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Spill Notification Point
Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) Ministry of Infrastructure and Development
PO Box G8 Honiara
Tel: 677 28157 / 21535
Fax: 677 23798
Environment and Conservation Division Ministry of Forests, Environment and Conservation
PO Box G24, Honiara
Tel: 677 21521
Fax: 677 21245
Competent National Authority
A draft national contingency plan (NCP) exists from 2007 - (http://www.sprep.org/attachments/Solomon_Islands_Draft_NATPLAN_July2007.pdf). According to this, the Harbour Master or Terminal Manager would be responsible for spills within harbour limits or at oil industry terminals and the Maritime Division would be responsible for spills outside Port Harbour Limits within SI's territorial sea and EEZ.
The Maritime Division is the lead agency for spills in SI waters and the Director of Maritime/Marine is the designated Incident Commander. A National Oil Pollution Committee may be convened by the National Disaster Council, chaired by the Director of Maritime and comprising other government representatives as well as the General Manager of the Ports Authority and oil company representatives.
Oil companies operating in SI are expected to develop and maintain local spill contingency plans for their facilities and to establish and maintain stockpiles of response equipment appropriate to their level of risk.
The Solomon Islands is a member of SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) which has developed PACPOL (Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Program) and through that, PACPLAN (Pacific Islands Regional Marine Spill Contingency Plan) which provides the framework for cooperative regional responses to major marine spills in the Pacific Islands region. Under PACPLAN, Australia has been allocated as the primary source of assistance to the Solomon Islands should the spill be of a magnitude and/or severity that requires additional help.
According to the draft contingency plan, the use of dispersants should only occur under strict supervision by competent environmental and scientific authorities and in accordance with the SPREP Environmental Guidelines on the Use of Oil Spill Dispersants.
The draft NCP also states that no disposal facilities are available to cater for oily waste on SI. Therefore waste collected would be kept in storage for disposal either through export or other locally approved methods.
Government & Private
It would be expected that the oil industry, ports and power stations would provide equipment necessary to respond to spills from their facilities. Information from the draft NCP is that equipment co-owned by Markwarth Oil Limited and South Pacific Oil Limited (SPOL) is stored on Ports Authority land and maintained by SPOL. There is an arrangement for access to the equipment by the Ports Authority. No further information is known at present.
Previous Spill Experience
We are not aware of any major oil pollution incidents in the Solomon Islands.
Prevention & Safety
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* not yet in force
Regional & Bilateral Agreements
Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region (the Noumea Convention 1986) and associated Protocols.
Date of issue: December 2014
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