Proposed Ship to Ship Transfer (STS) of Oil in Portland Harbour

Oil Transfer Licence Application - Consultation

Portland Harbour Authority has submitted an application to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) for an Oil Transfer Licence in accordance with the requirements of The Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2020. An environmental statement has been submitted in connection with the application.

The proposal is to enable the transfer of oil from one ship (known as the mother vessel) to another ship (known as the daughter vessel). This practice is known as “Ship-to-Ship (STS) transfer”.  The locations of proposed cargo transfers include outer harbour anchorage G6, inner harbour anchorage M6 and the outer arm of Queens Pier. A location plan is included with the application documentation in the Non-technical Summary and Chapter 3 of the Environmental Statement.  The Harbour Authority will work in partnership with STS service providers and has designed robust measures to ensure that STS transfer operations are carried out safely for people and the environment.  The operation is similar to bunkering which is a well-established service taking places at anchorages inside and outside the harbour breakwaters. Bunkering is the supplying of fuel for use by ships, and includes the shipboard logistics of loading fuel and distributing it among available bunker tanks.

For written correspondence with Portland Harbour Authority the address is FOA: Environment & Planning Manager, Castletown, Portland, DT5 1PP or email

A description of the operation is as follows:

The documentation can be inspected online at: The same documentation can be inspected as a hard copy at Dorset Council Weymouth Library, Great George Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8NN and Dorset Council Portland Library, The Straits, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1HG.

For making written representations, please use the following address:

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA),
FOA: Counter Pollution and Salvage – OTL Consultation,
Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road,
Southampton, SO15 1EG

or for making representation by email use 
(Please copy written and/ or email representations to Portland Harbour Authority using the correspondence address and email ( provided above.)

Please send written and/ or email representations by 2nd August 2021 which allows a period of 42 days beginning with the date of the first publication of this notice.

Oil Transfer Licence Application - Documentation

For application documentation click on the following links:

Copies of the OTL application may be obtained from Portland Harbour Authority (reasonable charges will apply)


Proposed Portland Harbour Fishery Order application

Portland Harbour Authority have submitted an application to Defra for the Proposed Portland Harbour Fishery Order.

In this case it is for a several order which are granted for setting up or improving private shellfisheries and in this case will relate to crustaceans and molluscs. In securing the Order the harbour authority’s policy is one of “being supportive of improving the cultivation/ management of the fishery but in doing so it must be mindful of the activities of the harbour’s existing users and the environment.”

As background, an informal consultation commenced in September 2018 and documents were online to view until 14th March 2019. This included a drop-in session held in September 2018 to enable interested parties to find out more about our plans.  The updated documentation was uploaded on the 14th March and has now been replaced with the formal application and supporting information (7th June). The application document has now been updated to take account of the latest feedback.  It will potentially be of interest to all users of Portland Harbour Authority’s jurisdiction both inside and outside the breakwaters.  This is in addition to the ongoing dialogue with our harbour consultative committee.

Defra are undertaking an internal consultation and will then be in touch so that arrangements can be made for the public consultation.

In the meantime the application and submission documents are available below.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss further by email or call 01305 824044.

We will continue to post updates on this page.