New Delhi: In a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today the Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya, said the Government has developed a standard operating procedure for all ports in the country to deal with oil spills and other accidents that can damage marine ecology surrounding the ports.
He said that the Central Government has formulated a scheme for providing assistance to major ports and oil handling non-major ports under State Maritime Boards and State Governments to combat oil pollution and for mitigation measures.
Under the Scheme, 10 Major Ports and 8 Non Major Ports (total of 18 Ports) have been provided financial assistance so far for procurement of Oil Spill Response (OSR) equipment as per specifications recommended in National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOS-DCP) 2015.
Mandaviya said that the NOS-DCP delineates the role and responsibility of various authorities including ports during an oil spill. An annual calendar is published for the conduct of different levels of exercises involving various stakeholders for exercising their capabilities in mitigating risk of oil spills in their area of jurisdiction.
As per NOS-DCP, ports are required to be capable of handling tier-I level of oil spill within their jurisdiction.