MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.21 Annex: List of national operational contact points updated on 31 July 2023
Aug 09, 2023
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The International Maritime Organization on 31 July 2023 published MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.21 Annex, the updated List of national operational contact points responsible for the receipt, transmission, and processing of urgent reports on incidents involving harmful substances including oil from ships to coastal States.
The following information is provided to enable compliance with regulation 37 of MARPOL Annex I which, inter alia, requires that the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a pollution incident involving such substances.
Requirements for oil pollution emergency plans and relevant oil pollution reporting procedures are contained in articles 3 and 4 of the 1990 OPRC Convention.
This information is also provided to enable compliance with regulation 17 of MARPOL Annex II which, inter alia, requires that the shipboard marine pollution emergency plans for oil and/or noxious liquid substances shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a pollution incident involving such substances.
In this context, requirements for emergency plans and reporting for hazardous and noxious substances are also contained in article 3 of the 2000 OPRC-HNS Protocol.
Resolution MEPC.54(32), as amended by resolution MEPC.86(44), on the SOPEP Guidelines and resolution MEPC.85(44), as amended by resolution MEPC.137(53), on the Guidelines for the development of Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plans for Oil and/or Noxious Liquid Substances adopted by IMO require that these shipboard pollution emergency plans should include, as an appendix, the list of agencies or officials of administrations responsible for receiving and processing reports.
Such list is developed and updated by the Organization in compliance with article 8 (Reports on incidents involving harmful substances) and protocol I (Provisions concerning Reports on Incidents Involving Harmful Substances) of the MARPOL Convention.
Under article 8 of the MARPOL Convention, each Party to the Convention shall notify the Organization with complete details of authorities responsible for receiving and processing reports on incidents for circulation to other Parties and Member States of the Organization.
Attention is also drawn to both Guidelines which stipulate that "in the absence of a listed focal point, or should any undue delay be experienced in contacting the responsible authority by direct means, the master should be advised to contact the nearest coastal radio station, designated ship movement reporting station or rescue coordination centre (RCC) by the quickest available means".
The "List of national operational contact points responsible for the receipt, transmission and processing of urgent reports on incidents involving harmful substances including oil from ships to coastal States" contained in the circular is updated at the end of each calendar year.
This list is an update of that contained in MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.21 dated 31 January 2023, as amended.
This Internet version is updated on a quarterly basis and includes a summary indicating which country has submitted changes to its information, since the previous update.
On receipt of this latest version and in order to maintain an accurate list, it is necessary that Member States check their respective information to ensure that it is correct.
Effective 29 February 2008, Member States are requested to directly update their respective information in the Global Integrated Shipping Information Systems (GISIS) using the reporting facilities of the Contact Points module.
The following updates are based on information from countries that notified IMO of additions, changes, or amendments to MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.21.
Updates from 29 April to 31 July 2023:
ALBANIA BAHAMAS BANGLADESH BELIZE BERMUDA (UNITED KINGDOM) ETHIOPIA FINLAND GEORGIA HONG KONG, CHINA INDIA IRELAND ITALY LIBERIA MAURITIUS MOROCCO PERU PHILIPPINES QATAR ROMANIA SERBIA SINGAPORE SWITZERLAND
Note: This summary page will appear on the Internet whenever changes or amendments are received by the Secretariat before the printed copy of the list is re-issued.