Conservationists angered over DoT's tanker code

The oil and shipping industries are drawing up a voluntary code on tanker safety intended to avert a repetition of the oil disaster off the Shetlands. But the Department of Transport (DoT), which is co-ordinating the initiative, has angered conservationists by failing to consult them about areas in which the passage of laden oil tankers should be controlled in order to protect wildlife habitats.

The code is being developed in response to the loss of the MV Braer and its cargo of 84,000 tonnes of crude oil off the Shetlands in January. It is due to be completed by mid-March. More than a dozen national and international organisations representing oil companies, tanker operators and shipping interests have participated in the preparation of the code under the chairmanship of the DoT's Surveyor General.

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