Statutory guidance

Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

The plan summarises procedures the Marine Management Organisation follows in a marine pollution incident.


Marine Pollution Contingency Plan


The plan is under constant review to ensure the best possible response and includes details on:

  • how to get approval to use an oil spill treatment product in English and Welsh waters
  • environment groups
  • MMO’s out of hours arrangements
  • resources
  • legal information
  • other contingency plans
  • other marine emergencies
  • forms and templates for use during and after an incident
  • approved products
  • list and details of standing approvals to use treatment products

Further information

Report a marine pollution incident

Clean an oil spill at sea and get oil spill treatments approved

Approved oil spill treatment products

How to use oil spill treatment products and equipment

Contact information

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team

0191 376 2511

Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 27 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Marine Pollution Contingency Plan July 2015 added
  2. More information on legal basis added
  3. First published.