The Fifteenth National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOS-DCP) and Preparedness meeting was held at KDM Institute of Petroleum & Exploration, ONGC, Dehradun on 18 Jun 2010. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, AVSM, Chairman NOSDCP chaired the meeting. A total of 48 delegates from various Government Departments, Ports and Oil Companies attended the meeting.          

        The Chairman in his inaugural address  welcomed all the delegates to the 15th NOSDCP meeting and touched upon the salient points related to oil spill response preparedness, the oil spill incidents, the ongoing efforts of the Government of India for legislating the international conventions related to environment protection and the training being imparted by the Coast Guard for the benefit of the stakeholders.

       The Chairman’s address was followed by a talk by Shri AK Hazarika, Director (Onshore), ONGC on the hazards of the offshore oil exploration and production. He co-related the  incident of Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Maxico in the Indian context and advised oil industries to give highest priority to the safety issues. The Secretary, NOSDCP & Director (Fisheries and Environment), CGHQ briefed the participants about the developments at the National level since last NOS-DCP meeting. The Director (F&E) gave a presentation on overview of NOSDCP.



       There were three presentations arranged for the benefit of the Members of the meeting. The first presentation was on " Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response at Gulf of Mexico, USA” by Commandant Donny Michael, Joint Director (FE), CGHQ. The second presentation was on “Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platforms” by Dr. PK Pant, Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries, Mumbai. The third presentation was on “Oil Finger Printing and Identification of Polluter” by Dr. JS Sharma, Deputy General Manager (Chem.), ONGC, New Delhi.

         The important issues which were discussed and deliberated upon during the meeting were establishing Tier-I facilities in major ports, establishment of oil spill response organisation for tackling large oil spills, preparation of contingency plan by the coastal states for oil pollution, legislative efforts for NOSDCP, establishment of coastal bio-shield, ocean monitoring through satellites, port reception facilities, utilisation of oil cess fund, etc.  All delegates actively participated in the meeting and points meriting attention were discussed thoroughly and appropriate decisions were taken after taking into consideration, the opinions provided by the delegates and the experts.

         The Chairman in his concluding address thanked all stakeholders for attending the meeting and appreciated the efforts made by the ONGC for hosting the 15th NOSDCP and preparedness meeting. He thanked all members who made informative presentations. Finally, the Chairman appreciated the members for the cooperation  made in implementing the decisions taken during the previous meeting and requested the members to take further necessary actions on points deliberated  during the meeting in a timely manner.


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