Under the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 and amendments, Cromarty Firth Port Authority is applying for an Oil Transfer Licence. The licence is required for transfer of oil between vessels within the jurisdiction of the Port of Cromarty Firth.
The consultation period for the Oil Transfer Licence Application has now been extended to Monday 8th February 2016.
An environmental statement has been submitted in connection with an application for an oil transfer licence and further information has been provided to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The purpose of the environmental statement is to determine whether the proposed cargo transfers are likely to have any significant effects on the environment or on any European sites, in accordance with the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 and amendments. The proposed transfers to be undertaken involve the transfer of oil between two ships, at STS locations within the jurisdiction of the Port of Cromarty Firth.
The substances to be transferred will be North Sea Crude Oil from various fields and other medium crude oils.
The maximum quantity to be transferred in a single operation is 180,000 tonnes. This equates to a maximum of 8,640,000 tonnes transferred per annum. The frequency of the proposed cargo transfers is not expected to exceed an average of four per calendar month. Each proposed cargo transfer, on average, is likely to take up to 24 hours to complete.
Typical vessel sizes are approximately 62,395 gross tonnage (gt) or 115,605 dead weight tonnage (dwt). The size of the vessels will vary depending on the cargo, market conditions and availability of co-loads.
As required by Schedule 2 paragraph 4 (5)(d) of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 and amendments, the application and any additional information will be available for viewing between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, free of charge, at Cromarty Firth Port Authority, Port Office, Shore Road, Invergordon, IV19 0HD.
In accordance with Schedule 2 paragraph 4 (5)(e) of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 and amendments, printed copies of the application are available on request from the Port Office, Shore Road, Invergordon, IV19 0HD subject to a £40 administration charge.
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Any person who wishes to make representations regarding the application should make them by either of the following ways by 8th February 2016:
In writing to Emma Langley, Intertek, Exchange House, 33 Station Road, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7DW and Stan Woznicki, Head of Counter Pollution and Salvage, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG.
Cromarty Firth Port Authority
Telephone 01349 852308 10 December 2015