Pacific Islands’ Regional Marine Spill Contingency Plan

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 42, December 2012

Representatives from six Pacific nations gathered at MNZ’s Marine Pollution response Service (MPRS) in Auckland in October for a two-day workshop focusing on oil spill preparedness across the region.
Representatives from six Pacific nations and MPRS.
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Representatives of MPRS, Tonga, Fiji, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Niue, MFAT, SPReP and Samoa.

The Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Niue, Tonga and Tokelau were all represented, and each gave a presentation outlining their spill response capability, resources available and particular challenges they face in their region.

The workshop also involved a hands-on session in the MPRS warehouse, going through the different types of containment, dispersant and clean-up equipment available.

MPRS manager Renny van der Velde said the workshop provided valuable insight into the different levels of preparedness across the Pacific.

“There’s a real variance across the region - some of the countries represented face some real challenges, so we’ll be looking carefully at how we can best assist, whether that’s through expertise, equipment or other resources.”

The workshop was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), which has been charged by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region with the protection and sustainable development of the region’s environment.

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