MALAYSIA-JAPAN WORKSHOP TO TACKLE OIL SPILLS AT SEA

MOHD FIRDAUS MD SAISI

PORT KLANG, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in collaboration with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) today organised a workshop to tackle oil spill incidents at sea.

Over 100 officers and staff of various ranks from the MMEA, JCG, Royal Malaysia Police, Department of Environment and the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) are participating in the five-day workshop  being held at the National Hydrographic Centre until Saturday.

MMEA Coordination Division deputy director, First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the objective of the workshop was to ensure MMEA’s level of preparedness especially in dealing with oil spills in the best possible manner.

"The programme with JCG is seen to enhance the capabilities of our personnel and optimise the use of equipment in managing oil spills in national waters.

 “Such exercise can also test the MMEA’s true ability in providing early assistance in the event of an oil spill, as well as provide training in collecting and finding forensic evidence for further action,” he told reporters when met after welcoming JCG’s vessel Echigo PLH 08 here today.

Also present was JCG deputy director-general of Safety, Search and Rescue, Vice Admiral Suzuki Shiro.

According to statistics released by MMEA, a total of 36 oil spill incidents were recorded in the Malaysian waters last year, 20 of which occurred in the South China Sea, Sulu Sea (three cases), Melaka Straits (10 cases) and Johor Straits (three cases).

-- BERNAMA

 

TAGS: MMEA, JCG, oil spill, preparedness, cooperation, National Hydrographic Centre