River Hamble oil spill exercise 15 – 19 July 2013

Notice is hereby given that a major oil spill response exercise will take place on the River Hamble during the week commencing 15th July 2013. Most of the activity will take place on 15th July but some booms will remain in place until Thursday 18th July.

The exercise will be based on a scenario centred on the M27 bridge across the River and will involve the deployment of oil booms upstream and downstream of the bridge. The main channel will remain open at all times, but access may be slightly restricted by the booms. There will be considerable small boat activity in the area. Some booms will be left in place overnight but will not be in a position which endangers navigation. They will be illuminated and a boat patrol will be on station throughout.