Tor Bay Harbour

Harbour Masters Notice 10/18

Vessel Interaction in Tor Bay Harbour

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Discharge of waste

From 08 May 2017 until 31 March 2018

All mariners are reminded that the discharge of any form of waste into the waters of Tor Bay Harbour is strictly prohibited by local, national and international legislation. This applies to garbage, sewage, oil and any other form of polluting material. The Harbour Master has powers to detain any vessel suspected of discharging such waste and an obligation to report such vessel to the authorities for prosecution.

Oil and other pollutants which are occasionally spilt into the sea can endanger environmental resources and property, as well as putting human life at risk. Only about 5% of oil and fuel pollution in the water is from catastrophic spills, the majority comes from every day sources such as refuelling, bilge pumping, engine emissions and oil leaks. All mariners are therefore advised to exercise care and adhere to the following guidelines:

In addition to the measures outlined above it is important that you never leave fuel hoses unattended whist refuelling operations are underway. All mariners should follow the instructions issued by the fuel station operator. Given the volume of fuel used by the fishing industry all owners and skippers of fishing vessels are reminded to follow the refuelling procedures issued by the Brixham Trawler Agents.

Please remember that the polluter pays for the cost of any clean up and those responsible for pollution can and will be prosecuted.

Kevin Mowat

Harbour Master