The Port and Haven of
A Trust Port Managed by the Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners under Acts of Parliament
Oil Spill and Pollution Control
Emergency spill and contamination contingency
Thanet, Dover & Canterbury Councils districts.
1. What is the long-
The main objective to ensure that an effective emergency spill response is in place to avoid major effects from possible spills.
This is compatible with the SPA and SAC objectives.
2. What is the current situation? (Background Information -
Description Emergency spill contingency planning
Location could be anywhere – but higher probability around the boat moorings at Stonar and above Sandwich Bridge. There is also the possibility of pollution entering the river from seaward from an incident at sea. The Eastern English Channel being a high probability.
Potential numbers involved. Few, perhaps from two vessels in collision, or minor spills from incidents such as from tank flushing to leakage from the many WWII and Goodwins wrecks leakage.
Frequency of activity rare -
Other information Major incidents co-
MCA are working on a number of issues concerned with environmental protection, the major elements being addressed are:
Ships Ballast Water. Not an issue in the Port and Haven but small craft should take care when pumping bilges.
Port Waste Reception Facilities. Vessels in the Port and Haven would be expected to go to Ramsgate or Dover if any quantity is involved. Otherwise Use of the facilities provided by Highway Marine, Sandwich Marina or the facility provided at the Public Tip at Richborough.
Sewage. Shore side facilities are available at both marinas, the town quay and the Sailing Club.
Prevention of Oil Pollution. Circulation of open letter reminding boat owners of their responsibility, send perhaps by marinas with their annual boat owner accounts.
Marine Litter. A very major problem in the Port and Haven area. Much debris and vegetation including tree trunks and the occasional dead animal -
Air Pollution. Insignificant. There are no records of air pollution incidents emanating from the Sandwich Port and Haven areas
3. What are the effects of these activities?
Social, economic and cultural. Control in the cost of clean up. Maintenance of the river as a tourist attraction.
Effect on local communities that are impacted by the spills. Miinimal. Though the potential impacts on the environment can be vast, ranging from oiled birds to habitat destruction while the potential impacts on the environment can be long lasting.
Note. The River Stour and it’s margins are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)
4. What is the current management?
Organisations responsible for management include
Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners. DDC Foreshore + Emergency Planning + Environmental Health
Oil Spill Contingency Guidelines (MCA)
Dover port Emergency Guidelines -
Wild life -
5. Will this management address the issues – if not why not?
Will current management deliver the long term vision for this activity -
Will current management mean the vibrant SSSI ecosystem can survive this activity over the longer term? Yes.
Management completeness. No shortcomings identified.
6. The future.
Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners will maintain a watching brief to identify changes in river usage and ecology and adapt it’s management plan -
Comment is welcome.
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