Programme now available for Third R&D Forum
Third R&D Forum - High-density Oil Spill Response
by the International Maritime Organization, in co-operation with Brest, France
The full programme
for the Third International R&D Forum on High-Density Oil Spill Response,
to be held in Brest, France from 11-13 March 2002, is now available from IMO.
The Forum, which
will examine research and development of new technology in oil spill response,
particularly regarding spills of high density or heavy oils like bunker oil,
is being organized by IMO in co-operation with French authorities. The Forum
is co-sponsored by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, United
States, the European Commission, IPIECA and ITOPF.
A number of accidents
- including the Nakhodka in 1997 or the Erika in 1999 and, more
recently, the Baltic Carrier - have highlighted the need for the
international maritime community to look in depth at how coastal States can
respond effectively to high-density oil spills.
The Forum will
therefore focus on practical issues relating to pollution by high-density oils,
including the following main topics:
- Detection and
- Behaviour and
weathering in the water
and recovery of floating oil
- Recovery of
For more information
on the Forum please refer to the programme.
forms can also be downloaded from the website for the Forum and related
events. The deadline for registration is 31 January 2002.
further information, please contact
Mr T. Liebert
4 Albert Embankment
Tel +44 (0)20 7735
Fax +44 (0)20 7587 3210
first and second International Research and Development Fora on oil spill response
issues were held in McLean (USA, 1992) and London (1995), in accordance with
article 8 of the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response
and Co-operation (OPRC), 1990, which calls on governments and IMO to play an
active role in the promotion of R&D relating to the enhancement of the state-of-the-art
of pollution preparedness and response through the exchange of information.
safer and cleaner seas” 11-16 March 2002, Brest, France
Third IMO R&D Forum will take place alongside a week-long series of international
events dedicated to maritime safety and the protection of the marine environment,
organized by the Brest Urban Community, in co-operation with IMO, European Commission,
and the following organizations: CEDRE (French Centre for Research into Accidental
Pollution of the Seas/Centre de Documentation, de Recherche et d’Expérimentations
sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux), SYCOPOL (French Oil Spill Control
Association), BOSCA (British Oil Spill Control Association), and NOSCA (Norwegian
Oil Spill Control Association).
events in the programme “Towards safer and cleaner seas” include:
- Maritime safety:
History and evolution (Seminar)
- Interspill 2002
- Erika &
other Spills - Technical Lessons (Scientific Conference)
further information on these events, please visit www.ifremer.fr/cedre