Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill 10 of 2022
Updated: Apr 11
The Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill 10 of 2022 was introduced to Parliament on 10 March 2022. The purpose of the Bill is to incorporate the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation, 1990 (‘‘the OPRC Convention’’) into the law of South Africa.
The OPRC Convention deals with marine oil pollution incidents nationally and in cooperation with other countries. The Convention was adopted on 30 November 1990 and entered into force on 13 May 1995.
According to the Explanatory Memorandum of the Bill, the “The OPRC Convention encourages State Parties to cooperate in the following areas of spill preparedness:
• development of contingency plans;
• equipment stocks;
• research and development initiatives;
• training and exercise programmes; and
• appropriate spill notification procedures for shipping.”
A copy of the Bill is available at: https://pmg.org.za/files/B10-2022_Marine_Oil_Pollution_Preparedness.pdf
Posted: 17 March 2022