Sullom Voe Harbour Oil Spill Plan

Oil Spill Plan in ActionThe approaches to Sullom Voe have several areas of high environmental sensitivity, including SSIs in Yell Sound and a mSAC which covers the whole of the voe itself. The Sullom Voe Harbour Oil Spill Plan was developed many years ago before legislation made such plans mandatory, and has evolved over time in recognition of the need to protect the various species of conservation importance, the marine habitats and wildlife in general.

The Oil Spill Plan, which was the first in Scotland and second in the UK to be approved by the MCA under the “The Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-Operation Convention) Regulations 1998, provides for a response up to, and including, a Tier 2 level oil pollution.

Sensitivity Maps


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