Harbour response to an oil spill

Glasson Dock.
Glasson Dock.

An emergency oil spill exercise was held at Glasson Dock.

The Lancaster Port Commission held the event to rehearse procedures and contingency plans if any emergency situations should arise.

Organisations involved in the exercise included Lancaster City and Lancashire County Councils’ Emergency Planning departments, the Environment Agency, the Canal & Rivers Trust, Glasson Grain Ltd, Heysham Port Ltd, Glasson Basin Marina, and the Lancaster Port Commission’s emergency response contractor Adler and Allan Ltd.

The Lancaster Port Commission owns and operates the commercial port at Glasson Dock, having moved there from Lancaster as vessel sizes got too big for transit up the river to the city’s quays.

The port is operated on a day to day basis by the Chief Executive, the Harbour Master and a team of seven operatives, both full and part-time.

Between them they provide, survey and lit buoyage of the navigable channel, the Lighthouse at Walney Island, a pilotage service for the bulk cargo vessels, maintenance of the quays and dock (including dredging), maintenance of vessels and operation of the dock gate on each tide.

Lancaster Port Commission’s Chief Executive, Helen Loxam said: “These larger scale exercises are designed to test the whole plan by using a ‘pretend’ scenario.”