NEWS FLASH – 3rd DECEMBER 2018 – STS is dead – the PoCF quietly announced in their Port News
“SHIP TO SHIP UPDATE Due to higher priority projects the Port will not be pursuing the re-submission of our ship to ship at anchor application.”
Thanks to all who gave their support in a hard fought campaign. Not an admission of defeat by the Port but the nearest we will ever see in print and for whatever reason, its great for the communities and environment of the Inner Moray Firth that this project has finally be dropped and testament to the what people can do when we get together for a common cause. In the meantime, Cromarty Rising will remain vigilant to ensure this proposal is never resurrected.
Transfers of crude oil are proposed in the Inner Moray Firth – in exactly the place where the only resident pod of bottlenose dolphins in Scotland lives and breeds!
There is an existing jetty at Nigg where oil transfers have taken place for over 30 years – why not do it there rather than in the open sea on top of the dolphins?
In 2015 the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd reported 8 oil spills from tankers totalling over 7000 tonnes of oil spilled into the sea around the world.
This web site has been established to provide information relating to the application by The Port of Cromarty Firth (formerly the Cromarty Firth Port Authority) for a ship to ship oil transfer license.
Unlike a planning application, the determination process undertaken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is not undertaken in the public domain or in a transparent manner.
This website therefore aims at providing clear, easy to access information on the application, responses from statutory and non-statutory organisations as well as up to date news on the campaign by residents of Cromarty to stop this entirely inappropriate development. Click on the STS Representation tab on the left to read the significant objections to the application from various statutory organisations and NGOs (if we find a letter of support we will publish this too!)
As soon as this particular campaign has been won, the Cromarty Rising web site will move on to focus on more positive projects and initiatives which are more beneficial for the Town and its environs.
Summary of the Application and Key Issues.
The application is for up to 48 transfers of oil annually, with a maximum transfer of 180,000 tonnes per operation, with mooring points just to the east of the South and North Sutors.
The key issues with the application are;