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Oil Spill Response Plan


The Lymington Harbour Oil Spill Response Plan has been developed to conform with the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998 (OPRC), SI 1056. Under this legislation, each Statutory Harbour Authority is required to have a plan.

In Lymington, Wightlink, Isle of Wight Ferries are also a Statutory Harbour Authority for their terminal. Lymington Harbour Commission and Wightlink have therefore developed a shared plan so there is a single co-ordinated approach when responding to a spill in Lymington Harbour

The Oil Spill Response Plan sets out the contingency arrangements for responding to actual or threatened oil pollution incidents within Lymington Harbour to ensure that there is a timely, measured and effective response to pollution incidents. Its primary purpose is to set in motion the necessary actions to stop or minimise the discharge and to mitigate its effects. Effective planning ensures that the necessary actions are taken in a structured, logical and timely manner. Lymington Harbour and Wightlink staff are prepared and trained to respond quickly to an incident and are supported by Adler and Allen, our contracted oil spill response partners.

Statutory Requirement

The response strategy has been developed in consultation with a number of statutory bodies, national and local authorities and provides guidance on how to deal with an incident in the harbour, taking into account the spill risks and possible sources of spillage associated with port operations. The plan consists of three important elements:

  • A strategy section – describes the scope of the plan, including the geographical coverage, perceived risks, roles / responsibilities of those charged with implementing the plan, and the proposed response strategy.
  • An action and operations section – sets out the emergency procedures that will follow rapid assessment of the spill and the mobilisation of appropriate response resources.
  • A data directory – contains all relevant maps, resource lists and data sheets required to support an oil spill response effort and conduct the response according to an agreed strategy.

The plan is specific to Lymington Harbour, and any vessels passing through the harbour’s boundaries are legally required to report an oil spill by contacting one of the following immediately:

• Lymington Harbour Office 01590 672014

08.30 to 17.00 Oct to Mar (Weekdays)

08.30 to 17.00 Apr to Sept (7 Days)

• Solent Coastguard on 02392 552100 (24hr)

• The Environment Agency on 0800 807060