential elements:
- Details of the responsible authority and boundary of the plans operation
- Command and control arrangements
- Notification procedures
- Communications plan
- Evidence of adequate risk assessment
- Details of local environmental sensitivities
- Pre-agreed response strategies
- Detailed actions for individuals during an incident
- Health and Safety aspects
- Response capability listing (personnel and equipment)
- Contacts directory
- Interface with other plans, e.g. plans maintained by local authorities, countryside agencies (NE, CCW, SNH, EHS), environmental agencies and estuary management plans
- A disposal plan
- A training and exercise programme
- A system for updating and revision
|Who to Apply To:
||The MCA is the National Competent Authority and undertakes approval of harbour authority and oil handling facility plans on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions.Plans should be compiled in consultation with adjacent ports, local authorities, the Scottish Executive, the Environment and Rural Affairs Department, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). In England and Wales the equivalent bodies should be consulted (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England (NE))The MCA will not accept any plan for approval unless the following points have been addressed:
- The plan has been prepared following consultation with the statutory consultees.
- The plan has been agreed with the statutory consultees and a statement from each body is included within the plan.
- Where the plan covers more than one port, harbour and/or oil handling facility, each party to the plan is in agreement with its contents and will cooperate in exercising the plan and implementing it following an incident.
- A contract is in place with a British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA) Level 3(2) accredited Tier 2 contractor or a proposed in-house tier 2 capability has received MCA approval.
In the case where a Plan includes the suggested use of oil dispersants or other oil treatment products, these substances are subject to control and approval must be gained from either DEFRA or MS.
|When to Apply:
||New harbours and oil handling facilities shall submit a plan at least two months before coming into being. Every harbour authority and operator shall fully review its oil pollution plan no later than 5 years after submission of the plan. Where any major changes occur which affects or could affect the validity or effectiveness of the plan, the harbour authority or operator is required to submit a new plan, or amend the existing plan within 3 months of such changes becoming known. The MCA has powers under the Regulations to direct that plans be altered to meet the National Contingency Plan or requirements for responding to an oil pollution incident in the harbour authority or operator area of jurisdiction.