The Opening Ceremony for the Sub-Regional Level II Workshop on the Oil Pollution Response Convention (OPRC) and International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Guidance on the Implementation of an Incident Management System (IMS) was held on March 11 at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel to mark the start of a three day forum.Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Honourable Ian “Patches” Liburd, said that the international convention on oil pollution preparedness response convention (OPRC) of 1990 came into force on the 31st of May 1995 and the main objectives of the OPRC convention are to facilitate international cooperation and mutual assistance.

 “It provides a global framework for international cooperation in combating major incidents or threats of marine pollution,” he said, and added that parties to the convention are required to provide assistance to others in the event of pollution emergencies with provisions made for reimbursement for any assistance provided.

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