Oil Pollution

The contamination threat to our coast from shipping accidents is significant. Being prepared for such disasters is the principal concern of the Oil Pollution Professional Working Group. In addition to oil pollution, the problems of chemical and inert pollution of the sea and shoreline, and the pollution of inland waterways are also considered.

The PWG has submitted proposals to the CCS with regard to an update to the Emergency Response & Recovery Guidance in relation to Major Maritime Emergencies. The document can be found in the Document library.

  • Contact Details
  • Terms of Reference
  • Current Activities

Committee Contact Details

Committee Contact Details

Below is a list of the Oil Pollution Professional Working Group committee contact information:

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

  1. To represent the Emergency Planning Society (EPS) on oil pollution emergencies. This includes chemical pollution emergencies affecting the UK marine environment and coastline. Pollution affecting inland waterways is also considered.
  2. To report key activities of the Group to the main body of the EPS through the Director of Business Services.
  3. To act as the profession’s main liaison body to facilitate the ongoing development and continuous improvement of maritime pollution response procedures and associated guidance.
  4. To influence the development of national policy by liaison with central government and other relevant UK and European bodies. Where appropriate, representatives from those bodies may be co-opted onto the Professional Issue Group (PIG) to support the group’s work.
  5. To represent the Society on key national working groups (e.g. Maritime & Coastguard Agency chaired groups, etc).
  6. To establish internal working sub-groups as necessary, to progress specific areas of main Group activities, and to liaise with other PIGs where appropriate.
  7. To share information with the wider EPS membership and external bodies in order to promote good practice.
  8. To promote the EPS through the delivery of presentations and attendance at other forums.
  9. To encourage participation and sharing of work by all members through regular attendance and personal contribution.
  10. To prepare and maintain an annual Business Plan and report activity against targets.
  11. To review Group membership annually to ensure an appropriate balance of expertise and to confirm that members are still active.
  12. To hold annual elections for the posts of Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary.

Current Activities

Current Activities

The group undertakes regular review of all aspects of the topic. In addition to debate at meetings, the group is involved in:

  1. Drafting of, or consultation on national plans and guidance.
  2. Review of training for responders and participation in exercise planning.
  3. Review of guidance, procedures and processes for the treatment of hazardous waste.
  4. Provision of speakers for conferences and training events.
  5. Participation in European Union and other relevant projects.

Additional Information

Useful Websites

ARCOPOL was a major European project with a focus on Noxious and Hazardous Substances. There are some interesting ideas that the group will be following up.

Marine Management Organisation has a useful site to direct you to sources of information.

Keeping Local Authorities up to date

Please ensure that the Counter Pollution Branch have the current contact for your authority by checking with Mark.Munt@mcga.gov.uk.

EPS Branch presentations

If you would like a member of the PWG to talk to your Branch about oil spill issues please contact the Chairman: mrawling@cornwall.gov.uk


External Website(s)