Under the theme “Maintaining Future Effective Preparedness against Oil Spills”, industry experts are presenting the latest technologies available to fight major oil spills.

IMO’s Stefan Micallef, Director of the Marine Environment Division, addressed the symposium via video message – reiterating the importance of maintaining an appropriate level of readiness against oil spills.

The event, organized by the Petroleum Association of Japan, aims to provide a platform for sharing experiences and discussing the optimum level of future oil spill response preparedness in order to aid compliance with the OPRC Convention.

The International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation 1990 (OPRC 90) is the international instrument that provides a framework designed to facilitate international co-operation and mutual assistance in preparing for and responding to major oil pollution incidents and requires States to plan and prepare by developing national systems for pollution response in their respective countries, and by maintaining adequate capacity and resources to address oil pollution emergencies. The Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol) extends this regulatory framework to address pollution incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances, i.e. chemicals.

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Source: IMO