Spain boosts marine pollution control

Maritime protection plan to 2001 includes seven new pollution response centres

Seven anti-pollution centres are to be set up around the Spanish coast, under Spain's latest maritime protection plan, which was recently agreed by the government. Covering the years 1998 to 2001, the plan includes both coastguard and environmental control aspects and is to be administered by the state-owned company Sasemar. The seven new pollution combat centres are a completely new element in the plan. They are to be staffed by specialist teams, and will include a major rapid-deployment equipment depot. Under the plan, Spain's current fleet of special-purpose vessels is to be increased by 50% through the addition of ten new rapid-intervention craft. An expert group will be set up to coordinate responses to marine pollution incidents. Training programmes will be stepped up, about 100 new jobs will be created and a new management structure is intended to provide significant savings in operational costs.

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