Spill Notification Point

Mauritius Ports Authority (Port-Louis Harbour)

H. Ramnarain Building Mer Rouge Port-Louis

Tel: +230 2065400
Fax: +230 2400856 Fax: +230 2400856 Mer Rouge E-Mail: Port-

Port-Louis Harbour Radio
Tel: +230 216 9074 (24hr) or +230 216 9081

Competent National Authority

Department of Environment

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development 2nd Floor, Ken Lee Tower Port-Louis

Tel: +230 2126080
Fax: +230 2126671

Response Arrangements

The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) interfaces with contingency plans produced by Port-Louis Harbour, resident oil companies and the National Disaster Management Plan, all of which may be used in conjunction with the NOSCP depending on the location and size of the spill.  A Coastal Sensitivity Atlas has been produced for the island detailing designations and priority areas for response. The National Plan recognises three categories of spill: Tier 1 signifies spills up to 10MT which would be dealt with using locally owned resources.  Tier 2 spills are categorised as up to 100MT and would be managed by the National Oil Spill Response Team, possibly with support from regional resources.  Any spill over 100MT is classed as Tier 3 and could involve assistance at an international level.

The Director of the Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, is the Director of the NOSCP.  For spills within port limits, the Port Master of Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) will assume the role of On-Scene Coordinator (OSC PORT).  If a spill occurs outside the jurisdiction of the port authority or the oil companies and within the EEZ, the Director of the NOSCP assumes overall control. The Director will be represented by an On-Scene Coordinator who is responsible for all planning and field operations.  For operations at sea and in coastal waters, the On-Scene Coordinator (OSC SEA) will be the Commandant of the National Coast Guard (Police Department) whilst the Commanding Officer of the Special Mobile Force will be the On-Scene Coordinator for inland spills and operations (OSC LAND). Three advisory teams are available to assist the On-Scene Coordinators: the Scientific Advisory Team, the Strike Force Advisory Team and the Socio Economic Advisory Team.  The NOSCP outlines an incident command system comprising seven cells: evaluation, operations, logistics, communications, finance, a historian (to record and document all events) and a support cell, which are under the command of the Spill Coordinator who reports to the Director of the NOSCP.  Details of the role and composition of the cells are laid out in the NOSCP. 

Response Policy

For spills offshore, monitoring is a priority, unless the coast is threatened in which case containment and recovery is favoured. Only if sea conditions preclude mechanical recovery would spraying of dispersants be considered. Dispersants are prohibited close to coral reefs, within lagoons or in shallow water. 

Facilities for the disposal of large quantities of oily waste are very limited and apart from oil/water separation, no definite route for final disposal has been identified.

In the event of a major incident it is likely that the Director of the NOSCP would request assistance from international organisations.  



The MPA operates one tug equipped with dispersant spraying gear capable of operating offshore. Mauritius received oil pollution combating equipment under a Global Environment Facility/World Bank project with national stockpiles of equipment maintained by both the National Coast Guard and Special Mobile Force. Aerial surveillance could be provided by the Police Helicopter Squadron, Air Mauritius or the National Coast Guard. The latter also has an aircraft equipped for dispersant spraying. Non-specialised equipment, boats, heavy machinery pumping gear is readily available. 


The oil companies have limited response equipment to cope with small spills at their own installations.

Previous Spill Experience

The oil companies have limited response equipment to cope with small spills at their own installations.


Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes

Spill Response



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

* not yet in force  

Regional and bilateral agreements

  • Commission de l'Ocean Indien (Indian Ocean Commission) together with Madagascar, Seychelles, the Comoros and Reunion. 

Date of issue: November 2012

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