As a part of International Environmental Marine and Services (IEMS UK) visit to Tunisia, several meetings were performed between the MOIG Director, Captain Richard Byrbnes, Chief Executive Officer, Mr George Weir, People Development Manager, Captain Ashraf Khela, Regional Training Manager and MOIG members (ETAP, Dragon Oil, Shell Upstream Tunisia, APO, TPS, PA RESOURCES, MARETAP, ECUMED, NUMHYD, ENI Tunisia, STIR, Medco Energi and SNPD).
IEMS provided technical support to Tunisian members through the MOIG in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Oil Spill Response exercises over the last years, the CEO of IEMS was formerly the Chairman of MOIG where he representated a regional oil state company.
During the meetings IEMS-UK representatives re-affirmed the company’s commitment towards the support of local and national capacity building in regards to oil spill preparedness and response. IEMS-UK has a vast array of oil and gas, maritime and training experts, the company provides consultancy and training as highlighting on the companies Website: http://www.iems-uk.com and in the IEMS-UK 2017 Training Directory : www.iems-uk.com/site/web/downloads/training/iems_2017_training_directory.pdf
We would like to thank the MOIG for the cooperation and support during the visit, we at IEMS firmly believe that Tunisia is ideally located to service the environmental protection needs beyond its own coastline and neighboring countries in the Mediterranean region. George Weir - IEMS UK Training and Development Manager.
During the visit MOIG was able to further promote the forthcoming Regional Workshop and Skhira Oil Spill Response Exercise scheduled to be held in Sfax city and TRAPSA Terminal in the first half of October 2017.
17 January 2017, following to practical exercise on oiled shoreline survey and cleanup performed by Cedre and its partners REMPEC, ISPRA and FEPORTS in MARETAP Terminal in Zarzis-Tunisia on 24 November 2016 for Libyan delegation from oil and gas industry in the field of POSOW2 project, the MOIG Director visited
Cedre and met Mr Stephane Doll, Cedre Director and Mr Arnaud Guéna, Coordinator of POSOW project and Operations Manager. During this visit, the MOIG Director accompanied by the Operations Manager afforded the opportunity to see all the areas of Cedre facility: Oil spill training area, cleanup area, warehouse containing oil spill response equipments, maintenance workshop, laboratories, marine assets, command post and documentation centre.
We are very delighted with the outcome of this visit, both parties agreed to further strengthen relationship and cooperation as well as to work together towards common objectives related to oil spill prevention, preparedness and response. MOIG expressed its availability to facilitate and host any events and projects as POSOW through its members in the Mediterranean region and extended to Cedre an invitation to visit MOIG in Tunisia. Cedre will provide technical assistance to both MOIG and TRAPSA on the shoreline cleanup exercise scheduled to be held in TRAPSA Terminal in Skhira. The MOIG Management Committee Members would like to thank Cedre representatives for their hospitality, warm welcome and support to MOIG.