Namibia will inaugurate a National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan Committee next week to enhance responsiveness, the Ministry of Works and Transport said on Monday.
Namibia is a coastal state and a party to the 1990 International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation.
Parties to the convention are required to establish measures for dealing with pollution incidents, either nationally or in cooperation with other countries.
Namibia approved a new national plan in April which included new marine pollution threats in addition to oil spills.
“Apart from oil, there are also hazardous and noxious substances such as sulphuric acid, which Namibia imports in large volumes as well as liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas, of which Namibia will in due course become a seaborne exporter and importer,” the Ministry of Works and Transport said in a statement. Enditem