Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan in south Asian Region

Five South Asian countries namely Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka share the Indian Ocean and are part of the South Asian Seas Programme.  With a view to protect the marine environment in the region, South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) undertook a jointly funded project to assist the region in developing a South Asian Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan in 1989. A draft Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan and other background documents were reviewed by the regional stakeholders in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 14th to 16th December 1999 and the revised plan was shared with the national governments for their concurrence.

Oil Spill in Shala River, Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh.

Oil Spill in Shala River, Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh.

The purpose of this Contingency Plan is to establish a mechanism for mutual assistance, under which the national Authorities of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka co-operate towards an integrated response to the marine pollution incidents either affecting or likely to affect the territorial sea, coasts and related interests of one or more of these countries, or to incidents beyond the available response capacity of each of these countries alone.

Accordingly, the revised draft plan and MoU were circulated to member countries in 2000 and so far four countries have already signed the MoU and the fifth one is in an advance stage of national approval. The status of signing of the MoU. In order to develop and update the National and Regional Oil and Chemical Spill Contingency Plans,  SACEP is in the process of conducting 5 national workshops in each of the five member countries (With the financial assistance of NORAD and the IMO.).These national workshops have already been held in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Maldives and Bangladesh. A regional exercise and workshop is scheduled to be held from 2-6 November, 2015in Colombo, Sri Lanka followed by a second one. A further regional workshop in order to update and finalise the Regional Oil and Chemical Spill Contingency Plan will be held in December, 2015.

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Status of MoU Signing

Country Status Date of Signing
Maldives Signed 13th October 2009
Pakistan Signed 22nd July 2010
Bangladesh Signed 27th September 2010
Sri Lanka Signed 17th December, 2014
India Not signed Consultations are in process for signing MoU
Emergency Oil Spill Contacts and Assistance
Emergency Oil Spill Contacts


National Focal Points to facilitate national and regional oil spill contingency plan

Pakistan: Focal Contact: DG, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency. Email: hqmsa@cyber.net.pk National consultant: Muhammad Muzaffar Mahmood. Email: hafeemahmood@hotmail.com
Bangladesh: Focal contact: Mohammad Md. Mokbul Hossain, Director, Department of Environment Email: chittagong@doe.gov.bd National consultant: Prof. Dr. Maruf Hossain. Email: marufimsfcu@gmail.com
India: Focal Contact: Dr. R. S. Kankara Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai. Email: kankara@icmam.gov.in National consultant: Dr. R. Venkatesan, NIOT, Chennai. Email: dr.r.venkatesan@gmail.com
Maldives: Focal contact: Capt. Abdul Nasir Mohamed, DG, Transport Authority, Maldives Email: anasir@transport.gov.mv National Consultant: Capt. Mohamed Imthiyaz Email: Imthiyazmohamed@yahoo.com
Sri Lanka: Focal Contact: Chairman, Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) Email: ch@mepa.gov.lk National consultant: Agampodi Jagth Mendis Gunasekara Email: ajm12_2000@yahoo.com
National workshop in Karachi, Pakistan.
National workshop in Channi, Tamil Nadu, India.
National workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
National workshop in Maldives
Bangladesh National Meeting

MILESTONES

South Asian Seas Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan
YEAR RECORD PARTICIPANTS pdf Files
'1987 Mission by IMO to the Marine Member States of South Asia regarding an Oil Spill Contingency Plan pdf-download
November - December 1989 UNEP / IMO Workshop on South Asia Marine Pollution Emergency Action, Thailand
Nov 1999 Mission – 5 member states by IMO consultant – Cdr Chris Harris 24 National Delegates
14 - 16 December 1999 1st Meeting Of Senior Officials to Consider the Draft South Asian Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan, Colombo, Sri Lanka 24 National Delegates pdf-download
01 March 2000 Meeting of National Focal Points to Review and Endorse Capacity Building In The Development and Operation of National Oil Spill Contingency Planning 1999-2000, Colombo, Sri Lanka 10 National Delegates pdf-download
01 March 2000 Third R & D Forum on High Density Oil Spill Response, Brest, France 3 National Delegates
April – June 2000 IMO – SAS – UNEP Assessment Mission on Port Reception Facilities in the South Asian Seas Region – Cdr T Meyer and Cdr. Hiran Soysa pdf-download
21-25 August 2000 Regional Workshop on Ratification and Implementation of MARPOL 73/78 in the South Asian Seas Region, Colombo, Sri Lanka 20 National Delegates pdf-download
4 - 6 December 2000 2nd Meeting of Senior Officials to Consider The Draft South Asian Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan, Colombo, Sri Lanka 20 National Delegates pdf-download
11 - 15 November 2002 SAS / IMO OPRC – Level 2 Training Course for Oil Spill Commanders and Oil Spill Supervisors, Colombo, Sri Lanka 22 National Delegates pdf-download
30 June - 4 July 2003 SACEP – IMO Regional Training Course on MARPOL 73/78 Implementation and Enforcement, Colombo, Sri Lanka 12 National Delegates pdf-download
22 - 26 September 2003 SAS / IMO OPRC – Level 2 Training Course for Oil Spill Commanders and Oil Spill Supervisors, Colombo, Sri Lanka 15 Delegates pdf-download
9 - 11 December 2003 National OPRC Level 3 (Contingency Planning Workshop) – Pakistan 25 National Participants pdf-download
04 December 2004 National OPRC Level 3 (Contingency Planning Workshop), Pakistan 25 National Delegates
3 - 6 October 2005 Regional Workshop on Measures to Collect, Handle, Treat and Dispose of Waste Generated in Applying the AFS Convention, Chennai, India 20 Delegates
12 December 2005 National OPRC Level 3 (Contingency Planning Workshop), Bangladesh 30 National Delegates
16 - 20 January 2006 Regional Workshop on Ratification and Implementation of the OPRC-HNS Protocol, the AFS Convention and Identification and Establishment of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas, Colombo, Sri Lanka 25 Delegates pdf-download
01 January 2006 National OPRC Level 3 (Contingency Planning Workshop), Maldives 30 National Delegates
01 October 2009 MARPOL Workshop for South Asia and South East Asia, Malaysia 9 from SAS member states
13 October 2009 Signed the MoU for Co-operation on the Response to Oil Spill and Chemical Pollution in the South Asia Seas Region SACEP and Maldives
3 -6 May 2010 Regional HNS Operational-Level Workshop, Male, Maldives 33 Delegates pdf-download
22 July 2010 MoU between for Co-operation on the Response to Oil Spill and Chemical Pollution in the South Asia Seas Region SACEP and Government of Pakistan
27 September 2010 MoU between for Co-operation on the Response to Oil Spill and Chemical Pollution in the South Asia Seas Region SACEP and Government of Bangladesh
26 - 28 February 2014 First Regional Meeting of the National Authorities Responsible for Oil Spill Preparedness and Response, Colombo, Sri Lanka under the MoU signed between SACEP and IMO on 29 August 2013 36 Delegates pdf-download
17 December 2014 MoU between for Co-operation on the Response to Oil Spill and Chemical Pollution in the South Asia Seas Region SACEP and Government of Sri Lanka
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