PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

PaintSquare


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


UK Ship Company Fined for Paint Waste

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

More items for Environmental Controls
More items from Europe

Comment | More

A ship repair company in the United Kingdom was fined after it released toxic waste paint into a protected environmental area, the local government announced.

A&P Falmouth Ltd. was fined £10,000 ($15,364 USD), with costs of over £14,000 ($21,509.60 USD) awarded to the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council, the local authority for Cornwall, England, after the company pleaded guilty to an 'Environmental Permitting' Regulations offense at a hearing held in Truro Magistrates Court on July 5, the Cornwall Council announced.

A&P Falmouth operates a ship repair business that includes stripping paint from vessels and applying new surface coatings in dry dock.

A&P Falmouth
A&P Falmouth

A UK ship repair company was recently fined after pleading guilty to releasing waste paint containing copper, zinc, lead and tributyltin into an environmentally protected area.

The guilty plea stemmed from an incident on Sept. 29, 2011, when waste paint containing toxic substances was unintentionally discharged into the Fal Estuary from the Queen Elizabeth Dry Dock.

Several Toxic Substances Leaked

The paint discharge caused a visible plume, approximately the size of a "football pitch," which is a playing field that can range from 100 to 130 yards in length and 50 and 100 yards in width, according to BBC Sport.

The plume contained toxic substances including tributyltin, copper, zinc and lead.

"It is extremely rare for enforcement action to be taken against businesses carrying out activities requiring a permit because the vast majority recognise the importance of fulfilling their environmental and legal responsibilities," said Rebecca Kirk, Cornwall Council Assistant Head of Service for Community and Environmental Protection.

"However, in this particular instance A&P Falmouth fell significantly short of this standard by failing to meet the requirements of their permit. This meant that there was little option but to take enforcement action, as is the public expectation in such cases especially where the release of toxic subtances in the environment are concerned," Kirk said.

RFA Cardigan Bay
RoyalNavy.mod.uk

A&P Falmouth was using ultra-high-pressure waterjetting to remove coatings from the RFA Cardigan Bay class ship, a Royal Fleet Auxilliary vessel, when it released the toxic paint waste.

The estuary is part of a Special Area of Conservation, a European designation to protect rare and threatened wildlife, and is close to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a conservation designation for a protected area in the UK.

Company Apologizes

The waste paint discharged into the estuary was from the RFA Cardigan Bay, which was in dry dock for a complete refit, including removal of antifouling paint from the entire hull using ultra-high-pressure waterjetting prior to recoating.

RFA Cardigan Bay class ship is a Royal Fleet Auxilliary vessel that delivers the Royal Navy, can support the Royal Marines and can assist in disaster and humanitarian relief.

For this type of work, a permit is required under environmental legislation, which is issued and regulated by the Public Health and Protection Service (PH&P) or Cornwall Council. The permit contains conditions to ensure that pollution is prevented and/or controlled and includes conditions related to discharges to water drafted by the Environment Agency.

The incident was reported anonymously, and an Environment Agency officer took a boat out on the estuary to take samples of the water.

A&P Falmouth apologized for the incident and stated that it was an isolated occurence cause by washing out paint sludge that had fallen onto the floor of the dry dock.

"A&P takes its envirnmental responsibilities very seriously and our activities are strictly regulated. We deeply regret and apologise for this accidental discharge and have taken steps to ensure that it will not happen again," said Peter Child, A&P Falmouth managing director, the Falmouth Packet reported.

The company has since taken measures to prevent any similar incidents from occuring, according to the Cornwall Council.

   

Tagged categories: Enforcement; Environmental Protection; Shipyards; UHP waterjetting

Comment from Gordon Kuljian, (7/23/2013, 2:37 PM)

Unfortunate occurrence. UHPWJ is and has been a great technology for the ship repair insustry. Those utilizing it however must be trained in proper collection, disposal and treatment.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Aggreko
 
Dehumidification, Power and Temperature Control Rentals
 
Aggreko offers rental solutions for your painting/coating project. Dehumidifiers, cooling, heating, power and 24/7 service, nationwide.
844-433-9802
 

 
SABRE Autonomous Solutions
 
Introducing the ALPHA1 Blasting Robot
 
Once installed and commissioned – simply
SCAN PLAN BLAST.
 

 
Waterjet Technology Association (WJTA)
 
Click to register today!
 
See the latest automated and handheld UHP waterblasting tools/systems/products. Exhibits, live demos, educational sessions, waterjet short course, networking.
 

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
 
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
 
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.
 

 
Bullard
 
Upgrade with the Bullard GenVX
 
Click here to learn how you can get a GenVX Helmet and Win.
 

 
Tnemec Company, Inc.
 
Online Coating Courses from Tnemec
 
For decades, Tnemec has offered its expertise to clients presenting face-to-face coatings courses. Now, these presentations are available to anyone for CEUs at Tnemec University.
 

 
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
 
We Protect and Beautify the World
 
PPG is widely recognized as a world leader in protective and marine coatings, developing innovative, cutting-edge products and services.
 

 
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
 
http://www.sspc.org/
 
Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !
 

 
Fischer Technology Inc.
 
NEW PROBE FOR MEASURING TSA THICKNESS
 
Paired with the PHASCOPE PMP10, Fischer’s new probe is quick and accurate for measuring thermally sprayed aluminum on stainless steel. Click to learn more.
 

 
Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
 
Blastox® - One Step Lead Abatement
 
Sandblast additive delivered to jobsite pre-blended to eliminate hazardous abrasive wastes. Why mix, meter or apply at the job-site? Blast with ease and
Let your painters paint!
1(800)-252-7869
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us