SHIPBOARD OIL POLLUTION EMERGENCY PLAN (SOPEP) Every non-tanker of 400 GRT and above and every tanker of 150 GRT and above must have a SOPEP in the form a manual.

​SHIPBOARD OIL POLLUTION EMERGENCY PLAN (SOPEP)

SHIPBOARD OIL POLLUTION EMERGENCY PLAN (SOPEP)

Every non-tanker of 400 GRT and above and every tanker of 150 GRT and above must have a SOPEP in the form a manual.

SOPEP is the summarise flow of chart or checklist to guide the master through the various actions and decisions required in responding to an incident. It should assist the ships crew when dealing with an accidental discharge of oil into the sea. Its primary purpose is to set in motion the necessary actions to stop or minimise the discharge and to reduce its effects on the marine environment.

SOPEP is required by regulation 26 of annex 1 of International regulation for prevention of pollution from ship, 1973. Plan must be approved in accordance with this regulation.

The guidelines are comprised of three primary section:

  • Introduction.
  • Mandatory provision.
  • Non Mandatory Provision.
  • Introduction:

Provide general over view of the subject matter and introduce the reader to the basic concept of the guidelines. The plan are expected to be develop by them.

  • Mandatory provision:

To ensure that regulation 26 of annex 1 are met.

3. Non mandatory provision:

Provide other information of the plan. Not required by the regulation. May be required by the local port visited by the ship. It provide additional assistant to the Master when responding in an emergency situation. Also provides on guideline on updating and exercising of the plan.

p Plan must be:

  • Realistic, practical and easy to use.
  • Understood by ship personnel and shore personnel.
  • Evaluated, reviewed updated regularly.

p Mandatory provision:

  • Procedure to be followed by the master or other person having the charge of the v/l to report an oil pollution incident.
  • List of authorities person to be contacted in the event of an oil pollution incident.
  • A details description of action to be taken immediately by persons onboard to reduce or control the discharge of oil following the incident.
  • Procedure and point of contact on the ship for co-ordinating ship board activities with national and local authorities in combating the pollution.

p Coastal state report:

convention require that the nearest coastal state should be notified of actual or probable discharge. This required to ensure that coastal states are informed without delay of any incident giving rising of pollution, or threat of pollution of marine environment, as well as of assistance and salvage measures, so that appropriate action may be taken.

p Actual discharge:

  • A discharge of oil due to damage to the ship or its equipment or for purpose of securing the safety of a ship or salving life at sea.

Or

  • Discharge during operation of the quantity or instantaneous rate permitted under the present convention.

p Probable discharge

Plan should give the master, guidance to evaluate a situation which, not involving actual discharge, would qualify as a probable discharge and thus report.

Report should be made in the following factors:

  • Nature of damage, failure or breakdown of ship, machinery equipment.
  • Ship location and proximity of land or other navigational hazards.
  • Weather, tide, current and sea state.
  • Traffic density.

p List of person to be contact:

  • Coastal state control.
  • Port state control.
  • Ship interest contacts.

p Guideline to steps to control discharge:

  • Operational spells
  • Pipe line leakage.
  • Hull leakage.
  • Tank overflow.
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