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Accidental vessel discharges/emissions incl. oil spill and clean-up

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For information on impacts please see Natural Engand's 'Advice on Operations' referring to the commercial shipping operation category. Please see our oil pollution page on our Clean Solent Shores and Seas hub for more information on the position in the Solent.

KHM has a General Direction for oil spills. This states that in order that oil pollution may be effectively dealt with, mariners, occupants of recreational craft and other persons sighting patches of oil in the water in the Port of Southampton, Southampton Water, the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour are directed to report the sighting giving position, extent, description (e.g. light film, slick, heavy black crude etc) and the direction of movement if possible. Very small patches of oil of an insignificant nature should not be reported.

Under Marine Management and Organisation (MMO) instructions it is a statutory requirement in UK Waters to obtain specific approval from the MMO for any use of oil treatment products (dispersants) in water depths of less than 20 metres or within one nautical mile of any such area.

Oil Spill Response Training at Lymington Harbour

Oli spill reponse training at Lymington