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MARPOCS, 2016-2017

Development of a common operational framework for preparedness and response to oil and HNS spills












€649K (DG ECHO)      

European Union, DG ECHO (Joint funding)      

IST (Instituto Superior Técnico), Portugal

Action Modulers, Portugal

ARDITI-OOM (Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação Tecnologia e Inovação - Observatório Oceânico da Madeira), Portugal

Cedre, France

INRH (Institut National de Recherche Halieutique), Morocco

PLOCAN (Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands), Spain

ULPGC (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Spain (affiliated entity: Fundación Canaria Parque Científico Tecnológico, Spain)


The MARPOCS project (Multinational Response and Preparedness to Oil and Chemical Spills) aims to develop and implement an integrated operational framework for preparedness and response to oil and HNS spills in marine waters. This project concerns the Atlantic sub-region of Morocco, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

It has 4 expected outcomes:

  • Operational and tactical model-based decision-support systems supported by the existing 3D oil & HNS spill modelling system MOHID (3D water modelling system).
  • Automatic early warning spill forecasting connected to existing maritime surveillance automatic services: EMSA’s CleanSeaNet service and AIS Marine Traffic.
  • Training sessions, courses, exercises and hands-on demonstrations, with special focus on emergency preparedness or response scenarios involving multiple nations.
  • Characterization of shoreline holistic risk from spills in the area of interest in order to identify “hot spots”, to improve management of the distribution of response resources.

Cedre is involved in the whole of the project and more specifically is tasked with helping to improve the MOHID software through experimental trials and training courses and exercises.



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See also

Click here to download the MARPOCS Layman’s report.


Cedre. 2017. MARPOCS in a nutshell. Cedre Information Bulletin, n° 36, p.17

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