The Regional Workshop on “Building an Effective National and Regional Preparedness and Response Capacity” in conjunction with Oil Spill Response Equipment Demonstration were held under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey and in cooperation with Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) and MEKE Marine; MOIG members; in Elite World Hotel and Golden Horn-Halic in Istanbul-Turkey.
The main objectives of this workshop were 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, Manufacturers and Academics technical expertise.
This event gathered over 80 delegates from ministries, Oil&Gas industry, manufacturers, responders, training centers, International associations and organizations, universities, ports, service providers and consulting companies : Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, TPAO, MEKE Marine, Shell, SEREPT, OSRL, CEDRE, ATRAC, TPS, DESMI, VIKOMA, LAMOR, ITOPF, TANKMED, APO, UZMAR, ECOPOMEX, GAZİ UNIVERSITY, KARADENİZ TEKNIK UNIVERSITY, BOĞAZİÇİ UNIVERSITY, IPIECA, NOVAR, ISTAC, CORENA GROUP, MARINPAK, TULIP ENVIRONMENT SERVICES, BAŞARAN Group, NABAA AL-ASRAR, TURMEPA, YEDİ DENİZ MEDYA YAYIN, SAFİ PORT, GALATA PORT, OR TECH, KOCAELİ BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYESİ, ISTANBUL DENİZ OTOBÜSLERİ, ISTANBUL BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYESİ, DEZINSEKCIJA and MEDMARINE.
The first two days workshop programme included oral presentations hinged around five topics: Contingency Planning and Legal Requirements, National and International Response Management Level, Oil Spill Modeling and Training, Oil Spill Response Equipment Industry and New Technology and National and Regional Oil Spill Response Exercises. In addition, a panel discussion was held to debate the 5312 Accredited Oil Spill Response Companies (Please click here to upload Agenda). We are very delighted with the outcome of this workshop, delegates had the opportunity to debate many issues of common interest and shared views, knowledge and experiences in how to enhance oil spill preparedness and response in Turkey and the Mediterranean region.
The third day event was dedicated to oil spill response equipment demonstration held in Golden Horn in Halic-Istanbul provided by MEKE Marine response team.
The demonstration comprised a deployment in water of 200 meters fence boom, skimmer and fastanks and mobilization of tugs and boats. In addition, participants were afforded the opportunity to see the HAZMAT vehicles and a range of oil spill response and shoreline cleanup equipments.
The MOIG Management Committee Members would like to thank both Turkish Petroleum and MEKE Marine for their kind cooperation, hospitality and warm welcome extended to delegates during this event.