Indian Coast Guard

16TH NATIONAL OIL SPILL DISASTER CONTINGENCY PLAN

(NOSDCP) AND REPAREDNESS MEETING ON 19 APR 11   AT KOCHI

1.      The Sixteenth National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOS-DCP) and Preparedness meeting was held at Hotel Presidency, Kochi on 19 Apr 2011. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra AVSM, Director General Indian Coast Guard chaired the meeting. A total of 45 delegates from various Government Departments, Ports and Oil Companies attended the meeting.

2.       The Chairman in his inaugural address  welcomed all the delegates to the 16th NOSDCP meeting and recalled the directives issued to the ports and oil handling agencies during the 15th NOSDCP meeting with regard to the preparatory measures to deal with oil spills that may occur during monsoons. The DGICG brought out the salient issue related to the oil response operations undertaken to MV MSC Chitra oil spill incident and appreciated the post spill cleanup efforts made by DG Shipping, MbPT, JNPT, Maharashtra Govt., NGOs and other volunteers who participated in the cleanup operations to bring back the Coastline of Maharashtra close to the pre spill state. The Chairman NOSDCP also highlighted on the oil spill incidents that occurred in Indian water since the last NOSDCP, such as, oil spill from MV Tiger spring at Kolkata, the ONGC pipeline leakage, the minor spill by MV Ratna Urvi at Haldia and the oil spill from MV Mirach which sank off Kanyakumari in Apr 2011. He insisted that all concerned agencies should take proactive measures to deal with oil spills within their area and stringent preventive, such vessel traffic control and port state inspection so that oil spills does not occur as a result of maritime accidents. The Chairman also reflected on the efforts taken by Coast Guard post MV Chitra oil spill incident and stated that Coast Guard will take necessary measures to put in place an effective oil spill response system which is based on the principles of "polluter pays" and precautionary measures.

3.      The Chairman’s address was followed by an overview by Commandant Donny Michael, Director (FE) who brought out the events that occurred since the last NOSDCP and action taken with regard oil spill operation, conduct of training, conduct of NATPOLREX and joint audit of ports and oil handling agencies.

 4.       The following presentation were made during the NOSDCP meeting:-

 (a)     “Oil Cess” by Captain Deepak Kapoor, DDG (Tech), Mumbai.

(b)     “Tier-I PR Equipment for Ports and Oil Companies” by Commandant Donny Michael, Director (FE), CGHQ.  

5.       The first Coast Guard Environment 2010 award for Best Oil handling Agency category was awarded to M/s Hardy, E&P Pvt Ltd by the Chairman during the meeting. 

 6.       The other important issues discussed and deliberated upon during the meeting include mandatory audit of Tier-I facilities supported by legal rules, surveillance system by ports against illegal discharge, area of responsibility for oil spill response, standardization of inventory for tier–I and tier-II capabilities, promulgation of optimum response time for responding to oil spills by offshore installation operator and formation of committee to address oil spill response through OSRO for ports.

7.       The Chairman in his concluding address thanked all stakeholders for attending the 16th NOSDCP meeting. The Chairman appreciated the cooperation extended by all agencies in implementing the decisions taken during the previous NOSDCP meetings and requested the members to take further necessary actions on points deliberated  at the present NOSDCP meeting in a timely manner.

VIEW MINUTES OF THE 16TH  NOSDCP MEETING

 

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