CONTACT ADDRESSES OF RESPONSIBLE NATIONAL AUTHORITIES
Flag State contact points for PSC matters, Casualty investigation services and Ships' inspection
services (including Secretariats of Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control)
30 September 2012
LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RECEIPT, TRANSMISSION AND PROCESSING OF
URGENT REPORTS ON INCIDENTS INVOLVING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES,
INCLUDING OIL FROM SHIPS TO COASTAL STATES
1 The following information is provided to enable compliance with Regulation 37 of
MARPOL Annex I which, inter alia, requires that shipboard pollution emergency plans for oil
(SOPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a pollution
incident involving such substances. Requirements for oil pollution emergency plans and relevant
oil pollution reporting procedures are contained in Articles 3 and 4 of the 1990 OPRC Convention.
2 This information is also provided to enable compliance with Regulation 17 of MARPOL
Annex II which, inter alia, requires that the shipboard marine pollution emergency plans for oil
and/or noxious liquid substances (SMPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be
contacted in the event of a pollution incident involving such substances. In this context,
requirements for emergency plans and reporting for hazardous and noxious substances are also
contained in Article 3 of the 2000 OPRC-HNS Protocol.
3 Resolution MEPC.54(32), as amended by resolution MEPC.86(44), on the SOPEP
Guidelines and resolution MEPC.85(44), as amended by resolution MEPC.137(53), on the
SMPEP Guidelines adopted by the IMO require that these shipboard pollution emergency plans
should include, as an appendix, the list of agencies or officials of administrations responsible for
receiving and processing reports as developed and up-dated by the Organization in compliance
with Article 8 (Reports on incidents involving harmful substances) and Protocol I (Provisions
concerning Reports on Incidents Involving Harmful Substances) of the MARPOL Convention.
Under Article 8 of Convention, each Party to the Convention shall notify the Organization with
complete details of authorities responsible for receiving and processing reports on incidents for
circulation to other Parties and Member States of the Organization. Attention is also drawn to
both Guidelines which stipulate that "in the absence of a listed focal point, or should any undue
delay be experienced in contacting the responsible authority by direct means, the master should
be advised to contact the nearest coastal radio station, designated ship movement reporting
station or rescue co-ordination centre (RCC) by the quickest available means".
4 The "List of national operational contact points responsible for the receipt, transmission
and processing of urgent reports on incidents involving harmful substances, including oil from
ships to coastal States" contained in the circular is updated at the end of each calendar year.
This list is an update of that contained in MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.9 dated 31 December 2010, as
5 The above mentioned “List” is available on the Internet and can be accessed as follows:
Marine-Pollution-Emergency-Plans.aspx (select "SOPEP National Operational Contact
Points" on the right hand side of the given link) or http://www.imo.org (select either “National
Contacts” or “Circulars” links on the bottom of the IMO homepage). This Internet version is
updated on a quarterly basis and includes a summary indicating which country has
submitted changes to its information, since the previous update.
6 On receipt of this latest version and in order to maintain an accurate list, it is necessary
that Member States check their respective information to ensure that it is correct. Effective
29 February 2008, Member States are requested to directly update their respective information
in the Global Integrated Shipping Information Systems (GISIS) using the reporting facilities of the
Contact Points module.
Annex 2, page 2
Changes or Amendments to the
LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE RECEIPT, TRANSMISSION AND PROCESSING OF URGENT REPORTS ON
INCIDENTS INVOLVING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES, INCLUDING OIL FROM