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SAMSA pollution policy

South Africa's anti pollution measures The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has, through a recent marine notice, updated the reporting requirements that currently exist as adopted through the MARPOL convention.The marine notice reinforces the application of the existing provisions of the MARPOL convention and outlines the relevant reporting obligations to enhance South Africa's anti pollution measures. A brief summary of the notice is given below.REPORTING REQUIREMENTS Name of the person reporting the incident; Telephone number (work/home) or other means of contact; Date and time of observation; Details of observation; Location (e.g. latitude and longitude or the position relative to the coastline); Source and cause of pollution (e.g. name and type of vessel, collision or grounding); Type and estimated quantity of oil spilled and the potential and probability of further pollution; Weather and sea conditions; Action taken or intended to respond to the incident. REPORTING OF OIL SPILLSOrganizations to be informed as soon as possible whenever there is an oil spill or a threat of an oil spill:1. SAMSA, DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs)2. Smit Amandla Marine (the managers of the standby tug "Smit Amandla")PROCEDURE Oil spills and threatened spills should be reported immediately to the nearest SAMSA Principal Officer, ...

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