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Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety

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  Oil spill contingency planning is the process of developing an adequate spill response capability with guidance on the contingency planning process for potential oil spills in the water or on the water following an accidental release of oil in a marine or aquatic environment whether during the handling transportation production or storage of petroleum products Somalia is exposed to serious pollution of the marine environment especially that emanating from oil spills which is however an international problem and the solution lies in the application of international standards by countries such as Somalia On February 15 and 16 the first part of the Maritime Criminal Justice Chain MACRILEX 2 exercise was held organized by the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport MPMT with a seminar on the preparation exercise for hydrocarbon spills The exercise was attended by high level directors such as Dr Mahad Mohammed Hassan Deputy Minister of MPMT who chaired the event with the relevant support of the Director of National Maritime Coordination and Blue Economy Office of the President representatives of the Somali Maritime Administration MPMT Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit Department of Coast Guard Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Ministry of Human Rights and Women s Development WIMS Project Representatives Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Internal Security Department of Maritime Security The event focused on the MV Wakashio oil spill event summer 2020 for reference The currently existing draft Ministry of Ports and Shipping Oil Spill Contingency Planning was presented to the audience by the Director of the Department of Marine Environment at MPMT also Presentations from advisers from the UK Spill Association and Ireland EMSA IOC IMO Nairobi Convention Secretariat IOPC Secretariat UNSOM UNEP and EUCAP served to fuel a very fruitful and participatory discussion on the needs and details needed to improve the Contingency Planning of Somalia from the perspective of each of the institutions present Special comments were made regarding Somalia s adherence to the different relevant international treaties on the matter and the existing compensation schemes Possible criminal consequences and the protection of seafarers rights required in such events were also discussed Recommendations agreed by Somali stakeholders among others included the establishment of an Oil Spill Contingency Planning Working Group that includes Federal Member States All documentation and presentations will be shared among the participants in order to achieve a comprehensive and feasible contingency plan to better prevent and deal with potential oil spills in Somalia EUCAP will continue to collaborate with relevant Somali authorities and counterparts to help the Ministry of Ports and Shipping MPMT improve its existing oil spill contingency planning to respond effectively and efficiently to oil spills in accordance with the international regulatory standards
Oil Spill Contingency Planning Strengthens Maritime Safety

1 Oil spill contingency planning is the process of developing an adequate spill response capability with guidance on the contingency planning process for potential oil spills in the water or on the water following an accidental release of oil in a marine or aquatic environment, whether during the handling, transportation, production or storage of petroleum products.

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2 Somalia is exposed to serious pollution of the marine environment, especially that emanating from oil spills, which is however an international problem and the solution lies in the application of international standards by countries such as Somalia.

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3 On February 15 and 16, the first part of the Maritime Criminal Justice Chain (MACRILEX) 2 exercise was held, organized by the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport (MPMT), with a seminar on the preparation exercise for hydrocarbon spills.

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4 The exercise was attended by high-level directors such as Dr. Mahad Mohammed Hassan, Deputy Minister of MPMT, who chaired the event with the relevant support of the Director of National Maritime Coordination and Blue Economy (Office of the President), representatives of the Somali Maritime Administration, MPMT, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit Department of Coast Guard, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Human Rights and Women’s Development (WIMS Project Representatives), Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Internal Security (Department of Maritime Security).

5 The event focused on the MV Wakashio oil spill event (summer 2020) for reference.

6 The currently existing draft Ministry of Ports and Shipping Oil Spill Contingency Planning was presented to the audience by the Director of the Department of Marine Environment at MPMT, also Presentations from advisers from the UK Spill Association and Ireland, EMSA, IOC, IMO, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, IOPC Secretariat, UNSOM, UNEP and EUCAP served to fuel a very fruitful and participatory discussion on the needs and details needed to improve the Contingency Planning of Somalia from the perspective of each of the institutions present.

7 Special comments were made regarding Somalia’s adherence to the different relevant international treaties on the matter and the existing compensation schemes.

8 Possible criminal consequences and the protection of seafarers’ rights required in such events were also discussed.

9 Recommendations agreed by Somali stakeholders, among others, included the establishment of an Oil Spill Contingency Planning Working Group that includes Federal Member States.

10 All documentation and presentations will be shared among the participants, in order to achieve a comprehensive and feasible contingency plan to better prevent and deal with potential oil spills in Somalia.

11 EUCAP will continue to collaborate with relevant Somali authorities and counterparts to help the Ministry of Ports and Shipping (MPMT) improve its existing oil spill contingency planning to respond effectively and efficiently to oil spills in accordance with the international regulatory standards.

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