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  • Title
    The 20th MERRAC FPM and the 12th CNA Meeting
  • Name
    merrac
    Date
    2017-05-11
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  • The 20th NOWPAP Focal Point Meeting (FPM) and the 12th Competent National Authorities Meeting were held on 10-13 April 2017 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The NOWPAP MERRAC Focal Points and participants from the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU), International Maritime Organization (IMO), Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), International petroleum industry environmental conservation association (IPIECA), International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) and other NOWPAP Regional Activity Centers (RACs) attended the meeting. 


    As the results of the meeting, MERRAC continued to update the list of routine task including the information system and oil and HNS spill accidents. The meeting decided to finalize the three on-going specific projects on ‘Development of MERRAC information system based on the Web GIS’, ‘Development of information sharing platform on oil and HNS spills in the NOWPAP region’, and ‘Development of a technical report on oiled wildlife response in the NOWPAP region’. As to the ‘Establishment of a Procedure for Exchange of Oil Sample for Transboundary Marine Pollution Incidents’, the meeting discussed a lot of issues including technical, financial and legal aspects and decided to re-discuss on the following steps at the next FPM after preparing the future working direction with members during the intersessional period. Through the lengthy discussion on the NOWPAP Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2018-2023, the meeting discussed on entire draft new MTS and some new MERRAC issues to be considered possibly under the new MTS framework and then agreed to submit it to the 22nd NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) reflecting opinions of MERRAC FPs. 


    As for the future plans, the meeting decided to submit two options on workplan and budget for 2018-2019 biennium to the next NOWPAP IGM, in case of including only existing activities and adding new issues under the MTS. Especially, the meeting agreed to implement three new MERRAC specific projects on ‘Guidelines on the assessment of oil spill response capability for the NOWPAP region’, ‘The use of unmanned aircraft in marine pollution response in the NOWPAP region’ and ‘Minimum response requirements for oil and HNS spills, which may arise from the offshore units at the NOWPAP region’. And, it was also agreed that the 7th NOWPAP DELTA (Joint Oil Spill Exercise) will be organized by Japan in 2019 and 19th and 20th NOWPAP BRAVO (Communication Exercise) will be implemented by Korea (2017-2018) and China (2018-2019), respectively.


    The meetings were successfully held with fruitful discussion and results, strengthening the regional cooperation on oil and HNS spill preparedness and response in the NOWPAP region.

     

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