This website of the Community Information System (CIS) has been developed as an integral part of the "framework for cooperation in the field of marine pollution" established under the European Parliament and Council Decision n° 2850 of 20/12/2000.
Responsibility for Counter pollution measures at Sea
As of 1 January 2000, responsibility for the state maritime environmental surveillance and enforcement, and the state maritime pollution control at sea was transferred from the Ministry of Environment and Energy to the Danish Armed Forces. With the amendment of the Marine Environment Protection Act of 1 July 2000 the Armed Forces were given the possibility of issuing administrative fines for illegal oil discharges from ships. The Armed Forces' execution of the task is thus based on national legislation and international conventions and agreements. The aim of the Armed Forces' effort against pollution of the sea is to prevent or minimise the impact of marine pollution on flora and fauna.
Maritime Environmental Task
The total maritime environmental task consists of the following operational sub‐tasks: - Establishment and maintenance of preparedness; - Environmental surveillance; - Enforcement; and - Pollution control. The general aim of the task is to guarantee a deterrent effect as part of prevention through proper surveillance, enforcement and securing evidence, primarily in the territorial waters and secondarily in Denmark 's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). In order to obtain a maximum deterrent effect, the handling of task is concentrated on surveillance and gathering of evidence. By taking and gathering oil samples and implementing comparable oil sample analyses, the aim is to procure positive evidence in order to commence legal proceedings. If oil pollution has taken place, the aim is to minimise the impact of the damage, primarily on coasts and beaches, through timely notification of state authorities and effective coordination in the employment of all resources.
National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC)
Maritime Assistance Service (MAS) receives all reports on matters concerning the marine environment. MAS is a part of the National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) which is responsible for:
These units are continuously briefed on the current situation, in order to allow local authorities and county authorities to arrange the necessary resources, or alternatively to request further support through national emergency preparedness and ultimately to request emergency assistance. To direct and control the accomplishment of the marine environmental task, the 24‐hour service set up at JOC is used.
Royal Danish Navy Command Environmental Element
Too handle the administrative part of the national marine environmental task, a Marine Environment branch has been set up at Defence Command Denmark (DCD), Royal Danish Navy Command (RDNC). NMOC is a part of RDNC and they work together concerning participation in the maritime surveillance of the marine environment, enforcement and maritime pollution control at sea.