On 10 September 2015 Cattewater Harbour Commissioners, submitted an application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for a marine licence to undertake disposal of dredged material from capital navigational maintenance dredging in Cattewater Harbour.
The application is for disposal of the dredged material at the Rame Head South disposal site taking place over a three week period. This dredge is required in order to ensure that the fuel supply to 50,000 homes in South West England is maintained.
Section 75 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, as amended by Statutory Instrument 2011 405, exempts certain dredging activities from requiring a marine licence. Under this section, the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners have powers to dredge under the Cattewater Harbour Order 1915 and therefore the marine licence application is for disposal of material only.
The MMO has now determined the application and a summary of all information relating to the determination can be found in the attached decision report. A copy of the licence and supporting assessments has also been attached for reference. This licence allows Cattewater Harbour to dispose of the dredged material it needs to remove in order to secure the ongoing delivery of fuel supplies to the South West.
The MMO is currently leading on a project to look for the best disposal at sea option for the South West. This project aims to identify the optimal site for disposal activities and is estimated for completion by the end of 2016.
All marine licence applications are available from the marine licensing public register.
Marine Licensing Team
Telephone: 0300 123 1032