Date lodged: 24 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what role Scottish Natural Heritage has in proposals for ship-to-ship transfers.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 April 2017
Section 2 of The Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010, as amended, define Scottish Natural Heritage as the only consultation body providing nature conservation advice in Scottish waters on ship to ship transfers. Schedule 2 of those Regulations require the Secretary of State for Transport to have regard to any representation made by a consultation body when reaching a licence decision.