Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer
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.
Page updated: Thursday, April 06, 2017