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Spill response training : practices and challenges (2023)

Cedre Information Day, 21th March 2023, at La Grande Arche, La Défense 

Under the impetus of its Strategy Committee, Cedre is organising an Information Day focusing on training practices and challenges in the field of spill response. Following an opening speech by a representative of the
International Maritime Organization, the day will be organised into three sessions. The first session will address the needs of the public authorities in charge of spill response. Speakers representing European civil protection and the onshore and maritime authorities in charge of the emergency response to marine pollution will outline the organisation of training in Europe and France. Real-life examples from France and around the globe will then be presented by speakers from different countries. The second session will offer insight into private sector training initiatives in the oil and gas industry with TotalEnergies, the offshore renewable energy sector, and more specifically the offshore wind sector, with a presentation by Ailes Marines, as well as in ports, particularly Tanger Med in Morocco. This session will draw upon the training policies and conditions in place in order to maintain and develop the resources and skills of managers and operators mobilised in the event of a spill. The final session will be devoted to cross-cutting aspects: compensation, with a presentation by the IOPC Funds, and private-public collaboration at regional scale, presented by GI WACAF. Finally, Cedre will present the perspective of training centres based on its own experience. The conferences will be held both in person and virtually, and will be interspersed with four discussion sessions with the audience. Simultaneous translation of the conferences will be provided into English and French.



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SESSION 1: Training: needs of the public authorities in charge of spill response

European civil protection training - Frédéric Harrault, French Directorate General for Civil Protection and Crisis Management (DGSCGC)

Shoreline oil spill response training in France - Sklerijenn Le Berre, French Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Aquaculture (DGAMPA) / National centre of expertise (PNE)

At-sea oil spill response training in France and Overseas France - Carine Jançon, Action by the State et Sea, Overseas France


Examples of implementation:

United Kingdom - Hazel Christie, Maritime  & Coastguard Agency
France - Bruno Coulomb, DGSCGC, Civil protection training in France
Canada - Pierre Levasseur, Canadian Coast Guard


SESSION 2: Spill response training in the private sector 

Oil & Gas practices - Nathalie Viale and Yannick Autret, TotalEnergies

Offshore wind practices - Gwennael Jezequel, Iberdrola, Ailes Marines

Port sector practices - Rahmoune Wahid, Tanger Med


SESSION 3: Training: cross-cutting perspectives 

Essential preparedness: Understanding the compensation system before an incident occurs - Ana Cuesta, IOPC Funds

GI WACAF, a collaboration between IMO and Ipieca: a public/private regional approach - Anaïs Guillou, Ipieca - GI WACAF

Perspective of a training centre - Arnaud Guéna, Cedre

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