Motion ref. S5M-04581
Ship-to-ship Oil Transfers in the Cromarty and Moray Firths
Submitted by: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Monday, March 13, 2017
Supported by: Claudia Beamish, Graeme Dey, Christine Grahame, Ross Greer, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Gail Ross, Mark Ruskell, Maree Todd, Andy Wightman
Current status: Achieved cross-party support
That the Parliament notes the lodging of Public Petition PE01637 regarding at-sea ship-to-ship oil transfers in areas such as the Cromarty and Moray firths; considers the Cromarty and Moray firths to be areas of environmental significance, which are completely unsuitable for operations such as at-sea ship-to-ship oil transfers; further considers that even a minimal spillage would have catastrophic effects for marine life, including the iconic pod of bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, and for coastal communities, threatening the tourism industry, which it believes is the most important employer in the Highlands and Islands; congratulates Cromarty Rising on reaching over 100,000 signatures from people across the region and the world for its petition to the UK Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling; notes the calls for the devolution of powers over licences for at-sea ship-to-ship oil transfers, and further notes the view that any oil transfers that are considered necessary should continue to take place in the relative safety of the Cromarty Port.