Responding to Oil Spills & Hazardous Materials

Oil spills are emergencies which could turn into serious disasters if there is no good planning and preparedness to combat them ahead of their occurrence. The damage they may inflict could increase hugely in case of weak capacities and lack of cooperation and coordination between the parties concerned with the operations to control and manage them across the region or within a country.

Oil spills are among the most serious challenges facing countries that export and import oil and its derivatives. The situation becomes more challenging when the global demand on oil and its derivatives soars, and the movement of marine vessels and oil tankers intensifies.

Being among GCC countries that export oil and its derivatives, the Kingdom of Bahrain has faced numerous incidents of oil spills. The most serious oil spill incidents were the ones that occurred in the second Gulf War in 1990, and in March 2003 and caused huge damage to the country’s coast and its marine environment.

In order to avoid the recurrence of such incidents, the kingdom has adopted serious procedures to reduce those incidents or mitigate their effects and their damage when they occur.