Following to Interspill 2018, the Management Committee is very delighted to welcome the new technical partner, the Adriatic Training and Research Center for Accidental Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response (ATRAC). The institution was established by Primorje-Gorski kotar County within the EU financed project Strengthening common reaction capacity to fight sea pollution of oil, toxic and hazardous substances in Adriatic Sea“ – HAZADR.
ATRAC’s key role is to provide training and education to the personnel from all Adriatic countries in all matters related to oil spill preparedness and response and its main goal is to improve cross-border cooperation and communication, so as to prevent the risk of oil spills and manage the crisis situation resulting in marine pollution. The Centre strives to harmonize national legislations within the region, by continuously monitoring all the activities related to prevention, preparedness and response to accidental marine pollution in the whole Adriatic-Ionian region.
ATRAC’s main activities include:
• Education of personnel involved in national and regional systems for preparedness and response to oil spills and spills of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS);
• Preparation and organization of oil spill response exercises, of all scales;
• Studying different response strategies and techniques;
• Publication of relevant technical papers and documents related to fighting oil pollution at sea;
• Gathering and processing useful information for improvement of national/regional preparedness and response;
• Networking between institutions and experts involved in existing preparedness and response system in the region systems;
• Offering technical advice to responders in case of an incident;
• Writing, revision and update of contingency plans;
• Preparing operational agreements in order to improve local/regional, national and cross-border cooperation in case of an incident;
• Advising the local, regional and national authorities in case of an incident;
• Research of methods and techniques for combating oil spills at sea and on shore;
• Testing and developing response equipment for combating oil spills at sea and on shore.
ATRAC provides service to:
• Competent national, regional and local authorities responsible for oil spill prevention, preparedness and response;
• Coast Guards from all Adriatic countries;
• Navy and Ministry of Defence involved in national preparedness and response system;
• Civil protection services of all Adriatic countries;
• Public and private companies specialized in combating oil spills;
• Ports and port authorities;
• Oil and chemical industries;
• Coastal power plants;
• Other coastal industries;
• Maritime / charter sector, including shipowners, Marines;
• Tourism sector, including coastal objects;
• Fisheries and aquaculture sector;
• Volunteers and NGOs involved in protecting the Adriatic Sea from pollution;
• All other stakeholders interested in protecting the Adriatic Sea from pollution.
MOIG will benefit through ATRAC accession the technical support in the form of technical assistance, knowledge transfer and capacity building on oil spill preparedness and response, receipt of ATRAC newsletters and other benefits. The Management Committee would like to thank ATRAC for agreeing MOIG request to be a technical partner of MOIG. For more information about ATRAC, please visit the website on www.atrac.hr
As previously announced,a Regional Workshop on “Building an Effective National and Regional Preparedness and Response Capacity” in conjunction with an Oil Spill Response Exercise Code Named “Golden Horn-Istanbul” will be organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communication and Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Republic of Turkey and in cooperation with Turkish Petroleum (TP) and MEKE Marine; MOIG members; from 06 to O8 November 2018 in Elite World Hotel Istanbul-Taksim in Istanbul-Turkey.
The event will open on Tuesday, 06th November 2018 at 08:00 hours and is expected to close on Thursday, 08th November 2018 at 13:00 hours.
The main objective of this Workshop are to reinforce and develop Sub-Regional contingency plans, to enhance National and Regional coordination capacity, to share information, lessons learned and best practices of the previous exercises as well as to stay abreast of the newest technologies and benefit from Responders and Manufacturers technical expertise.
The first two days workshop programme will include, a priori, technical oral presentations and panel session hinged around the six following topics:
1. T1: Contingency Planning & Regulatory and Legal Requirements
2. T2 : National and International Response Management Level
3. T3 : Oil Spill Response New Technology
4. T4 : Oil Spill Response Services
5. T5 : Oil Spill Response Equipment Industry
6. T6 : National and Regional Oil Spill Exercises
The third day event will be dedicated to Oil Spill Response Exercise code-named “Golden Horn-Istanbul” that will be conducted by MEKE Marine. The exercise will comprise a water deployment of marine response equipments including containment booms, skimmers, storage tankers using vessels and boats, according to oil spill scenario that shall be communicated later.
This event will host representatives from Government, Oil and Gas Industry, Responders, Manufacturers, National and International Organizations, Shipping Companies, Academics, CEOs, Directors, Managers, experts, consultants and Engineers and will be a good opportunity to exchange ideas to improve knowledge and skills on Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response as well as to network and develop new contacts.
The working languages of the event will be English and Turkish. Turkey-English translation will be available.
We would like to bring to your kind attention that participation in this event could not be guaranteed for nominations received after the abovementioned deadline. Whilst looking forward to your very early response but in any case prior to the above mentioned nominations deadline, please do not hesitate to contact MOIG Secretariat should you require any further information and assistance.