26/12/2015 Establishment of the National Coordination Centre for Marine Emergency in Port Sudan

In a follow-up of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden environment for the preparation of the launching of the second phase of the on ground project for the National Coordination Centre for Emergency and of the implementation of national emergency plan in case of oil pollution; a delegation from PERSGA includes Dr. Salim Al-Mograbi, Dr. Ahmed Khalil and Dr. Mohamed Satti visited Khartoum capital of the Republic of the Sudan from 27 to 31 December, 2015. 

The delegation was accompanied by Dr. Mahgoub Hassan, the national expert on oil pollution, Miss Ikhlas Adam, the national focal point in the Ministry of Environment. 

The delegation during his visit met with many officials, including the Minister of Environment His Excellency Hassan Abdel Qader Hilal, the under-secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Omar Mustafa Abdel-Qader, and the under-secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Eng. Ibrahim Fadul and the Director of Environment in the oil ministry, Dr. Leila Hassan Abdullah. The delegation elaborated on the importance of the National Center for Marine Emergency in Port Sudan for combating oil pollution incidents and the reduction of the harm to the marine and coastal environment; and the role to be played by Ports Corporation and the Maritime Affairs Administration in this regard.

A memorandum of understanding between the three ministries to implement the project along with PERSGA was prepared and will be signed it in the presence of the Ministers concerned after the adoption of the text by the legal departments in each ministry.

On the other hand, and within the framework of cooperation between PERSGA and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the preparation of the national strategic plan for the management of Ballast Water  in the Republic of Sudan, the delegation of PERSGA was accompanied by the IMO consultant Captain Abubakar Diop who gave a full presentation to H.E the Minister about the International Convention for the Management of Ballast Water and for his role as a consultant in the preparation of the National Strategic Plan for the Management of Ballast Water and the importance of ratification of the this agreement by the Republic of Sudan. The Agreement which is expected to enter into force at the beginning of the year 2016 and will be binding for all states including those states that have not ratified it by the beginning of the year 2017.

The delegation also made follow-up of the project of the rehabilitation of "mangrove" in the Sudanese coast to be executed by PERSGA and HCENR and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project will be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) within its efforts for the conservation of biodiversity in the international waters.

The delegate of PERSGA discussed with the Ministry of Environment and the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources the national training workshops for the year 2016. The delegation was briefed on the latest development on the ratification of the PERSGA three protocols signed by Sudan in 2005 and 2009. The text of the protocols has been approved by the Ministry of Justice for the submission to the Committee of Experts who is going to review them for the final submission to the Sudanese Council of Ministers during the current year.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden