Marine Oil Pollution


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Have your say on the Marine Oil Pollution Bill

21 comments delivered to parliament (closed 16 August 2023)

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The Portfolio Committee on Transport invited the public to comment on the Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill

    • to provide for the safe and efficient management and use of resources in response to and control of, spills of oil, or any other pollutant from ships or any other sources within South African waters or which pollute or threaten to pollute South African waters, aquatic resources, coastline or related interests;
    • to provide for the effective cooperation with neighbouring countries in matters pertaining to marine oil pollution preparedness, response and control;
    • to reduce and control the pollution of the marine environment by oil from ships, offshore installations, seaports and oil-handling facilities.

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    At any given time, 90% of the ocean around South Africa is being explored for oil and gas extraction. This may provide jobs, boost the economy and help mitigate the energy crisis but what happens if there is a spill. Wildtrust has developed a model to predict the behaviour and trajectory of a spill. eNCA speaks to Giles Fearon, an ocean modeller at the SA Environmental Observation Network.