Spill Notification Point
Chittagong Port Authority
PO Box 2013
Tel: +880 31 741980/90
Fax: +880 31 710593
Mongla Port Authority
Mongla Port Sub Post Office 9351
Tel: +880 4662 75325
Alternatively, spills should be reported to the Harbour Master of the nearest port. The Navy Operations Centre will then be notified.
Competent National Authority
Department of Shipping
141-143 Motijheel Commercial Area
Tel: +880 2 955 5128/9
Fax: +880 2 966 6159
A draft National Contingency Plan - ”Oil and HNS Preparedness and Response Rules 2009” - has been prepared. This is based on the Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response section of the Marine Environment Protection Act.
The Director General of the Department of Shipping would have overall responsibility for coordinating the response to an oil spill but may delegate these powers to the Coastguard, port authorities and local authorities.
In a major incident a National Emergency Response Centre (NERC) would be established within the Coastguard to direct and coordinate the response.
Shoreline cleaning outside port limits falls to the local authorities. A Divisional Environment Authority may be formed between affected authorities and designate the responsibility to coordinate the clean-up.
Although no specific policy is favoured within the National Plan, mechanical containment and recovery would be the preferred method of response, over dispersants, where possible.
Limited specialised equipment is available in Bangladesh. The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) received a specialised vessel intended for use as an oily waste reception vessel in January 2010 which can also be used for oil spill combat within the port limits and adjacent waters. A limited stock of dispersant and other equipment is also held by the CPA. Patrol vessels are available from the Navy with aerial surveillance and ground-to-air communications provided by the Air force. The Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation will provide vessels for the storage of collected oil.
There are no significant privately owned stocks of equipment in Bangladesh.
Previous Spill Experience
There have been no significant spills in Bangladesh waters.
Hazardous & Noxious Substances
No specific response arrangements are currently in place for HNS spills. Such incidents would be dealt with in a similar manner to oil spills.
Prevention & Safety
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* not yet in force
Regional & Bilateral Agreements
- South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme with Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and The Maldives (established by UNEP).
Date of issue: June 2010