Spill Notification Point

Port Autonome de Nouakchott

BP 5103 Nouakchott Web:

Tel: +222 525 3859
Fax: +222 525 1615

Port Autonome of Nouadhibou

BP 236 Nouadhibou

Tel: +222 745134
Fax: +222 745136

Competent National Authority

Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Nouakchott BP 137

Tel: +222 5259 8095
Fax: +222 529 3913
Ministry of Transport

Nouakchott BP 137

Tel: +222 5257893
Fax: +222 525 6104

Response Arrangements

A national oil spill contingency plan has been developed.  A committee on oil spill preparedness exists chaired by the Ministry of Transport, Direction of Merchant Navy. This is composed of members from other ministries, including the Ministries of Fisheries, Petroleum and Mines and Energy. (Information from WACAF, December 2009). 

Response Policy

We are not aware of Mauritania’s response policy.  


Government & Private

WACAF reports that oil spill response equipment is stored at ports.  We are not aware of any other government or privately owned specialised resources. 

Previous Spill Experience

There do not appear to have been any major spills. The WORLD HITACHI ZOSEN (1992) collided with a bulker off Cape Blanc causing some 950 tons of oil to be spilt. A ship to ship transfer was carried out and no oil impacted the coastline.


Prevention & Safety

MARPOL Annexes        
73/78 III IV V VI

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 West and Central Africa).

Date of issue: July 2012

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