On 12th January, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued an immediate direction preventing the movement of vessels located at the Cromarty Firth pending investigation.
John Kenny, Chief Officer, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said:
“Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment. This includes ensuring that, where possible resources are reused or recycled or, if not, waste is disposed of appropriately.
“Last week SEPA was made aware of the imminent shipment of three oil rigs from the Cromarty Firth, and concerns about their destination and disposal. SEPA experts in the transfrontier shipment of waste immediately began investigations to establish whether movement of the vessels would be in accordance with European Commission Regulations for waste shipments and issued an immediate direction on 12 January 2018 preventing movement of the vessels.
“Our investigations are still ongoing, and until we are satisfied that there would be no breach of regulations we have directed that the vessels remain undisturbed. We have notified the Harbour Authority of this decision.”