SECTION (8) - PREVENTION OF POLLUTION
1. The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan
All companies, agencies and vessels who are involved in the under mentioned activities must obtain and be aware of the “National Oil Spill Contingency Plan”. A copy of this plan may be obtained from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources.
(a) Import and export of fuels and Lubricants.
(b) Supply of Fuels or Lubricants to vessels.
(c) Collection of waste oil and bilges from vessels.
(d) Any other activities related to any materials that may be harmful to the environment.
2. Disposal of Wastage
It is prohibited for any vessel to dispose or throw any refuse or waste into the harbour or any where in the port. Refuse and waste shall include:
(a) Substances which float or are capable of floating on the surface of the water;
(b) Sedimentary or substances liable to form sediment in the bottom of the waterways or to cause the decomposition of marine life in the waters of the harbour.,
(c) Substances which are toxic to marine life,
(d) Substances capable of producing odorous and gases of putrefaction.
3. Usage of vessel’s engines shall be kept to a very minimum whilst at berth in the port in order to avoid polluting the atmosphere with gases, fumes, and smoke. All these and other pollutants emanating from any work either ashore or afloat shall be subjected to the standards and laws prevailing in the Sultanate.
4. The master and Owner shall be liable for cost of treatment any pollution originating from the vessel.