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Australian oil spill equipment to be used in Gulf clean-up



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As Bob CollinsMinister for Shipping and Aviation Support 5/91 7 February 1991

AUSTRALIAN OIL SPILL EQUIPMENT TO BE USED IN GULF CLEAN-UP

In response to a Saudi Arabian Government request for assistance, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has offered to send an open water oil spill containment boom and associated equipment to the Gulf.

The request for assistance was received through the International Maritime Organisation in London, where an operations centre has been established to coordinate the response to the slick.

The Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, Senator Bob Collins, said today that the equipment being offered was a part of that held by Australia’s National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil.

'If Australia's offer is accepted, the despatch of this boom to the Middle East will not have a detrimental effect on Australia's capacity to combat oil spills at home, and hopefully will be able to assist them in their massive clean-up', Senator Collins said.

'The type of boom being offered is high strength and specially designed for open waters.

'It comes from a reserve of similar equipment purchased for use in areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, Westernport Bay and Botany Bay.

'Australia is very concerned about the oil spill in the Gulf and is prepared to make the offer of assistance from equipment strategically located around Australia's coastline'.

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Media inquiries: Jack Lake (Minister's office) (06) 277 7040 Mike Julian (Operations Manager AMSA) (06) 279 5935

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