Spill Notification Point
Ministry of Public Works & Transport (for Oil & HNS)
Directorate General of Land & Maritime Transport
George pcot Street
Starco Building 3rd floor
Tel: +961 1 371644/5/6
Fax: +961 1 371647
Competent National Authority
Service of Regional Departments and Environmental Police (for Oil & HNS)
Ministry of Environment
Lazarieh Centre, 8th Floor
Block A-4 New , P.O Box 11-2727
Tel: +961 (1) 976 555 ext 437
Fax: +961 (1) 976 512
Lebanon has no National Contingency Plan and will request the support of REMPEC/IMO to support activities for the development of the NCP which would cover both oil and HNS (information current May 2011).
The response policy of the Lebanese authorities is not known. However, the resources available suggest a dispersant based response is a primary option.
Small amounts of dispersant spraying equipment and dispersant are held at the larger ports.
Oil terminals are equipped to tackle minor oil spillages. Five private response companies exist in Lebanon and tugs are available from the private sector in each port.
Previous Spill Experience
Small spills have occurred at the major terminals, the largest being GATAPETROL (1976) where 1100 tonnes of white product were spilt in Beirut. In July 2006 an estimated 15,000 tonnes of fuel oil was spilled from a tank farm at the Jieh power station south of Beirut during hostilities.
Hazardous & Noxious Substances
HNS incidents would fall under the same jurisdiction as oil spills. Lebanon currently has no contingency plan in place for HNS. There is some knowledge of HNS issues at the National Scientific Research Centre of the Ministry of Energy and Water. No specialised HNS response PPE or monitoring equipment is available. Lebanon has only experienced minor HNS incidents.
Prevention & Safety
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* not yet in force
Regional & Bilateral Agreements
- Barcelona Convention (with states bordering the Mediterranean)
For further information see REMPEC (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea) Country Profile (http://www.rempec.org/country.asp?cid=11&IDS=2_1&daNme=General%20Information&openNum=1)
Date of issue: May 2011