Greece is among the UN members with high levels of compliance with the UNEP/MAP Prevention and Emergency Protocol, said United Nations Environment Progamme Mediterrenean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) Coordinator Gaetano Leone to Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Thursday. Leone was commenting on the sinking of a tanker in the Saronic Gulf and the resultant oil spill.
“Greece has implemented measures for most of the missions outlined in the Stategy for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Ships, barring a few exceptions of mostly regional character,” he underlined.
“We expressed our deep sorrow to Greek authorities over the incident that has stricken the region of Attica and its coast, along with our concern over its repercussions. These repercussions impact the pillars of sustainable growth: the environmental, social and the economic pillars. We provided information on the technical assistance available from REMPEC, which is managed by the International Maritime Organisation, within the context of the Prevention and Emergency Protocol for dealing with pollution from ships,” Leone added, noting that this could provide forecasts, advice and technical know-how where needed.