Beaulieu oil spill response tested
An exercise has been held to test responses to an oil spill on Hampshire’s privately owned Beaulieu River.
The Beaulieu Estate, Hampshire Marine Unit, Marine Management Organisation, Natural England, Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council all took part in Exercise Warren, under the watchful eye of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Harbour master Wendy Stowe and her team were tested by responding to the scenario of an oil spill, with a grounded vessel leaking fuel into the river. Marine booms were deployed from Warren Beach to contain the spillage and prevent it from spreading to environmentally sensitive wildlife habitats.
Stowe said the MCA was pleased with their response, adding: “The exercise strengthened our partnerships with supporting organisations to plan for a multi-agency response if it is ever required.”
The exercise saw marine booms deployed from the Beaulieu River’s Warren Beach