International Shipping

Why is this an issue for ACOPS?

  • Historically acute pollution incidents from shipping disasters affecting the UK shoreline prompted the founding of ACOPS.
  • Shipping is also responsible for a range of other environment impacts resulting in pressure on the marine environment (greenhouse gases, the spread of non-native species, noise, operational discharges, antifouling chemicals, collision with marine wildlife etc.).
  • ACOPS recognises the need for governments, industry and civil society to work together to regulate shipping impacts and balance freedom of navigation with other lawful uses of the sea.

ACOPS activity

  • ACOPS is an Observer to the International Maritime Organization.
  • ACOPS has been working for over 30 years with the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency to produce an annual survey of reported discharges attributed to vessels and offshore oil and gas installations operating in the UK Pollution Control Zone.
  • ACOPS also has a specific interest in Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas and other routeing measures to protect sensitive areas, as well as sensitivity mapping and contingency planning against oil pollution from shipping and offshore installations.

Future intentions

  • ACOPS will continue to participate in meetings of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (see reports) as well as the Pollution Prevention and Response and the Legal Committee as relevant
  • ACOPS will work closely with the UK MCA and continue to produce annual surveys of reported discharges in the UK Pollution Control Zone.