Spill Notification Point

Port Autonome de Nouakchott
BP 5103 Nouakchott Web:

Tel: +222 525 3859

Fax: +222 525 1615

Port Autonome of Nouadhibou
BP 236 Nouadhibou

Tel: +222 745134

Fax: +222 745136

Competent National Authority

Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Nouakchott BP 137

Tel: +222 5259 8095

Fax: +222 529 3913

Ministry of Transport
Nouakchott BP 137

Tel: +222 5257893

Fax: +222 525 6104

Response Arrangements

A national oil spill contingency plan has been developed.  A committee on oil spill preparedness exists chaired by the Ministry of Transport, Direction of Merchant Navy. This is composed of members from other ministries, including the Ministries of Fisheries, Petroleum and Mines and Energy. (Information from WACAF, December 2009). 

Response Policy

We are not aware of Mauritania’s response policy. 


Government & Private

WACAF reports that oil spill response equipment is stored at ports.  We are not aware of any other government or privately owned specialised resources. 

Previous Spill Experience

There do not appear to have been any major spills. The WORLD HITACHI ZOSEN (1992) collided with a bulker off Cape Blanc causing some 950 tons of oil to be spilt. A ship to ship transfer was carried out and no oil impacted the coastline.


Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes

Spill Response



'69 '76 '92 '92Fund

* not yet in force

Regional & Bilateral Agreements

  • Abidjan Convention (with states of West and Central Africa).

Date of issue: July 2012

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