The North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response System (NAMIRS) adopts a holistic approach to marine pollution incident management, at sea and on shore. NAMIRS will contribute to the prevention of and protection from the effects of maritime disasters in the North Adriatic Sea.
The North Adriatic Sea – a semi-closed basin where the three partner countries of this project (Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia) share a marine surface of approx. 550 sq.km – is an area of importance regarding the interactions of different uses of the sea, such as (coastal and maritime tourism, transport of goods and passengers, fishery, aquaculture, oil & gas, energy and communication, sand extraction, cultural heritage, protected areas).
In this context, accidental marine pollution, in particular deriving from oil-spills, is a dangerous threat with potentially devastating environmental and economic consequences. Existing national Contingency Plans are not sufficient to tackle such a transboundary threat. NAMIRS will support better preparedness and a more coordinated response at a transnational level, that is in line with the Barcelona Convention and related Protocols.
Strengthened regional cooperation and cross-sectorial coordination will be achieved by integrating the knowledge, tools, and resources available within the NAMIRS multi-stakeholder partnership. The consortium will elaborate on specific Guidelines for the revision and update of the Sub-Regional Contingency Plan for the Adriatic Sea, signed by the three partner countries in 2005 but never entered into force. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for first responders will be also outlined, which will be the object of a dedicated training programme and later validated in a simulation exercise at sea.
This cooperative process will result in smoother communication and interoperability through the establishment of a ready-for-operations sub-regional mechanism at the disposal of North Adriatic countries and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which is easily transferable to the other Adriatic-Ionian countries.
- EU Contribution
- EUR 198 789.00