Consultation: UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers

Closes 11:45 p.m. 4th March 2018

Under current legislation UK ports, harbours and oil-handling facilities must submit oil spill contingency plans (OSCP) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and for offshore installations, Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs) must be submitted to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for approval.

As part of the approvals process plans need to detail the contracts with accredited third-party Tier 2 Marine Pollution Response Service Providers or, for offshore installations, with specialist oil spill response providers, but other than the requirement for the response provider to be accredited, there are no mandated standards for this service provision.

Through the implementation of a UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers, the MCA and BEIS seek to ensure that minimum standards are adhered to which are commensurate to the threat from marine oil pollution. The proposal is for the new UK Standard to be applied by any accrediting body which submits a proposed scheme of accreditation to the MCA and BEIS for approval.

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