Marine Pollution Contingency Planning

State Practice in Asia-Pacific States


There is an ever-present threat of catastrophic marine pollution incidents, as illustrated by recent disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Even small-scale accidental pollution discharges can have long-term consequences for marine and coastal resources. The UN Convention on the Law of Sea obliges all States to cooperate to prevent accidents and to minimize environmental damage during emergencies by jointly developing and implementing marine pollution contingency plans. The Asia-Pacific is one of the world’s busiest shipping regions, some of its mega-ports experience high rates of vessel congestion, and there are increasing numbers of offshore installations. Marine pollution prevention planning is thus vital for the region. Marine Pollution Contingency Planning: State Practice in Asia-Pacific States outlines and examines marine pollution contingency planning in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, and the United States.

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Anastasia Telesetsky, JD (2000), University of California, Berkeley Law School, is Professor of Law at the University of Idaho. She is a co-editor of The International Law of Disaster Relief (2014).

Warwick Gullett, Ph.D. (2002), Australian National University, is Professor of Law at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. He is the author of Fisheries Law in Australia (2008).

Seokwoo Lee, D.Phil. (2001), University of Oxford, is Professor of Public International Law at Inha University Law School, Incheon, Korea. He is Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy (APJOLP) and Chairman of the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA).

1 Introduction: unclos Marine Pollution Contingency Planning: Can States Move from Disaster Relief to Disaster Risk Reduction?

2 Marine Contingency Planning in Australia
Warwick Gullett

3 An Overview of Canada’s “On-the-Water” Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime
Ted L. McDorman

4 China’s Practice in Marine Environmental Contingency Planning
Keyuan Zou and Jiayi Wang

5 Japan’s Legal Regime for Preventing and Controlling Accidental Discharges of Oil and Hazardous and Noxious Substances from Ships and Offshore Facilities
Chie Kojima

6 Marine Environmental Contingency Planning in Korea
Jee Hyun Choi and Seokwoo Lee

7 Contingency Planning for Marine Pollution in Malaysia
Mary George

8 Mexico’s Marine National Contingency Plan and Its Quest for Evolution
Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera

9 National Ocean Environment Contingency Plans in the Asia-Pacific States: The Republic of the Philippines
Jay L. Batongbacal

10 Marine Environmental Contingency Planning in Singapore
Denise Cheong

11 United States National Contingency Plan: Learning from Gaps in the System
Anastasia Telesetsky

12 Conclusion: Improving National and Regional Marine Pollution Contingency Planning

This book will be of interest to both academic libraries and practitioners in government offices responsible for contingency planning to reduce the impact of spills of oil and hazardous and noxious substances on the marine environment.
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