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Select from each year the reports of our previous activities.

Workshop on Oil Spill Response Equipment, Simulation Exercises and Co-ordination

Location

Colombia, Cartagena

Activity

Any state with offshore oil interests needs to be ready to respond to an oil spill. With this in mind, an IMO workshop (2-5 October) in Cartagena, has covered how to assess, identify and acquire oil spill response equipment. A simulated table-top exercise provided hands-on practical experience in how an incident might play out. Participants also gained knowledge in how to develop and implement national and regional exercise programmes. Lessons learned from the exercise and workshop may be incorporated into future revisions of the Wider Caribbean Island and Central American Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Plans.

The workshop was conducted by the Regional Marine Pollution, Emergency, Information and Training Center - Wide Caribbean Region (RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe) and attended by representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. It was hosted by the Colombian Maritime Authority (SIMAR) and support including course materials and equipment demonstration was provided by representatives from: Oil Spill Response Limited; Shell Exploration and Production Co.; Exxon Mobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc; T&T Salvage; LAMOR Corporation AB; VARICHEM de Colombia G.E.P.S.; and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe.

Dates

October 02 - 05, 2017

Report

There is no report of this activity

    Regional Workshop on Ballast Water Management

    Location

    Panama, Panama City

    Activity

    A five-day Third Regional Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management (BWM) was held in Panama City, Panama, from 5-9 June 2017. Participants were informed of the present status of the BWM Convention, the current activities and progress being made at the global level, the current status of the Convention in the region and lessons learned from Malaysia, Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago in their experiences with BWM. The meeting also provided delegates with scientific and technical presentations that addressed marine invasive species in the Caribbean and across the globe, methodologies used in the designation of ballast water exchange zones, and lessons learned from the US Coast Guard (USCG) BWM Program and the US National Ballast Water Information Clearinghouse. Delegates agreed on updates to the SAP and steps to be taken towards implementation of the SAP.

    Dates

    June 05 - 09, 2017

    Report

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    IMO Sub-Regional Workshop on the Implementation of an Incident Management System

    Location

    Nassau, The Bahamas

    Activity

    The objective of the five-day workshop was to emphasize the importance of regional contingency planning and the implementation of incident management systems as included in IMO’s 2012 Guidance on the Implementation of an Incident Management System (IMS). Regional cooperation on oil spill preparedness and response was enhanced through this workshop for participants of 13 Wider Caribbean countries. The workshop improved participants’ knowledge relating to oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation; and provided an opportunity to take part in practical and theoretical exercises.

    Dates

    May 21 - 25, 2017

    Report

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    International Oil Spill Conference 2017

    Location

    California, Long Beach

    Activity

    On May 18th, CDR Keith Donohue presented during the International Session on a paper he co-authored, titled: “A True Roadmap for Response Preparedness Capacity Building in Developing States.”

    Dates

    May 15 - 19, 2017

    Report

    There is no report of this activity

      Colombian Navy Oil Spill Response and Simulation exercise

      Location

      Colombia, Cartagena

      Activity

      This was a week-long oil spill response course held at the Colombia Naval Base in Cartagena, and attended by several components of the Colombian Navy, such as: Coast Guard; Marines; Diving and Rescue; Caribbean Surface Fleet; Emergency Response; and the Colombian General Maritime Authority (DIMAR). CDR Keith Donohue presented topics on international, regional and national oil spill response structures, agreements, arrangements and contingency plans for the WCR during a daylong workshop within the course. The full-day workshop was attended by major oil and gas companies operating in Colombia, as well as representatives from other international companies and institutions under the Colombian Oil Association (ACP).

      Dates

      May 11 - 11, 2017

      Report

      There is no report of this activity

        16th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference

        Location

        Curacao, Willemstad

        Activity

        The conference brought together over 250 shipping executives, industry leaders, port authorities and renowned speakers to address topics such as value deployment; cyber security; inspection and compliance; air freight shipping; Caribbean Maritime Business; and marine pollution from ships. CDR Keith Donohue presented on topics related to IMO and RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe’s recent activities aimed at building capacity for the 28 countries and 10 territories surrounding the WCR in order to better ratify and implement international conventions and instruments related to oil spill prevention/response, ballast water management and other pollution discharges from ships.

        Dates

        May 08 - 10, 2017

        Report

        There is no report of this activity

          Implementing MARPOL in the Caribbean Workshop

          Location

          Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman

          Activity

          Sponsored by The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Cayman Islands and the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), this workshop’s focus was on gaining regional support to help drive better implementation of the International Convention to Prevent Pollution from Ship. In attendance were over 75 participants representing governments, non-government organizations, and commercial maritime interests of the Caribbean. CDR Keith Donohue presented on RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe’s MARPOL activities over the last 21 years, as well as planned activities for 2017.

          Dates

          May 02 - 02, 2017

          Report

          There is no report of this activity

            Conferentie Crisis Communicatie (Crisis Communications Conference),

            Location

            Curacao, Willemstad

            Activity

            U.S. Coast Guard Commander Keith M. Donohue, Seconded to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a consultant at RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe attended as a guest speaker and oil spill technical expert – he presented on “Crisis Communication During an Oil Spill” with Mr. Thomas Liebert of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, London.

            Dates

            April 06 - 06, 2017

            Report

            There is no report of this activity

              Recent activities

              To promote its objectives, RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe conducts national and regional activities throughout the Wider Caribbean Region

              • Workshop on Oil Spill Response Equipment, Simulation Exercises and Co-o ...
                October 02 - 05, 2017
              • Regional Workshop on Ballast Water Management
                June 05 - 09, 2017
              • IMO Sub-Regional Workshop on the Implementation of an Incident Manageme ...
                May 21 - 25, 2017
              • International Oil Spill Conference 2017
                May 15 - 19, 2017