Guidelines on International Offers of Assistance (IOA) in Response to a Marine Oil Pollution Incident, 2016 Edition (I558E)

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July 2016

Guidelines on International Offers of Assistance (IOA) in Response to a Marine Oil Pollution Incident, 2016 Edition (I558E)

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This publication provides guidelines on international offers of assistance (IOA) in response to a marine oil pollution incident and is designed for use by any country, particularly parties to the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC 1990), as a tool to assist in managing requests for spill response resources and offers of assistance from other countries and organizations when confronted with large, complex or significant oil spill incidents.

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These guidelines could be used during large, complex or significant oil spills within inland areas as well as marine or coastal environments. While these guidelines can play an important role in the implementation of the OPRC 1990 Convention, they are not prescriptive or legally binding, and are meant as a tool to assist as needed.

 

This publication complements IMO’s existing series of titles (manuals, guidelines) relating to oil pollution. The appendices in the publication present various sample forms, an extensive equipment and personnel lexicon glossary with acronym listing.

This document will build on existing guidelines in various regions, as well as bilateral, multilateral and mutual aid agreements. It will address roles of the Requesting Country's and Assisting Country's Foreign Ministries, State Departments, or similar agencies in supporting government and industry response personnel to obtain the appropriate tools and resources for operational needs through the establishment of a proposed two-level IOA system which manages all aspects of IOA during a particular incident.

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Guidelines on International Offers of Assistance (IOA) in Response to a Marine Oil Pollution Incident, 2016 Edition (I558E)
Edition: 2016
Number of Pages: 78
Product Code: MM1408K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280116519, ISBN 10: 9280116517
Published Date: July 2016
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Weight: 0.40 kg
Author: IMO

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