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Putting international collaboration to the test

  • May 11, 2017
GOWRS Table-top Exercise - Facility plan development
GOWRS Table-top Exercise – Facility plan development

Phase two of the Global Oiled Wildlife Response System (GOWRS) project recently kicked off in Belgium providing another two years in which to further the objective of developing and improving international cooperation and preparedness for oiled wildlife incidents.

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Texel field exercise tests NL wildlife response strategy

  • March 23, 2016
NL drill in Texel
Practising intake procedures at the field exercise in Texel

In December 2015, a field exercise at ECOMARE, on the Wadden Sea island of Texel, tested local oiled wildlife response capability and ECOMARE’s ability to function as a stabilisation centre. Sea Alarm and Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend organised the exercise as part of the Dutch national oiled wildlife training and exercise programme.

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Oiled Wildlife Management training in Ireland

  • November 25, 2015

Sascha training irelandIn October, Sea Alarm, in cooperation with the Oiled Wildlife Response Network (OWRN, Ireland), Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend (WRCO, Belgium) and ProBird (Germany), facilitated two one-day training courses focusing on the early stages of oiled wildlife response.

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EUROWA equipment inspection and exercise

  • November 25, 2015

Eurowa.equipment exerciseIn October Sea Alarm and partner organisation Pro-Bird co-hosted a wildlife response equipment exercise in Hamburg, Germany to review an existing stockpile of equipment, practice mobilising it, and make recommendations for improvements.

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Sea Alarm exercises oiled wildlife response with Shell in Spain

  • December 22, 2014

Sea Alarm at Shell spill drill SpainIn September, Sea Alarm was invited to participate in a major table-top oil spill exercise in Tarragona, Spain organized by Shell. The exercise, named Medspan, involved 120 members of Shell’s Oil Spill Expertise Centre (OSEC) as well as personnel from Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), Spill Consult, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), and Sea Alarm.

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SAF provides preparedness and response training to IOPC Funds

  • December 22, 2014

Sea AIarm OPC Funds training sessionThe Claims Management Team of IOPC Funds invited Sea Alarm to give a two-day tailored Oiled Wildlife Preparedness and Planning course in early December. Hugo Nijkamp, Saskia Sessions and Claude Velter presented the course, the highlight of which was an integrated table top exercise, where aspects of planning and response efficiency could be practiced.

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Oiled Wildlife Response Planning Course held in Brunei

  • July 4, 2014

Oiled wildlife response planning course BruneiIn June, Hugo Nijkamp and Claude Velter provided Sea Alarm’s two-day Wildlife Response Planning Course to emergency response officers from Oil and Gas Operators in Brunei.  This course looks at the various challenges that oil spills could pose to wild animals, and the various wildlife incident scenarios that could occur.

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Preparedness meetings and exercises in 2012

  • March 11, 2013

A major part of Sea Alarm’s work is assisting coastal governments, NGOs and other agencies in preparedness for an oiled wildlife response. Regular meetings, trainings and exercises of response plans ensure on-going readiness to respond to wildlife threatened by oil spills.

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