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1 Organisation of oil spill response in the UK – The National Contingency Plan

2 UK Pollution Control Zone Extends to 200 nautical miles from the coastline or to the nearest median line with neighbouring coastal states UK has 10,500 Miles of coast

3 TIER ONE Small operational spill - local resources The Tiered Response for Crude Oil & Refined Petroleum Products TIER TWO Medium sized spill - regional assistance TIER THREE Large spill – National Assistance (National Contingency Plan)

4 Phases of incident response

5 Search and Rescue

6 Salvage

7 At Sea Response

8 Shoreline Clean - Up

9 Who is involved and who does what ? HMCG - Her Majestys Coastguard HMCG - Her Majestys Coastguard CPSO - Counter Pollution & Salvage Officer CPSO - Counter Pollution & Salvage Officer SOSREP – Secretary of States Representative SOSREP – Secretary of States Representative SCU – Salvage Control Unit SCU – Salvage Control Unit MRC – Marine Response Centre MRC – Marine Response Centre SRC – Shoreline Response Centre SRC – Shoreline Response Centre EG – Environment Group EG – Environment Group

10 Who calls who? First call usually to HMCG First call usually to HMCG Then CPSO Then CPSO Then scientist who will contact Then scientist who will contact –Local Authorities –Environment Group

11 All depends on incident type and magnitude Minor incident – info only Minor incident – info only Minor with potential - ? Minor with potential - ? Major? Major? Examples Examples

12 Command and Control Director of Operations MCA HMCG Search and Rescue MRC At-sea response operations MCA SOSREP SCU Salvage operations SRC Shoreline clean-up LA + MCA Environment Group Environmental advice Secretary of State Chief Executive MCA

13 HMCG SOSREP SCU MRC SRC EG

14 UK Maritime incident response Each unit has a specific role Each unit has a specific role Some units make decisions and initiate actions Some units make decisions and initiate actions Some units have statutory powers, some do not Some units have statutory powers, some do not Some provide advice to other units Some provide advice to other units Prime objective of all involved to minimise the potential effects of the pollution

15 CPR Branch Head of CPR Toby Stone Counter Pollution & Salvage Officers SCOTNI Jim Dickson WESTERN Donald McDonald EASTERN Ian Jackson Operational Support Logistics & Cost Recovery Gail Robertson Logistics & Finance Admin Support Technical & Scientific Kevin Colcomb Kelly Reynolds

16 HMCG HMCG is most often the first organisation notified of an oil spill at sea HMCG is most often the first organisation notified of an oil spill at sea SAR Search and Rescue SAR Search and Rescue In support of oil spill response: In support of oil spill response: –Provide communications, marine safety information broadcasts, –Assists with deployment of ETVs and helicopters, MCA Boats –Mobilise personnel to key locations –Provide local knowledge of area

17 Duty CPSO Make assessment of incident and assume responsibility for CP & S implications of incident Make assessment of incident and assume responsibility for CP & S implications of incident –arrange to deploy assets –liaise with owners / operators –Inform relevant authorities / organisations –activate Marine Emergency Information Room (MEIR), if appropriate –contact CP Scientist who will discuss with LAs and carry out any oil spill modeling –notify the MCA Media Team

18 Duty CPSO Establishment of contacts during incidents: CPSO Ship Owners P&I Clubs SOSREP Tug Companies & Brokers Salvors Ship Agents Ports & Harbours Oil & Gas Operators MCA MO & MCOs MRCCs Pollution Contractors Aircraft Response DTI Environment Protection Agencies MCA Press DNSARO DEFRAMCA CPR

19 SOSREP SOSREP SOSREP –SOSREP has ultimate powers to intervene on behalf of Secretary of State for Transport in any salvage situation or situation where there is a threat of significant pollution Powers to Intervene and issue Directions Powers to Intervene and issue Directions Powers to require ships to be moved or not to be moved from a specific area or locality within UK Waters. Powers to require ships to be moved or not to be moved from a specific area or locality within UK Waters. Powers to establish Temporary Exclusion Zone (TEZ) Powers to establish Temporary Exclusion Zone (TEZ)

20 Salvage Control Unit (SCU) Salvage Control Unit (SCU) Purpose of SCU is to support SOSREP by: Purpose of SCU is to support SOSREP by: –Considering information on progress of salvage –Evaluating all possible options –Interacting with on board Salvage Team –Providing feedback with other units such as MRC, MEIR, Environment Group –Facilitating the mobilisation of resources Prime objective of all action is to minimise the risk of environmental pollution

21 SCU Membership: Membership: – –SOSREP, Independent SOSREP Salvage Adviser – –CPSO, Salvage Master, Harbour Master, – –Ship owner/insurer representative, – –EG Liaison Officer, Specialist Scientific Advisor, Health/Safety Adviser SCU is NOT a decision making body; decisions remain the responsibility of SOSREP SCU is NOT a decision making body; decisions remain the responsibility of SOSREP

22 Marine Response Centre (MRC) Purpose of MRC is to: Purpose of MRC is to: –Assess and monitor the situation at sea –Initiate and control dispersant-spraying operations on spilled oil at sea –Initiate and control mechanical recovery options at sea.

23 MRC Members: Members: –CPSO –MCA Logistics Officer –Harbour representative, if a harbour is involved –Officer from relevant fisheries department –Local Authority Officer to liaise with the SRC –Environmental Liaison Officer –MCA Public Relations Officer

24 Shoreline Response Centre (SRC) Purpose of SRC is to co-ordinate and lead the on-shore response Determine the extent of the problemDetermine the extent of the problem Agree a strategy and prioritiesAgree a strategy and priorities Initiate responseInitiate response Obtain and allocate resourcesObtain and allocate resources Determine methods of waste disposalDetermine methods of waste disposal Monitor progressMonitor progress Brief elected members, Ministers, VIPs, mediaBrief elected members, Ministers, VIPs, media

25 SRC EA / SEPA EA / SEPA Natural England / SNH Natural England / SNH DEFRA / SEERAD DEFRA / SEERAD MFA / FRS MFA / FRS Contractors Contractors ITOPF ITOPF GNN GNN Red Cross Red Cross St Johns Ambulance St Johns Ambulance Oil Company Oil Company HMCG / CPB HMCG / CPB Police Police Local Authority personnel will be mainly concerned with shoreline clean-up

26 Where the Environment Group sits HMCG Search and Rescue MRC At-sea response operations MCA SOSREP SCU Salvage operations SRC Shoreline clean-up LA + MCA Environment Group Environmental advice Director of Operations MCA Secretary of State Chief Executive MCA

27 Environment Group (EG) Function Function –To provide advice and guidance on environmental matters to SCU, MRC & SRC Role is purely advisory Role is purely advisory –EG has no formal powers (although members may have) MCA initiates then contacts: MCA initiates then contacts: –Statutory Nature Conservation Body –Environmental Regulator –Fisheries Department

28 Environment Group CORE MEMBERSHIP CORE MEMBERSHIP –Environmental Regulator –Statutory Nature Conservation Body –Fisheries Department –Public Health Officer Not just for the big incidents Not just for the big incidents Dependant upon location, nature and scale of the incident Dependant upon location, nature and scale of the incident Other organisations may be invited to join EG at the discretion of the chair Other organisations may be invited to join EG at the discretion of the chair

29 Environment Group The core membership may choose to invite: The core membership may choose to invite: –Sea Fisheries Committee –National Park Authorities –Local Health Authority –HSE –Health Protection Agency –Animal Welfare bodies - RSPCA, SSPCA –Bird casualty record collation - RSPB –NGOs –Local Wildlife Trusts –Local Animal Welfare Trusts

30 HMCG SOSREP SCU MRC SRC EG


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