VMS data for areas P1, P2, P3 and P4: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Information requested

All VMS data of vessels that transited through the following area between 00:06 18th October 2022 and 23:59 19th October 2022.

  • P1 60°06.0' N, 002°18.0' W
  • P2 60°06.0' N, 001°12.0' W
  • P3 59°24.0' N, 001°12.0' W
  • P4 59°24.0' N, 002°18.0' W

Please provide details of the VMS reports received from vessels during the specified period in the specified area. The data supplied should show the Date and time of report, A unique Vessel identification (but not the vessel name) Latitude, Longitude, Course and Speed. Provided as an excel workbook please.

As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested in the attached file "Copy of 202300344556 - vms_data_area_of_interest_20221018_20221019.pdf"

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