The first International Oil Spill Response Technical Seminar was held in Yantai, China from 2-3 September 2014. This was the first event to be hosted under the framework of the Global Initiative (GI) China programme following its formal establishment in May 2014. The event, which IPIECA co-sponsored, attracted over 100 individuals from industry, government and academia as well as other subject matter experts, to share experiences and discuss oil spill preparedness and response in the context of China and abroad.
The seminar was followed by an IMO OPRC Level 3 training course on 4-5 September. Attended by over 50 individuals from government and industry, the training followed the format of the IMO OPRC model course for level 3 commanders of oil spill response, and covered a wide range of aspects related to oil spill planning, response and management. The training was delivered by IMO, ITOPF, China MSA & CNOOC.
Based on the rich dialogue and good attendance at both the seminar and training course over the course of the week, further activities will be planned for 2015 under the framework of the GI China.