09-12 May 2011
Andrew Wood
http://cep.unep.org/racrempeitc
Tel: +5999 868 4612
Email: [email protected]
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Contents
 Wider Caribbean Region
 RAC/REMPEITC
 Mission
 Activities- general
 Achievements/Specific Activities
 Challenges
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Wider Caribbean Region
 Defined by the Convention for the
Protection and Development of the Marine
Environment of the Wider Caribbean
(Cartagena, 1983)
 28 (+1) countries
 41 territories…
 4 languages
 Coastline of 55,383 km
 From 45 km (Montserrat) to 12,135 km (México)
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Wider Caribbean Region
Cartagena Convention
CARTAGENA
CONVENTION
1976: Caribbean Environment
Programme (Regional Seas)
Adopted in 1983
In force since 1986
Protocol
Concerning
Co-operation in
Combating Oil
Spills
Adopted in 1983
In force since 1986
UNEP CAR/RCU
(Jamaica)
Protocol
Concerning
Specially Protected
Areas and Wildlife
(SPAW)
Protocol Concerning
Pollution from
Land-Based Sources
and Activities
(LBS)
Adopted in 1990
In force since 2000
Adopted in 1999
RAC/REMPEITC
SPAW RAC
CIMAB
IMA
(Curacao)
(Guadeloupe)
(Cuba)
(Trinidad)
RAN
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RAC/REMPEITC
Regional OPRC Plan
Central America
OPRC Plan
Project
Belize
Caribbean Island
OPRC Plan
Guatemala Honduras
El Salvador
Nicaragua
Costa Rica
Panama
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RAC/REMPEITC
Mission
“To assist countries to develop their national capabilities
to implement the Cartagena Convention Oil Spill
Protocol, the OPRC 1990 Convention and other IMO
Conventions and Protocols relevant to preparedness
for and response to oil, hazardous and noxious
substances releases, and other marine environmental
threats from ships in the Wider Caribbean Region.”
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RAC/REMPEITC
Activities
 Training courses
 OPRC Level I/II/III
 OPRC/HNS (not yet delivered)
 GloBallast Training packages
 Seminars
 MARPOL
 AFS
 Exercises
 Technical support/consultancy
 ESI workshop
 National OPRC workshop
 Oil Spill Response assessment
 MARPOL assessment
01/26/2011
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RAC/REMPEITC
Governance
Governments from
the Wider Caribbean Region
Donor countries
IGOs, NGOs
& Industry
•Secondment of Consultant
•Additional budget (training)
•Travel
•Project funds
In-kind
Support
RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe
ITCP Activities
Project funds
Suitable office
Communication facilities
Secretarial assistance
Local support services
Project funds
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Activities for 2010-2011
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National OPRC Workshop ,Nicaragua
Angel N sinking, St Lucia
Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico
OSR Assessment & Action plan, Cuba
OSR Assessment & Action plan, Bahamas
ESI (Environmental Sensitivity Index) Map development,
Dominica
MARPOL Annex V Workshop, Panama
AFS Convention Workshop, St. Lucia
BWM Legal Training (COCATRAM), Honduras
MARPOL Annex I & V Workshop, Jamaica
01/10/2010
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Activities for 2010-2011
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ROCRAM-CA, Costa Rica
Caribbean Sea Commission, Barbados
VI Congresso Maritimo Portuario, Guatemala
Curacao Marine Pollution Advisory group
62nd MEPC, IMO, London
ARPEL Meeting to Review the OSR Assessment Manual
and Tool, Brazil
11th OPRC/HNS Technical Group, IMO, London
GloBallast GPTF (Global Task Force Meeting), London
IOSC (International Oil Spill Conference) Workshop, Brazil
7th MOBEX (Mobilization Exercise), Brazil
01/02/2011
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Activities for 2010-2011
 Senior Maritime Administrators Workshop, Trinidad
and Tobago
 ESI Map development, Barbados
 Ballast Water Management National Task Force
Meeting, The Bahamas
 Ballast Water Management Forum, Aruba
 Caribbean Regional Response Team Meeting, St Croix
 International Oil Spill Conference, Portland OR
 UNDP OCT Funding Meeting, St. Maarten
01/02/2011
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Activities for 2010-2011
 OPRC Readiness meeting, St. Maarten
 OPRC Readiness meeting, Curacao
 REPECA meeting, Guatemala
 ESI Map development, Antigua & Barbuda
 GIS Mapping of Maritime Traffic in WCR and interactive
website for risk based decision making
+ Upon request: workshops, consultancy
01/02/2011
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Activities for 2010-2011
On-going projects for 2010-2011
• Questionnaire requesting input for RAC/REMPEITC activities
for 2012-2013
• Sent to all WCR countries….we received six responses.
• Oil Spill Response Planning Readiness Assessment Manual
ARPEL (Regional Association of Oil, Gas & Biofuels Sector
Companies in Latin America & the Caribbean)
• GloBallast Project – Four Lead Partnering Countries
• Update of the Country Profiles
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Activities for 2010-2011
On-going projects for 2010-2011 con’t
• MARPOL Special Area designation becomes effective in May
2011
• GISIS – Countries need to update their Port Reception
Facilities for MARPOL
• Database of regional Oil Spill Response Equipment
• Oil Spill Response Equipment – Customs clearance pre-
authorization
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ARPEL Manual & Tool
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Future activities
Proposed future activities for 2012-2013
• MARPOL Annex I&V Regional workshop to assess
implementation adequacy (English/Spanish)
• MARPOL Convention – Haiti
• MARPOL Convention – Grenada
• AFS Convention regional workshop (English/Spanish)
• Spill Compensation Convention
• GloBallast Regional Task Force Meeting
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Future activities
Proposed future activities for 2012-2013
• OHPR-HNS Protocol – Guatemala
• OPRC Convention – Train-the-trainer workshop ESI Mapping
(English/Spanish)
• OPRC Convention –Develop a local Oil Spill Response
Committee – Haiti
• OPRC National workshop – Cuba
• OPRC Convention – ARPEL OPRC Assessment manual
(English/Spanish)
• Biofouling Introductory regional workshop (English/Spanish)
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Future activities
Challenges
 Extended mandate
 Limited financial, technical, human and material resources
 RAC/REMPEITC
 Governments in the region
 Sustained support from industry
 Staff turnover
 RAC/REMPEITC
 Government
 Lack of awareness, but also of political interest / commitment
 Languages – Four languages plus local dialects
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights Chapter One - Intro
 1.4.2 Carib Plan – considered a “supplement to” rather
than a “substitue for”
 1.4.3 Each state should develop an NCP
 1.4.3 Therefore, Carib Plan is reserved for substantial
spills beyond local capacity.
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights ChapterTwo – Organizational Plan
 2.2.2 Requests for assistance are between states
 2.8 Rapid Response Agreement Offers an int’l mobilization
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2.8.1 Major spill near a territorial border – “a rapid response
agreement of equal right of access is considered an important
function of the Carib Plan.”
2.8.2 “Responding state will notfy the affected state of its interest
in proceeding across territorial borders.”
2.8.2 “The affected state will respond by granting or denying
authorization.”
2.8.2 -2.8.5 details code of conduct while operating within the
affected state
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights Chapter Three- Initiating Assistance
 3.1.1 Affected state should determine spill trrajectory
 3.3.1 Aerial Surveillance – prearrange rapid permission for over flights and use
of airports (NCP)
 3.3.3 Trained look outs
 3.6.1 Requests for assistance should be detailed
 3.8.1 -3.8.8 Info to RAC/REMPEITC
 Oil spill equip avail to other countries
 Personnel with expertise
 Laws, orders, decrees, institutions related to oil spill response
 Procedure and activities related to prevention
 Information of response materials
 Information on Customs and Immigration laws
 Information on Mutual Agreements.
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights Chapter Four – CARIBPOLREP
 4.1.1 “Immediately inform neighboring states.”
 4.1.2 Provide rough prediction of spill movement
 4.3 CARIBPOLREP – format
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights Chapter Five – Equip
 5.1.1 List of regional sources of equip – oil terminals*
*REMPEITC needs to confirm
 5.1.2 Expectations that each state can respond to spills in its
territory.
 5.1.3 Tiered Plan - Ea will have minimal response capability
Carib plan activated only for persistent oil causes unexpected
privation
 5.1.4 Equip –
 size/capacity must be worth moving
 Purchased/maint to protect local area
 Chemical Dispersant – NCP, also see Chp 10
 List does not obligate loaning – concern re trained operators, etc.
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights Chapter Six - Personnel
 6.2.1 List details of responding personnel including name
and passport info
 6.2.1 Each state shall maintain a list of “spare” personnel
who can go
 6.2.1 List of trained personnel should be provided to
REMPEITC*
 *need to confirm
 6.3.3 Requesting state shall notify national customs to
permit equipment entry without assessment, duty or
unnecessary delays
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Caribbean Island OPRC Plan
Highlights Chapter Seven - Finances
 7.1.2 Travel and wages paid by responding state
 7.1.3 Living expenses paid by requesting state
 7.1.5 Responding state to invoice the requesting state
 7.1.6 Expenses re injured or ill personnel will be paid
by requesting state
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RAC/REMPEITC
THANK YOU
 RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe
Seru Mahuma z/n
Aviation and Meteorology Building
Willemstad, Curacao
 Phone: (+599 9) 868 4612
 Fax : (+599 9) 868 4996
 Email: [email protected]
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