In 1967, the grounding of the Torrey Canyon focused the world's attention on the risks and environmental impact of major marine oil spills. The incident became a catalyst for positive change throughout the industry, and since then the result is the introduction of a comprehensive regulatory framework, safer shipping, improved preparedness and response and adequate compensation. IPIECA has been working for 30 years to harness the oil and gas industry’s collective expertise and technology on oil spill preparedness and response.
IPIECA has collaborated with the International Maritime Organization, International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation and other industry organizations to produce an exhibition to mark the achievements between government and industry over the past 50 years to achieve a dramatic and sustained reduction in major oil spills from ships; to establish effective systems for preparedness and response; and to create a comprehensive mechanism for providing compensation.
The exhibition showcases significant milestones over the fifty years to demonstrate the progress made, and includes highlights of IPIECA’s work on oil spill response and preparedness. One such highlight is IPIECA’s long standing partnership with the IMO through the Global Initiative, which brings together industry and governments to enhance oil spill preparedness and response. Additionally, the IPIECA-IOGP Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR-JIP) is highlighted as a key milestone for the industry.
The exhibition entitled ‘50 years working together: Government and industry collaboration to address the risk of oil pollution from ships’ was launched at the meeting of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response at the IMO building in London on 16 January 2017 and will remain on display at IMO until 7 July 2017.
For more information on IPIECA’s work on oil spill response and preparedness, visit the webpage.