Good News as Ships are banned from discharging the pollutant PIB which has killed 1000′s of British Birds in 2013
The GSPCA are pleased to hear that the polluntant that killed and injured more than 4,000 birds, called polyisobutene (PIB) between Cornwall and Sussex, and on the Channel Islands can no longer be dumped at sea after a worldwide ban was agreed.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has reclassified PIBs from 2014 which means ships will only be able to wash their tanks and dispose of all PIB residues while in port.
PIB which has been legal to discharge from vessels that wash out their tanks, as long as they are further than 12 nautical miles from the nearest point of land.
The ban had been recommended by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), on behalf of the government, and has welcomed not only by ourselves but also by the RSPB, RSPCA and other wildlife charities.
The decision was taken by the IMO at a meeting in London on Monday.
Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said ‘As the GSPCA we rescue numerous oiled birds from around our coast every year and PIB was a real worry when the South Coast was hit earlier this Spring.’
‘Last month we were working with International Organisations, the States and many Channel Island NGO’s and Departments to prepare ourselves in training exercises if a chemical spill was to ever hit our coastline.’
‘To have this news is a joy, as it is one less chemical to worry about in terms of PIB being illegal to discharge into our seas, which is a horrendous substance for any animal to be coated in.’