Moray Firth Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers Plan Abandoned

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A Moray Firth port authority decided to abandon the controversial plan for ship-to-ship transfers of oil.

What happened?

Invergordon’s Port of Cromarty Firth has announced that it will no longer pursue a license for the operations it had sought permission in 2015 due to opposition from environmental campaigners outside the Scottish Parliament.

In 2017, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which considers applications for ship-to-ship transfers in consultation with other organizations, requested the port to withdraw its application and resubmit it.

Environmental concerns

The Port of Cromarty Firth said, “Due to higher priority projects the port will not be pursuing the resubmission of our ship to ship at anchor application”.

The port had earlier announced of investing £30m in expanding its quayside to accommodate energy projects and large cruise ships. It has also secured a £10m contract for storing parts needed for constructing the Moray East offshore wind farm.

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Source: BBC

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