Coastal Pollution and Seaborne Incidents

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has well practised plans, including all the relevant emergency services, for both major and minor pollution incidents. There are also procedures for handling vessels that are involved in accidents.

Contingency plans have been developed and regular hands-on training takes place to respond to a pollution incident.

What you need to do

Avoid polluted areas and listen for advice and information on local radio stations.

Co-operate with organisations during any clean-up operation.

Do not scavenge any cargo that may be washed ashore as it could be dangerous and is a criminal offence.