Offshore Navigational Hazards

The Transport Committee has decided to hold a one-off evidence session on 28 April 2004 to explore whether the siting of offshore wind farms is taking account of shipping lanes.

The Energy Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, contains powers for the installation of windfarms and other renewable energy projects beyond the UK’s 12-mile territorial limit. The Bill will also introduce navigation exclusion safety zones around all such installations. There are concerns in the maritime industry that the rights of navigation may be interfered with  by structures such as these.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Monday 19 April 2004. It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length. 

Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII, Word or Word Perfect formats) either by e-mail to or on a disk accompanying the hard copy.  Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible. 

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

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Press Notice   18/2003-04   6 April 2004