Ship to ship oil transfers – feedback required

You may be aware of the proposal from the Cromarty Firth Port Authority to establish ship to ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.

The license application would be based around there being 48 ship to ship transfers of crude oil per year, in the area of sea lying off the North and South Sutors.

The original application document can be seen here

It is a rather weighty volume …. but it gives full details of the proposal and also highlights the protected areas that have to be considered as being vulnerable, should there be any oil spillage.

We have been contacted by Cromarty Rising , a group formed to oppose the license application, to see if we would consider lodging an objection to the application.
Their web site is
The northern most part of Auldearn Community Council area includes the  Nairn Bar and the wetlands that lie to the landward side of it.
This area is part of the greater Moray and Nairn Coast ‘RAMSAR’ site, and is afforded SAC ( Special area of Conservation) and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status.

If you live in Auldearn Community Council’s area, or are a regular user of the beach or the area behind the Nairn Bar, and wish to express an opinion on the proposals to carry out these ship to ship oil transfers, would you please comment on this post , or email to



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