Workshop: Environmental Planning – Peoples Republic of China
Invitation by Abbott-Carrington-Partners to facilitate a two day workshop on Environmental Planning for a delegation from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).
PRESENTATION LINK: PRC Environmental Planning
The delegation was in Sydney for a week and listening to presentations from organisations such as the Australian Maritime College from Tasmania. The delegation consisted of Division Chiefs, Directors and Officers from the Maritime Safety Administration, Marine Search and Rescue Centre, and the Ministry of Transportation divisions of Salvage, Academy of Science, Planning Research Institute, Marine Science Institute, and the Dalian Maritime University.
There was a general consensus from the delegation that the Australian regulatory environment for the petroleum hydrocarbon industry and ports and shipping was complex. It was important to distinguish between the role of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in this regard.
There was a particular interest in the preparation of Environmental Plans (EPs) and Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs). It was important to highlight the link between Regulations and the requirements of industry in preparing these documents. In particular, how the administering authority insured that any petroleum hydrocarbon activity was meeting the conditions of an accepted EP and that through the Regulations responsibility was placed on industry to demonstrate this.