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Spill Notification Point
General Directorate of the Merchant Marine of Honduras (for Oil & HNS)
Edificio PIETRA, Col. Florencia Sur, Boulevard Suyapa, Bloque C, 1ra Calle, 1 y 4ta Ave. Contigüo a ALUPAC; Apdo. Postal 3625, Tegucigalpa, MDC., Honduras, C.A. www.marinemercante.gob.hn
Tel: 504 2239 8228
Mobile: 504 9916 5024
Competent National Authority
Contact details as above &
Comision Nacional de Contingenias (COPECO)
Aldea del Octoal 500 metros, Adelante del Hospital Militar, Carretera a Mateo Comayaguela FM www.copeco.gov.hn
Tel: 504 2229 0606
The National Contingency Plan for Spills of Oil and Hazardous and Noxious Substances was updated in September 2014 and is awaiting government approval. A copy is available on RAC REMPEITC's website (http://cep.unep.org/racrempeitc/National%20OPRC%20Plans/honduras/Honduras%20-%20PNCH%20ULTIMA%20VERSION%20Sept%202014.pdf/view). Responsibility for developing and updating the Plan is charged to a technical committee under the guidance of the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine of Honduras (DGMM), the national authority responsible for marine pollution response. The committee comprises technical personnel from DGMM, the Permanent Commission of Contingencies (COPECO) and the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining (SERNA). The Plan is integrated into the Natonal Risk Management System (SINAGER).
Honduras has adopted the tiered approach to spill response. For Tier 1 incidents, it is expected that the operator of the relevant facility or shipowner would respond with their own resources, under the supervision of the DGMM. For Tier 2 spills a wider range of stakeholders can be involved led by DGMM with COPECO as the response agency and/or OPC Honduras, a private entity designated as national OSRO in the NCP. Tier 3 spills require significant resources from national and international sources. COPECO would facilitate the clearance of equipment through Customs in an emergency situation.
To date, Honduras does not have a national policy on the use of dispersants or in-situ burning. Dispersant use would need to be approved by the DGMM. (Information from RAC REMPEITC 2015)
Government & Private
It is understood that no government equipment exists. OPC Honduras maintains boats and equipment and a permanent alert service through its Response Operations Centre (NOC) located in Puerto Cortes. Details of the equipment it holds are contained in the NCP.
Previous Spill Experience
Honduras has experienced a number of minor incidents involving bunker fuel which have been cleaned by the owner.
Hazardous & Noxious Substances (HNS)
HNS preparedness and response is covered by the NCP. Honduras has not had any experience of ship-source HNS-related incidents. HNS importers in the country would likely be called upon to provide equipment and materials in the event of a spill. OPC Honduras also has some equipment, including Hazmat suits.
Prevention & Safety
|OPRC '90||OPRC HNS|
* 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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