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Collision with vessel/shore installation

Potential biodiversity issues

  • Damage to habitats at or around the location of the collision
  • Disturbance (and possibly mortality or injury) to species (principally birds) at the location of the collision
  • Release of damaging substances into the environment
    • oil
    • chemicals
    • cargo, including hazardous substances
  • Secondary damage or disturbance to habitats and/or species during rescue operations or other remedial actions
  • Subsequent related emergencies e.g. explosion or fire

Potential mitigation measures

By its nature a collision between vessels or between a vessel and a shore installation will be unpredictable and its immediate direct impacts are unlikely to be capable of mitigation. However, the following considerations may apply after the occurrence of the incident itself:

  • Assess the sensitivity of the location of the collision: is it in or in proximity to a statutorily designated site; is it in or in proximity to an area of particular importance (e.g. one likely to hold high concentrations of bird species) See bird density maps and Oil Spill Response GIS
  • If there is actual or potential release of damaging substances into the environment, make best efforts to take all necessary steps to avoid or minimise discharges and to activate appropriate pollution response procedures (e.g. TOSCA)
  • In liaison with Natural England/Environment Agency and/or other appropriate agencies/operators, seek to minimise further damage or disturbance during remedial actions
  • If mortality or injury of species is likely or confirmed, make best efforts to inform RSPB and RSPCA.