Shipping: Ship-to-ship Transfers

House of Lords written question – answered at on 7 February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Condon Lord Condon Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of ship-to-ship transfer of oil off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk, following their decision last year to allow such transfers.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) continues to review the adequacy of the present arrangements for ship-to-ship transfers off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk, and to monitor the safe conduct of operations in this area.

All STS operations, including those off the coast of Southwold, are supported by a tier 1 counter pollution response level, namely the provision of on-site local resources. All STS vessels are subject to an MCA vetting procedure; this is in addition to the very strict owner/operator/charterers vetting arrangements. If necessary, MCA surveyors will board a vessel involved in an STS operation to carry out a port state control inspection.

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