Oil spill exercise at Ilfracombe Harbour – don’t worry, it’s just a test!

Ilfracombe HarbourIlfracombe Harbour where an oil spill exercise is taking place

Posted on: 11 March 2019

There will be a ‘pretend’ emergency played out at Ilfracombe Harbour next week, as the harbourmaster and other agencies test how they would react and clear up a potential oil spill.

On Thursday 14 March, North Devon Council’s Harbourmaster will be leading a multi-agency team to test their emergency response procedures. The drill will take place in the harbour from 9am and will involve representatives from the emergency services, RNLI, Devon County Council, Natural England, Environment Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the council’s own marine response service Adler and Allan Limited.

No oil or fuel will be used during the test and local visitors and residents do not need to be alarmed if they see the RNLI launching equipment into the water during the course of the morning.

Executive Member responsible for Community Safety, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “We have an Oil Spill Contingency plan in place to protect Ilfracombe Harbour and it’s really important that we test the plan to ensure our response to a real-life emergency works well, both in terms of protecting our environment and the safety of the public. We wanted to let people know that next Thursday is just a test and there is no need to worry if you see a flurry of unusual activity and emergency services in the harbour.”

For more information please contact Ilfracombe’s Harbourmaster on 01271 862108 or email harbourmaster@northdevon.gov.uk.

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