Although intense oil spills are limited and oil tanker accidents have been significantly reduced, the coastal nations still need to be prepared in case of urgency. During the 8th Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, in Cape Town, the Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF), noted that bi-lateral and multi-lateral need to cooperate, in order to act immediate when an oil spillage shows up.
oil spill preparedeness
Brazil informed on September 27, that an oil spill has contaminated beaches and coastline across eight Brazilian states. However, Brazilian authorities are not about where the oil originated from, with Brazil’s oil agency ANP believing that it may have been spilled by a tanker.
Thailand is the latest country to benefit from IMO aid in order to upgrade its oil spill preparedness plan at the National Workshop on National Contingency in Bangkok, which was carried out from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 September.
In cooperation with the Joint Arctic Command (JACO), EMSA plans and orders satellite imagery to meet service coverage requirements. After image acquisition trained operators analyze the images with supporting information, like vessel position data, to identify possible pollutions. After assessing the images, the operators also determine the possibility of the presence of oil on the sea surface, and to help in identifying the source of the pollution.
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