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Norway’s Crown Prince to witness major spill response exercise

On Tuesday 26 September a major oil and chemical protection exercise called SCOPE 2017 will be carried out in Langesund, Norway. H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon will join the Coastal Administration, both on sea and shore, to witness the spill response first hand. The exercise is a joint project including major Scandinavian and European stakeholders, and will demonstrate how the Coastal Administration engages with them in the event of acute pollution.

Coastal Director Kirsti L. Slotsvik and Contingency Director Johan Marius Ly look forward to showing H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon how the Coastal Administration trains and handles oil and chemical pollution protection along the Norwegian coast – this time in connection with SCOPE 2017, which is supported by EU.

This exercise, organised by the Coastal Administration, will be conducted 25–27 September, and involve around 500 participants from the Nordic countries. Also, the worst-case scenario will involve vessels, personnel and equipment from many parts of Europe. Representatives from over 70 countries have been invited to observe the exercise.

Response exercise on all levels

The SCOPE 2017 exercise will involve local contingency forces and personnel who were active during the Full City accident that occurred in the same area in July 2009. Telemark’s Intermunicipal Emergency Response Organisation (IUA) will have a deputy function on shore, while Vestfold’s IUA will also participate in the exercise.

On 26 September, H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon will observe the Norwegian contingency forces  and witness how they respond and cooperate on all levels, including coordination between  the Coastal Administration’s operational management and the national, regional and  municipal participants.

“I greatly appreciate that the Crown Prince accepted my invitation, and thus will experience the important work being done to strengthen the emergency response to acute pollution along our entire coast,” says Coastal Director Kirsti L. Slotsvik.

Minister of Transport to attend SCOPE 2017

The Crown Prince will be guided by the Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Minister of Transport, Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

The simulated exercise will commence at sea, where a major chemical tanker will collide with a product tanker. This will lead to chemical and oil spill pollution on a scale much greater than Norway has previously dealt with. As a consequence, there will be a need for assistance from Norway’s neighbouring countries, with whom they have cooperation agreements.

International cooperation requires practice

“With increased shipping traffic, the risk of accidents also increases, so we need to practice different scenarios. The international dimension of the exercise is also very important. Both during the Full City grounding in 2009 and the Godafoss accident in 2011, we needed assistance from Sweden. Norway and the other countries participating in this exercise will all be dependent on good cooperation across borders, should such an accident occur in our common waters,” emphasises Contingency Director Johan Marius Ly.

Increasing ship traffic

Over the past year, 359 vessels over 50 metres in length passed the strait between Stathelle and Sandøya and, during 2016, 4,524 ships passed through the waters. From January to June of this year, 2,408 vessels passed, according to the Coastal Administration’s analysis unit in Vardø. Based on this development, Contingency Director Ly believes the exercise location off Langesund is relevant and important.

“It will be a full-scale exercise and will take place both in daylight and during night time, and will therefore be very realistic for all involved,” he says.

Program for the day

The Crown Prince will arrive at Langesund on the morning of 26 September, and will then go directly to the Coast Guard’s vessel KV Bergen.

When at sea, he will observe specially trained firefighters from Oslo and Bergen who will be deployed to the Swedish chemical safety vessel KBV 003 by helicopter or vessel. From there, they will go onboard a smaller boat and enter the chemical tanker to seal leakages, allow for towing the vessel to shore, and prevent oil spill at sea and along the coast. This will continue throughout the day.

At 0740, the press will go onboard the Coastal Administration’s vessel at Dampskipskaia/Langesund pilot station, and will experience the same exercise as witnessed by the Crown Prince.  The plan is to arrive back at the dock of the pilot station at about 1130. From here it is a short distance (about 300m) to Smietangen where a press briefing will take place  1200.

At 1200, the Crown Prince and his attendants will arrive at Smietangen quay, where boats are equipped with various types of oil spill containment equipment.  Contingency Director Ly will hold a presentation for those attending.

Questions from the press can be directed to Contingency Director Johan Marius Ly, Coastal Director Kirsti L. Slotsvik and Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen

At about 1230 we will move on to Krogshavn recreational area, where the Coastal Administration’s Environment Advisor Hilde Dolva and IUA Telemark’s Jan O. Kristoffersen will share experiences in connection with the Full City accident, and demonstrate the current means  to break up and collect spills.

The arrangement at Krogshavn will end at about 1300.

  • Updated images will be made available to the media here
  • Theme pages about the SCOPE 2017 exercise here

For safety reasons, the Coastal Administration requires the names of the journalists who wish to attend by latest 11:00 on 20 September. There is limited space so if the interest is greater than that we have capacity for, we will need to prioritize. Those who are unable to join the exercise will be informed by 22 September.

Registration queries should be addressed to the Coastal Administration, attention: marianne.henriksen@kystverket.no.

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / Det kongelige hoff.
Photo of vessels: Espen Reite
Collage: Marianne Henriksen

SCOPE 2017: Mobilisation of international assistance

The scenario for the SCOPE 2017 exercise later this month includes a very large oil spill and release of hazardous noxious substances. A key aim of the exercise is to strengthen collaboration between the signatories to international agreements through the implementation of the notification measures.

“This incident is the background for international notification according to the Copenhagen Agreement and the Bonn Agreement that was initiated this week. Also, it was necessary for the extensive mobilisation of national and international oil spill response resources and expertise, including the activation of EU experts,” said Ole Kristian Bjerkemo, the task manager for this part of the exercise

Explaining the procedure, Bjerkemo said the duty team at the Norwegian Coastal Administration initiated the international notification early Monday morning on the 4th of September.

“A Pollution Warning (POLWARN) was sent to Vardø Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for uploading to the SafeSeaNet (SSN) system and submitted to Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland in accordance with the Copenhagen Agreement.”

“Later on Monday, a Pollution Information message was submitted through SSN in accordance with the Copenhagen Agreement and the Bonn Agreement. The POLINF included more information about the incident.”17553205461_e0e2c42706_k

He added, “Wednesday morning, it was decided to send out a request for international assistance, using the EU tool CECIS. All of the signatories to the Copenhagen Agreement and the Bonn Agreement were requested to provide assistance. The request included, among other things, surveillance aircrafts, oil spill response vessels, booms, skimmers and experts.”

Several hours after the request for assistance was submitted, Bjerkemo commented: “At this stage of the exercise we have already identified several aspects that can be improved. This relates to, among other things,internal procedures, weakness in the tools we have to use (SSN and CECIS) and the need for training. Also, this seems to be an issue for most of the countries involved.”

A workshop will be held on the 25th September where all of the involved countries and EU are invited to share experiences from the exercise.

“The workshop will be important to have a more complete picture of the lessons identified during this part of SCOPE 2017 exercise. The plan is to develop a report from the workshop, which also will include proposed follow up actions,” Said Bjerkemo.

The Swedish Coastguard: An important exercise of realistic extent

The Swedish Coastguard looks forward to working with the Norwegian Coastal Administration during the major exercise Scope 2017 in the Skagerrak to explore how emergency response can be improved and collaboration between countries during an action optimised.

“Our aim is to increase our knowledge of what we can do together with Norway in the event of a major oil or chemical spill,” says Jonas Holmstrand, who is a rescue organiser with the Swedish Coast Guard.

A good test

He has only been with the Coast Guard for six months, but he was responsible for all the exercises of one of Sweden’s municipal rescue services for 20 years. He explains that the Swedish Coast Guard has annual exercises in connection with the Copenhagen Agreement and the SweDenGer Agreement between Sweden, Denmark and Germany, as well as its own exercises. There are continuous national exercises.

“I believe the exercise in Langesund will be a good test of how we handle an incident of the type we have planned and we can all achieve a great deal from it. The scope of the exercise is realistic, in terms of the number of countries involved, the personnel and the vessels.

If we in Europe are to prepare ourselves for effective, large-scale initiatives, we must exercise together using a corresponding number of units,” says Holmstrand,

pointing out what would have to be done as a minimum in the event of a real incident of the same extent as the SCOPE 2017 scenario.

Following the sequence of events

His colleague, senior adviser Örjan Martinsson, adds that collaborative exercises are essential, since no country could handle a really major incident alone.

“And a real incident doesn’t keep office hours, it continues round the clock. So we must be able to keep the effort going throughout the sequence of events,” says Martinsson.

The Swedish Coast Guard has now started the countdown to the exercise, in which it will cooperate closely with MIRG (the Maritime Incident Response Group) in Norway and participate with its oil spill response vessel KBV 003.

Aim for the Swedish Coastguard:

  • Contribute to improved national and international coordination of vessel accidents involving hazardous and polluting cargo.
  • Decontamination of Swedish Coastguard 003 (Chemrec vessel) with crew from 003 and personnel from FOI

Swedish participation:

  • KBV 003
  • KBV 032 or 010
  • KBV 307
  • KBV 501 AP
  • Double Crew KBV 003
  • 6 -10 divers (Water-smoke-chem)
  • 2 persons from Swedish Research Institute, FOI

The Danish Defence: High expectations

Torben Iversen at the Danish Defence has high expectations when it comes to the  experiences, changes and improvements resulting from SCOPE 2017.

“Denmark’s goal for SCOPE 2017 has many facets, and we expect returns on many levels.”

” Implementing SCOPE 2017 is a very complex task, both in terms of planning and the scenario itself,” says Iversen, Marine Environment Officer at Naval Staff.

Danmark beskjært fartøy
Two danish vessels will participate at the SCOPE 2017-exercise. Photo: Espen Reite

He adds that planning such complex exercises and operations provides valuable experience, both regarding project management and project work. Special conditions regarding EU funding of the exercise also provide valuable insights for future cooperation with the Union. This applies to activities that greatly benefit all nations in EU cooperation, both member and partner countries.

36 hours of realistic challenges

The Marine Environment Officer expects the participating Danish vessels to harvest experience from extensive maritime operations, with many ships deployed at sea in simultaneous operations to combat both oil and chemical pollution.

“It will be an intensive exercise, when you operate with your own equipment and ships and at the same time work with foreign entities. The exercise on the sea lasts for 36 hours, which can lead to crew fatigue, and provides an extra important aspect of the exercise.”

Endurance test

Iversen emphasises the importance of having a comprehensive exercise to assess the impact of time on the overall organisation of a major contamination incident.

” This will result in, for example, heavy strain on the infrastructure, requiring much traffic control and logistics personnel, as collected polluted masses must also be removed. A lengthy, complex exercise provides a real-life test of contingency plans calculated for the consequential damages of a major contamination incident. Plans will be tested regarding the removal of polluted masses, ship and aviation regulation around the area of ​​operations, media handling, and more.”

Resource-intensive exercise

Regarding the preparation of SCOPE 2017, such an extensive exercise requires close collaboration and considerable resources from the participating countries’ organisations. This puts demands on the country’s coordinating in the exercise.

” Here I would like to praise the way the Norwegian Coastal Administration as an authority has supported the project work,” says Iversen.

Experiences and recommendations

During the preparations, Iversen has closely followed the build-up of the EU observer program.

“I hope that SCOPE 2017 will lead to a review of the terms, so that observers with no prior knowledge of the subject and the exercise, as well as experts with broad academic expertise, can be invited,” says Iversen.

The representative of the Danish Defence is looking forward to the lessons learned from the exercise itself, and the recommendations that will follow from the personnel in the field.

“But what I look most forward to are the operational experiences and recommendations that the training and workshops will give us,” he adds.

Handling requirements and emergency ports

There will be two important workshops during the exercise week, regarding handling requirements and emergency ports.

” These are very exciting agendas. Denmark will therefore participate with all authorities that have an active role when it comes to place of refuge, says Iversen, adding that the ambition is to use the two workshops to identify the biggest challenges in the two areas.

“These are challenges that we hope will be addressed and regulated through international cooperation,” he adds.

Valuable insights

Iversen specifically draws attention to CECIS as a valuable experience to bring along with the use of Safe Sea Net. CECIS, which stands for the Common Emergency Communication and Information System, is an EU-based information exchange system.

” The exercise will provide valuable experience in the use of CECIS and Safe Sea Net, in a configuration where systems are gradually developed. The experiences from the alert exercise, summarized at a workshop on the first day of the exercise, will give us new knowledge on this matter,” he says.

Danish police and DEMA collaboration

The Danish Defence, together with the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), organises about six national maritime environmental exercises each year.

“At least three of these consist of complex tasks, where the overall crisis management organisation is trained. In Denmark, the police is heading the crisis management. The Danish police and DEMA therefore also participates with experts in SCOPE 2017, so that we can gain experience to be used in national exercises,” concludes Iversen.

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FACTS:

Number of danish personell at SCOPE 2017: 43

Danish vessels at SCOPE 2017: 2

Pollution prevention
The Armed Forces in Denmark are responsible for preventing marine pollution, and for this task, the Navy has a number of vessels and equipment to combat oil spills.

Sources:

www.forsvaret.dk

http://havmiljøvogter.dk/p/stop-olien

https://www2.forsvaret.dk/eng/About/National/Pages/National.aspx

40 Years Since the Bravo Blow Out – what has been done since then?

Chronicle of Norwegian emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations by the Emergency Response Director of the Norwegian Coastal Administration, Johan Marius Ly.

Many people remember the uncontrolled blow out at the “Bravo” platform in the North Sea in 1977. Some people also remember the hero of the moment, Red Adair, flown in to stop the spill. For those of us who work with emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations, the Bravo accident marks the beginning of the strengthening and development of Norwegian emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations.

Today, more than 40 years later, it is natural to pose questions on where we stand today, and look at the current state of our emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations from a perspective in the future. Norway can, and should be, a world-leader in oil recovery operations.

Our statistics show that each week there are between one and two groundings of vessels along the Norwegian coast. Most of these groundings, fortunately, do not cause oil spills, with the vessel usually being saved without any noteworthy drama. However, this has not always been the case.

From 1970 through 1979, on an annual global basis, there was an average of 24.5 oil spills from vessels with volumes exceeding 700 tons. From 2010 to 2015, we had an average of 1.8 corresponding spills each year. This reduction shows very clearly that increasing environmental awareness, international regulations and preventive measures have indeed had an effect.

The blow out of Deepwater Horizon in the US in 2010 has contributed to an emphasis being placed the management of large spills from petroleum-related activities, also in Norway.

In Norway, we have up to now been spared from experiencing such large events. Our largest oil spill from a vessel in the past 10 years was from the Full City in 2009. Whereas the Exxon Valdez (in 1989) involved a spill of 33,000 tons of crude oil, the Full City only involved a spill of approx. 300 tons of heavy bunker oil, and consequent pollution along the coast from Stavern to Lillesand. Nor was the Bravo blow out in 1977 large in international terms.

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In 1978, the oil companies established the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) in order to co-operate on emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This was a direct consequence of the experiences from the Bravo blow out. An oil recovery operations depot was established, more equipment procured and a technology development programme launched under the auspices of both the Norwegian state as well as the oil companies.

The technological level of equipment for oil recovery operations in 2017 contrasted with 1977 highlights the results of the focused efforts by the state and the oil companies.

This technological development has given rise to Norwegian export successes as well as laying the foundation for a world-leading industry in Norway involving equipment for emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations.

According to forecasts for maritime traffic along the Norwegian coast, an increase of 41% is anticipated during the period up to 2040. This can mean more frequent accidents and more oil spills. We expect to see new nautical routes be used in the Arctic and in combination with the introduction of new types of fuels we expect new challenges for our emergency preparedness oil recovery operations.

Offshore petroleum activities are establishing new areas for exploration activity further to the north, and with this activity being drawn in that direction the probability is also increasing that an oil spill might possibly reach the edge of the ice. These are areas that involve long distances and few resources.

What should we be doing in future? The most important emergency preparedness capacity will always comprise preventing accidents and spills from occurring.

On a national basis, the Norwegian Coastal Administration has seen a reduction in oil spills from ships. A number of maritime safety measures have contributed to this, such as the introduction of AIS, the establishment of maritime traffic centres and improved navigation aids. But accidents can still occur and our analyses show this. Hence both the Norwegian government and the oil companies spend large sums of money every year to maintain good emergency preparedness for any instances of acute contamination.

Education, training and exercises are central elements. Every year, we carry out a series of both large and small exercises focused on oil recovery operations. Based upon the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s own experiences and knowledge acquired from the accidents mentioned above, we have drawn up a national emergency preparedness plan for events involving acute contamination. This encompasses the management of spills from ships and describes how the Norwegian Coastal Administration, in conjunction with the operator responsible, will establish state-level action management in the event of large offshore spills.

Development of emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations is a continuous process.

The challenges associated with maritime activity gradually moving towards the north, new traffic patterns, new types of fuels, increased traffic, etc., are all things we must find solutions to through continuing the efforts in emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations. The development of technology and methodology that has taken place over the past 40 years has resulted in emergency preparedness that is currently far better and more robust than it was back then. Yet the activity has also increased, and will continue to increase in future if the forecasts are correct.

However, the total extent of the challenges cannot be fully countered by solely strengthening the plan for emergency preparedness for oil recovery operations. The existing preventive measures must be expanded and new measures established. Even though we can never eliminate all risks of oil spills, we must nevertheless always possess the best competence and the best equipment available to combat the effects. Continuing development to increase our effectiveness and capacity are central to achieving this.

Our ambition at the Norwegian Coastal Administration is for Norway to be a world leader in oil recovery operations!

Sharing best practices towards safer and cleaner waters

Arya Honarmand will participate in the full-scale, three day exercise and long after it has been conducted. For the EU Commission Exercise Officer, “SCOPE 2017 will not be completed before the gaps are closed and our preparedness is strengthened.”

Arya Honarmand is the EU’s man who oversees the collaborative exercises funded by the Commission. He is currently handling 12 exercises in different phases, which are co-financed like SCOPE 2017.

Exercise function

“Exercises can last for a long time. They are not over after the simulated exercise,” says Arya who commends Norway and the Nordic countries for developing good exercise projects. He believes it is important to make sure that simulated exercises are a tool for the exercise project, which, in turn, is a tool for further development and ensuring desired preparedness. This allows for a proper exercise function according to Arya.

“Lessons are never fully learned, but rather lessons identified. Risk, vulnerability, gap analyzes and trends are the basis for how the aim for exercises are developed. Then one works to fill the gaps to ensure the desired level of preparedness desired,” says Arya.

He continues, “Large and complex exercises such as SCOPE 2017 help test procedures that are well developed in order to ensure their continued validity. Some other elements in SCOPE 2017 focus on developing and exploring a new form of collaboration in order to find out how it would connect and coordinate with already established response procedures. Based on the findings, recommendations are developed and an implementation plan is set,” explains Arya.

Strong commitment and engagement

In the planning conferences leading up to the exercise, Arya praised the commitment and good collaboration between the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish authorities, including the maritime and civil protection sectors.

“I see that the multi-national participants have a very positive attitude. People are interested, engaged, and are willing to go beyond normal expectations. Clearly, there is a personal commitment and that is good to see, especially when conducting an exercise on this scale.”

Arya goes on to emphasize the importance of sound project management to allow the participants to implement plans and tasks without too much guidance beyond the scope of the exercise. The tasks are set within the framework, so it is up to the participants to perform says Arya who believes the approach provides “a very commendable mixture of structure and flexibility” for all the partners that are developing and managing the exercise project.

“In the past some clarity was needed between the participants, but this is no longer the case and there is now more awareness on what’s needed to improve,” says Arya.

Collaborative learning

Statements have been made that new knowledge should be the goal of the exercise, but Arya emphasizes that it is important to “practice, test, develop and explore what we can – and with new people. Ideally, you should work with others that you have not worked with previously, and with new nations, different languages and cultures,” he says.

“Personally, I think you cannot have a collaborative exercise where you only learn new things. The risk of learning too much (during an exercise) is that people who are not as experienced, may not be able to perform their tasks, and need trials and testing. And if they do not get their work done, we will not be able to test the system, and learn if the collaboration works,” opines Arya who firmly believes people must be able to accomplish their tasks and contribute to system building if the exercise is to help  strengthen preparedness.

“The advantage of practicing known tasks with new people has been evident in the planning phases of SCOPE 2017, where this is done by experienced people. This ensured that the response system is developed and is in focus rather than the individuals taking part, thereby ensuring that the finding and improvements made are institutional and long lasting” says Arya and adds, “This becomes even more effective since people are responsive. I see a willingness and desire to improve. And there is room for open discussions.”

Effect and consequences

“A stone is a stone, but what is a stone? Perspectives can differ,” says Arya, quoting an expert who accompanied the planning group in a particularly vulnerable and protected area in Langesund, where the exercise shall be conducted in September.

Steinvika m guide gruppe“We have a legacy, a story, which adds an extra dimension, challenge to an incident. Steinvika is proof that we are not only seeing an incident but also the consequences of it,” says Arya and concludes, “It’s good to see the big picture, the effect, the impact it can have in several places. We are testing our readiness to handle our responses where even stones become important.”

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SCOPE 2017 in media

We want to create awareness about SCOPE 2017, and we learn that international and national media express interest in learning more about SCOPE 2017.

Omtale Marinelink
Interview in the july-edition of Maritime Reporter, also published at http://www.marinelink.com.

SCOPE 2017 in media:

Teknisk Ukeblad

Maritime Reporter/Marinelink.com

Maritimeprofessional.com

Marinelink.com

Infomarine.net

Scandoil.com

Seatrade-Maritime.com

Shipsandports.com

Maritimedenmark.dk

Ship & Bunker

Photo: Nor-Shipping

 

SCOPE 2017 hits milestones

The Norwegian Coastal Administration hosted a three-day conference in Langesund last week, which brought together 55 representatives from the participating organisations in the SCOPE 2017 project.

The gathering proved a great success and important progress was made towards final preparations. Several topics were addressed, including discussions relating to different scenarios, which were addressed by cross-disciplinary experts from the participating nations and organisations.

Parallel to the conference talks in Langesund, our communication consultant attended the  Nor-Shipping conference in Oslo to generate awareness about SCOPE 2017. Many international media expressed interest in learning more about the project, which was referenced by several media during Nor-Shipping.

Nor-Shipping foto

Plans are now being made to continue our communication efforts to raise more awareness and engagement in SCOPE 2017 in the run-up to the exercise in September. Photo: Nor-Shipping

 

SCOPE 2017 in media:

Maritimeprofessional.com

Maritmelink.com

Infomarine.net

Scandoil.com

Seatrade-Maritime.com

Shipsandports.com

Maritimedenmark.dk

Ship & Bunker

 

 

 

Press release: Major oil and chemical protection exercise to be carried out in Norway.

The exercise is a joint project between the Nordic countries and co-funded by the European Union. It is being organised by the Norwegian Coastal Administration and will involve over 300 personnel and 30 vessels. It will be one of the largest exercises of its kind in European history.

SCOPE 2017An increasing level of shipping traffic has led to a growing fear of accidents and an adverse risk picture. The accident involving M/V Full City in July 2009 on the coast of Langesund illustrated the crucial need for preparedness in dealing with accidents across national borders. To meet this aim, the Nordic countries will arrange a joint oil and chemical protection exercise 25-29th September in Langesund. Code-named SCOPE 2017, the project is being organised by the Norwegian Coastal Administration on behalf of the European Commission.

Unique exercise

“International cooperation is a key factor to protect and minimise impacts of major accidents and spills. In an effort to ensure that all parties know what to do when an accident happens, it’s vitally important to conduct joint spill exercises in advance, both locally, nationally and internationally. This enables us to test and improve our response strategies and technologies for use in different scenarios and this particular exercise is unique in size, scope and international participation,” says Stig Wahlstrøm, Project Manager for SCOPE 2017.

SCOPE 2017 (Skagerrak Chemical Oilspill Pollution Exercise) is a full-scale exercise where all participants will face realistic challenges as a result of a simulated collision between a chemical tanker and an oil tanker. This includes such areas as oil and gas spill response at sea and on land, combating chemical pollution, crisis management, handling of damaged vessels, and evacuation and place of refuge. Representatives from over 70 countries will be invited to observe the exercise.

Final preparation talks

MPC Gruppebilde langesund

The exercise has been in the making for several years, and the final preparation details were concluded when the participants met for a three-day meeting in Langesund 30th May. Representatives of the EU and all participating organisations were present.

“If an accident occurs, for example, on the coast of Telemark, our neighboring country can quickly be affected, so for this reason the EU provides support. The SCOPE 2017 project shall also strengthen collaboration between the regional readiness services, and make the best possible use of resources, services and guidelines offered through the EU. Also, we cooperate closely with the Swedish Coast Guard, the Royal Danish Navy and the Environmental Directorate in Iceland,” adds Wahlstrøm.

Testing international preparedness

The Norwegian Coastal Administration has project responsibility for the exercise, and the South-East Police District, Norway and the Intermunicipal Emergency Response Organisation (IUA) in Telemark are also national partners. All participating organizations have an unique opportunity to train in leadership and collaboration, during the simulation of a serious vessel accident.

“Norway is a partner in the international work and cooperation for protecting the marine environment through several international agreements. Norway’s commitment in these agreements are administered by the Norwegian Coastal Administration and, in the case of an acute pollution, we are responsible for coordinating national preparedness so that environmental impacts are minimised,” explains Wahlstrøm and emphasises, “Good coordination across neighboring countries and various organisations is essential to respond swiftly and capably. SCOPE 2017 is a good opportunity for us all to test and improve our strategies and practices to raise the overall level of safety in our waters.”

Facts and Figures on SCOPE2017:

  • Four Nordic countries, in addition to the EU, will participate in the exercise.
    List of participating organisations: Norwegian Coastal Administration, Iceland’s Environmental Directorate, Swedish Coast Guard, Royal Danish Navy, South-East Police District, IUA Telemark, County Governor of Telemark, Civil Defence in Telemark, Coast Guard, Rescue Company, Bergen Fire Brigade, Oslo Fire and Rescue, DSB, Grenland Harbour , Directorate of the Environment, Maritime Directorate, Government Accident Investigation Board, Southeastern University College, NOFO, EMSA, EU, ITOPF, IOPC.
  • About 300 personnel will be involved.
  • Representatives from over 70 countries will be invited to observe the exercise.
  • 30 vessels will be used in the exercise, in addition to 2 surveillance aircraft and a helicopter.

The goal of SCOPE 2017:

The exercise shall contribute to improved national and international coordination in response to vessel accidents involving hazardous and polluting cargoes. The exercise will also strengthen cooperation between the signatories to the Copenhagen Agreement, the Bonn- Agreement and with the EU to ensure the best use of resources, services and guidelines provided by the EU.

General information about SCOPE

Our new folders are printed in english and norwegian language, and tell you the background for SCOPE 2017, the objectives and activities with the overall aim:

  • The exercise shall contribute to improved national and international coordination of vessel accidents involving hazardous and polluting cargoes.
  • The exercise shall strengthen collaboration between the signatories to the Copenhagen Agreement, Bonn Agreement and with the EU support, and make the best possible use of the resources, services and guidelines offered through the EU.

This will be achieved through the following activities and exercise elements:

  • Scenario and arrangements for the exercise which contribute to realistic challenges for all participants in such areas as coordination, information management and other conditions of significance for effective management of the incident
  • Implement correct notification measures nationally and internationally, including activation of the mechanism and the mobilisation of international support
  • Have arrangements for host nation support in accordance with the EU’s Host Nation Support Guidelines, national guidelines and the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s plans
  • Train and exercise on collaboration between Norwegian players and between national and international players over conditions involving serious oil and chemical pollution
  • Train and exercise plans for claims management and plans for place of refuge
  • Train and exercise EU Civil Protection-team to a marine pollution incident
  • Establishment of crisis management locally, nationally and internationally
  • Handling accidental vessels
  • Chemical operation at sea, Marine Incident Response Group
  • Oil spill response at sea and onshore
  • Operations during night time
  • Prioritising environmentally sensitive areas in plans and orders

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For SCOPE-folder in Norwegian, please click here.