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Ports and Shipping

As identified in the Marine Policy Statement, ports and shipping are critical to the effective movement of cargo and people. They form an essential part of the UK and global economies and marine plan authorities and decision makers should seek to minimise any negative impacts upon shipping activity. Shipping and ports have been estimated to make a £13 billion value added contribution to UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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S-PS-1

Proposals that may have a significant impact upon current activity and future opportunity for expansion of port and harbour activities should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts upon port and harbour activity, or
d) if it is not possible to mitigate the significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

S-PS-2

Proposals that require static sea surface infrastructure or that significantly reduce under-keel clearance must not be authorised within International Maritime Organization routeing systems unless there are exceptional circumstances.

S-PS-3

Proposals that require static sea surface infrastructure or that significantly reduce under-keel clearance which encroaches upon high density navigation routes, or that pose a risk to the viability of passenger services (see map), should not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.