Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response Contingency Plan

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978, known as Marpol 73/78, specifies the Mediterranean Sea as ‘special area’ within which any discharge of oil, chemical substances or other solid and liquid waste is forbidden. Each year, million tones of oil and general cargo are shipped via the Mediterranean Sea. Although preventive measures are taken, during those shipments, accidents do occur (e.g. collision, grounding, cargo transfer failure etc.) causing marine pollution, known also as accidental pollution. This kind of pollution is usually caused when large quantities of oil or chemical substances are spilled into the marine environment and therefore the effective management of these incidents is crucial for the impact caused on both the marine environment and the society. Response from the authorities must be immediate and effective.

PPA SA, operating according to the provisions of the Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, as to the OPRC Convention and to the Greek legislation, has adopted and implements a Marine Pollution Contingency Plan for oil, hazardous  and noxious substances, approved by the local Port State for the preparedness and response to oil, hazardous and noxious  substances marine pollution incidents from shipping and offshore installations within the PPA SA port area. This Plan is in line with the National Legislation and compatible with the Local Contingency Plan of the local Port State and the National Contingency Plan, as well.

Image: Response to an oil pollution incident by using absorbents and floating barriers within the PPA SA port area.