The MOIG Director participated to Interspill 2018, the Leading European Oil Spill Conference and Exhibition organized at Excel Centre in London. The conference was opened by the General Secretary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The event gathered International associations and organizations, responders, manufacturers, services companies and experts working on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response from all over world to meet and share knowledge on Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response.
The conference featured Science Workshops on Shoreline Survey, HNS Pollution, Marine Pollution Impacts and Response in Cold Environments as well as Poster Presentations.
The programme included also Conference Sessions on a diverse set of topics including Panning & Delivery, Preparedness, Surveillance in Practices, Offshore / E&P, Surveillance Technologies, Wildlife, Situational Awareness for the Spill Prevention & Response Community, Dispersants, Government/Industry Partnerships, Making Training Work, Inland Spill Issues, IMS & OOW, Effective exercising, Shipping & Salvage Risks, Strategic Aspects of Preparedness and Case Studies.
During this event, the MOIG Director had the opportunity to meet the attending members, technical partners, International organizations and associations such us MEKE Marine, DESMI, Janaf, OSRL, Cedre, IPIECA, REMPEC, ATRAC, ISAA and Vikoma.
We are very delighted with the outcome of these meetings which led to undertake fruitful discussions on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response paving the way to further strengthen cooperation and exchange of information between MOIG and its members and technical partners.
This conference was also a good opportunity to promote the forthcoming Regional Workshop & Oil Spill Exercise scheduled to be held from 06 to 08 November 2018 in Istanbul-Turkey in cooperation with Turkish Petroleum (TP) and MEKE Marine.
MOIG was invited as evaluator by OMMP-Bizerte and STIR to UTIQUE Exercise performed in Bizerte city in Tunisia under the auspices of Transport Ministry. The exercise was organized under jointly by OMMP-Bizerte and STIR assisted by the Civil Protection (ONPC), Security Forces from the Ministries of National Defence and Interior.
The selected exercise scenario included Safety, Security and Environment Protection aspects and consists of simulating a terrorist act on board of tanker ship berthed at STIR A jetty oil terminal followed by a fire on board in the forecastle and accidental oil spill (Crude oil) estimated at about 10 m3.
The exercise covered the following operations: Alert, area evacuation, establishment of crisis unit and Emergency Operation Center, first investigation by security forces, explosion causing a fire on board and oil spill into the sea, evacuation of injury and casualty, fire fighting and oil spill response. An Emergency Operations Center was established at the Marina CAP 3000 in order to coordinate UTIQUE exercise. The crisis unit was composed of representatives from OMMP-Bizerte, STIR, Bizerte Governorate, ONPC, National Marine and Ministry of Interior.
The Oil spill response comprised a full scale oil spill response equipment deployment of STIR and OMMP such as: fence and inflatable booms, skimmers and fastanks from STIR Jetty and Joumine tug. At the same time, emergency evacuation drills of victims and injured persons were performed by ONPC and STIR from the Oil Tanker, jetty and Joumine tug. An advance medical posts and ambulances from ONPC, STIR and Ministry of Health were positioned in the Marina CAP 3000 and STIR jetty to provide first aid.
A great number of Delegates from Tunisia, USA, France and UK embassies based in Tunisia observed in real time from CAP Marina 3000, Joumine tug and STIR Jetty the first hands of actions packed of Security, Safety, Oil Spill Response and Emergency Evacuation drills. The general feedback was highly positive and participants are to be congratulated for their efforts and professionalism throughout all conducted operations.
UTIQUE exercise is a good example of successful cooperation and coordination between local authorities and oil and gas industry by working together and sharing expertise and resources, thus clearly demonstrating the ability to deal with large and complex incidents.
The MOIG Management Committee Members would like to thank both OMMP-Bizerte and STIR for their kind invitation and warm welcome.