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.
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.
The response capability of the oil industry is based on both chemical dispersants and mechanical recovery.
The government has few resources.
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.
Prevention & Safety
|OPRC '90||OPRC HNS|
* not yet in force
Regional & Bilateral Agreements
- Abidjan Convention (with states of the West and Central African Region).
Date of issue: June 2002