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S.O.P.E.P. + S.M.P.E.P.

(Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan)

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(Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan)

 

Every oil tanker over 150grt and every ship over 400 grt must carry a S.O.P.E.P. onboard the vessel

From 1st January 2003 every ship over 150grt carrying noxious liquid substances must have a S.M.P.E.P.

Both these Emergency Plans are for a skipper so he knows what to do in the case of a collision or a fire on his ship, he should have a plan for this emergency, there should be a pollution prevention team

The action plan is the same as a muster drill, the pollution team must know what each person has to do in any situation regarding pollution, every member of the crew is responsible to prevent pollution

Any Spillage should be treated as an emergency, common spillages occur while re-fueling, Save-alls should be used to prevent this, all actions should be taken to prevent any diesel or other marine pollutants from going into the water


Reports about discharge or probably discharge of any pollution

If carrying any Marine Pollutant, the costal port of that state should be informed so they can monitor you passage and be prepared incase you do have a spillage

Report if you had a spillage because of any of the following:

(a) Collision

(b) Faulty Equipment

(c) Discharging it to save life (oil or diesel quells waves)

(d) Discharging oil through your bilge discharge pipe (faulty monitoring/oil separating equipment)


Factors to be taken into account if a discharge or probable discharge has been made

(a) The nature of damage to the ship

(b) What machinery has broken down (E.g. Bilge Pumps, Monitoring Equipment, Separating Equipment)

(c) The Ships position

(d) Wind force, current, tide and sea state

(e) Density of Traffic

(f) The condition of the crew onboard

(g) Breakdown of engine propulsion, lost propeller, lost steering, lost electrics to Navigation equipment


Once the initial report has been made follow up reports have to be made as follows

(a) Name of Ship, Call sign and flag

(b) Date and UTC Time

(c) Ships position

(d) True Course & Speed

(e) Planned Route

(f) Time of next report

(g) Draught

(h) What cargo your carrying

(i) Brief details of any defects or damage you have

(j) Brief detail of the actual pollution you have

(k) Company owners name/addresses and phone numbers

(l) Ships details (Length, Breadth, Draught, tonnage and type of ship

(m) Total amount of personnel on the ship

(n) Details of incident including

(i) The name of any ship involved

(ii) The action taken to prevent any more spillage

(iii) Any assistance you got

(iv) Any injuries to personnel and what if any medical help you got

These reports should be made to the nearest Coastguard Station

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