Sea Alarm attended a briefing in February on the new European Environmental Liability Directive. The ELD is based on the polluter pays concept: polluters can be held strictly liable for environmental damage…
In the days following the HAZWOPER course, Hugo visited various wildlife organisations based on the West Coast of the US, including Focus Wildlife, International Bird Rescue (formerly International Bird Rescue Research Center), Oiled Wildlife Care Network and WildRescue.
Sea Alarm is delighted to have been named recently as a beneficiary of the Eight up fund-raising initiative. This is the brainchild of maritime lawyer Colin de la Rue, who this year has taken a Sabbatical from his partnership at law firm Ince & Co to climb 8 mountain peaks around the world in aid of 8 charitable causes.
Sea Alarm is pleased to announce that its agreement with Oil Spill Response has recently been renewed for a further 5 years. The original agreement created in 2005 gave Sea Alarm the means to set up and carry out a programme for developing European and global preparedness for oiled wildlife incidents together with governmental, oil industry, NGO and other stakeholders. The renewed agreement shows the oil industry’s ongoing commitment to playing its part in this process.
Sea Alarm was invited to make a presentation at the IPIECA Oil Spill Working Group meeting in London on 11 November. IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry’s association for environmental and social issues and its Oil Spill Working Group, created in 1987 is a key international industry forum working on improving oil spill contingency planning and response worldwide on behalf of its members. Sea Alarm is recognised as a Partner Organisation of IPIECA.
Sea Alarm was invited by Aramco Overseas to attend the RA ATUM 7 oil spill exercise in Alexandria, Egypt on 1-3 November. The large scale event was a combination of a table top and a field exercise, to practise a tier-3 oil spill response on the basis of the Egyptian national oil spill plan. Sea Alarm participated in the two day table top exercise and was positioned in the national environmental group of the Planning Section.
Sea Alarm was invited by DG Echo and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to attend the Second joint Civil Protection and Marine Pollution Workshop on Co-ordinated at-sea and Shoreline Pollution Response on the 9th December in Brussels.
Although it has been operational for more than 1.5 years, on 23 October the Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend was formally opened by Prince Laurent of Belgium and the City of Ostende. Sea Alarm was also invited and presented its booth at the opening.
A second 2010 HELCOM RESPONSE meeting was held 13-15 October in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sea Alarm did not attend the meeting, but prepared a proposal for a working programme for oiled wildlife response preparedness together with WWF-Finland and Estonia. The proposal was presented to the meeting by Estonia and WWF-Finland and, after some discussion and suggestions for modification, was adopted.