French Guiana

Spill Notification Point

(AG : Antilles – Guyane)
BP 621 - 97261 Fort de France cedex
Martinique FWI

Tel: + 596 596 70 92 92 (24hr)

Fax: + 596 596 63 24 50

For spills in port, the relevant port authority should be notified

Competent National Authority

Officier Operations Marine
Officier Operations Marine Base Navale Dégrad des Cannes

Tel: +594 594393000(24 hrs)

Fax: +594 594393005

In addition, the French Navy continuously monitors the Marine Rescue Service Centre

Tel: +594 594395670

Fax: +594 594395589

Incidents in port or port approaches should be reported to:

Préfecture - Protection Civile
Préfecture - Protection Civile Rue Fiedmont 97307 Cayenne Cedex

Tel: +594 594394546 or +594594394500(24-hrs)

Fax: +594 594 30 02 77

Response Arrangements

French Guiana constitutes an overseas administrative unit (Departement d'Outremer) of France headed by a prefect (Préfet de Region) who also acts as the chief executive for maritime affairs (Préfet Maritime) and would oversee any spill response mounted in its waters. Arrangements for response are based on the French POLMAR system - POLMAR-Mer for the maritime regions and POLMAR-Terre for the shoreline which were joined into the “Plan Polmar Guyane” in 2004.

The designated agency through which the Prefect may exercise civil authority is the Regional Board for Maritime Affairs (Direction Regionale des Affaires Maritime) whilst his military authority flows through Le Commandant de la Marine (COMAR).

In the event of an oil spillage within the jurisdiction of a port or harbour, the port authority would be responsible for overseeing and/or executing anti-pollution measures. In the case of a spill elsewhere the Maritime Prefect would mobilise the necessary resources, particularly le Service des Phares et Balises (the specialist department for lights and buoys) to deal with the incident unless the owner of the polluting vessel or installation was responding to the situation in an adequate manner. For a serious incident the Maritime Prefect has call upon civil, military and private resources either by contract or through a requisitioning procedure. In this event, the naval authorities through the Marine Nationale in Martinique would take a primary role in directing any response arrangements.

Additional assistance may be called from France (eg Centre de Documentation Recherche et d’Experimentations - CEDRE).

Response Policy

As in mainland France, the preferred cleanup technique is mechanical recovery, but the controlled use of dispersants is also accepted as an alternative approach.



The French Administration has established Polmar stockpiles at Cayenne through the Marine Nationale and the Department for Lights and Buoys. The stockpiles include tugs, booms, skimming systems and barges, pressure cleaning units, sorbent, temporary storage and separation tanks. In addition, La Marine Nationale at the Naval Base has spray gear and dispersant. The armed forces can provide helicopters suitable for aerial reconnaissance.


A consortium of importers of refined oil products, Societe Anonyme Raffineries Antillean (SARA) maintains a limited amount of equipment at Degrad des Cannes including dispersant spraying equipment. There are no specialised resources available for oil spill response outside the Cayenne area. 

Previous Spill Experience

There have been no major oil spills in French Guiana.


Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes

Spill Response



'69 '76 '92 '92Fund

* not yet in force 

Regional & Bilateral Agreements

Operative Network for Regional Cooperation among Maritime Authorities of South America, Mexico & Panama (ROCRAM).

Date of issue: June 2008

Terms & Conditions

These Country & Territory Profiles are provided in good faith as a guide only and are based on information obtained from a variety of sources over a period of time.  This information is subject to change and should, in each case, be independently verified before reliance is placed on it. Country & Territory Profiles may have been re-issued solely to incorporate additional or revised information under one heading only.  Each Profile has therefore not necessarily been completely verified or updated as at the stated Date of Issue.

ITOPF Limited (“ITOPF”) hereby excludes, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all liability to any person, corporation or other entity for any loss, damage or expense resulting from reliance on or use of these Country & Territory Profiles.

©ITOPF Limited 2018.

These Country & Territory Profiles may be reproduced by any means for non-commercial distribution without addition, deletion or amendment, provided an acknowledgement of the source is given and these Terms & Conditions are reproduced in full. 

These Country & Territory Profiles may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of ITOPF either for commercial distribution or with addition, deletion or amendment.