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Calls For Ship Oil Which Killed Sea Birds To Be Reclassified


3:07pm 26th September 2013

There are calls for the oil that killed hundreds of seabirds off the Dorset coast to be reclassified.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA)  is set to lobby international regulators to bring about the change.

They want the Maritime Organisation (IMO) to take another look at the dangers of PIB oil that's used by ships to lubricate their engines.

Currently vessels are allowed to discard the sticky substance at sea but only when they're at least 12 nautical miles from land.

It's believed a large quantity of PIB was dumped in the channel that killed and injured the seabirds off the coast back in April this year. An investigation failed to find out who and what vessel was responsible.

MCA Officials are submitting a paper to the IMO later this year specifically on PIBs calling for a reclassification. A spokesperson has told Wessex FM it may take time to change international law though.

"The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be submitting a paper on the issue of PIBs to a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) later this year. This document does explore the possibility of reclassifying PIBs.

"In addition, the MCA is also working on the longer term issue of high viscosity products with other member states of the IMO."

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