Cote d'Ivoire

Spill Notification Point

Centre Ivorien Anti-Pollution (CIAPOL)

Ministere du Logement, du Cadre de Vie et de l’Environment BP V153 Boulevard de la Paix Abidjan

Tel: +225-20 371835 or +225-20 372919
Fax: +225-20 376500

Competent National Authority

Details are as for CIAPOL above.

Response Arrangements

The Ivorian Anti-Pollution Centre (CIAPOL) is the responsible authority for marine pollution in the Ivory Coast. The Centre comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministere de l'Environnement, de la Construction et de l'Urbanisme (Ministry of the Environment, Urban Safety and Sustainable Development). Among the duties of CIAPOL is the implementation of the Plan POLLUMAR, the national contingency plan. In 2015 CIAPOL commissioned Cedre to reivise and updates its plan.

CIAPOL is divided into three departments of which, Compagnie d'Intervention Contre la Pollution Marine et Lagunaire (CIPOMAR) is charged with spill response. CIPOMAR has established a communications centre which is also the national contact point for oil spills. The duty officer will initiate the Plan POLLUMAR if required. Le Laboratoire Central de l'Environnement (LCE) can undertake analysis of oil and chemical samples and the Sous Direction des Affaires Administratives et Financières (SDAAF) is responsible for collating information for subsequent claims submission.

Response Policy

While an official response policy is  not known, the resources available suggest that mechanical containment and recovery is the preferred option.


Government & Private

Following political turmoil in 2011, CIAPOL resources were ransacked and are currently being rebuilt. In the event of an incident, it is likely that Ivory Coast would rely on private resources. The Ivorian Refining Company (Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR)) operate spill response equipment and worked with CEDRE in updating their contingency plan in 2011. Total's Ivory Coast subsidiary (TEPCI) started to develop its exploration and production activity in 2010 and also contracted Cedre to produce their own oil spill contingency plan.

Previous Spill Experience

Numerous small spills have occurred in the vicinity of the refinery and terminal at Abidjan. Five major spills have occurred all resulting in contamination of the lagoon and accompanying beaches.


Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes        
73/78 III IV V  

Spill Response



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

* not yet in force  

Regional and bilateral agreements

  • Abidjan Convention (with states of the West and Central African Region).

Date of issue: December 2015

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