Oil tankers to steer clear of sensitive coastal areas
Friday 05 February 1993
The agreement, reached at a meeting between transport officials, representatives of oil companies and tanker operators, follows the Braer pollution disaster in Shetland.
Lord Caithness told the Lords the meeting had concluded that interim measures of a 'voluntary nature' would be circulated by the industry next month in the form of a code.
Under the scheme tankers will avoid environmentally sensitive areas including the Fair Isle Strait, the Isles of Scilly, The Minches (between Scotland's west coast and the Outer Hebrides) and Pentland Firth.
Lord Clinton-Davis, Labour's transport spokesman in the Lords, congratulated the Government over the code, but asked ministers to consider longer-term measures.
Greenpeace welcomed the agreement, 'provided it is the first step towards an enforceable tanker exclusion zone, without which Britain's coastline faces a black future'. It added: 'The oil industry can be sure that Greenpeace will be rigorously monitoring this voluntary ban until it becomes permanent.'
In May, the Government will ask the International Maritime Organisation's Maritime Safety Committee to endorse the agreement.
Yesterday's meeting also agreed more attention should be paid to voyage planning and urged that tanker masters give coastal authorities plenty of warning when they experienced problems affecting the navigation of their vessels.
Those present agreed that existing safety guidelines would be re-emphasised immediately.
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford seriously injured after his vintage light aircraft crash lands near Los Angeles, report claims
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...
£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...
£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...