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For more than 20 years, the OPRC Convention has been an important tool for the
improvement of oil spill preparedness and response throughout the world and currently
has 112 Contracting Parties. The OPRC-HNS Protocol currently has 39 Contracting Parties.
However, there remain parts of the world in which many countries have still not ratified the Convention or its Protocol, or have ratified the Convention but it has not been implemented.
This week IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) meets in London and is being asked to review and approve the new draft guidelines developed by the IMO correspondence group led by Norway. Subject to PPR approval the final draft will be submitted to the next meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for adoption.
The purpose of the Guidelines is to help Governments to successfully adopt and implement the OPRC Convention and OPRC-HNS Protocol within their national legislation.
Publication of the new Guidelines will be an important step in assisting progress being made towards the worldwide observance of rules designed to enhance preparedness for response to environmentally damaging oil and chemical spill events.
The question is how well OPRC has worked in the signatory countries, and how do you measure that?