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Interministerial Exercise in Montenegro

In the context of upcoming activities related to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons offshore, Montenegrin authorities are assessing their readiness for effective response in the event of a spill of oil or other hazardous and noxious substances that could harm the marine environment of Montenegro and its coastline, and their preparedness to establish national and international cooperation with the specific purpose of saving human lives, preserving human health and protecting the marine environment and coastline.

An interministerial exercise took place in the port of Kotor on June 9, 2017, involving the competent authorities designated in the National Contingency Plan in Case of Sea Pollution from Vessels (NCP): the Maritime Safety Department within the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs; harbour master offices; the Montenegrin Navy; the Border Police; the Directorate for Emergency Situations; the Regional Centre for Divers Training and Underwater Demining; representatives of the ports of Bar and Kotor; port authorities; and the port inspection. The Themis focal points from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro were also present.

The exercise followed the Themis national training on SEA/EIA for the Programme of Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas Offshore Montenegro, and a video was produced by the Themis Network, with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation.

National trainings