Ship Casualty & Pollution Response

Primary Role

To develop and co-ordinate an effective regime in relation to preparedness and response to spills of oil and hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) within the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and to provide effective response to marine casualty incidents.

Organisation

The Pollution and Salvage Branch is responsible for Marine Pollution and Ship Casualty Response. All marine pollution incidents are co-ordinated through the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) based in the Coast Guard Headquarters in Dublin. Contact MRCC Dublin +353 (0) 1 6620922

Objective

The strategic objective in relation to marine pollution is to develop and co-ordinate an effective regime for preparedness and response to spills of oil and HNS from vessels and offshore platforms within the EEZ, to provide an efficient and effective response to marine casualty incidents and to monitor/intervene in marine salvage operations.

Functions

In practice this means that the Coast Guard responsibilities include;

  • The provision of an efficient and effective marine pollution and salvage notification, monitoring and response system to deal with marine pollution and salvage incidents in the Irish EEZ
  • The establishment and maintenance of a National Contingency Plan for marine pollution, preparedness and response
  • The approval and oversight of Local Authority Oil Spill Contingency Plans (OSCPs)
  • The approval and oversight of Harbour/Port OSCPs
  • The approval and oversight of offshore installation OSCPs
  • The prevention of pollution through casualty intervention and salvage control
  • The taking of direct action, under statutory powers, on casualty intervention
  • The direct response at sea during an incident
  • The oversight of response measures on the shoreline
  • The procurement and maintenance of the statutory national stockpile of pollution response equipment
  • The maintenance of computer based risk assessment, decision support and response models
  • The provision of national training courses on marine pollution response 

Publications

Marine Pollution and Salvage Annual Report 2012