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SOSREP and The Salvage Control Unit

Speaker name Speaker appointment

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SOSREP - The Secretary of States Representative

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Structure
Secretary of State

Chief Executive MCA


Salvage led by SOSREP Harbour Authority
At sea clean up led by MCA CPR Harbour Authority

Director of Maritime Operations

Search and Rescue led by HM Coastguard

Shoreline clean up led by Local Authority/EHS/ Harbour Authority + MCA support


Shoreline Response Centre (SRC)

Salvage Control Unit (SCU)

Marine Response Centre (MRC)

MRCC/SC

Environment Group underpins

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SOSREP - Function
One person to act as representative of Secretary of State Cannot choose to ignore a situation Free to act without recourse to higher authority Ultimate voice Decisive voice Ultimate control Control not Command Back or sack
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SOSREP - Powers
Power to intervene and issue directions Power to require ships to be moved Power to establish Temporary Exclusion Zones (TEZ) Power to direct persons in control of coastal land or premises Power to direct operators, managers and servants of offshore installations on the UK continental shelf
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SOSREP Intervention Trigger Point


An accident has occurred, oil or other substances may cause significant pollution and the need for Intervention is urgent First step A direction that plans must be submitted Last resort Anything or Nothing
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Salvage Control Unit Structure


SOSREP
Environment Group SCU membership may include:Independent Salvage Advisor CPSO Environmental Liaison Officer Salvage Master Harbour Master, Ship owner/insurer representative, Specialist Scientific Advisor, Health/Safety Adviser

SCU is NOT a decision making body; decisions remain the responsibility of SOSREP
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Salvage Control Unit (SCU)


Purpose of SCU is to support SOSREP by:
Considering information on progress of salvage Evaluating all possible options Interacting with on board Salvage Team Providing feedback with other units such as MRC, MEIR, Environment Group Facilitating the mobilisation of resources

Prime objective of all action is to minimise the risk to UK resources including environmental pollution
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Role of Environmental Liaison Officer


Take advice from EG and convey it accurately and cohesively to the SCU To receive information and questions from the SCU and communicate these accurately and cohesively back to the EG Provide an environmental perspective to any statements produced by the SCU to the media
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