The announcement that a Marine Environment High Risk Area is to be created from Ramsgate to South Foreland has been welcomed by local MP, Steve Ladyman.
“This is a beautiful area of coastline and an area of great natural value. That it will have this added protection in the future is good news.”
“A MEHRA is an area where skippers and others involved in maritime navigation are given special warning of the sensitivity of the area so that they can be extra careful to avoid accidents and risk of pollution.”
MEHRAs were suggested in the report of Lord Donaldson after he reviewed measures to protect the coastline following accidents like the grounding of the Sea Empress.
Steve Ladyman said:
“The recent sinking of the ECE shows us that accidents can still happen in the Channel and we need to always be vigilant. The creation of MEHRAs is an extra but welcome precaution.”