What is Coastal State Contacts?

For the ship at sea

In order to expedite response and minimize damage from an oil pollution incident at sea, it is essential that appropriate Coastal States are notified without delay.

In this context the use of the list of agencies or officials of Administrations responsible for receiving and processing reports (so called “Focal Points”) as developed by the Organization (IMO) in confor­mity with article 8 of the Convention is recommended.

Such a list is shown under App. 2.
An updated list of existing “Focal Points” is available from the Internet pages of IMO under address:
http://www.imo.org/  >> National Contacts  >>> MEPC.6/Circ. xx