Introduction
 

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Context

The Country Profiles contain detailed information on the implementation of the Protocol concerning Cooperation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea (Prevention and Emergency Protocol).

Contracting Parties to the Prevention and Emergency Protocol of the Barcelona Convention committed themselves to use their best endeavours to render assistance to the other Parties who so request in case of emergency (Article 12  of the Prevention and Emergency Protocol). This assistance may comprise, in particular, expert advice, product, equipment and nautical facilities. With a view to helping Mediterranean coastal States to fulfil their obligations, the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention have assigned to REMPEC the function to collect and disseminate information concerning “experts, equipment and installations in each coastal State which can be put, under certain conditions, at the disposal of the State which so requests in case of emergency (Function A(ii) of the amended Annex to Resolution 7 “Objectives and functions of the Centre”).

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Country Profiles

The Country Profile of each Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention reports information on the following subjects:
 

  • OPRC - Preparedness for and response to marine pollution
    • Contact list of National Competent Authorities
    • Conventions & Protocols
    • National & regional system
    • Response strategy
    • Risk assessment
    • Expertise
    • Resources
    • Training and follow-up
       
  • Prevention
    • National competent authorities contact list
    • List of ratified International Conventions
    • Implementation of International Conventions


The profile of each country is downloadable as a pdf document (Download button in the top-right corner).

The information available in the Country Profiles pages is exclusively updated by the Contracting parties for the Barcelona Convention and validated by REMPEC, to the exception of the status of ratification of Conventions and Protocols, which are regularly updated  by REMPEC based on information of IMO. Information directly made available to REMPEC by the Contracting Parties is also updated. The list of companies offering services in the Mediterranean in case of emergency is exclusively provided by the Contracting Parties with no exceptions.

Information on Fauna Protection:

REMPEC collaborates with the Sea Alarm Foundation for response to oil wildlife incidents. The Country Wildlife Response Country Profiles (CWRPs) developed by Sea Alarm are providing crucial information on the level of a country’s preparedness to deal with an oil spill incident that involves marine wildlife.     

The CWRPs are available directly from the relevant section of the REMPEC Country Profiles (OPRC/Response Strategy/Fauna protection). Terms & Conditions  and other information on the CRWPs are available on the Sea Alarm Foundation website].

ITOPF Country Profiles

ITOPF is a not-for-profit organisation established on behalf of the world's ship-owners to promote an effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances.   

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Its series of Country Profiles provides a summary of the oil spill response arrangements and clean-up resources. Terms & Conditions have to be accepted to access the ITOPF Country Profiles.

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Regional synthesis

The section “Regional synthesis” compiles automatically in maps, tables and pie-charts information from the Country Profile pages and provides a regional overview on the following aspects: