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Potential biodiversity issues

  • Damage to habitats at the location of the grounding
  • Disturbance (and possibly mortality or injury) to species (principally birds) at the location of the grounding
  • Damage or disturbance during operations to re-float or remove the vessel from the grounding location
  • Release of damaging substances into the environment in the event of damage to the vessel or incidental spillages
    • oil
    • chemicals
    • cargo, including hazardous substances

Potential mitigation measures

  • Assess the sensitivity of the location of the grounding: is it in or in proximity to a statutorily designated site; is it in or in proximity to an area of particular importance (e.g. one likely to hold high concentrations of bird species). See bird density maps and Oil Spill Response GIS
  • If there is actual or potential release of damaging substances into the environment, make best efforts to take all necessary steps to avoid or minimise discharges and to activate appropriate pollution response procedures
  • In liaison with Natural England/Environment Agency and/or other appropriate agencies/operators, seek to minimise further damage or disturbance during re-floating or removal of the vessel
  • If mortality or injury of species is likely or confirmed, make best efforts to inform RSPB and RSPCA.