Belize



Spill Notification Point

Belize Port Authority

120 North Front Street P.O. Box 633 Belize City, Belize

Tel: 501-223-0716 or 501-223-0714
Fax: 501-223-0433

Belize National Coast Guard (BNCG)

PO Box 1803 Belize City, Belize

Tel: 501 2225260/62
Fax: 501 2225261


Competent National Authority

Department of Environment (DOE)

Market Square, Belmopan Belize

Tel: 501 822 2819
Fax: 501 822 2860

National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)

NEMO Building Melhado Parade Belmopan City, Belize

Tel: 501 8222054
Fax: 501 822 861


Response Arrangements

Belize has a draft national contingency plan. This was developed in 2008 but as at 2015 had not been approved and is presently being updated. The updating is being conducted through the Department of the Environment (DOE) and involves input from multiple agencies.

The designated national authority charged with all aspects of environmental protection within the country, including response to marine oil pollution, is the DoE within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development. In reality the lack of available expertise and resources ensures that a great deal of reliance is placed upon the oil industry and in particular Puma Energy and Belize Natural Energy Limited to respond to spills.

A Tier 1 response would be expected to be handled by the party responsible for the spill; the DoE would provide guidance and monitoring. For Tier 2 incidents the response would be handled both by the responsible party and the government. External assistance would be required in the case of major Tier 3 incidents. Presently, Belize has no MoUs in place with external organisations or regional groups to assist in this process. (Information from RAC-REMPEITC 2015)


Response Policy

Dispersant use is not permitted in Belize. No policy exists with regard to in-situ burning. Waste would be managed according to the Environmental Protection Act. (2015).


Equipment

Government & Private

Minimal equipment is available in country and this is mostly owned by the private sector to respond to small scale spills at their facilities. A list of the equipment available from government and private sources is being developed as part of the update of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

Puma and Belize Natural Energy run exercises at least once at year at their depot locations. (2015)


Previous Spill Experience

Belize has not suffered from any major oil pollution incidents although small operational spills (<100 litres) do occur in port from time to time.


Hazardous & Noxious Substances (HNS)

Belize does not have a NCP for HNS incidents and no plan is expected in the near future. Priority has been given to completing and approving an oil spill NCP. No specialised equipment is available for HNS response. (2015)


Conventions

Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes        
73/78 III IV V VI

Spill Response

   
OPRC '90 OPRC HNS
   

Compensation

CLC     Fund Supp HNS* Bunker
'69 '76 '92 '92 Fund    
       

* not yet in force  


Regional and bilateral agreements

Cartagena Convention - the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment in the Wider Caribbean Region (a comprehensive, umbrella agreement for the protection and development of the marine environment with states of the Wider Caribbean Region).


Date of issue: October 2015

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