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Liaison with other bodies

  • Operations notice: 3
  • Issue date: February 2011

Introduction

This notice provides guidance on liaison requirements and should be read in conjunction with Operations Notice 6 'Reporting of offshore installation movements'.

Liaison with chief constables

The police have the same powers as on dry land for any criminal act that would be an offence against the laws of the UK for offences which occur on, under or above, or within 500 metres of an offshore installation in the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain or the UK Continental Shelf. The police have these powers under the Criminal Jurisdiction (Offshore Activities) Order 1987 (SI 1987/2198). Section 10 of the Petroleum Act 1998 supersedes section 22 of the Oil and Gas Enterprise Act 1982 stated in the above order.

Oil & Gas UK have agreed that operators will notify Chief Constables of the location of installations over which they exercise police jurisdiction. The current arrangements are that:

It has been agreed that operators will arrange transport for police officers at no cost to the police when it is necessary for them to visit an installation.

Liaison with fishing interests

Operators should maintain close relations at all times with the local officers of the fisheries' departments and for operations within Territorial Waters with the appropriate Sea Fisheries Committee. This will enable operations to be planned and avoid interfering unnecessarily with seasonal or intensive fishing activities.

Seismic activities

At least 14 days notice of all seismic activities should be given to the Submarine Controller, HMS Warrior, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 3NP so that the necessary warning notices may be issued.

Notification of the movement of mobile drilling installations to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) states that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency should be informed as soon as possible of all rig movements as a condition of any consent to locate a rig at a new location. The appropriate Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) must be given warning of movements at least 48 hours before them taking place. In the case of any difficulties you can notify the Regional Controller North & East Scotland, Marine House, Blaikies Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5PB or by Fax on 01224 575920, by email: aberdeencoastguard@mcga.gov.uk , or by telephoning the general enquiry number on 01224 592334. Please note that this number is for general enquiries only and must not be used for the notification of rig movements.

Location of offshore installations - obstructions to navigation

The prior written consent of the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change is required under the Coast Protection Act 1949 section 34 as extended by the Continental Shelf Act 1964 section 4(1) for the siting of any mobile or fixed drilling offshore production facility. Applications should be addressed to the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Environmental Management Team, 4th Floor, Atholl House, 86-88 Guild Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6AR, Tel: 01224 254050, Fax: 01224 254019, Email: EMT:decc.gsi.gov.uk. Further guidance can be found in Operations Notice 14 Guidance on Coast Protection Act 1949 - Consent to locate and the marking of offshore installations.

This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice

Updated 2011-11-17