Proposals that require static sea surface infrastructure or that significantly reduce under-keel clearance should not be authorised in International Maritime Organization (IMO) designated routes.
- The East marine plan areas are internationally significant in terms of accommodating shipping activity, something reflected within a number of areas recognised by IMO. The East marine plans seek to minimise negative impacts upon this activity.
- This policy reflects priorities set out in international, national and sub-national governance of maritime activities. Sector-specific policy related to IMO-recognised areas, like the National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure, sets out that internationally recognised sea lanes should be considered by applicants before carrying out related assessments such as navigational risk assessments.
- Where non-permanent activities such as fishing or aggregate dredging are carried out in or around areas identified by IMO, it is expected that prevailing management measures related to interaction with navigation, such as notifications to mariners, will be used.
- It is not intended that this policy will apply to seabed activities that do not significantly reduce under-keel clearance.
Reproduced with permission of the Marine Management Organisation, Ordnance Survey and UKHO.