Oil spill exercise on Beaulieu River

The Beaulieu River has carried out an oil spill exercise in partnership with marine and conservation agencies to plan its response to a potential emergency.

Experts from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Marine Police, Marine Management Organisation, Natural England, Environment Agency, Hampshire County Council and the Beaulieu Estate gathered at a command centre at Needs Ore Point to take part in Exercise Warren.

The exercise tested their response to the scenario of an oil spill, with a grounded vessel leaking fuel into the river. Harbour Master Wendy Stowe put her team through their paces by deploying marine booms from Warren Beach to contain the spillage and prevent it from spreading to environmentally sensitive wildlife habitats.

Wendy said: “The exercise was carried out under the watchful eye of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and our Marine Consultant was there to ensure that everything went by the book. At the end of the day, he was pleased to report great feedback from the MCA. The exercise strengthened our partnerships with supporting organisations to plan for a multi-agency response if it is ever required.”

The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately-owned rivers in the world which has ensured it remains an unspoilt haven in the heart of the New Forest National Park, while keeping pace with modern demands. For more details see www.beaulieuriver.co.uk and follow the latest news on Facebook /beaulieuriver and Twitter @BeaulieuRiver.