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Cabinet approves draft Marine Polution Contingency Plan

WINDHOEK, 20 APR (NAMPA) Cabinet has approved the draft National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan (NMPCP) to replace the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) of 2007.
Cabinet adopted the plan during its meeting on Tuesday.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya told a media briefing on Thursday the contingency plan is a revision of the NOSCP
The NMPCP will ensure the protection of the human health and natural environment from the present risk of oil spills and chemical pollutions in the Namibian marine environment.
The NOSCP was formulated 10 years ago, and provided for a coordination and integrated national system for dealing with oil spills in Namibian waters.
However, the system is no longer sufficient to effectively manage the risk profile primarily driven by the growth of the Port of Walvis Bay.
The NMPCP sets out national policies, principles and provide for a comprehensive response to oil and chemical pollution emergencies.
The Ministry of Works and Transport will oversee the implementation oversight of the national plan, once it has been tabled in the National Assembly.
(NAMPA)
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