Established on 4th August 1982 at Manama, Bahrain, within the framework of Kuwait Regional Convention for Co-operation on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Pollution together with the Protocol concerning Co-operation in Combating Pollution by Oil & other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency which were signed on 24th April 1978 at Kuwait.

Member States

Kingdom of Bahrain   Sultanate of Oman
Islamic Republic of Iran State of Qatar
Republic of Iraq Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
State of Kuwait United Arab Emirates

Objectives (Article III)


a) to strengthen the capacities of the Contracting States and to facilitate co-operation among them in order to combat pollution by oil and other harmful substances in cases of marine emergencies; b) to assist Contracting States, which so request in the development of their own national capabilities to combat pollution by oil and other harmful substances and co-ordinate and facilitate information exchange, technological co-operation and training; c) a later objective, namely the possibility of initiating operations to combat pollution by oil and other harmful substances at the regional level, may be considered. This possibility should be submitted for approval by the Council after evaluating the results achieved in the fulfillment of the previous objectives and in the light of financial resources which could be made available for this purpose.

Functions (Article III)


a) To collect and disseminate to the Contracting States information concerning matters covered by this Protocol, including:
(i) Laws, regulations and information concerning appropriate authorities of the Contracting States and marine emergency contingency plans referred to in Article V of this Protocol;
(ii) information concerning methods, techniques and research relating to marine emergency response referred to in Article VI of this Protocol; and
(iii) list of experts, equipment and materials available for marine emergency responses by the Contracting States ;
b) To assist the Contracting States, as requested:
(i) In the preparation of laws and regulations concerning matters covered by the Protocol and in the establishment of appropriate authorities;
(ii) In the preparation of marine emergency contingency plans;
(iii) In the establishment of procedures under which personnel, equipment and materials involved in marine emergency responses may be expeditiously transported into, out of and through their respective countries;
(iv) In the transmission of reports concerning marine emergencies; and
(v) In promoting and developing training programs for combating pollution.
c) To co-ordinate training programs for combating pollution and prepare comprehensive anti - pollution manuals;
d) to develop and maintain a communication/information system appropriate to the needs of the Contracting States and the Centre for the prompt exchange of information concerning marine emergencies required by this Protocol;
e) to prepare inventories of the available personnel, material, vessels, aircraft and other specialised equipment for marine emergency response;
f) to establish and maintain liaison with competent regional and international organisations, particularly the International Maritime Organisation of the United Nations, for the purposes of obtaining and exchanging scientific and technological information and data, particularly in regard of any new innovation which may assist the Centre in the performance of its functions;
g) To prepare periodic reports on marine emergencies for submission to the Council; and
h) To perform any other functions assigned to it either by this Protocol or by the Council.