Transport Malta organises an Oil Spill Response Training Programme for Stakeholders
Project is co-funded by EEA Grants, Programme Area 7 – Adaption to Climate Change
Earlier today, a group of employees from Transport Malta and other stakeholders, attended a practical training session as part of an Oil Spill Response Exercise at the Rinella Bay in Kalkara. This session concluded the 4 day IMO OPRC Level 2 course organized through the EEA co-funded project. All stakeholders with different background including non-operational, got hands-on experience and acquainted themselves with the procedures and equipment involved in case of an oil spill within the Maltese territorial waters.
The training, which includes both theory and practical sessions, was attended by employees from Transport Malta, the Civil Protection Department, Armed Forces of Malta, Police, Environment and Resources Authority, Environmental Health Directorate and the University of Malta. In total 17 different courses will be organized and attended by more than hundred individuals.
Over the past years, Transport Malta has embarked on a number of initiatives and projects aiming at increasing Malta’s capacity to respond to oil/HNS spills mainly through projects co-funded by EEA Grants. Through this project, Transport Malta’s Ports and Yachting Directorate entered into an agreement with a consultant whose role was to study and identify emergency response team requirements and devise the training programme for national oil/HNS spill response at sea. The project also facilitates the procurement of training equipment and the provision of oil and HNS spill response training programmes identified in the studies aimed to address needs identified in the revised National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan.
In 2010 a situation analysis and a risk assessment to determine the risk of shipping incidents/accidents resulting in marine pollution from oil and Hazardous Noxious Substances (HNS) that could affect the Maltese Islands was conducted. This study facilitated the re writing of the National Contingency Plan and as a basis for policy related to oil spills that amongst other issues emphasize the importance of training of personnel. Also in 2010 circa €809,000 – 80% funded by the EEA financial mechanism were used to procure pollution response equipment.
The project is expected to be completed by April 2017.
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