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Environmental management for maritime sector

Critical infrastructure management, marine environmental incident response and response preparedness in maritime transport.

We assist ports and harbours to manage environmental risks through enhanced preparedness, effective response, and management of critical maritime infrastructure, from installation, to maintenance, operation, inspection and decommissioning.

This helps you to manage your operation compliantly and effectively, reducing the risk of environmental pollution, downtime, and reputation damage, while achieving your decarbonisation ambitions.

Tackling key challenges in the maritime sector

Spill response

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) state that certain ports, harbours, and oil handling facilities are required to provide contingency plans detailing the contract they hold with an accredited Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO) as part of the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention (OPRC)) Regulations 1998 (SI 1988 No.1056).

An agreement was signed on 16th October 2018 that from the 1st November 2019 OSRO’s delivering or intending to deliver Tier 2 response services to ports, harbours, marine terminals and offshore installations will be required to be in compliance with the new MCA’s National Standard for Marine Tier 2 Oil Spill Response Organisations for sheltered / enclosed waters, coastal & large estuary and shoreline clean-up.


Transport produced 27% of the UK’s total emissions in 2019, of which 8% (14 MtCO2e) came from shipping. Fuelled by the government’s transport decarbonisation plan, the industry is committed to reaching Net-Zero by 2050.

Decarbonisation of long-distance shipping will likely require low-emissions liquid fuels from bio or synthetic sources. As domestic shipping offers a lower GHG emission freight option, logistics operators are shifting modes to water.

Salvage and wreck removal

Removing a wreck or sunken vessel requires consideration be given to limiting environmental impacts and how pollution will be managed if this does occur. Salvage operations including wreck removal aren’t straightforward exercises and require experienced partners to ensure you don’t cause a bigger issue.

Ageing infrastructure

Aging critical infrastructure such as fuel tanks and pipelines hold greater risk of leaks and contamination. With the energy transition, many operators are trying to optimise the full lifespan of their ageing assets until such time as they switch to alternative energy sources. You need an environmental partner that can ensure your critical assets are maintained compliantly, while being mindful of your unique budget challenges.

Who we work with

  • Ports
  • Harbours
  • Shipping Lines
  • Ships Agents
  • Terminal Operators
  • Salvage companies
  • Local Authorities

Related services

Emergency response

ISAS accredited for Tier 2 Oil Spill Response Organisations for sheltered / enclosed waters, coastal & large estuary and shoreline clean-up, our rapid marine response service contains, recovers and remediates environmental contamination caused by oil spills, chemical spills and other hazardous materials/HNS of all sizes in UK ports and harbours and along coastlines, lessening both short- and long-term impacts. We know the pressures you work under, the risks you face and where and how you must prepare for and respond to incidents.

Planning, training and equipment

We can ensure your response preparedness with pollution contingency planning and accredited training - from Foundation to Commander level, including oil spill exercises and training adhering to MCA guidelines.

Planned preventive maintenance

We ensure your assets remain compliant by establishing a Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM) regime so that you can ensure you have up-to-date maintenance documentation in the event of a pollution incident and to extend the lifespan of your assets.

Storage tank inspection and testing

Minimise the risk of asset failure, leakages, content contamination, and pollution with regular storage tank inspections so that they can remain compliant. Using the latest high-pressure or ultrasonic technology, our skilled engineers and specialist welders test for leaks and structural concerns. Our inspection and reporting services cover tanks used for fuel, water, and chemicals, and are compliant with EEMUA 159, API 653, OFTEC Guidelines and NDT Inspection Standards.


Our experts project manage your unique decommission, including wreck removal, from planning and preparation to demolition and onward development, with fast turnaround, while reducing environmental risk.

Fuel management

Ensure operational continuity by analysing, uplifting, transferring, and polishing fuel as well as emergency fuel delivery so that you can minimise downtime, reduce risk to the environment and ensure compliance. Remote monitoring telemetry systems as well as security measures such as CCTV will help you manage the security of your high value fuel assets.

Hazardous waste

If you generate hazardous waste, we can process it compliantly by identifying, collecting, and analysing it in our dedicated lab. By treating and disposing of any hazardous bulk liquid or packaged waste, you can be confident your waste will be removed quickly and processed compliantly.

Accreditations, certifications, and memberships

  • Accredited by the International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) as a third-party Marine Tier 2 Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO) for sheltered / enclosed waters, coastal & large estuary and shoreline clean-up.
  • Fully accredited member of the UK and Ireland Spill Association.
  • Approved response contractor to Defra, the Environment Agency and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • Commercial Member of the UK Harbour Master Association (UKHMA)
  • UK & Ireland Spill Association Marine Responder of the Year Award 2022

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    80+ ports and harbours covered.
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    65 Marine Tier 2 Contracts.
We chose Adler and Allan [as our Tier 2 response contractor] because of their expertise in the field, the range of equipment they have available and the nationwide, 24-hour response. The Port of London has a lot of marine resources, but [for this exercise] Adler and Allan brought their shoreside equipment, skimmer, tanker etc and a whole host of people to enable us to deploy the boom from the shore.

Key contacts

Matt Tolan

Sector Lead, Transport and Logistics

Tom Whalley

National Account Manager

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Find out how Adler & Allan reduce your risk and support you on your journey to Net-Zero through the management and maintenance of assets.

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