The MMO's work with water companies may make a cameo appearance on the BBC documentary series Watermen. Amy Wardlaw, marine licensing communications manager, explains.
We work regularly with water companies in England such as United Utilities, particularly as part of our role in regulating activities depositing or removing items from the sea bed and tidal waters such as some rivers. To carry out such work may require prior consent from the MMO, referred to as a marine licence, under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
Part of our marine officers’ role is monitoring compliance with marine licence conditions. Such site visit to observe work related to United Utilities was filmed as part of the series.
Relevant developments the MMO has approved or is considering applications for include:
- inspection, maintenance and repair of navigation markers off the north west coast
- work to outfalls, which are pipes or tunnels where water is discharged into another body of water, such as rivers or seas
Details of all applications for marine licences are available on the MMO website via the public register.
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