The HR Wallingford Report on Wightlink Ferries

Posted on 12 Feb 2009

In our previous article, posted on 11th January 2009, it was explained that a key step in resolving the environmental issues relating to vessel operations is the formal advice from Natural England (NE), the government environmental adviser, on which the regulators, including MFA and LHC, must base their decisions. The advice will form the basis of the Maritime and Fisheries Agency’s Appropriate Assessment of the impact of the terminal works on the SAC.

To this end, in December 2008, NE commissioned HR Wallingford to provide advice to them regarding the potential for physical impacts on the designated habitat arising from past and future ferry activity.  HR Wallingford’s Report has now been published and the next step is for NE to give its advice to the regulators.