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Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer

Key Facts

  • The Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 (as amended) set out the process for consideration of applications, including compliance with Article 6 of the Habitats Directive.

  • The determination of ship-to-ship oil transfer licence applications is a reserved matter. They are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Transport.

  • The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) do not apply to reserved matters.

  • The Scottish Government will continue to seek devolution of this important function, so that decisions are made by Scottish Ministers who have responsibility to protect the environment.