The occasion of World Environment Day (June 5) saw the launch of India’s first, state-of-art Tier-I Oil Spill Response Centre at Jawahar Dweep for Mumbai Harbour, at the hands of Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, in the presence of Mr Ravi Parmar, IAS, Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and other dignitaries.
Pursuant to the increase in the quantum of liquid bulk cargo (crude and petroleum, oils and lubricants) handled at the ports, liquid bulk cargo handling companies and the ports decided to jointly participate in the efforts to combat oil spills within Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) water limits, in compliance with the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan, by equipping the ports with Tier-1 Oil Spill Response (OSR) capabilities to tackle spills up to 700 tonnes.
Accordingly, MbPT, JNPT and participating oil companies (POCs) viz. ONGC, BPCL, HPCL, IOCL, Aegis Logistics Ltd, Tata Power, CTTL and RIL signed a MoU outsourcing setting up of Tier-1 OSR facilities and services at MbPT and JNPT, said a release.
The facility has been funded by the POCs, and MbPT has taken the responsibility for its tendering and monitoring. The Coast Guard, the promulgator of the NOS-DCP, has brought all the stakeholders under one umbrella and rendered guidance and advice on technical matters i.e. selection of OSR equipment, preparation of technical specifications, etc.
Objectives of setting up OSR facilities
(a) To develop appropriate and effective systems for the detection and reporting of oil spills.
(b) To ensure prompt response to prevent, control and combat oil pollution.
(c) To ensure adequate protection to public health and welfare, and to the marine environment.
(d) To ensure that appropriate response techniques are employed to prevent, control and combat oil pollution, and dispose off recovered material in an environmentally accepted manner.
(e) To ensure that complete and accurate records are maintained of all expenditure to facilitate cost recovery.
Contract arrangement & salient features
The contract for providing Tier-1 oil spill response facilities and services, for five years, in Mumbai/JNPT Harbour has been awarded to Sadhav Shipping Ltd, the contract value being Rs 27.84 crore. The salient features of the facilities being provided under the contract are:
i) The OSRC is equipped with state-of-art equipment in operational readiness for combating Tier-1 oil spills up to 700 tonnes.
ii) It is monitored on 24×7 basis and is equipped with skilled/trained personnel and wireless communication facilities for immediately responding to any oil spill.
iii) The area of operations shall include the water limits of MbPT/JNPT and ONGC’s facilities at Nhava and Uran.
iv) Various plans like Contingency Plan, Health Safety and Environment Plan, Waste Management Plan, etc, and Standard Operating Procedures for operation, maintenance and reporting are in place.
v) For ascertaining the level of preparedness for Tier-1 OSR, regular (bi-monthly) internal and external exercises will be conducted, which will be witnessed by the representatives of the Ports, POCs and the Coast Guard.
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