Pollution Response Experts Win Deal to Cover UK Territorial Waters Worldwide

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Byline: By Sion Barry Western Mail

A milford haven company has been awarded a major contract to run teams of specialists called in by the Government to deal with serious pollution incidents in UK territorial waters around the world.

Specialist incident response firm DV Howells, part of the Milford Haven Port Authority group of companies, has been awarded the contract by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The company will deliver the service from its head office at the Marine Pollution Salvage Centre (MPSC) in Milford Haven over the next five years with its partner, spill response company Seacor Environmental Services International, part of the American company, Seacor Holdings.

DV Howells has held similar contracts with the MCA's Counter Pollution Branch since 1992, but this is the largest yet, covering shoreline response as well as 'at-sea' incidents.

The company will store, maintain and mobilise the MCA's counter pollution and salvage equipment, fielding experienced teams nationally and overseas to operate it and offer specialist incident management expertise in the event of a pollution or salvage incident in UK territorial waters. …