Oct 19, 2010

Commissioner for crises response highlights the importance of satellite oil spill monitoring service

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On 14 October 2010, Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, visited the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to discuss the importance of mutual co-operation regarding preparedness and response to marine pollution.

The agenda of this meeting addressed various points involving direct cooperation between these two bodies. It was recalled that EMSA acts in support of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in case of accidental or deliberate marine pollution. It maintains a Network of Stand-by Oil Spill Response Vessels based all around Europe that can be requested by Member States, through the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), in case of pollution at sea. In parallel, it was stressed that operational assistance can also be provided by EMSA through CleanSeaNet

CleanSeaNet is a near-real-time satellite-based oil spill and vessel monitoring service. It entered into operation on 16 April 2007. The service is continually being expanded and improved and provides a range of different products to the Commission and to EU Member States, and to other governmental and institutional partners as appropriate.

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