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Spill Notification Point
Local branches of the Autoridad Maritima Portuaria (AMP) & Civil Protection
Boulevard del Hipódromo #508, Col. San Benito San Salvador, E.S., C.A.
Tel: 503 2452 4439 / 2281 0888 / 2604 1599
Fax: 503 2591 9019
Competent National Authority
Autoridad Maritima Portuaria (AMP)
Bulevar Sergio De Mello No. 508 Colonia San Benito San Salvador
Tel: 503 2530 2222
Fax: 503 2530 2219
Direccion de Protección Civil Prevención y Mitigación de Desastres El Salvador (DCP)
9a. Calle Poniente, entre 15 y 17 Av. Norte. Centro de Gobierno. San Salvador, El Salvador, C.A.
Tel: 503 2281 0888 3647
Fax: 503 2591 9019
A National Pollution Contingency Plan was developed in 2008 and updated in 2013. The update is pending review by the Dirección de Proteccion Civil (DPC).
El Salvorian flagged vessels, oil exploration operations, ports, oil terminals, offshore and underwater oil facilities are all required to have contingency plans approved by the DCP, minimum equipment and qualified oil spill response personnel at hand.
The port authority (La Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma de El Salvador (CEPA)) and the Navy would play a prominent role in dealing with pollution incidents at sea as well as in ports.
Other government agencies such as the Centre for Natural Resources (of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock) lend support where appropriate.
For a major incident the country would require regional or international assistance. DPC has procedures in place to facilitate the clearance of equipment through Customs in an emergency situation.
El Salvador does not have an official policy on dispersant use but guidelines have been provided by the Ministry of Environment and the Maritime Port Authority (AMP). El Salvador lacks the specialised equipment and necessary expertise and experience to support in situ burning at present.
Government & Private
DCP and AMP have no specialised equipment, but could provide transport and general machinery to support a shoreline response. Specialised equipment, such as skimmers, dispersant spraying equipment, sorbents, in held by the private sector, notably ports and oil companies, sufficient to meet a Tier 1 event. They may also have access to OSRL's resources in Fort Lauderdale (formerly CCA).
Previous Spill Experience
There have been no major spills in El Salvador waters.
Hazardous & Noxious Substances (HNS)
It is understood that to date no specific response arrangements are in place in case of an HNS spill. Such an incident would be dealt with in a similar manner as an oil spill incident. El Salvador has no previous experience of an HNS spill and the government has no specialised equipment available for HNS response.
Prevention & Safety
|OPRC '90||OPRC HNS|
* not yet in force
Regional and bilateral agreements
El Salvador is not a party to any agreements.
Date of issue: October 2015
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