As explained by SQE MARINE,
- a Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), carried by vessels over 400 GT, and
- a Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), carried also by vessels of 150 GT and above, certified to carry noxious liquid substances in bulk,
should contain the latest IMO List of National Operational Contact Points Responsible for the Receipt, Transmission and Processing of Urgent Report on Incidents Involving Harmful Substances, Including Oil from Ships to Coastal States.
Resolution MEPC.54 (32), as amended by MEPC.86 (44) on the SOPEP Guidelines and resolution MEPC.85 (44) as amended by MEPC.137 (53) on the SMPEP Guidelines, adopted by the IMO, require that SOPEP and SMPEP should include as an appendix, the latest list of agencies or officials of administrations, responsible for receiving and processing reports on incidents involving oil and/or harmful substances.
SQE MARINE notes that SOPEP and the SMPEP being ‘‘not as required’’ is a very common item found during PSC inspections; this implies that the manuals have not been supplied with the latest and updated MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.14 from IMO.
In this regard, ship managers are advised to provide on board their vessels the latest list of national operational contact points.
For the period from 30 April 2018 to 31 July 2018, updates are based on information from countries that notified IMO of additions, changes or amendments to MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.16, which are the following:
- Hong Kong, China
- Isle of man (UK)
- Marshall Islands
- United Kingdom
- United States
Click herebelow to find the updated List of National Operational Contact Details