National Contingency Plan (NCP)

A strategic overview for responses to marine pollution from shipping and offshore installations


The national contingency plan. A strategic overview for responses to marine pollution from shipping and offshore installations

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Following comments received during the second consultation, the final draft of the ‘The National Contingency Plan - A Strategic Overview for Responses to Marine Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations’ is published for use by all UK emergency response organisations that have roles in counter pollution and incident recovery activities.

Where appropriate feedback from this consultation has been included in this updated version.

The NCP sets out:

  • the arrangements for dealing with pollution, or the threat of pollution, spilled from ships and offshore installations
  • the responsibilities of the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, harbour authorities, offshore installations operators and other bodies with relevant functions

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Counter Pollution and Salvage Branch is the custodian of the NCP.

Published 2 September 2014
Last updated 17 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated with the latest version of the NCP document - 17/08/2017.
  2. National Contingency Plan updated to latest version, correct as on 20/11/2015. Also removed outdated paragraph referring to a past exercise.
  3. First published.