Solfire Emergency Plan



1.1 INTRODUCTION

SOLFIRE is a contingency plan developed to deal with any marine emergency or non-routine incident occurring within the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth, the Port of Southampton and the Port of Cowes. This area will be referred to as the SOLFIRE command area.

This emergency plan has been produced jointly by the Harbour Authorities of Southampton, Cowes and Portsmouth, in consultation and agreement with Maritime and Coastguard Agency (South of England) other emergency services and relevant local authorities.

1.2 OBJECTIVE

This plan is a voluntary scheme intended to provide the command, control and communications structure to draw together and co-ordinate adequate resources to deal with any marine emergency occurring within the Solfire Command Area. It is to be supplemented by other contingency and action plans held by the emergency services, local authorities, commercial facilities and marine related companies which will be activated as necessary.

1.3 RESPONSIBILITY

Nothing in this plan shall relieve any person or Organization from any statutory obligation or responsibility

1.4 GRADED RESPONSE

The response provided by Solfire will be graded according to defined classifications of marine emergency or incident The initial response will be graded primarily by the level of resources required to deal with the incident and by its probable impact on land based authorities. The incident may be upgraded/downgraded at any time by the Initiating Authority or the emergency services as is deemed appropriate or as the circumstance dictate.

1.5 CLASSIFICATION OF MARINE EMERGENCY

CLASS A SOLFIRE - An incident that can be dealt with by the Initiating Authority using resources readily available and with little or no impact on land based authorities.

CLASS B SOLFIRE - An incident that can be dealt with by the resources readily available but where the Initiating Authority needs some assistance from one or more land based emergency services. No significant impact is anticipated on other land based authorities but they should consider themselves alerted.

CLASS C SOLFIRE - An incident where there is expected to be a significant impact on land based authorities and where a multi-agency tactical level of co-ordination is considered necessary. Elements of the National Maritime Contingency Plan may be activated.

CLASS D SOLFIRE - A major incident requiring the full resources of the Solfire Plan and a co-ordinated response from both the initiating authorities and land based agencies with an activation of the National Maritime Contingency Plan.

1.6 INITIATING AUTHORITIES Solfire Chart.

HARBOUR MASTER SOUTHAMPTON - (Solfire West)

QUEEN'S HARBOUR MASTER PORTSMOUTH - (Solfire East)

HARBOUR MASTER COWES- (Solfire Cowes)

In most circumstances the Initiating Authority will be defined by the geographical location of the emergency or incident. Note Each Initiating Authority has a 24-hour operations room linked by direct communications.

1.7 ACTIVATION

In the event of a marine emergency or non-routine incident occurring the Initiating Authority, represented by their Duty Officer, will activate Solfire by giving an initial classification and initiating the activation

1.8 PRIORITIES

When SOLFIRE is activated, the priorities are:

i. Saving of Life.

ii. Minimizing risk to the environment.

iii. Safety of Navigation.

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