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1997

Implementing the plan contract

With a 8.5 million Franc investment subsidy under the State-Region plan contract, the overall budget, including contributions in kind, came close to 27 million Francs. The trial hall was built and plans for the main building to be built on the port of commerce site were approved.

International courses as well as studies and applied research made headway, with European funding. No new major response effort was necessary, like that of the Sea Empress spill in 1996, but an assortment of small-scale response efforts were implemented in France for the oil tanker Katja in the port of Le Havre, as well as in New Caledonia, Turkey, Uruguay and Japan.