Aircraft Environmental Policy

Any aircraft staying in Bermuda for a cumulative total of 7 days or longer within one year must apply for an Operating Licence for a Controlled Plant.


The maximum allowed sulphur content in fuel for a Controlled Plant is 2.0%, according to Bermuda’s Clean Air Act 1991.

Discharge of liquid effluent

Liquid effluent shall not be discharged onto the ground or into Bermuda’s territorial waters without the prior approval of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, according to Bermuda’s Water Resources Act 1975.

Liquid effluent includes:

  • raw sewage;
  • grey water;
  • pulper wastes;
  • photo-processing fluids.

Liquid effluent may be disposed at appropriate reception facilities shown in the table below.

Aircraft maintenance

Maintenance of engines and handling of oils, greases, fuels, hydraulic fluids and coolants must be performed in a covered area over an impervious surface.

The aircraft shall not be spray painted unless the owner/operator is in possession of a valid Operating Licence issued by the Environmental Authority.  

Spills or leakages

Any spill onto the ground shall be cleaned up in accordance with Bermuda’s Risk Based Corrective Action (RBCA) guidelines

Spills or leakages of one US gallon or more must be reported via email to as soon as practicable and within four hours. 

Any spillage or leakage that enters the water (fresh or salt) must be immediately reported to Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre by phone at (441) 297-1010 or email at Appropriate measures shall be taken in a timely manner, including booming, recovery of products.

Aircraft shall not release any ozone-depleting substances to the atmosphere or other Controlled Chemicals (Clean Air Act 1991 and Clean Air Regulations 1993