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S5W-06774: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has made to the Secretary of State for Transport regarding a review of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers) Regulations 2010, as required by Regulation 2 of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 23 February 2017

The Scottish Government has only recently been made aware of a review and quite astonishingly has not been invited to make any representations regarding a review of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010, as amended. It is understood that the UK Department for Transport has undertaken a minor review to consider the cost, safety and impact on the environment of ship to ship oil transfers, and whether the regulations were meeting their proposed intention. The UK Department for Transport has now informed the Scottish Government they will publish their findings in March. In response Scottish Ministers have written to the Department of Transport requesting that the Scottish Government is consulted on the review before the findings are published. To do otherwise would be to deny the elected Government of Scotland, and Scotland’s Parliament, which is responsible for our marine environment, a say on an issue of importance to our environment and Scotland’s people.