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BRUNEI NATIONAL OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN – NOSCOP

 

Key Provisions of Brunei National Oil Spill Contingency Plan

Establishes the National Response Team and its roles and responsibilities in the National Response system (NOSCOP Committee). This includes planning and coordinating responses, providing guidance to Regional Response Teams, coordinating a national program of preparedness planning and response, and facilitating research to improve response activities. Marine Department as focal point, serves as the lead agency within the National Response Team (NRT).

Requires notification of any discharge or release to the Muara Coast Signal Station (MCSS) reporting Center through emergency line 24/7 telephone number. The MCSS Center acts as the central for all pollution incident reporting.

 

DISTRIBUTING INFORMATIONS

The NRT is responsible for distributing technical, financial, and operational information about oil spills to all members of the team. NOSCOP Committees of the NRT and the topics that are addressed include:

  • Response Committee, chaired by Director of Marine, Ministry of Communications addresses issues such as response operations, technology employment during response, operational safety, and interagency facilitation of response issues (e.g., customs on transboundary issues). Response specific national policy/program coordination and capacity building in this committee.
  • Preparedness Committee, chaired by Director of Marine, Ministry of Communications addresses issues such as preparedness training, monitoring exercises/drills, planning guidance, planning interoperability, and planning consistency issues. Preparedness specific national policy/program coordination and capacity building in this committee.
  • Planning for Emergencies - The NRT ensures that the roles of national government agencies during an emergency response are clearly outlined in the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. After a major incident, the effectiveness of the response is carefully assessed by the NRT. The NRT may use information gathered from the assessment to make recommendations for improving the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan and the National Response System.

TRAINING FOR EMERGENCIES

Training is the key to prepare for oil spills releases. Most training is performed by Brunei National Oil Spill Committee - National Response Team (NRT) and the NRT through Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn. Bhd develops training courses and programs, coordinates national training efforts, collaboration training with other organization or stakeholder and provides information to regional, national, and local officials about training needs and courses.

SUPPORTING REGIONAL RESPONSE TEAM

The NRT supports RRTs by reviewing Regional or Sub regional Contingency Plans to maintain consistency with national policies on emergency response. The NRT can ask an RRT to focus on specific lessons learned from a particular incident and to share those lessons with other members of the National Response System. This allows the RRTs to improve their own regional contingency plans while helping solve problems that might occur elsewhere within the National Response System.

Protection of Brunei Darussalam marine environment from pollution is provided by regulations, standards, legislation and international convention, as this is part of the global framework for combating marine pollution.