Statutory Nuisances witnessed by Pembrokeshire County Council Port Health Officers
The level at which noise constitutes a "nuisance" is not quantified by legislation, which requires that to be a nuisance it must spoil the "use" or "enjoyment" of your residence. That is up to the judgement of a reasonable and independent person, and for that purpose the Pembrokeshire County Council Port Health Officers are deemed acceptable.
Last Updated 21:56 GMT on 12th October 2011
In the opinion of individual officers from the Port Health Team, noise emanating from vessels at berth have amounted to a statutory nuisance, has now been witnessed on twenty occasions, namely:
* denotes that it was one of the fourteen vessels which have been retrofitted with improved diesel generator exhaust system silencers back in July 2010. This work was carried out at Drydocks World, Dubai. Five of the Six Samsung Heavy Industries vessels were witnessed to have noise emanating from them which amounted to a statutory noise nuisance, with the 'Mekaines' and 'Bu Samra' being witnessed on two occasions.
** denotes these vessels also received upgrade work to their engine silencers, but instead of fitting the silencers which had been successfully retrofitted to the original fourteen ships which were upgraded, it was decided to fit a different type. These silencers were fitted at the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard , Geoje Island, South Korea.
This has resulted in an even greater number of complaints on average with these vessels.
Environmental Protection Act 1990
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 stipulates that any legal action can only be taken on individual vessels. It is therefore particularly useful to register a complaint on EACH occasion a vessel causes you disturbance, as the Port Health Team has to assess each ship in isolation when it arrives at South Hook. It is also useful for a Officer of the Port Health Team to personally witness the disturbance.
We, as a community, need to ensure that all ships which are likely to visit South Hook LNG Terminal cause no noise nuisance so we can again return the surrounding areas to the quiet and peaceful places they used to be.
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