Sub-Regional Workshop on HNS Contingency Planning for Arab Speaking Countries, Alexandria (Egypt) – Jan 17, 2011

The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) in collaboration with the Egyptian Environment Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, (AASTMT) organised the Sub-Regional Workshop on HNS Contingency Planning for Arab Speaking Countries.

The Sub-Regional Workshop financed by the Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme of the International Maritime Organization (ITCP) was held at the premises of AASTMT, in Alexandria, Egypt, between Monday, 17 January 2011 and Thursday, 20 January 2011.

The workshop was aimed at guiding Government officials in developing a National Contingency Plan for Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) incidents. Twenty three (23) participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia attended the workshop. Three international facilitators from the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE), the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) and Gorton Consultancy Limited delivered the workshop with the support of REMPEC.

The programme included the IMO Management Level Model Course - "Introduction to the Response to HNS in the Marine Environment", a table top exercise and national interviews aimed at exchanging information on the current situation in each country and at providing, when required, expertise on national specific issues.

The participants acknowledge the importance of the knowledge gained during this workshop. They also recognized the lack of knowledge and experience on the mater in their respective countries and the need to strengthen the national capacity to respond to HNS incident. 

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