Ship to Ship Update

Earlier this week it was confirmed that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has asked the Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA)  to prepare a new application if it wants to continue with its highly controversial  unacceptably dangerous plans to carry out ship to ship oil transfers in the Cromarty Firth.

While this is a welcome announcement, CFPA have made clear their intentions to move forward with a fresh application. So the fight against these plans must go on. Hopefully this time the Scottish Government will stand with the communities of the Cromarty Firth, in opposing this renewed application.

There are currently two open petitions on these proposals.

First the petition to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee (http://external.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/petitions/shiptoshiptransfers) which calls on the Scottish Government to “ensure that environmental legislation in Scotland is sufficient to prevent ship-to-ship transfers of crude oil in environmentally sensitive locations, such as the Inner Moray Firth, and to enhance the accountability of trust port boards to their stakeholders.”

Secondly the 38 Degrees petition which is addressed to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP (https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/danger-to-sea-life-from-oil-spills).

I would strongly encourage you to sign both of these petitions to show both the UK and the Scottish Government the strength of feeling in the community and wider against these dangerous proposals.

If you are interested in joining the campaign against please see the community campaign website (http://www.cromartyrising.com)