Environmental pollution at sea

Marine environment emergency preparedness in Greenland is divided into two geographical responsibilities. Marine environment emergency preparedness consists of the Greenlandic marine environment emergency preparedness and the Danish marine environment emergency preparedness.

The Greenlandic marine environmental emergency preparedness

The Ministry of Independence, Nature, Environment and Agriculture has an environmental emergency preparedness at its disposal that is based on personnel and equipment located at fire stations in 12 towns: Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Qasigiannguit, Aasiaat, Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, Nuuk, Paamiut, Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik and Tasiilaq.

The Greenlandic environmental emergency preparedness primarily deals with pollution in port areas and coastal waters, but can, if the weather allows, be used to reduce pollution in the territorial sea, i.e. within the 3 nautical mile limit.

If you discover pollution or the pollution is your fault in port areas and coastal waters, please contact:

 The local fire service, whose emergency numbers can be found here (all emergency numbers are open 24/7)

or

 The Ministry of Independence, Nature, Environment and Agriculture: +299 52 98 44 (telephone open 24/7)

The Danish marine environmental emergency preparedness

If you discover pollution or the pollution is your fault at sea beyond three nautical mile limit of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around Greenland, please contact:

 Arctic Command: +299 36 40 00 (telephone open 24/7)