Gabon



Spill Notification Point

Direction du Port de Port Gentil

BP 43 Port Gentil

Tel: +241 753563 or +241-753563
Direction Generale de la Marine Marchande

BP 803 Libreville

Tel/Fax: +241 765751

Competent National Authority

Details as above.


Response Arrangements

The main organisations which have an interest in oil spill prevention and clean-up response are: the Office des Ports et Rades du Gabon (OPRAG); Marine Marchande; Direction des Hydrocarbures, Marine Nationale and Ministere de l'Enseignement Superieur de la Recherche Scientifique, de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature. Although a draft oil spill contingency plan detailing the recommended roles of the above agencies was prepared by the International Maritime Organization in 1983, this has not been implemented.


Response Policy

The response capability of the oil industry is based on both chemical dispersants and mechanical recovery.  


Equipment

Government

The government has few resources.

Private

Both Shell Gabon and Elf Gabon have clean-up resources in the Port Gentil/Cap Lopez area which are primarily intended for spills arising from their offshore oil production facilities and crude export terminals.  


Previous Spill Experience

There appear not to have been any major spills in Gabon waters.


Conventions

Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes
73/78IIIIV V VI

Spill Response

OPRC '90 OPRC HNS

Compensation

CLC FundSuppHNS*Bunker
'69 '76 '92 '92Fund

* not yet in force  


Regional and bilateral agreements

  • Abidjan Convention (with states of the West and Central African Region).

Date of issue: June 2002

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