2nd Coordination Meeting

In line with the conclusion from 1. Coordination Meeting of Coastal Counties, i.e. County Operational Centres, ATRAC organized the “Second Coordination Meeting for the Improvement of Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Systems”, in partnership with Zadar County.

2nd Coordination Meeting took place from 3rd – 4th April 2019 in Biograd na Moru. The Coordination gathered top members of County Operational Centres of Istria, Primorje – Gorski kotar, Lika – Senja, Zadar, Šibenik – Knin, Split – Dalmatia and Dubrovnik – Neretva County. The initiative was also supported by Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, whose representative once again participated in the meeting.

The Coordination Meeting started with initial reports by each County Operational Centre focusing on the most important updates and activities from 2018, followed by a presentation on the development of the new National Contingency Plan, and a detailed description of the events related to the intervention on the yacht Konga that caught fire last year in the Dubrovnik waters.

The afternoon session brought a discussion about the development of the new NCP which is set to be updated by the end of the year and it will, for the first time in Croatia, introduce a tiered response system. All the present stakeholders gave their suggestions for the improvement of NCP, as well as the improvement of preparedness and response systems on Tier 2 and Tier 1 level, which will be introduced in the new Plan and will obligate all the coastal beneficiaries to respond to spills inside their boundary areas.

Conclusions of 2nd Coordination Meeting will be transferred to the competent authorities and will be used as guidelines in the development of the new NCP and consequently Tier 1 and Tier 2 Contingency plans.

Second day of the Meeting we went for a short trip to Lake Vrana, Croatia’s protected natural area, and visited Maškovića han, a well preserved legacy from the Ottoman Empire. The construction of Maškovića han started in 1644 and was finalized in 2014 in the scope of an EU funded project.