IPIECA participated in the triennial Asia-Pacific Oil Spill Prevention & Preparedness Conference (SpillCon) held in Perth, Australia on 2–6 May 2016.
Rob Cox, IPIECA Technical Director and OSR-JIP Manager presented a paper entitled “Emerging best practices in oil spill response and the implications for regional preparedness” and participated in the closing panel session on “Future Risks and Opportunities in Maritime Environmental Emergency Response”. Tom Coolbaugh, Oil Spill Working Group Chair, delivered a presentation on “Technical advances in the application of oil spill control agents”.
In addition, the IPIECA-IOGP Joint Industry Project (JIP) on Oil Spill Response, IPIECA and Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) shared a stand for the associated exhibition.
Earlier in the week, IPIECA and API presented material from the joint work being carried out on Spill Impact Mitigation Assessment (SIMA – formerly known as NEBA) at a technical workshop hosted by the International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators Association (IOPER) and the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA).
From 10-12 May 2016, IPIECA also attended the third Adriatic Spill Conference (Adriaspillcon) in Opatija, Croatia. The conference, which is held every three years, was attended by local participants from Adriatic countries as well as experts from the Mediterranean, the rest of Europe and the world. Over the course of the three day conference, several interesting presentations were made by organisations such as ITOPF, OSRL, REMPEC, EMSA and the IOPC Funds. In addition, representatives from each of the Adriatic countries presented the latest developments in their spill preparedness and response capability. The next Adriaspillcon will take place in 2019