HC Deb 12 February 1982 vol 17 c484W
Mr. Stephen Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many representations he has received about the proposal to moor a liquid petroleum gas tanker in the Solent just off the Isle of Wight; and what steps he proposes to take.

Mr. Sproat

I have had representations from the Royal Yachting Association, and the British Transport Docks Board has consulted me on the marine safety aspects of the proposal. I understand that the board, which is the responsible Authority, still has the matter under consideration.

Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement about the Government's policy regarding the mooring of liquid petroleum tankers in British inshore waters for use as floating storage.

Mr. Spoat

[pursuant to the reply, 11 February, c. 443]: I am advised that under English common law any vessel may anchor in tidal waters subject only to such conditions as port or harbour authorities or conservancies may have power to impose and to such legal redress as owners of underwater pipelines and cables may be able to secure in the courts. Where a vessel uses a permanent mooring buoy in tidal waters that may be a danger or obstruction to navigation then the laying of the buoy may require my consent under section 34 of the Coast Protection Act 1949, and such conditions as I may impose in giving that consent may take account of the size of the vessel using the buoy. But I have no powers to regulate any moorings in relation to the type or cargo of the vessels using them.

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